Our History

Supporting Our Communities Since 1980

Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc. (IMACA) was incorporated in June 1980 with a tri-partite Board of Directors, three staff people, and $16,000 a year. Established as a limited purpose agency, IMACA’s first tasks were to create a resource directory of services and a community needs assessment. The top priorities established through the needs assessment were housing and youth services.

In 1981, IMACA was officially designated as a Community Action Agency (CAA) by the federal government.  By 1987, we had a staff of 32, over 50 volunteers, and a budget of nearly one million dollars. The services provided during this time were focused on community-based services: housing, youth services, food distribution, energy crisis intervention, weatherization, community revitalization projects, and other programs.

Currently, IMACA has evolved into a full-service agency with a budget around $3.5 million, three offices, two affordable apartment complexes, six preschool centers, a paid staff of over 60, interns, and volunteers.  Services now focus on individual- and family-based programs.

A dedicated staff, along with community acceptance and involvement, has been the cornerstone of IMACA’s success. This is clearly evident by the number of volunteers and ongoing donations we receive, as well as the number of individuals and families being reached. 

IMACA is looking toward the future, ready to evolve with ever-changing needs and to meet funding challenges the current economic climate presents.