Community Action, Inc

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Administrative Services
(Fiscal, Human Resources)
1000 SE Hancock Street
Topeka, KS  66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 235-9561
Fax: (785) 235-9564



Community Services:
Elderly Services, Tax Preparation/Counseling & E-Filing, Project Attention, Latino Family Development, Home & housing Services, Weatherization, The First Tee of Shawnee County, Safe Kids Shawnee County, Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

455 SE Golf Park Blvd
Topeka, KS  66605 (m)
Phone: (785) 235-9296
Fax: (785) 290-3200
Housing: (785) 235-6671
CACFP: (785) 232-3258

Head Start/Early Head Start:
2410 SE Highland Avenue
Topeka, KS  66605 (m)
Phone: (785) 266-0245
Fax: (785) 266-4967

Tawny Stottlemire, Executive Director

Mission Statement: To alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty through the promotion of public policy that helps those in poverty move to greater self-reliance; and by providing services and resources that meet basic needs, promote self-reliance and enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Jefferson, McPherson, Ottawa, Riley, Saline, Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties of Kansas.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, or by appointment


  • The Back-to-School Fair in August. Family focused exhibitors provide fun activities and information for school-aged children and their families. Starter sets of age-appropriate school supplies are given to families that pre-apply and meet the income-eligibility requirement.
  • Homeless Prevention promotes self-sufficiency and transitions homeless persons into permanent housing. Some help also may be available to assist when a utility disconnection will result in eviction and homelessness.
  • Rural Mobile Food Pantry Distributions occur in Auburn and Rossville, KS. Those distributions are in partnership with Harvesters Food Network.
  • Elderly Services assists persons 60 years of age to better maintain their health, safety and independence. Manages medical equipment loan, liquid nutrition and commodity delivery.
  • Tax Preparation is provided in collaboration with AARP Tax Aide®. Trained staff is available throughout the year to respond to questions regarding tax credits and tax returns.
  • Latino Family Development provides services that promote school achievement and family self-sufficiency for low-income, limited English proficient individuals and families.
  • Project Attention provides services that support school performance and family stability.
  • The First Tee® of Shawnee County is part of an international network of First Tee® chapters committed to providing young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as confidence,   perseverance, and judgment through golf and character education. Community Action, Inc. is the designated chapter of The First Tee® of Shawnee County. Aspects of the program are conducted in conjunction with Shawnee County Parks & Recreation Department.
  • Safe Kids Shawnee County participates in the international network of Safe Kids Worldwide® dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury. The program is best known for certified installation of car safety seats to prevent injury from motor vehicle accidents. Safe Kids Shawnee County also promotes education and advocacy for the prevention of childhood drowning, poisoning, injuries from fire and falls. Car safety seat installation is available to Medicaid eligible families. A $20.00 fee is charged for car safety seat installation. Fee includes car safety seat, instruction and certified installation.
  • Weatherization: Energy-saving improvements to homes in Shawnee (and, as of April 1, 2013, Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth and Nemaha counties) occupied by individuals who are income eligible for the service.
  • Supportive Housing Program – In partnership with Valeo Behavioral Health Care, affordable housing is provided for previously homeless individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Affordable housing opportunities are offered in Clay, Jefferson, Riley and Shawnee counties.  One, two and three bedroom apartment, duplex and single family rental units are available to income-qualified households.
  • Head Start/Early Head Start is designed to help break the cycle of poverty facing preschool children in low-income families. Comprehensive child development services are provided for eligible families. Service is available from the time a family learns of a pregnancy until the child is of school age.
  • Child and Adult Food Care Program (CAFCP) provides licensed child care providers with education and technical   assistance related to food service and provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served to eligible children.

Eligibility:  Several initiatives listed above, such as the Back-to-School Fair, are public events and are open to the community. Other Community Action programs are specifically designed to assist low-income individuals and families gain improved self-reliance. Age, income and/or location of residence are   factors used to determine eligibility for services designed for low-income populations. For further information about   eligibility and application requirements for Community Action services, please call (785) 235-9296 or, for Head Start/Early Head Start, (785) 266-0245.

How to Apply:  Application information and guidance is available at all Community Action program site

Fees: Unless otherwise noted, no fees are charged for Community Action programs, or services

Funding:  Provided by federal, state and local grants, foundation funding and private donations

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