Our Local Community Action Partnerships put power in the hands of impoverished and struggling people, providing local direction so that citizens can decide how to best meet the needs of their community.

We make it clear to residents of the communities we serve that they are not alone in their fight against poverty, crime, homelessness and hunger; and we provide them with the tools they need to overcome their barriers to self-sufficiency.

Some aid programs provide only short-term assistance, leaving recipients temporarily out of harm’s way but without the skills and resources needed to break the cycle of poverty, be self-sufficient and achieve financial independence. But Community Action is different.

Community Action is based on the principle that local control can best provide for sustainable community development, as well as the now-familiar notion that a “hand up” is preferable to a “handout.”

The Community Action Program dates back to 1964, when it was included in the Economic Opportunity Act under President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Since then, more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) have been founded in the United States, serving more than 99% of counties. The primary source of federal funding for CAAs is the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

Our neighborhood service centers are the hubs around which our company’s community action system revolve.  They serve the critical role of advocates for impoverished and minority constituencies, assisting them in organizing in order to influence the larger community’s allocation of resources; keeping their interests before local governments, public and private agencies.

CAPs serve to:

  • identify local needs
  • provide vital resources to neighborhood and community groups
  • secure professional and technical assistance
  • provide direct services to individuals who have nowhere else to turn

Community Action Partnership (CAP) centers provide the following programs and services:

  • Employment & Employment Support
  • Back-to-School Programs
  • Summer Education Programs
  • Adult Basic Education Preparation
  • Benefit Coordination & Advocacy
  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Senior & Disabled Wellness
  • Clothing & Furniture
  • Holiday Gifts
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
  • Before and After School Activities
  • Emergency Financial Assistance

To learn more about our individual CAPS, please click on the links below:

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