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Wright County Community Action Inc

Helping People. Changing Lives.

aka WCCA   |   Maple Lake, MN   |  https://www.wccaweb.com

Mission

Working in partnership with the community to empower residents to improve their physical, social and economic well-being.

Ruling year info

1966

Executive Director

Mrs. Carrie Tripp

Main address

130 Division Street West P.O. Box 787

Maple Lake, MN 55358 USA

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EIN

41-0904809

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

WCCA Food Shelf

The WCCA Food Shelf is the only food shelf in Wright County that serves all county residents, regardless of what community they call home. It’s a client choice food shelf that offers a variety of nutritious foods for families in need. We also offer weekend food security services for children through a Backpack Food Program and mobile services for seniors and disabled residents through a Mobile Food Shelf. We also offer an Emergency Food Box Network that partners with local businesses and organizations to distribute 30-pound emergency food boxes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

A supplemental food, nutrition, and
breastfeeding program that serves pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to the age of five. The caring staff provides food vouchers, nutrition assessment, nutrition education, counseling, breastfeeding information and referrals to healthcare or other needed community service’s at no cost.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Infants and toddlers

The Early Head Start program offers in-home learning, medical, and parenting services to income-eligible pregnant women, infants and toddlers up to three years of age.

The Head Start program offers learning, medical and parenting services to income-eligible children up to five years of age in a classroom environment. In addition, this program hosts opportunities for parents to learn and grow with their children throughout the school year.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Infants and toddlers

The Energy Assistance Program helps eligible households maintain affordable, continuous, and safe home energy. Our services include bill payment assistance, home energy crisis intervention, outreach, energy advocacy, information about utility consumer rights, and referrals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Our Weatherization program helps income- eligible residents of Wright County conserve energy, lower fuel costs and provide safer, more sustainable dwellings for their families. We employ qualified contractors to complete conservation measures that reduce families’ overall energy burden and improve their physical environment. By making these much-needed repairs, we target high energy bills at their source and help to create safer, healthier homes for the families we serve.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Volunteers work side-by-side with Wright County's senior population (age 60 and older) in order to foster independence and well-being through Assisted Transportation and Homemaker/Chore Services.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is a free tax preparation program provided by Internal Revenue Service-certified volunteers. Volunteers prepare individual returns for households grossing less than
$35,000 or multiple person returns for households grossing less than $55,000.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Foreclosure Prevention Counseling is a free
program designed to assist homeowners facing or undergoing foreclosure. WCCA's counselor analyzes each client’s situation and can offer one-on-one counseling to help them understand their current mortgage status, review their budget, and offer options designed to prevent foreclosure.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Our MNsure navigator works as a neutral third-party to assist clients as they navigate the MNsure website and application process. This service helps clients understand their available insurance options.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Homebuyer Training is a popular eight-hour group workshop designed for participants interested in learning more about the path to home-ownership.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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Wright County Community Action Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stacie Zachman

OptumRX

Bruce Anderson

State Senate

Mark Daleiden

Wright County Commissioner

Stacy Anderson

Coch Industries, Inc.

Stacie Zachman

OptumRX

Rebecca Calvin

n/a

Shannah Mulvihill

Mental Health

Cory Rilea

n/a

Mary Wetter

County Commissioner

Kathryn Smith

Medical/Education

Lynn Kissock

County Representative

Wayne Bauernschmitt

Housing

Katie Edberg

n/a

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.