Overview of MICA 

Champions of the Poor

For over 40 years Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA) has waged the war on poverty. Our mission: Helping People. Changing Lives. Building Communities.

In all our endeavors, we are guided by five core values: family, helping others, partnership, achieving results and innovation. MICA, in collaboration with our community partners, leads efforts to strengthen families and communities. Together, we create communities where fewer people find themselves in poverty, and those who do have a path out.


MICA's services to low-income families are initiated primarily through our Family Development Centers in our five core counties of Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek, Story, and Tama. Family Development Centers are located in Ames, Grinnell, Iowa Falls, Marshalltown, and Tama. In addition, MICA helps low-income families in another 28 Iowa counties, either through direct services or by contracting with other agencies.

A Private, Nonprofit Community Action Agency

MICA is an Iowa corporation. It is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a  501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. MICA is also a "community action agency" as defined in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, as amended.

MICA is governed by a twelve-member board of directors consisting of one-third low-income persons, one-third local elected officials, and one-third private sector organization representatives. MICA is funded by local, state and federal sources.

    Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.
    1001 South 18th Avenue
    Marshalltown, IA 50158
    Phone: 641-752-7162

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