The mission of Operation: New View Community Action Agency is to mobilize federal, state and local resources within Dubuque, Delaware and Jackson counties to focus on planning and operating programs designed to eliminate poverty by serving the needs of low-income people and providing them with the opportunities, motivation, skills, and knowledge to become self-sufficient and to reach their full potential.
In 1964, the Federal Economic Opportunity Act was passed as an attempt to set in motion a nationwide "War on Poverty". Through this act, Congress provided the mechanism for establishing "grass roots" involvement in the planning and administration of anti-poverty programs. Over 1,000 Community Action Agencies were created across the United States between 1965 and 1969.
Operation: New View Community Action Agency was established on February 8, 1974, as the sucessor to the River Valley Community Action Program. In July of 1985, Operation: New View was again "recreated" through an agreement between the City of Dubuque, Delaware County, Dubuque County, and Jackson County under Chapter 28E of the Iowa Code.
Operation: New View is a public non-profit human service agency that serves low-income residents through each of the Outreach Centers in Dubuque, Manchester, and Maquoketa. Head Start programs are located throughout the tri-country area. During the 2007 fiscal year services and opportunities were provided to 14,060 unduplicated individuals.
We are governed by a volunteer board of directors. The board brings together representatives from the low-income sector, public officials, and private organizations. This tri-partite structure ensures input from all sectors of the community in the planning and administration of the agency and in determining the best local approaches to serving the needs of low-income people and families.
Community Action Agencies administer a wide variety of programming intended to address the multiple needs of the low income population. Each agency is charged with the responsibility to identify the unique factors within their communities that contribute to poverty and to deliver services that will ameliorate or eliminate those causes.
The Promise of Community Action
Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.