Retirement Security

“America’s Social Security system was built to withstand a lot of challenges, but it wasn’t designed to address the way that the greedy few have thrown our economy out of balance and trapped generations of people in low wages. In this country we have relied on a ‘3-legged stool’ of retirement income: Social Security, a pension and personal savings. Our three-part system is falling apart now because big business shifted financial risk to retirees by eliminating pensions, and moving people’s savings into risky retirement accounts. On top of that, employers are not paying enough for everyday people to make ends meet, let alone save. It’s time for us to expand on the strong foundation of Social Security and to put a stop to the low-wage economy that is trapping Americans in poverty during both their working years and their retirement.”
– Mary Dailey, Retirement Security Program Director

What We Do

CCCAction’s Retirement Security campaign works to ensure that critical social programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are protected and strengthened for generations to come.

  • Grassroots Ambassadors

    We work with local groups to recruit and train volunteer leaders to organize members of their communities to advocate for policies, legislation and leaders that protect and strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Give a Care

    Many retirement benefits are based on lifetime earnings, which create a disadvantage for individuals who take time out of the workforce to care for family members. CCCAction wants Congress to give caregivers a retirement benefit credit to acknowledge their contributions to society. Learn more about our work.

  • Expanding Social Security

    CCCAction and our partners are working to get our elected leaders and news media to stop talking about Social Security cuts, and start seeing the value of an across-the-board benefit increase as well as an improved benefit formula that truly reflects the cost-of-living increases seniors face. Learn more about our policy recommendations.

  • Manufactured Home Organizing Project

    Many families that live in manufactured housing communities depend on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. We’re working with grassroots leaders who live in manufactured home communities to engage them in the fight to protect and strengthen our nation’s vital retirement security benefits. Click here learn more.

Featured Program: Grassroots Ambassadors


“I have been actively involved in the Grassroots Ambassadors program for the last 6 months. I have a 92-year-old mother and an 88-year-old aunt — both of whom depend on Social Security for the majority of their income. I’ve personally witnessed the struggle that it’s been for them.

Since getting involved, I’ve been organizing meetings with seniors in Des Moines. I’ve been dismayed by their sense of hopelessness. Many seniors feel invisible, like they’ve been left behind. In my presentation I acknowledge that there is a challenge ahead, but I say that we don’t have to talk about cutting benefits. Instead, we need to talk about expanding Social Security. At a recent presentation, I gave them talking points and empowering words like ‘earned benefit,’ and I could feel the lift in the room. They asked me questions and at the end they just kept talking with each other — they didn’t want to leave!

I like to see them come to that new way of thinking. To witness that sense of empowerment, to see people come to believe that they can be a part of this, that they can have a voice… that’s the reason I’m really excited about the Grassroots Ambassador program!”

 Cherie Mortice, Iowa Grassroots Ambassador, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund