Community Action programs were founded in 1965 as part of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty initiatives. Community Action agencies serve 96% of the counties across the United States. Each agency is a locally-controlled organization designed to respond to the specific human service needs of that community. As a result, every Community Action agency boasts different programs based on local needs.
We believe there are Five Things that set North Central CAP apart from other programs.
We secure and invest resources to fight poverty in Wood, Marathon, Langlade (weatherization only), and Lincoln Counties. Each year, we invest approximately $4 million in the communities we serve.
We are a 100% local and independent organization, with entirely local leadership who are focused on our communities’ unique local challenges. No national parent organization sets our agenda.
We help people by empowering them with opportunities to help themselves; focusing on long-term benefits, not quick fixes.
We provide people and our communities with solutions to a wide spectrum of poverty problems, rather than focus on one single issue. To achieve this, we offer several programs in the Counties we serve.
By reducing poverty’s negative impacts, which affect us all, we make our communities a better place to live for every person in them.
Outreach Services We Provide
Assess needs and provide the necessary direct services of referrals that are required to deal with identified challenges.
Provide supportive services (filling out applications, gathering of verification material, transportation, item pick-up) if necessary to facilitate the client’s participation in the needed service.
Prepare income assessment forms and do preliminary screening to determine eligibility for other potential services.
Perform necessary advocacy and mediation services to facilitate enrollment into mainstream resource programs such as:
· Wisconsin Works Program (W-2)
· SSI, SSDI
· Food Share
· FSET Food Share Employment and Training
· Fuel Assistance
· Medical Assistance
· Section 8 Housing Voucher program
· Badger care