West CAP is proud to announce that we will once again be hosting the 10th Annual Operation Back to School program for the Menomonie, Elk Mound, Colfax, Boyceville, and Glenwood City School Districts. Last year we were able to give over 400 students entering Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade the school supplies that can be a financial burden to many families in these districts. Through the generosity and support of the local communities, we were able to provide each student with a backpack, folders, notebooks, markers/crayons, pencils, and many other required supplies. This is open to any low-income families within these school districts (income guidelines are included on the application).

To apply, please fill out the application completely and return to West CAP, PO Box 308 – 525 2nd Street, Glenwood City, WI 54013. Applications can be printed by clicking the link below, and are also located at our offices, the Boyceville Food Pantry, Stepping Stones, Job Center in Menomonie, and the Dunn County Health & Human Services office. If you have any questions or would like to learn ways that you can help, please contact Jill at 715-265-4271 x1324, or email westcap@wcap.org.

If you would like to help our program, we are looking for the following things:

*Donations of school supplies, or other back to school necessities

*Donations to buy supplies – checks can be made payable to West Cap – Operation Back to School, and mailed to PO Box 308, Glenwood City, WI 54013, or drop off at our downtown office at 525 2nd Street.

We look forward to making the 2018-2019 school year a success for all students.

Application complete for printing



West CAP will be accepting applications beginning July 1, 2018 through September 28, 2018 for the Pierce/St. Croix and Polk County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting lists. Applications must be in our office no later than 4:00pm on Friday, September 28, 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted.

The Section 8 Housing Voucher Choice Program is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is to provide housing opportunities for low-income households.

Persons in the rental assistance program are required to pay a portion of their income for rent. The Section 8 Program pays the balance of the rent directly to the landlord.

To request your application please call West CAP, Inc. at 715-265-4271 or 800-606-9227 or CLICK HERE




Effective 9/1/2017

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) for Pepin & St. Croix County will be administered by West CAP for Federal Fiscal Year 2018.

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


Recruitment: West CAP Board of Director Position

West CAP is currently seeking a low income representative from Polk County for our Board of Directors.  This is an excellent opportunity to assist our organization with developing programs that meet the needs of the community as well as gain personal/professional experience as a Board of Directors member. Our meetings are once a month and held at Best Western Plus, Menomonie, WI. We will reimburse your mileage and pay a $100 monthly meeting stipend.

West CAP, (West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc.) founded in 1965, operates a number of federal, state and locally funded programs designed to assist low-income people increase their self-reliance.

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.

Community Action Agencies serve nearly 11 million low-income people yearly in 96 percent of the nation’s counties.  There are 16 Community Action Agencies in Wisconsin and West CAP represents seven counties within the state: Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix.  West CAP is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of elected local public officials, representatives of the low-income community, and appointed leaders from the private sector. Please refer to our web site to learn more about the current programs administered: www.westcap.org.

Candidates must be at or below the 125% federal poverty guideline and must live in Polk County:


2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines: 125 %
1 in household $15,075 annual
2 $20,300
3 $25,525
4 $30,750
5 $35,975
Each additional add $5,225


If you are interested, please call Jessica Rudiger, Executive/Board Affairs Committee Liaison, at 715-265-4271, ext. 1321 or email: jrudiger@wcap. Thank you for your consideration.


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:



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.


"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