One of the many Community Action agencies nationwide, Community Action Program for Madison County, Inc. (CAP) is a community-based not-for-profit that has been serving low income and vulnerable families in Madison County for 34 years. Established in 1983, we partner with our clients and provide information, assistance, and support so they can gain the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to reach their full potential. We work closely with a large number of community partners such as local churches, schools, community foundations, other non-profit agencies as well as local, state and federal agencies to provide comprehensive services to low-income families. In 2016, we expanded our service area to include Herkimer and Oneida Counties. CAP annually serves over 3000 clients through the following programs:
- Healthy Families: Free home visiting services for expectant and new parents facing challenges and stressors, helping them have healthy pregnancies and develop a loving bond with their babies.
- Early Head Start: Voluntary home visiting services to expectant and new parents with children under age three with the objective of improving school readiness skills.
- Mentoring: Caring adult volunteers meet weekly with youth (ages 8 to 15) to provide a supportive and trusting relationship, help children gain new experiences, and lay the groundwork for social and academic success.
- Housing: Assisting families who are homeless or at high-risk of becoming homeless with temporary rental and utility, finding suitable housing, financial counseling, and home visiting case management.
- Kinship Care: Supports grandparents, other relatives, and even family friends who are caring for children. A home visitor assists caregivers to find the support necessary to make a successful transition for children into their home and family
- Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP): Free, confidential, one-on-one services that help hungry New Yorkers get nutrition assistance by helping them with their SNAP application.
- Family Action: A voluntary home visiting program that partners with DSS referred families to keep children safe and healthy and to reduce or eliminate the risks of out-of-home placement for children.
- Office-Based Services: Caseworkers offer assistance to families in need with a wide variety of services including assistance for utility, heat, and rent, budgeting, employment, transportation, smoking cessation, and referral to community and government services.
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) on Madison, Herkimer and Oneida counties. WIC offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five to promote and support good health.