In December 2015, Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson honored Community Action Duluth among seven programs from across the state for their outstanding contributions to human services clients. The fifth annual Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Awards honored programs who embody the department’s commitment to supporting healthy people, stable families and strong communities.
Community Action Duluth empowers and engages its community to eliminate poverty, and create prosperity and equity. Community Action Duluth’s vision is to be the difference between poverty and prosperity. It makes this difference by assisting people with low incomes develop assets that they can leverage to get out of poverty. It provides opportunities to develop a variety of assets that are needed in order to make this transition: financial skills and assets, employment and job-seeking skills, a fair policy environment, leadership skills and social connections and a healthy natural environment.