National Philanthropy Day 2019

For 45 years, since being incorporated in 1974 as the designated Community Action Program serving Cortland County, CAPCO has responded to the challenges facing low income people in many ways. This is done by building on the strengths in the community, partnering and collaborating with others, leading efforts to identify and address the causes of poverty in our community and with maximum feasible participation of low income people.

On National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 15, you can help CAPCO continue to make a difference in our Community.  Your donation helps us continue and expand these efforts.  Your contibutions for CAPCO through the Cortland Community Foundation for National Philanthropy gives us a chance to win up to $10,000.

Last year, CAPCO made a difference in the community by providing services, supports and resources for 3742 individuals, 1540 families. 1052 of those families were at or below the Federal Poverty Level.  These included:

  • Volunteers spent 9181 hours supporting CAPCO efforts to the community:
  • WIC served an average caseload of 1,011 people per month. On average, 50 new participants were added each month.
  • Approximately 78% of WIC prenatal participants initiate breastfeeding
  • 133 children received SnackPacks – healthy foods for the weekends, while out of school.
  • 299 children from 270 families served in HS/EHS
  • 896 individuals benefitted from Family Essentials- access to clothing, household items, personal care items
  • 325 individuals living in rural areas of the county (Marathon, McGraw, Cincinnatus) utilized CAPCO’s Family Success Center in Marathon.
  • 115 consumers lived independently with support of Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). More than 200 aides are employed for this program.
  • 185 Households served through Energy Services – Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), NYSERDA, EmPower, No Heat Emergencies
  • Over 350 people received emergency assistance through CAPCO’s Community Action Angels Program
  • 115 Adults were enrolled in CAPCO’s Adult Education/HSE program and 27 adults received their high school equivalency diploma.

CAPCO responds to poverty in Cortland County with these resources:  Family Development, Head Start/Early Head Start, Energy Services, Women Infants and Children (WIC) and Consumer Directed Services.  Your support helps us to continue to provide these resources and more.  Thank you for your support.