Welcome to West Central! 

We’re glad you found us. Please take a moment to explore all of our services and programs.

Our core service region consists of nine (9) West Central Missouri counties (in blue), and we serve an additional seven (7) counties with limited services.

We have thirty-four (34) office locations throughout our region to serve you.

Click on the link below for a list of our offices by county.

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Read our 2017 Annual Report to learn more about our organization.  





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About Us

 West Central’s Mission:


“West Central Missouri Community Action Agency is dedicated to empowering people to make positive change by coordinating and administering resources.
West Central Missouri Community Action Agency strives to be the voice in our communities and in our governments for those most in need.”

What the mission means to us

  • We try to give people hope that things can change for them.
  • I am empowered to speak for children and families. I have a responsibility to speak up in my community and also in my government.
  • Empowerment says it all! If you buy someone a fish, you feed them for a day. If you teach them to fish, you feed them for life.
  • I have an opportunity to make a difference for someone. The one key to making positive change is hope.

Vision Statement

“West Central Missouri Community Action Agency wants to be recognized in the community as a strong and united agency, a respected leader and partner in the community dedicated to empowering people to improve the quality of their lives.”


In July of 1965, West Central Missouri Rural Development Corporation was designated by the Office of Economic Opportunity as a Community Action Agency (CAA) pursuant to enactment of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

In 1990, the decision was made by the Board of Directors to change the agency’s name from West Central Missouri Rural Development Corporation to include the Community Action designation to more closely identify with the state and national Community Action image and goals. Today, the Agency is known as West Central Missouri Community Action Agency.

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Community Action



What does Community Action Do? 

In Missouri, there are 19 community action agencies across the state. Each agency serves low-income individuals and families through a variety of direct services to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

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To learn more about Community Action in the United States, please visit the Community Action Partnership website. 

Donate Now

Yes, You CAN Help – Donate TODAY!


 As community needs continue to be greater than funds available, we continue to look at other sources for increased support. We are asking that you make a commitment to support the mission of community action so we may continue our commitment to serving communities and residents across west central Missouri.

A gift to West Central could make a lifetime of difference in the hearts, minds, and lives of the west central Missouri community members who benefit from our services.



Consider this:

A $5 donation will Sponsor one child to provide food for one weekend through the Nutritional Backpack program.
A $20.00 donation will provide gas to one rural family to receive medical attention at a metropolitan hospital or provide one senior citizen with one hour of homemaker care services (assisting with mobility, bathing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry and food shopping.)
A $50.00 donation will help fund an emergency assistance fund to provide utility assistance, rent or mortgage payments to keep a family from becoming homeless.
A $100.00 donation will provide a preschool child with a physical, dental exam or prescription eye glasses.
A $500.00 donation will provide dental supplies (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and toothbrush cover) for 400 children.
A $1,000.00 donation will feed 145 families of four for a week through the outreach center food pantries.

Read more about other ways to give. 


Contact Us

West Central Missouri Community Action Agency

Address: 106 West Fourth Street, Appleton City, MO 64724

Phone: (660) 476-2185      

Fax: (660) 476-5529       

Email : info@wcmcaa.org

Hours of Operation are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. 



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