About Us

Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action, Inc. (SMTCCAC) old photo

Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc. (SMTCCAC) was incorporated as a 501(c}3 in August 1965. This occurred after three Calvert County residents acted out of concern over the level of poverty in their county. The governing board of the agency has been composed of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s residents, in equal proportions since the county commissioners from the three counties designated SMTCCAC as the official recipient of Economic Opportunity Act funds in 1965. Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland was responsible for the first funds received to begin operations after they submitted an application for funding on behalf of SMTCCAC.

The agency continues to deliver a robust number of programs geared to meet the needs of the Tri-county community. Our Board has completed a strategic plan in 2018 to review current needs to determine if there are any gaps in services provided by the agency. We continue to partner and collaborate with other providers to ensure that the residents receive services or referrals as needed. SMTCCAC has worked diligently this year to offer needed services to combat poverty and to help those in the community that require intervention and service as needed. For more history information, please click here.

Our Mission

To provide services for eligible citizens that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty, promote upward mobility and enrich the quality of life.


To create opportunities for all citizens to realize their potential to become self-sufficient.

The Community Action Promise

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes Southern Maryland a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.