Programs

Learn more about what Community Action Duluth can offer you. Come to a 1-hour orientation to learn about the programs below and how we can help with your needs.

 

There is an orientation on the first Wednesday of every month at the following times:

  • 11 am to 12 pm

  • 4 pm to 5 pm

Employment · Education Financial · Homebuyer

Help to identify your goals, assistance to create an action plan, and all the support and accountability to help you succeed.

 

IRS-certified volunteers prepare and file your taxes for free.

 

Coaching to obtain a license, navigate insurance, purchase a reliable car, or get a bicycle.

Fun family activities that build community; help getting registered to vote.

GED · College Prep 

Career · Financial 

Homeownership

The classes you need to build knowledge and skills to get ahead without judgment, bias, or inequity.

Professional navigators make signing up for health insurance and/or food support much easier.

Coaching, fun workshops, and help navigating health and social services systems and resources for your family.

Jobs in food production and restoring streams and forests. Hosting the Lincoln Park and Hillside Farmers Markets.

 

Coaching

COACH n.
1. Your personal cheerleader & accountability partner.
2. One who helps you stay committed to making progress towards your goals.

Work with a coach to meet your goals, whether they are to own your own home, get a degree, make a financial plan, or find a career you like.

MFIP: Are you looking for an MFIP referral? Contact us to learn how to work with us.

Looking to work with one of our coaches or with our MFIP team? Continue reading here to get learn more about our program as well as our new promotion.

Are you looking for information on the FAIM Matched Savings Account program? Click here for details.

 

Contact us for more information:

coaching@communityactionduluth.org

218-726-1665

 

Transportation

Drive: We'll help you obtain or regain your license to drive.

 

  • Assistance navigating resources & programs offered by the state, county or city

  • Advocacy and support at court appearances, getting fines reduced or removed, and more

  • Open study time for driver's permit, with manual, testing materials, & coaching

  • Assistance with insurance questions

BikePlus: Get around town for work or for health.

For families and for individuals entering back into the workforce from incarceration, we provide:

  • a refurbished bicycle

  • helmet

  • lock

  • water bottle

  • accessories

Children are welcome to participate and bikes can be provided to them as well!

Contact us for more information:

susie@communityactionduluth.org

218-726-1665 ext. 221

 

Classes

GED Test Prep and Tutoring

By earning your GED, you are creating opportunities for yourself. Getting a GED certificate can open the door to a better job, promotions or even a higher education. If not having your high school diploma is holding you back, we offer:

 

Free weekly GED tutoring and support 

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5–7p.m.

 

You’ll find:

  • Certified Adult Basic Education Instructors

  • One-on-one tutoring

  • Assistance with testing fees

  • Free childcare provided

Common Cents: Money and Homebuyer Education Class

 

Knowing about money, how to budget it, how to reduce debt, and how to save enough to buy a home or other asset is a huge accomplishment. In this 16-hour free engaging and interactive class, you will gain skills in managing your money and improving your credit. To learn more about Common Cents and other homebuyer opportunities, click here.

Click here for more detailed information.

Or contact us with questions or to register:

218-726-1665 or email us at info@communityactionduluth.org.

Career Pathways

 

Whether you’re starting in your career or making a switch, we offer classes to help you prepare for an in-demand entry-level job. We regularly run a Certified Nursing Assistant class, which ends with a job fair and a test to get state-certified as a CNA! Depending on funding, we sometimes offer other classes – if you are interested, give us a call to find out what opportunities are available.

Eligibility:

Classes are open to anyone who is interested, though some Career Pathways may have eligibility requirements.

 

Health & Wellness

Mindfulness: one of the ways to increase health and well-being is by practicing Mindfulness regularly – a technique that helps reduce stress, increase relaxation, improve sleep, and the feeling of overall calmness.

 

Join our free Guided Mindfulness Practice for the Community, which has been moved to a weekly online gathering. Please visit this link for details to join our weekly practice. See you there – Stay calm and well.

For more information, contact us at

218-726-1665, ext. 229 or

inge@communityactionduluth.org

 

Free Tax Site

Due to Covid-19 delays our Tax Site is closed.  Please visit us here to learn about free tax filing resources.

 

Doing your taxes is stressful. It can be hard to understand the tax language and the last thing you want to do is mess up. You may be tempted to pay someone to do them for you, but there’s no need to spend $200 or more to get your taxes done. If you or your family earns less than $56,000 a year, you can have your taxes done for free by our IRS certified volunteers. This tax season make plans to have your taxes done at our Free Tax Site.

Regular walk-in Hours: Closed for the Season

January 27 - April 14, 2020

  • Mondays: lottery at 4:00 PM

  • Tuesdays: lottery at 4:00 PM

  • Saturdays: lottery at 8:00 AM

Note that we have a new procedure this year. Numbers are drawn by lottery to determine your place in line. Please arrive 15 min early!

Appointments: Closed for the Season

Thursday, 10 AM – 2 PM, January 30 - April 9. 

  • These appointments are reserved for prior year and amended returns. They are also reserved for the very elderly or disabled. 

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 AM – 2 PM, April 21 – June 28. 

  • Post-season taxes. Adult foster care group home tax return appointments available.

Preparing your own taxes

 

Any household with a simple return can prepare tax returns and file electronically for free online at the United Way’s MyFreeTaxes.  There is no income limit.  

 

Some complicated returns will be charged a fee.

If you are coming in for an appointment or walk-in during tax season, please review this list and bring all of the required items with you.  Our tax site is now closed for new returns.

Contact us with tax questions or for more information:

zayla@communityactionduluth.org

218-726-1665 ext. 225

 

Community Engagement

Family Community Connects  

 

Community Action Duluth, in partnership with Northern Expressions Art Collaborative, hosts monthly evenings for families to come together for dinner and a fun art project. You will experience a safe place to build strong relationships. Dinner and art supplies are all free, and you can take home the art projects along with good stories from the evening.

 

Our Family Community Connects is on the third Thursday of every month in the cafeteria at Community Action. Dinner is served from 5:30-6:00 and the art fun is from 6:00-7:00.

Participant Advisory Council (PAC)

 

Community Action Duluth believes strongly in the importance of having our community members at the table. Our PAC is made up of participants or former participants who are committed to Community Actions Duluth's mission and want a voice in helping reach it. 

 

Our monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30 in CAD's conference room. To apply for a place on the council please call Community Action Duluth at 218-726-1665 for an application.  

 

MNsure & SNAP

Signing up for benefits like food support and health insurance can be complicated. We have people called Benefit Outreach Specialists or Navigators who can take you step-by-step through the entire process and make sure all the paperwork is done correctly, making it easier for you.

MNsure

 

Health insurance is critical and MNsure is the place to enroll online for the best coverage options for you and your family. MNsure offers health insurance options that are income-based and are often little or no cost.  It is also the only place to purchase private coverage and receive a tax credit; however, signing up can be challenging. Our navigators are able to guide you through the entire process.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

 

If your food budget isn’t going far enough, let us help you enroll in SNAP—formerly known as Food Stamps or Food Support. In Minnesota, the money you get in SNAP benefits is put on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which you can use just like a debit card. SNAP benefits can be used at participating grocery stores, convenience stores and even some farmers markets—including our Lincoln Park Farmers Market. While eligibility is income-based, it does not have asset limits and even a relatively small amount of SNAP benefits can have an impact in making ends meet.

Please look over this list and bring the required documents to your appointment.

Contact us to make an appointment or for more information:

mail@communityactionduluth.org

218-726-1665

 

Seeds & Streams

Seeds of Success

 

Seeds of Success is a program focused on increasing access to fresh and healthy food in Duluth. Working predominately in the Lincoln Park and Central Hillside neighborhoods, Seeds operates two food access-focused summer farmers markets as well as one winter farmers market. Each market provides $15 dollar match for all SNAP participants and also runs the Power of Produce Club, which provides children and youth $4 each market to be spent on fresh produce.

Historically, seeds also provides transitional employment opportunities for community members who face barriers to employment.  In 2020, our seasonal crew will work with us to produce food in small plots around Duluth to provide fresh food to our neighbors.

 

Lincoln Park Farmers Market

Every Thursday, 3-6 PM

June 25th to October 1st

Harrison Community Center

3002 W. 3rd St.

Duluth, MN 55806

 

Hillside Farmers Market

Every Tuesday, 2-5 PM

June 23rd to September 29th

Damiano Center – Parking Lot

206 W 4th St.

Duluth, MN 55806

 

Lincoln Park Winter Farmers Market

First and Third Thursdays, 4-7 PM

November through March

Dovetail Café 

1917 W Superior St.

Duluth, MN 55806

Deep Winter Greenhouse

 

Our innovative deep winter greenhouse is a passive solar, low-cost, low-carbon winter food growing systems that allows us to:

 

  • Grow food in the middle of the winter. 

  • Provide fresh food at a winter farmers market to address food insecurity in our community during Duluth's cold months.

Building this greenhouse wouldn’t have been possible without a strong collaboration between Seeds of Success and:

  • Junior League of Duluth 

  • City of Duluth 

  • Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community 

  • Wagner Zaun Architecture

 

The greenhouse shares a lot with the Duluth Community Garden Program-sitting on the back half of the lot, while Denfeld Victory Garden and Edible Food Forest occupy the front half of the lot.

Duluth Stream Corps

Duluth Stream Corps (DSC) works with a variety of government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses to improve our stream and forest health in the city of Duluth. 

The DSC has employed 15 people who were under or unemployed at the time of hire.  Our current positions have a primary focus on basic job skills and skills used in the natural sciences.​

See what the team has been doing here!

2424 W 5th St, Ste 102

Duluth MN 55806

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