About West Virginia Community Action Partnership, Inc.
The West Virginia Community Action Partnership, Inc. (WVCAP) is a statewide membership organization for the 16 Community Action Agencies in West Virginia. Initially established in 1966, WVCAP serves as the voice for the local Community Action Agencies and low-income individuals and families on a statewide basis. WVCAP works in partnership with the WV Office of Community Advancement and Development (WVCAD) to identify training needs and coordinate training opportunities for the Community Action Agencies. WVCAP facilitates bi-monthly meetings that allow Community Action Agency leaders the platform for sharing resources and ideas. WVCAP works closely with our lobbyist to promote legislation that supports the efforts of local Community Action Agencies, while protecting the interests of low-come individuals and families. WVCAP advocates for and supports public policy beneficial to the needs of local Community Action Agencies.
WVCAP is a private nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Directors. Each Community Action Agency appoints an official representative to serve as a voting member of the Board of Directors. Non-voting membership categories include Network Association Membership, Corporate Membership, and Associate Membership.
WVCAP is dedicated to eliminating the causes of poverty.
The History of Community Action
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the “War on Poverty” and created a task force headed by Sargent Shriver to assist with developing policy for his anti-poverty agenda. The result of this effort was the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The EOA Act defined a model local delivery entity called a Community Action Agency and defined their purpose. The organizations were
“…to stimulate a better focusing of all available local, State, private, and Federal resources upon the goal of enabling low-income families, and low-income individuals of all ages, in rural and urban areas, to attain the skills, knowledge, and motivation to secure the opportunities needed for them to become self-sufficient.”
Funding to the CAAs came directly from the federal level to the local entity.
Under President Gerald Ford’s administration, the Economic Opportunity Act was terminated and replaced with the Community Service Act. Although the name changed, the purpose and structure remained the same and funding continued to come directly to the CAAs, by-passing the States. In 1981 under President Ronald Reagan, the Community Service Act created the Community Service Block Grant and defined the role of the States to administer the funds. An office was established in the Department of Health and Human Services to transfer funds to the States. The purpose and utilization of CAAs remained the same.
In 1989, the Community Service Block Grant Act was passed into law and is the legislation in which CAAs operate under today.
WV RCAP Technical Assistance Providers
Meaningful Statistics that Demonstrate
Community Action Impact in West Virginia
For the period of January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019
For every $1 in CSBG funding, the CAAs leveraged $14.85 in other federal, state, and local funds.