WisCAP Community Action News

Programs May Come and Go, But Community Action Principles Remain Strong

By Greta C. Hansen, Executive Director

There are many aspects of Community Action Agencies that set us apart from other non-profits.  One is the amazing ability of Community Action Agencies to respond to changing conditions in the communities we serve. Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc (CAC) is going through just such a change.

Over thirty years ago, CAC became involved in helping low-income families start community gardens. These gardens, located throughout Madison and DaneCounty, became points of community development not only for low-income households, but for the gardening communities attracted to each site. The gardens resulted in greater cultural understanding as well as healthy food.   Continue Reading

Where We Live: A Look at Rock and Walworth Counties

CAI President
By Royce Debow
Chair, Board of Directors
Community Action, Inc.

As a board member of Community Action Inc. of Rock and Walworth counties, I take pride in the programs we run that are aimed at creating pathways out of poverty. Whether it’s transitional housing, job training or other programs, the staff works to illuminate options for individuals in need. Continue Reading

SAVE THE DATE: WISCAP 40th Anniversary Commemoration & Annual Meeting

WISCAP 40th Anniversary Commemoration & Annual Meeting
May 8 & 9, 2014
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison, WI
Presentation of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Community Action
Presentations by National Community Action Leaders
Distinguished Policy Makers and Thought Leaders discuss Poverty in Wisconsin
Remembrances on the History of Community Action by past leaders and advocates
Seminars on critical issues in fighting poverty
Special appearance by former Representative David Obey
To see the “Save the Date,” click here:  Annual QM 2014-Save the Date3

CWCAC, Inc. Receives $10,000 Donation to Rio Food Pantry

CWCAC Blog Post Feb 2014It was the largest monetary donation in 18 years to the Rio Area Food Pantry, but John Atkinson (CWCAC Board Member & Rio Food Pantry Coordinator) said he hadn’t told anyone yet because he was still in shock.  “The teacher said, ‘I’ve got you on speaker phone with the class and they’ve got something to tell you,” he said.  “They said that they got $10,000 for the Rio Food Pantry, and John said, ‘What?’” Continue Reading

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