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What We Do

Tri County Community Action has been helping people and changing lives throughout Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties for over 50 years. Offering a comprehensive approach to individual, family, and neighborhood success, Tri County Community Action provides a myriad of programming and initiatives around early childhood and family development; employment, education and financial empowerment; housing security; and community development - all in an effort to create strong families and thriving communities.

Tri County Community Action’s Promise is to care about the entire community, and acknowledges that even today, structural inequities leave some behind. Tri County Community Action believes that lifting up diversity, equity, and inclusion and standing against hate is core to combating those structural inequities, making all communities a better place to live.

  • This morning I attended a (Group Connection) you hosted. My daughter, Claire, LOVED it! She has been talking ever since about it and sharing what she learned with her brother. So, thank you, and your team, for all of the work put into putting the bags of crafts together, the songs, the games, and all of the care!

Our Impact This Year

Everything we do is aimed to disrupt and permanently break the cycle of poverty for everyone living in our community. 

Did you know that right now 51,419 of your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family members are economically insecure? 

Last year, 38% of the people we helped were working and providing the sole source of income for their households - 63% were women, and 51% of households had children in the home. These were and are hard-working, caring, and productive members of our community - they are YOU - and we helped 17,624 of you stabilize, sustain, and take steps towards economic independence. 

Tri County Community Action Lights Up Harrisburg for Community Action Month


For Immediate Release

Contact: Danielle Krebs, Communications Manager                                 

717-232-9757, Ext: 101


(Harrisburg, PA) – 2021 marks the 55th year since Tri County Community Action (TCCA) was established to support families, strengthen communities, and eliminate poverty in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties. TCCA is part of the national Community Action Network, which was born out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. TCCA along with over 1,000 agencies across the country work to create opportunities, transform the lives of their neighbors, make communities stronger, and empower families to break the cycle of poverty.

Executive Director Jen Wintermyer says, “Our goal is not to just alleviate the burdens of poverty, but to eliminate it entirely from our community”.

TCCA offers a comprehensive approach to individual, family, and neighborhood success, to include a wide range of programming - from budgeting, parenting, and financial literacy education, to in-depth and wrap-around services such as early learning, child and youth development, long-term case management, and neighborhood planning and revitalization.

In 2020, Tri County Community Action helped 22,331 local individuals stabilize, sustain, and take steps towards economic independence. Wintermyer says, “The only source of income for over half of the families we served was from employment. These are working families not able to earn enough to get by and just need a hand up to become economically independent.”

To celebrate the continued success of TCCA and other Community Action agencies, May is designated as National Community Action Month. To raise awareness, the Lieutenant Governor’s balcony at the Capitol Complex will be lit in red and blue from May 3rd through May 16th. The Market Street and Walnut Street Bridges in downtown Harrisburg will also be lit in red and blue from May 8th through May 10th.


About Tri County Community Action

Tri County Community Action, part of America’s Poverty Fighting Network, has been helping people and changing lives throughout Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties since 1966. As a private, nonprofit, social service agency, we create and connect resources for individuals and families to move from poverty and crisis situations to self-sufficiency. Tri County Community Action is funded in part through the Department of Community and Economic Development. Learn more about TCCA at