On August 20, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which created a variety of programs, including Community Action Agencies, as part of his War on Poverty. He knew then as we know now, that the war against poverty must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House.
Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri (CAPNCM) was established in 1965 to wage the war on poverty in North Central Missouri by promoting self-sufficiency for those of limited income, ensuring that all residents are able to live in dignity; by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished; by providing support and instruction for everyone in need of assistance; and by being a major voice of reason in establishing welfare system reforms.
“Community Action Month is a wonderful time to honor and celebrate the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across the country,” stated Aaron Franklin, Executive Director of CAPNCM. “Agencies are successful every day in helping families achieve economic security. Given that the needs of each family and community are unique, Community Action is able to use a range of resources and programs to meet local needs in creative and impactful ways.”
CAPNCM’s statistics underscore a positive impact on local neighborhoods. The group helps countless individuals improve their lives each year by providing them essential services and life-changing opportunities through financial education and job training, as well as making available affordable housing, economic development, health care, energy assistance, and more.
Despite experiencing budget cuts, shrinking resources, and increased demands for services during these challenging economic times, CAPNCM has been remarkably successful assisting the low-income veterans, senior citizens, families, children, students, and everyone in North Central Missouri to achieve and maintain economic security. As Franklin attests: “Our staff is committed to their task of replacing disadvantages with opportunities because it is right, because it is wise, and because, in our hearts and minds we believe it is possible to conquer poverty in our lifetime.”
CAPNCM will host several activities for Community Action Month, so keep an eye on your local media for more information on what’s happening in your area!
May 16th – 29th we are partnering with the Hy-Vee stores in our area (Bethany, Chillicothe, Trenton, & Unionville) to offer a dollar round-up fundraiser, with proceeds going towards our low-income assistance programs!
We have a limited number of AIR CONDITIONERS for people 65 or older. YOU MUST BE 65 OR OLDER to receive one of these ACs, other units may become available later on, but at this time only households with residents 65+ will qualify. Paperwork and documentation required. First come, first served.
Summer Energy Assistance opens June 1st, 2016. If you were approved for Winter EA, and have NOT moved, you DO NOT need to fill out a new application. If you HAVE MOVED since you were approved for Winter EA, you WILL need to fill out a new application. Summer assistance can ONLY be used for electric bills with a current shut-off notice. If you have questions, please comment below.
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