KOOTASCA Community Action (KCA) is located in Grand Rapids with a satellite office in International Falls. It serves both Itasca and Koochiching counties. Its mission is to build community to end poverty, and it recognizes that a collaborative mindset is the way to truly change attitudes about poverty, to change the systems that impact people experiencing poverty, and to engage everyone locally to create more a welcoming, equitable community.
KCA plans to use its Community Innovation Grant to ignite new learning around race and privilege. It will use its “Big View” initiatives to bring theater performances and talkbacks; trainings around white privilege; and supports from Twin Cities-based Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative to residents who live in Grand Rapids or Itasca County.