About Us

Who is Community Action Partnership of Natrona County?

CAPNC is a public organization. We were established in 1983 as a commission under the Natrona County Board of Commissioners to coordinate and assess human service needs in our community.  In 2000 we were reorganized as a tri-partite board in order to become of Community Action Agency. This change allowed us to begin providing direct services, as well continue to be the human service coordinating agency in Casper and Natrona County. Community Action Agencies (CAA) were created by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in geographically designated areas to reduce or eliminate poverty.  CAA seek to involve the community, including elected public officials, private sector representatives, and especially residents who may be experiencing or have experienced homelessness or poverty. CAA relies on these individuals in assessing local needs and attacking the causes and conditions of poverty.

To address the socio-economic impacts experienced by individuals affected by poverty or homelessness through the delivery of coordinated care and barrier removal strategies, to improve the health and wellness of all our neighbors in Natrona & Converse County.

A Community Action Agency:

  • Has received designation as a CAA either from the local government under the provisions of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, or from the state under the Community Service Block Grant Act of 1981;
  • Is recognized as an eligible entity as defined in the CSBG Act and can receive funding from the state under the Community Service Block Grant;
  • Has a governing board consisting of at least one-third democratically selected representatives of the low-income population, one third local public officials or their designees, and the remainder representatives of business, industry, labor, religious, social welfare, and other private groups in the community, and
  • Belongs to a national network of similar agencies, the majority of which received their initial designation, federal recognition and funding under the amended Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

A CAA carries out its mission through a variety of means, which include community-wide assessments of needs and strengths, comprehensive anti-poverty plans and strategies, provision of a broad range of direct services, mobilization of financial and non-financial resources, advocacy on behalf of people living in poverty, and partnerships with other community-based organizations to eliminate poverty. CAA’s always involve individuals with lived experience in the planning, administering, and evaluating of programs.

Most poverty-related organizations focus on a specific area of need, such as job training, health care, housing, or economic development. CAA reach out to low-income people in their communities, address their multiple needs through a comprehensive approach, develop partnerships with other community organizations, involve clients in the agency’s operations, and administer a full range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty.