Community Action Partnership of Oregon (CAPO) is the State Association for Oregon’s Community Action network of 17 Community Action Agencies and Oregon Human Development Corporation, a statewide agency serving farmworkers. CAPO and its members are part of the national Community Action Network – a network made up of more than 1,100 local, private, non-profit, and public agencies that work to alleviate and eliminate poverty.
The vast majority of these agencies are Community Action Agencies (CAAs) created through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. CAAs were the first social service agencies to involve lower-income people as members of their Boards of Directors to help set policies, design programs and evaluate services intended to reduce or eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty.
Each CAA uses a community-based needs assessment to develop advocacy and service priorities to provide the most relevant, most effective services for its own community. Located in the areas of greatest need, local CAAs offer an extremely wide variety of programs that serve low-income children, families, and seniors. This community-based approach, in conjunction with the statewide network of CAPO members and resources, creates a unique and effective system for fighting poverty in Oregon.
Additional assistance for individuals and families may be available through www.oregon.gov.
- Affordable Housing Development
- Child Care
- Commodity Distribution
- Community Development
- Domestic Violence VictimsAssistance
- Economic Development
- Emergency Food & Shelter
- Employment Training
- Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
- Family Shelters
- Food Banks
- Food Gleaning
- Head Start
- Homeless Shelters
- Housing Rehabilitation
- Information & Referral Service
- In-Home Care
- Lifespan Respite Care
- Warmline Life Skills Training
- Migrant/Farm worker Service
- Neighborhood Centers
- Parent Training
- Public Transportation
- Second Chance Renters Program
- Self-Help Programs
- Self-Sufficiency ProgramsSenior Services
- Special Transportation
- Transitional Housing
- Veterans Services
- Volunteer Services
- Youth Services
CAPO Board and Members
The CAPO Board of Directors is made up of the Executive Directors from each of the 17 Community Action Agencies and Oregon Human Development Corporation.
- Donna Bowman, President – Klamath/Lake Community Action Services
- Barb Higinbotham, Vice President – Communities in Action
- Jeff Sargent, Secretary/Treasurer – Yamhill Community Action Partnership
- Brenda Durbin, Immediate Past President – Clackamas County Social Services
Others members of the Executive Committee are:
- Dan Brown, Energy Policy Committee Chair – Community Action Team
- Steve Manela, Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair and Housing/Homeless Committee Chair – Lane County Human Services Division
- Mike Fieldman, CSBG/ROMA/Organizational Standards Committee Chair – United Community Action Network
- Jon Reeves, Member At Large – Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency
You can also find the CAA that serves your area on the map below.