Mission & Vision


The mission of the Connecticut Association for Community Action, Inc. (CAFCA) is to strengthen the capacity of our members to empower people in need and improve the communities in which they live. 


We are powerful conveners of communities who have committed to reduce child poverty by 50 percent by 2014. We have engaged all sectors of our communities, including low income citizens, to play a role in addressing child poverty.

CAFCA’s Leadership Development Institute has graduated hundreds of leaders who are successfully working to reduce child poverty.   CAFCA’s annual conference attracts more than 300 leaders, child advocates, and other stakeholders from all sectors of the state who are developing high impact strategies to end poverty. CAFCA effectively uses data to document what is working to reduce child poverty and inform innovative public policy. CAFCA’s public information and education initiatives have made the child poverty agenda widely-known and supported throughout the state.

CAFCA is a recognized leader for providing communities, families and individuals with the skills and opportunities required for economic success and child well-being. Connecticut has become a national model for successfully reducing child poverty and CAFCA is an important national resource in helping to disseminate distinctive new knowledge.