Housing Remains Priority for Central Wisconsin Community Action Council


l. to r. – Robert Fait, Bank of Mauston Board of Directors; Roxanne Shragal, Bank of Mauston Administrative Assistant; Michael Lindert, Bank of Mauston President; Charlie Krupa – CWCAC Board Vice President; JK Walsh, Bank of Mauston Vice President; Fred Hebert, CWCAC Executive Director

Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc. (CWCAC, Inc.) continues to pursue development of affordable housing. The agency was awarded a grant of $412,000 from the Division of Housing & Energy in September for building a single-level linear structure in the City of Mauston. At the request and endorsement of Juneau County Human Services Department and the Director, Scott Ethun, CWCAC, Inc. will construct a ten-apartment building consisting of eight (1) bedroom units and two (2) bedroom units. Tenants will be referred from the counties Community Support Program and Families in Transition.

Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc. purchased two large lots within the City of Mauston; one will be for this project, the other eventually for an office building. In addition to grant funding, the Bank of Mauston will provide a mortgage to ensure construction funding. Total cost is budgeted at $654,000.  Construction will begin this fall with completion expected in the spring of 2017.

Indianhead CAA Receives Award Nomination

November 21, 2013 – Ladysmith, WI – WISCAP member agency Indianhead Community Action Agency (ICAA) is nominated for “Opportunities for Success,” for its work as a service provider for Wisconsin Workforce Development and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Click here to read more about the nomination and ICAA’s work in creating job opportunities for those with impairments.


October 4, 2013 — Madison, Wis. — Fred Hebert, Executive Director of the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, was named the 2013 Wisconsin Idea Award Recipient by University of Wisconsin Chancellor Ray Cross at an award ceremony held September 12th in Madison.

The Wisconsin Idea Award honors individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions through involvement with UW Colleges or UW-Extension. Fred received the prestigious award for supporting the Summer Lunch Bunch program for children and youth at-risk for hunger in Adams, Columbia, Juneau and Sauk counties. Continue reading

Portage County VITA Site Receives Recognition

August 21, 2013 — Stevens Point, Wis. — The volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) site in Portage County was recently recognized by the Internal revenue Service (IRS) for its growth in 2013. Through a partnership between WISCAP member agency CAP Services, Mid-State Technical College and United Way of Portage County, the free tax assistance program at Mid-State Technical College in Stevens Point prepared 261 returns in 2013, a 51% increase over 2012 services. Continue reading

CAP Services’ Skills Enhancement Program Receives BMO Harris Bank Funding

August 5, 2013 – Stevens Point, Wis. – WISCAP member agency CAP Services has received a grant of $7,500 for the Skills Enhancement Program for the second year from BMO Harris Bank. The Skills Enhancement Program is an individually-directed workforce development program that assists working, low-income individuals in obtaining the skills needed to compete for living wage jobs. Continue reading

ADVOCAP Receives U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs Grants

August 5, 2013 – Oshkosh, Wis. – WISCAP member agency ADVOCAP was recently awarded grant funds from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership, which will allow ADVOCAP to provide employment-related training services to refugees and low-income persons in the Oshkosh area. ADVOCAP will receive over $170,000 for two programs that will enable individuals and families to meet basic needs and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Continue reading