KOOTASCA Community Action has an upcoming vacancy on its Board of Directors for a Low-Income Representative from Koochiching County, and we are seeking nominees who have a sincere interest in the needs of people experiencing poverty in our community.

Low-income people in our community face many critical issues, and we know that by engaging the entire community, especially low-income individuals and families, in addressing the causes and conditions of poverty we can progress can make towards the elimination of poverty in our community.

Board of Directors Overview

The KOOTASCA board of directors is the legal entity that plans, monitors and provides oversight to the programs and services of the agency.

The board has fifteen members with eight from Itasca County and seven from Koochiching. As a Community Action Agency, KOOTASCA  is governed by a tripartite board system that is composed of one-third representation from low-income individuals and representatives democratically elected by their peers, one-third representation from elected officials holding public office, and one-third representation from the private sector.

KOOTASCA  provides meals, coordinates transportation, and reimburses mileage and childcare costs that board members may incur when attending a meeting or agency sponsored event.


Qualified candidates must reside in Koochiching County and be at least 18 years of age. Nominees need not be low income themselves, but must be able to represent the needs of the low-income population. Low-Income Representatives of the Board are democratically elected by their peers and the names of all interested and qualified individuals will be included on an election ballot.


Board meetings are held monthly on the 4th Thursday of the month with most meetings held via video-conferencing at our Grand Rapids and International Falls office locations. Quarterly, in-person, meetings are held in Grand Rapids, Northome, and International Falls.

Board Members serve a 4 year term, and may serve up to 3 terms. Once elected, board members are provided a New Board Member Orientation and Board Manual. Ongoing training is provided and additional development opportunities are regularly available for board members.


If you feel that you would be a good candidate for this low-income representative seat and would like to become involved, please complete and submit the Application Form by June 20th, 2018.

Application forms are also available at our Itasca County and Koochiching County Offices.

For any questions or to request an application, contact Marta Carrigan, 218-999-0807, martac@kootasca.org.

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