You Can Help Families in Need

At CMCA, we are proud of what we do for families who are working to overcome the conditions of poverty, but there’s a big gap between the need for funding and the money available.

While we do receive federal and state funding for programs like Head Start, LIHeap, and others, these funds come with stringent rules about when and where they can be used. They also leave a large gap in the support that we can provide the families who depend on us to help them thrive.

Meet Ramone

A CMCA case study.

When Ramone — the father of a child who attends Head Start — needed help getting his car fixed so that he could go to work and take his son to school, our CMCA staff had to scramble to raise the necessary funds to assist him. Yes, we could have sent Ramone to another agency for help, but he already has a strong relationship with his child’s Head Start teachers, and without a car, traveling to find help elsewhere was difficult.

It is obstacles like these that can make or break a person’s ability to move from poverty into self-sufficiency. And, it is obstacles like these that we can alleviate with your help.

Two Ways to Give

One Time Gift

Monthly Gift

What is the Community Promise Monthly Donor Team?

Join the Community Promise Team

The Community Promise Team is a passionate and determined group of monthly givers on a mission to break the cycle of poverty for families in mid-Missouri. People like you giving anything they can to prove how unstoppable we are when we work together.

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Learn about Community Promise Team members Dave and Stacey Preis

You belong here.

This incredible community is composed of generous, passionate, and determined people—like you. They’re community changers and history makers. And you’re going to fit right in.

Here’s what you can expect as a Community Promise Team member…

A place in history

There are only a few times in each of our lives that we get to witness a truly historic accomplishment: Ending smallpox, tearing down the Berlin Wall, the establishment of Community Action! In 1965 President Lydon B. Johnson envisioned The Great Society, a plan to improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of their circumstances. In August of that same year, the Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law by President Johnson creating the nationwide Community Action Network.

At CMCA we live the Promise of Community Action, and believe that lifting people out of poverty in mid-Missouri communities – one individual – one family – at a time is possible. Our goal is to move families living in poverty into financial stability and self-sufficiency. When we achieve this goal, you will celebrate with us as a member of our Community Promise team!

A more vibrant community

The world we live in right now can be hard. And scary. And overwhelming. Despite homelessness, unemployment, hunger, and other inequities there is something we can do. Our contribution to supporting individuals and families with low-income to move them toward financial stability and self-sustainability is vital to ensuring a healthy, vibrant community. Joining the Community Promise Team means you’re making an investment in our community and in the future. Joining the team means that we can make the changes we want to see – POSSIBLE!

When You Become a Member of the Community Promise Team You Will Receive:

  • The joy of knowing that you are making a positive difference in the lives of your mid-Missouri neighbors by helping them move successfully through the CMCA Success Path.
  • A Community PromiseTeam Welcome Kit sent to you by mail Exclusive updates about CMCA programs, initiatives, and events.
  • Stories highlighting the ways your sustaining support is helping mid-Missouri families and communities thrive!


Why Is Monthly Giving Important?

Your monthly gift provides a sustainable source of income for CMCA and a solid foundation for services. Community Promise Team funds are set aside for use on the most important needs and provide a solid financial foundation for times like now when the need is high.

Join the Community Promise Team Now! 

Helping People Help Themselves

When you support CMCA with a financial gift or through donated services or items, you can be sure your gift will be thoughtfully used and will contribute to the overall self-sufficiency of an individual or family. Thanks to our staff who supported Allison, she was able to get her car repaired, keep her job, and continue taking her kids to Head Start. But without your help, others like her may not be so fortunate. If you want to help us fill the gap and support families like Allison’s, please consider the following:

However you decide to help, we appreciate it, and we appreciate you for living the promise of community action by helping people help themselves and each other!