The mission of AEOA is to strengthen communities by providing opportunities
for people experiencing social and economic challenges.
Our vision is all people served will make measurable progress toward self-reliance or independence.
For over five decades, the Agency has grown in response to community needs and currently offers services to community members through five major departments including Employment and Training; Head Start; Housing; Senior Services; and Arrowhead Transit. AEOA is a state-designated employment and training service provider, as well as a Community Housing and Development Organization. AEOA also offers services in seven neighboring counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, and Pine, making it one of the largest private, non-profit Community Action Agencies in Minnesota. Not all AEOA programs are offered in all of these counties.
What is Community Action?
Community action comes out of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty and from the advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, declaring a "war on poverty." Community officials, service providers, schools, and neighbors came together to plan and implement programs and services to help low-income people and called it "Community Action."
Community Action Promise
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
AEOA is one of 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the country who together strive to live up to the promise of our founding