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West CAP joins 15 other Wisconsin Community Action Agencies in celebrating Governor Evers’ Proclamation that May is “Community Action Month” in Wisconsin.

The Governor’s proclamation highlights statewide community action programming in the areas of affordable housing, weatherization, food security, employment, entrepreneurship, Head Start, community economic development, health and education. The proclamation further commends Wisconsin’s Community Action network and their statewide association, WISCAP, for assisting more than 240,000 Wisconsinites faced with poverty last year.

“We are pleased Governor Evers has recognized the work of our statewide network and the critical role it plays in fighting poverty in Wisconsin,” said WISCAP Executive Director Brad Paul. “In order to make further progress, we require greater investments in affordable housing, job training, child care, transportation, and the expansion of health and income supports, which is why we enthusiastically support soon-to-be-introduced anti-poverty legislation, the Wisconsin Opportunity Act,” added Paul. “Confronting poverty also requires broad and creative partnerships from the private sector, and we invite our friends in the business community and philanthropic world to join us in advancing real solutions by supporting WISCAP and local community action agencies.”

At West CAP, the Community Action Agency serving Polk, Barron, St. Croix, Pierce, Pepin, Dunn and Chippewa Counties for the past 54 years, this assistance includes; weatherizing homes – which lowers household energy bills, developing and managing construction-subsidized affordable housing – which makes rent affordable on sliding income scale, doing homelessness interventions – which provide housing and case management to our most vulnerable neighbors, food and nutrition support – which stretches much needed grocery dollars, literacy and skills enhancement – which helps low-wage workers increase their earnings, and a facilitated reliable car purchase program – which helps low-wage workers get to their jobs.

As Executive Director Peter Kilde noted; “With these programs and resources, West CAP was able to make substantial progress in the alleviation of poverty once again in fiscal 2018.  We served nearly 24,000 people in over 10,000 families while bringing over $10 million to work in the local economy.  Thanks to a terrific and engaged local Board of Directors and a committed, skilled and experienced staff, we are well on our way to addressing these challenges in the new year.”

Here is the Governor’s Proclamation in full:

WHEREAS; since 1974, Community Action Agencies in Wisconsin contribute major programming in the areas of affordable housing, weatherization, food security; employment and entrepreneurship, Head Start, community economic development, health and education; and

WHEREAS; their statewide partners are the United Migrant Opportunity Services and the Foundation for Rural Housing; and

WHEREAS; the board structure of Community Action Agencies includes low-income individuals and families, elected officials or their representatives, and others from among business, industry, labor, religious, law enforcement, education, and groups and interests in the community served; and

WHEREAS; in 2017, 243,551 low-income and working poor residents of Wisconsin turned to community action agencies for assistance; and WISCAP member agencies helped more than 6,000 families obtain or maintain affordable housing served nearly 200,000 people monthly with emergency food assistance; and

WHEREAS; WISCAP and its member agencies has helped to start over 2,200 businesses and create over 6,000 jobs through its statewide management and implementation of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Job and Business Development Program (JBD);

NOW THEREFORE, I, Tony Evers, Governor of the State of Wisconsin,
do hereby proclaim May 2019 as COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH throughout the State of Wisconsin and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.


2019 COMMUNITY NEEDS SURVEY

Help West CAP identify the needs of the community by sharing your experiences and ideas!

Community Member Survey – Click on link below

https://uwstout.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ARJ2lzvXhNujWJ

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Effective 9/1/2018

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) for Pepin & St. Croix County will be administered by West CAP for Federal Fiscal Year 2019.

If you are a Pepin county resident and have No Heat Emergency at a time when our office is not open, please call the Sheriff’s Department at 1-715-672-5944. For St. Croix county, call the Sherriff’s Department at 1-800-281-3478. They will contact the appropriate department on your behalf.

Click here to complete an Online Application for Energy Assistance.

Click here to print a WHEAP application

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Glenwood Commons Student Housing

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Strong, Secure Families

Sustainable Communities

West CAP is proud of its history as an innovative, forward thinking organization.  Established in 1965, West CAP was one of the first community action agencies in the United States. Since then, West CAP has worked to promote the self-sufficiency of low-income families in the rural communities of west central Wisconsin, operating as an equal opportunity employer and service provider.  West CAP continues to help families overcome poverty and achieve economic stability by following its mission:

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The West CAP / LICO2e™ Exploratory Partnership: A Public-Private-Partnership for De-Carbonization & Social Equity

West CAP is an evidence based, non-profit committed to the alleviation of poverty in America, especially in West Central Wisconsin. We are driven by the search for restorative and regenerative solutions to social issues that are also environmentally responsible and economically disruptive in favor of low-income citizens and the elimination of poverty across the communities and counties we serve.

West CAP has a long history and national reputation for its innovative programming.

We are proud to announce the launch of our latest innovation, exploring a partnership with LICO2e™ – a public benefit corporation – to bring ‘Locally and Regionally Invested Carbon Offset’ funding opportunities to as many  of our program areas as possible.

As one example of such a possibility, in 2011, Chevrolet / GM paid $750,000 to the State of Maine Housing Authority to weatherize 5,500 low to moderate income homes.  From that weatherization, and the Verified Carbon Standard certification of carbon offsets, Chevrolet received 45,738 metric tons of carbon offsets to balance against the carbon producing nature of their manufacturing and automobiles produced.  While the amount of carbon offsets in this case are relatively small, it is also the philanthropic nature of this investment by a major corporation that sets the lead and the mechanisms for the breadth and depth of investments by the thousands of corporations seeking to do the right thing for the right reasons with their corporate wealth; that is, public-private-partnerships for investing in environmental performance that also yields significant social equity outcomes.

This is what the West CAP /LICO2e™ Exploratory Partnership is all about.

Stay tuned as we get our work underway that can truly bring significant monetary benefit to West CAP programs and the folks we serve.

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"The mission of West CAP is to take action against poverty by developing the social and economic assets of low-income families and their communities and by working to create a more just and sustainable society."

West CAP
525 Second Street
PO Box 308
Glenwood City, WI 54013
715.265.4271
www.westcap.org
westcap@wcap.org