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
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.
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
Children are welcome to participate and bikes can be provided to them as well!
Contact us for more information:
218-726-1665 ext. 221
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.
Certified Adult Basic Education Instructors
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.
Or contact us with questions or to register:
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.
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.
218-726-1665, ext. 229 or
Free Tax Site
Doing your taxes is stressful. 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 $57,000 year, you can have your taxes done for free by our IRS certified volunteers.
Virtual: Have access to an email address and internet? Our volunteers can prepare your taxes while you stay in the safety of your home. Start the process here.
Hybrid In-Person: Don’t have access to technology? You can schedule an appointment to drop-off your documents and discuss your situation. To decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19 we’ll prepare your taxes when you’re not present and communicate by phone. Learn more about this option!
File for Yourself: Want to try filing for yourself? Use this free software supported by United Way. It’s free for most. Learn more here.
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.
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.
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
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!