Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania CAAP is a statewide membership organization representing 42 Community Action Agencies in the Commonwealth that help low-income individuals and families reach and maintain self-sufficiency.
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Community Action’s ultimate goal is to help low-income individuals and families reach and maintain financial self-sufficiency. CAAP is a statewide nonprofit association representing 41 Community Action Agencies in Pennsylvania. CAAP acts as a statewide voice for local Community Action Agencies and low-income citizens. It is the primary source of advocacy, education, technical assistance, news and networking for the Community Action network of Pennsylvania.

Community Action’s ultimate goal is to help low-income individuals and families reach and maintain financial self-sufficiency. CAAP is a statewide nonprofit association representing 41 Community Action Agencies in Pennsylvania. CAAP acts as a statewide voice for local Community Action Agencies and low-income citizens. It is the primary source of advocacy, education, technical assistance, news and networking for the Community Action network of Pennsylvania.

Mission: CAAP empowers Community Action Agencies to solve community problems.

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Get Involved.  PA's Community Action increased leadership skills and improved social networking for Pennsylvanians over ...
11/15/2020

Get Involved. PA's Community Action increased leadership skills and improved social networking for Pennsylvanians over 26,000 times through community and civic engagement. Find your local agency at www.thecaap.org. Be a part of community action. (Source: nascsp.org CSBG 2018 PA Factsheet)

Community Action of Lehigh Valley is looking for a new Executive Director.
11/14/2020

Community Action of Lehigh Valley is looking for a new Executive Director.

We are seeking a passionate Executive Director to assume leadership of an agency that has distinguished itself over that past four decades by identifying existing and emerging factors that lead to poverty and developing innovative solutions to mitigate those factors throughout the Lehigh Valley.

For more information, please visit:https://www.caclv.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/CACLV-Position-Profile-FINAL.pdf

Photo by Johnny Lopez

Sargent Shriver and LBJ begin the War on Poverty.
11/14/2020

Sargent Shriver and LBJ begin the War on Poverty.

#TBT Sargent Shriver deep in discussion with President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, the year after Johnson personally chose Shriver to lead the War on Poverty.

Many of the 42 PA Community Action agencies are running programs to improve the lives of Veterans and their families. Vi...
11/11/2020

Many of the 42 PA Community Action agencies are running programs to improve the lives of Veterans and their families. Visit www.thecaap.org to locate the agency nearest you.

Request or refer someone  to help with employment or unemployment by reaching out to a local Community Acton agency.  Fi...
11/09/2020

Request or refer someone to help with employment or unemployment by reaching out to a local Community Acton agency. Find yours at www.thecaap.org. Our 42 state-wide agencies aim to help you reach and maintain self-sufficiency.

07/21/2020
07/06/2020
Bryan Duncan

National Community Action Partnership Chair Bryan Duncan addressed police violence and structural racism at the Iredell Hall of Justice in his hometown in North Carolina on June 6th.

The article focuses on violence associated with discount stores, but aside from this sad circumstance, there are factors...
06/29/2020
The True Cost of Dollar Stores

The article focuses on violence associated with discount stores, but aside from this sad circumstance, there are factors related to poverty (one of which is lack of security as trade in poor communities does not make enough to pay for security.)

"There are now more than sixteen thousand Dollar Generals and nearly eight thousand Family Dollars in the United States, a fifty-per-cent increase in the past decade. (By comparison, Walmart has about forty-seven hundred stores in the U.S.)"

“The chains’ executives are candid about what is driving their growth: widening income inequality and the decline of many city neighborhoods and entire swaths of the country. Todd Vasos, the C.E.O. of Dollar General, told the Wall Street Journal in 2017, 'The economy is continuing to create more of our core customer.' ”

Discount chains are thriving. But what do they do to poor communities?

06/25/2020
06/19/2020
Community Action Partnership National Office
06/02/2020

Community Action Partnership National Office

Pass this along to EVERYONE in your community. Everyone should be planning to respond to the Census. Not only does it gi...
03/02/2020
Will YOU Pledge to be counted in the 2020 Census?

Pass this along to EVERYONE in your community. Everyone should be planning to respond to the Census. Not only does it give us demographics but it supports us with funding and representation in Congress.
Here is an added incentive - pledging to take part in the Census gives you a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card.
Share this information!

I'm standing up for my community and taking the pledge to BE COUNTED in the 2020 Census. Will you join me?

So very sad to pass along news of the passing of one of our former colleagues, Deb Gochenour. She worked hard for our Co...
02/07/2020
Obituary for Deborah L. Gochenour | Richardson Funeral Home LLC

So very sad to pass along news of the passing of one of our former colleagues, Deb Gochenour. She worked hard for our Community Action network in our battles against poverty. Our heartfelt sympathies for Deb's family.

Share memories & support the family

Why the ‘benefits cliff’ is such a danger to low-income parents
02/07/2020
Why the ‘benefits cliff’ is such a danger to low-income parents

Why the ‘benefits cliff’ is such a danger to low-income parents

Connecticut’s economy is growing, and businesses are having a hard time finding workers at every level of skill and education. But a critical pool of workers — parents with low-incomes — is facing particularly hard choices in moving into the workforce and in advancing to higher paid and higher...

01/29/2020
Conference Highlight

We are so proud of our "kid."
Please visit and like LensCAAP's page. Better yet - contact them to get excellent videos at a great price and have them help you tell your story.
You don't have to be Community Action or nonprofit - LensCAAP will work with anyone. We raised our kid to be nice.😉

This is "Conference Highlight" by LensCAAP on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Tammy Schoonover of the Bucks County Opportunity Council led a Poverty Simulation for emergency responders at the Montgo...
12/18/2019

Tammy Schoonover of the Bucks County Opportunity Council led a Poverty Simulation for emergency responders at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Center this morning. Thanks to BCOC's Eileen Abillar and PA Department of Human Services for organizing the event.
The event involves participants living through 4 15-minute "weeks" of poverty, based upon real-life experiences, demonstrating the challenges of trying to work out of or at least survive poverty. The third week involved an "ice storm" which complicated matters as the participants were hampered in what they could do with closures or services down.
Poverty Simulation kits were created by and are copyrighted by the Missouri Community Action Network.

Last night Alan Jennings, CACLV's Executive Director, had a book release party for his first book, The Pursuit of Fairne...
12/12/2019

Last night Alan Jennings, CACLV's Executive Director, had a book release party for his first book, The Pursuit of Fairness: Fighting for What's Right in a World That's So Wrong. Alan addressed the crowd with humility and humor, thanking many for support and help during his life and the book's writing. DCED's Lynette Praster and CAAP's Dan Leppo were honored to attend and have a book signed by the awesome visionary activist. Author! Author!

Poverty is a story about us, not them - Microsoft News
12/03/2019
Poverty is a story about us, not them - Microsoft News

Poverty is a story about us, not them - Microsoft News

We think we know what poverty looks like. It’s the way we’ve been taught, the images we’ve been force-fed for decades. As income inequality rises to record levels in the US, even in the midst of economic expansion, those images are outdated, hurtful, & counterproductive to focusing attention o...

Leadership Changes at Community Action Partnership: Vanessa Philbert to Assume Role of CEO - Community Action Partnershi...
11/22/2019
Leadership Changes at Community Action Partnership: Vanessa Philbert to Assume Role of CEO - Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County

Leadership Changes at Community Action Partnership: Vanessa Philbert to Assume Role of CEO - Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristy Aurand Tel: 717.917.1722 November 20, 2019 Email: [email protected]   LEADERSHIP CHANGES AT COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP VANESSA PHILBERT TO ASSUME ROLE OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Lancaster, Pa. – The Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP) t...

PA's own Mr. Rogers! A great day to wear a sweater and warm this chilly world.
11/13/2019

PA's own Mr. Rogers! A great day to wear a sweater and warm this chilly world.

We are closed today in observation of Veterans Day. Thank you to all who served and who are serving. Community Action pr...
11/11/2019

We are closed today in observation of Veterans Day. Thank you to all who served and who are serving. Community Action provides supportive services to Veterans in need, including: financial help for rent; assistance with utility bills, household goods, and transportation; and paid on the job training for eligible Veterans. Services differ between local Community Action Agencies.
If you are aware of a Veteran or Veteran's Family who need help, have them contact their local Community Action Agency. CAAP can help determine who to contact; lists are on our website or simply call us.

Want to feel good again? Read this story about perseverance and success. A link to the York Daily Record article about o...
10/24/2019
'Honey, we're in the middle class.' How a Felton couple rose from poverty.

Want to feel good again? Read this story about perseverance and success. A link to the York Daily Record article about one of our recent Self-Sufficiency Award winners - Krista and Dan Green, noting the help they received from Community Progress Council, the Community Action Agency in York County.
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2019/10/24/felton-couple-rises-poverty-awarded-state-pennsylvania/4070506002/

Dan and Krista Green have always worked, but in their 16 years together, they've faced home and health challenges that landed them in poverty.

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222 Pine St
Harrisburg, PA
17101

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Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

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(717) 233-1075

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