About Us

Our Mission

CAPCO is dedicated to providing and advocating for community-wide actions and programs that increase individuals' dignity and self-reliance and improve community conditions, engaging all sectors of the community in Cortland County's fight against poverty.

We Value

  • The voices and experiences of the people we serve, and their full participation in our community.
  • Respect for ourselves and all those we come in contact with in our work.
  • Accountability for our resources and results to our participants and our community.
  • Cooperation and partnership within CAPCO and with the individuals and organizations that support our mission.
  • A commitment to understanding our own and others' strengths, and using these strengths to support our program, management and governance activities.

Strategic Priorities

  • Individuals
    and Families CAPCO will provide access to services and supports for people in Cortland County and the surrounding communities we serve who want to increase their self-reliance, improve their economic circumstances and strengthen their connections to family and community.
  • Community
    CAPCO's programs, advocacy and leadership role in the community will result in improved conditions and
    greater influence for individuals and families in community-wide initiatives to change the public's response
    to poverty.
  • Agency
    CAPCO will increase its capacity to manage its human and financial resources and strategic partnerships,
    as an effective leader in our communities' efforts to break the cycle of poverty.

CAPCO Board of Directors

The CAPCO Board of Directors meets the fourth Thursday of each month and is open to the public.

Current Board Members

Shelley Warnow,


Billie MacNabb, 

Vice President

Doug Bentley,


Lynne Sypher,


Sandra Aloi, Melissa Alvord, Terry Coon, April Dennison, Ella DiIorio, Jeanette Dippo, Kellie Givens, Mary Beth Mathey, Penny Prignon, Patty Schaap, Larry Woolheater

Greg Richards - Executive Director

Policy Council

The Policy Council is a unique aspect of Head Start program governance; it supports active parent engagement in the design of CAPCO's Head Start/Early Head Start Program. Policy Council members assume responsibility for the Head Start and Early Head Start program direction. They participate in approving and submitting to CAPCO's Board of Directors decisions regarding:

  • Activities for parent involvement/engagement
  • Program recruitment, selection, and enrollment priorities
  • Funding applications/amendments
  • Budget planning, including reimbursement and participation
    in Policy Council activities
  • Policy Council bylaws
  • Head Start program personnel policies¬† and decisions
  • Policy Council election procedures


CAPCO Privacy Policy

Cortland County Community Action Program (CAPCO) has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website: www.capco.org.

  • Your IP address is used to gather broad demographic information.
  • This site may contain links to other sites. www.capco.org is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.
  • Our site collects visitors' contact information (like their e-mail address). Contact information is used to answer questions from our visitors and to add them to our Weatherization waiting list. We do not under any circumstances give or sell this information to third parties.


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.


This site gives users the following options for removing their information from our database to not receive future communications or to no longer receive our service.


This site gives users the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided.


If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this web site, you can contact :

Executive Director

Cortland County Community Action Program (CAPCO)

32 North Main St., Cortland, NY 13045


CAPCO Agency Reports

Need help or know of someone who needs help? Fill out the form below or call us today.

    Need help or know of someone who needs help? Fill out the form below or call us today.
    Cortland County Community
    Action Program

    32 North Main St. Cortland NY 13045
    Phone: (607) 753-6781
    Office Hours: Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    We are associated with:


    New York State Community
    Action Agency (NYSCAA)

    Community Action

    211 Cortland