News Release

Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Proclaims May 19 as Community Action Day

(St. Paul, MN)--May 17, 2011

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will proclaim Thursday, May 19, as Community Action Day in recognition and appreciation of Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties’ commitment to the city and our community.

Community Action is a nonpartisan, locally-run, private nonprofit that provides early childhood education, energy services, financial independence training, and other services. 

“Community Action provides much-needed programs and services for residents of Saint Paul and Ramsey and Washington counties,” said Coleman.  “Community Action deserves recognition as a strong and important member of our community.”

In 2010, Community Action provided energy assistance to more than 70,000 people, served nearly 1900 families in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and weatherized nearly 1319 homes.

“By declaring May 19 Community Action Day, Mayor Coleman is showing that the City of Saint Paul is dedicated to our mission of reducing poverty by helping people help themselves,” said Clarence Hightower, executive director of Community Action.

Community Action is a part of the United States’ largest federally-funded network of organizations whose sole purpose is to eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty.

Community Action Day Reception
To celebrate Community Action Day, Community Action Partnership will host a reception and historical photo gallery for employees and community members on May 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Community Action office (450 Syndicate Street North in Saint Paul).

About Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

Community Action brings together community resources to reduce poverty and help people help themselves. Community Action provides services such as early childhood education, energy services, and financial independence training. The organization also advocates on its participants’ behalf for funding and services, and works to help shape public policy on poverty-related issues.

As a nonpartisan, locally run, private nonprofit, Community Action is governed by a board composed of representatives from the low-income, government and business communities. Community Action has more than 250 employees and an annual budget of $20 million. It is part of a network of 1,100 Community Action agencies nationwide.

For more information about Community Action, visit