MID-WILLAMETTE VALLEY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY

“Helping People Exit Poverty”

Mission: Empowering people to change their lives and exit poverty by providing vital services and community leadership.

Vision: All people are respected for their infinite worth and are supported to envision and reach a positive future.


In 1964, President Johnson declared a War on Poverty. He signed the Economic Opportunity Act to prioritize the United State’s work towards eliminating “the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty.” As a result, Community Action Agencies were established to remove obstacles and barriers surrounding individuals and families, allowing them to regain self-sufficiency and wellness.

In 1967, YOUR Community Action Agency opened.

The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency works primarily in Marion and Polk Counties with partner agencies, local leaders, government officials, and other organizations to identify community needs, gather resources, and direct those resources where they will have the greatest impact.

Tri-Partite Board of Directors
Federal regulations require that our board have three sectors of our community represented:
low-income communities, elected officials or their designee, and other segments of the community. All our board representatives are from the geographic areas of Marion and Polk counties.

Jennifer Wheeler

Board Chair

Helen Honey

Secretary

Nathan McClenny

Member

Linda Bednarz

Member

Kevin Karvandi

Member

Steve McCoid

Member

Jon Weiner

Vice Chair

Herm Boes

Member

Erika Lanning

Member

Jade Rutledge

Member

Jaunette Wagner

Member

Lyle Mordhorst

Member