About Community Action Committee

History of Knoxville-Knox County CAC

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is a local public agency serving the community with a comprehensive range of federal, state, and locally funded programs. It is a part of the nation’s premier network in building communities, servicing families, and advocating opportunities for low-income people. CAC promotes family self-sufficiency and independent living for low-income and other vulnerable people through caring and efficient delivery of needed services and the development of partnerships at all levels.

Since 1964, when it was created by Knox County and the City of Knoxville, CAC has served to uphold its commitment: Helping People and Changing Lives. CAC is locally governed by a diverse group of citizens who represent the people served by CAC, low-income neighborhoods, government, and the community at large.

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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.


CAC helps people of all ages thrive by promoting a spirit of hope, delivering quality services and building effective community partnerships at all levels.


Equity is at the core of the CAC’s mission and the Promise of Community Action. We strive to promote a culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates inclusivity. We value the individual lives of our clients, employees, volunteers, and partners. We are committed to fostering a community where everyone can thrive. Everyone is welcome.


Excellence, Advocacy, Fairness,

Respect, Kindness, Inclusivity,

Equity, Integrity, Diversity.

Help Us End Poverty

Your investment in community-based anti-poverty strategies will strengthen families and communities, grow strong economies, and make Knoxville a better place to live, work, plan, and learn for us all.