Community Action Partnership of Oregon (CAPO) is a non-profit association that serves the agencies that serve Oregonians in need. These agencies are Community Action Agencies (CAAs), part of a nationwide poverty-fighting network. CAPO comprises 18 member organizations (17 CAAs and Oregon Human Development Corporation), serving Oregonians in every county in the state.
Together, the CAAs provide services to eradicate poverty in the state of Oregon. We work in collaboration with a variety of partners, representing local, state and federal governments, as well as community and advocacy groups, policymakers and low-income leaders. CAPO’s work and goals include:
- Advocating for public policies that serve our members and the low-income population of Oregon;
- Raising public awareness of the problems of those struggling with poverty and the good works of local Community Action Agencies by actively promoting the value of the CA Network and its member services and programs;
- Building partnerships that advance the Community Action Agencies, the CA Network and those who share common concerns;
- Maximizing resources to address the causes and conditions of poverty;
- Educating and informing the membership, stakeholders and general public about issues that affect their communities;
- Providing timely, relevant and reliable information on vital issues that impact members and stakeholders;
- Increasing the capacity and effectiveness of Community Action Agencies through providing the tools, training and support they need to be effective and successful; and,
- Using the OSU poverty research, CAPO is worked with regional Community Action partners (Washington and Idaho) to develop a Theory of Change (TOC). The TOC is designed to help CAA’s determine shared goals, as well as communicate these goals with community members, decision makers, and funders.