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ICAA is a registered 501(c)3 Charitable Organization and an equal opportunity employer and provider operating under an Affirmative Action Plan.

January 8th, 2024
ICAA Receives Celebrate Children Foundation grant to strengthen families through books.

Funds received will allow ICAA to provide books, parent education regarding the benefits of reading to children, and caregiver support in strengthening child and adult bonds to increase child and parent outcomes.
Jennifer Shearer, ICAA’s CEO, said, “ICAA’s CEO, Jennifer Shearer said, “What better way to strengthen the bonds between parents/guardians and children than through reading! Parents/Guardians can spend quality time with children by reading with them and children can develop and use their imaginations.”

January 5th, 2024
ICAA receives Bob Woodruff Foundation grant to support Veterans in need.

Funds received will allow ICAA to provide financial assistance for housing, utilities, transportation, food, hygiene items, and emergency hotel stays to veterans, service members and their families who are in need. Service area includes Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn Counties.
ICAA’s CEO, Jennifer Shearer said, “We are so very grateful for the continued support we receive from the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Without their help many of our Veterans would have to go without these much needed supports and our Veterans should never have to go without these basic necessities.

July 27, 2023
Indianhead Community Action Agency receives Head Start/Early Head Start, and Early Head Start Childcare Partnership Grants

Funds received will allow ICAA to enroll children aged birth to five into early childcare and education classrooms in centers throughout ICAA’s service area. ICAA’s program will now include year-round Early Head Start services for infants and toddler in Burnett, Taylor, Sawyer, and Washburn counties; provide full-day Head Start services with a focus on enrolling three-year old children. Include additional care for infants and toddlers through Early Head Start Childcare Partnerships which will include family and group care options with a focus on enrolling infants and toddlers from working families. Also bringing employment opportunities to the community.
ICAA’s CEO, Jennifer Shearer said, ” We are excited to have the opportunity to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services, as well as partner with area childcare programs in our six-county service area. Full-day program options will provide consistency for working families and help address the childcare crisis facing area working families.”

May 21st, 2021
Indianhead Community Action Agency to expand Supportive Services for Veteran Families programming to six new counties

Indianhead Community Action Agency’s (ICAA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program has recently expanded to include an additional six counties, bringing the total number of counties served by ICAA to 19 throughout northern Wisconsin. With this latest addition, veterans and their families facing homelessness within the counties of Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marinette, Menomonie, and Oconto are now eligible to receive housing assistance.
“We have been working hard to get these last six counties added to our service area because it means the entire state of Wisconsin now has SSVF coverage for Veterans in need,” says SSVF Case Manager and Health Care Navigator Angela Fox. “We have received calls for veterans in those counties needing help and now we can finally provide them with the services they need to gain stable housing.”

Open till September 30, 2024
Farm and Food Workers Relief Program -UMOS is proud to offer $600 payments from the USDA to Farmworkers and Meat Packers who worked during the COVID-19 Pandemic, supporting critical aspects of our nation’s food system.

This relief is intended to defray costs for reasonable and necessary personal, family, or living expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as but not limited to costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), dependent care, and expenses associated with quarantines and testing. Once a worker has been verified as eligible, the worker is to receive a single $600 payment to be released in a single financial transaction.

January 22nd, 2024
Indianhead Community Action Agency receives Bader Philanthropy, Delta Dental, and Compeer Financial grants to support senior nutrition.

Funds received will allow ICAA to support area seniors’ healthy aging by providing fresh organic produce and non-perishable items each month. ICAA, Cattails Organics, ADRC of Clark, Rusk, Northwest Wisconsin, Washburn County; Taylor County Commission on Aging, and The Senior Center of the North have partnered on this project to support 450 seniors with access to supplemental nutrition. Grant funds will be used to support seniors in Burnett, Clark, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn Counties

April 27, 2021
ICAA Skills Enhancement has eight openings left for secondary education financial assistance

ICAA’s Skills Enhancement Program has the capacity to assist 8 more students who are currently enrolled, or planning to enroll, in secondary education. The program provides financial support to students to cover common expenses such as tuition fees, books, and certification costs. It also covers expenses that may fall outside of student loan parameters, such as gas expenses to travel to and from school, and childcare expenses while students are attending classes. Ongoing coaching is also provided to students for no cost.

May 10, 2021
ICAA not chosen for Head Start funding, remains hopeful

Ms. Shearer continued, “It is a hard, but very real truth of the nonprofit industry that funding is never promised. What we receive this year may not always be there the next. We will continue to work hard to secure funding to expand our programs and services and continue to support our staff and the community. We know how important Head Start is to our families and communities, so we will continue to seek opportunities for funding throughout the next year.” ICAA will apply for Head Start funding again in 2022 and is hopeful that through continued collaboration with the Office of Head Start, they can resume operation of the Head Start program for the 2022-2023 school year. In the meantime, ICAA will continue to provide valuable services and resources in their communities throughout Northwestern Wisconsin.

September 8, 2020
ICAA provides free pandemic assistance for small business owners and entrepreneurs

ICAA’s new Business Development Manager, Anna Ringstad, is turning her focus towards providing free pandemic assistance for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Northwestern Wisconsin. The assistance includes much-needed services such as business planning, financial analysis, marketing strategies during COVID-19, and bringing brick and mortar stores online. Her goal is to ensure that the businesses that are the backbones of our local communities not only survive within ‘the new normal,’ but thrive.

September 15, 2020
ICAA Small Business Development launches new podcast

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