Welcome to MICA!
Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA) is a private, nonprofit organization serving children and families in central Iowa. Established in 1965 to serve children and families affected by the conditions of poverty, MICA provides early childhood, health, family development and housing services as well as community enrichment programs.
Our mission is to provide opportunities to people in vulnerable situations. We equip them to achieve stability, security, and success. We collaborate with families and partners to create communities where fewer people find themselves in poverty, and those who do have a path out.
Some of our most well-known programs include Head Start, Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS), the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and WIC (Women, Infants and Children). MICA primarily serves families in Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek, Story, and Tama counties.
MICA's vision is communities without poverty. We help create collaborative communities that are responsive to change and address the causes and conditions of poverty. We help build safe and healthy communities that offer abundant opportunities for all people to thrive.
Racism in our Community
As a community action agency, MICA works every day to change people’s lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities, and make America a better place to live. We are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. As such, we are devastated by the scourge of racism in our country. Black lives matter. Victims like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are but the latest in a long history of violence. Murders perpetrated against black people, attacks on black-owned businesses, and the ongoing violence and oppression against the black community are the unfortunate reality of our nation. Anti-Black racism and white supremacy are a reality we are committed to changing.
Some of these incidents have been made public on social media, but thousands of others go unnoticed. While many have engaged in activism on social media in response to the atrocities, it is not enough. We need to do more. Persons of color, who are in many cases workers with low incomes, are suffering the physical, economic, and social harm that results from generations of systemic oppression. It is not okay to remain silent. It is not okay to do nothing right now.
We don’t have all the answers. However, we are dedicating ourselves to action. We understand that this is not the work of a day, a week, or a month. It is an ongoing and permanent project. We truly believe that our healing as a nation is tied directly to strengthening our ties as neighbors, families, co-workers, and communities. We are committed to dismantling the structures, policies, laws, and implicit biases underlying the profound inequality in our nation and our community.
Systemic change takes all of us. In love and in unity, we will continue to work toward a better future for all.