Indianhead CAA Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Community Action

Governor's AwardIndianhead Community Action Agency (CAA) is the recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Community Action. The agency, headquartered in Ladysmith and serving the northwest counties of Burnett, Clark, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn, received the award for its business development program, which helps low-income entrepreneurs start up their own businesses. As new entrepreneurs are successful, they also offer a ‘hand up’ to other rural entrepreneurs or workers. This gives other individuals employment or a chance for skills development, further expanding opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and for growing communities. Continue reading

Annual Meeting and 40th Anniversary Commemoration Recap

The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) held its annual meeting and 40th anniversary commemoration on May 8th and 9th at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

WISCAP was incorporated in 1974 as a private, not-for-profit association to serve the training and public advocacy needs of Wisconsin’s Community Action network. In addition to the 40th anniversary of WISCAP’s incorporation, 2014 also represents the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaiming a ‘war on poverty’ across the nation. The creation and formation of Community Action Agencies were core components of that ‘war on poverty’.
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Pat’s CARSTAR Forges Strategic Alliance with Other Local Companies to Donate Vehicle

November 13, 2012 – Plover, WI – For the fifth year Pat’s CARSTAR in Plover will be donating a vehicle via a gifting program called Recycled Rides through CAP services. The Recycled Rides Program originated after Hurricane Katrina. It is now a nation wide program through the National Auto Body Council (NABC).

CAP Services takes applications from families that are in need of reliable transportation for their job and/or education. CAP staff accept applications from families enrolled in programs in Portage County and then an ad hoc committee of CAP’s Board of Directors select the family they decide is in most need.

This year, repairs are in process at Pat’s CARSTAR on a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Once all repairs are completed, new tires and an alignment are donated along with a complete mechanical check.  To check progress on the vehicle (

The date the vehicle will be donated is Monday, November 19th, 10:00AM at Pat’s CARSTAR. In attendance will be the parties that have donated to the repair, Plover Village officials, CAP Services, and the family receiving the vehicle.

For more information about CAP Services, please visit


Pat’s CARSTAR Auto Body
3021 MacArthur Way
Plover, WI 54467

CAP Services Contact
Cheryl Breit
Work-n-Wheels Coordinator

‘Poverty Matters!’ Conference Held in Appleton

WISCAP held its 27th annual ‘Poverty Matters!’ conference on October 17th and 18th at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin. A total of 189 individuals attended the 1 ½ day event.

This year’s conference featured 29 workshops with a broad range of topics, including a presentation on “The War on Poverty in America,” a poverty simulation workshop, workshops that addressed issues on homelessness, food security, health coverage options for poor Wisconsinites, employment options for SSI recipients, a workshop on “The Economics of Abuse” and building financial capability with low-income households.

Conference participants heard from Eloise Anderson, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and Tim Smeeding, Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, who presented an overview of the Wisconsin Poverty Report. Other plenary speakers included Ken Taylor, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF); Bruce Speight, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG); and Conor Williams, Policy Analyst for the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, who shared an innovative approach to attacking poverty being researched by the Institute. We were honored to have Senator Herb Kohl drop in briefly to receive recognition for his Senate career working for causes important to low-income households. It was also announced that, beginning in 2013, the conference’s ‘Helping Hand’ award will be called the ‘Herb Kohl Helping Hand Award.’

Adams County’s ‘School Lunch Bunch’ was honored for the collaborative work they do in providing meals between school years to low-income children in the Wisconsin Dells area; as was Ms. Netra Crump of Baraboo for the courage she has exhibited in growing into economic self-sufficiency.

A Job & Business Development Story - JADE Spring

In a bottled water industry dominated by big corporations like Nestle and Coca-Cola, JADE Spring is unique. Since 2003 this woman-owned business near Osseo, WI has been bottling water that flows naturally from its own artesian well. JADE Spring collects the water, filters it, and bottles it-nothing more. And because of the purity and good taste of the water-nothing more is needed. Today they bottle and ship over 6000 bottles a month, most to regional businesses.
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