Family Development

Family Development works with people in the community to develop and provide resources and supports to empower individuals and encourage strong, healthy families.
African American Family

Community Action Angels

Community Action Angels is a statewide initiative that works to bring together volunteers and community members who are looking to give back to those in need in their community. Local initiatives include:


Family Essentials

CAPCO's Family Essentials provides clothing, shoes, toiletries, and some household items FREE and can help take the edge off hard times. Clean, gently used items also accepted for donations. For information, contact us at 753-6781. Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-4pm

Coat Giveaway

Our annual coat giveaway puts gently used coats and other winter gear in the hands of those who need it. We collect winter gear throughout the year and make it available to those who need it in October.

Everybody’s Baby Shower 

This annual summer event helps those too little to ask by providing gifts of new baby necessities and education to new and expectant parents in need.

Pajama Party

Our Spring Pajama Party promotes literacy in children through bedtime stories. Children receive a new pair of pajamas and a new book to add to their bedtime story collection.

Holiday Extravaganza

CAPCO families are invited to a holiday shopping experience and gift-wrapping station to help ease the stress of the holidays. Pre-registration is required

Nickel Store

During the holiday months, we set up a shop in a local nursing home for residents to purchase gifts for themselves and their family members. All items are a nickel and the proceeds are donated back to the home.


Our Snack Pack Program is designed to fill a gap by providing healthy, kid-friendly, and easy to prepare foods to families at risk of weekend hunger when children are not in school.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) 

A partnership with Main Street Farms subsidizes the cost of a CSA to put weekly shares of locally grown produce in the hands of community members that need it.

School Supply Giveaway

A partnership with Cortland County Catholic Charites allows us to assist those in need at back to school time with needed school supplies.

Adult Education

Family Development offers flexible programming to meet a variety of literacy needs.

High School Equivalency Program

Classes and individual tutoring to help adult learners earn their High School Equivalency diploma. Day and evening classes offered. 

Literacy Volunteers of Cortland County

A volunteer tutor program that matches a volunteer tutor with an adult learner (17 and over). They work on the skills and goals the adult learner has identified.

Family Success Center

CAPCO operates a Family Success Center to assist those living in rural areas of the county with services. The Family Success Center is located in room 110 at the Marathon High School.

If you need assistance or have questions, call Laurie Tebbe at 849-3127 or email Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Healthy Families Program

The Healthy Families home visiting program matches parents with knowledgeable and caring workers who provide information and support during pregnancy and early childhood. Services include helping families access community resources and services, educating families on parenting and child development, connecting families with medical providers, and assessing children for developmental delays.

Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP)

The program offers free, confidential, one-on-one services that help hungry community members get nutrition assistance. NOEP Coordinators help applicants gather documentation for, fill out, and send in the SNAP application and works to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Service Program, which provide nutritious meals to school-aged children.

Emergency Assistance

This one time help is designed to assist individuals and families when emergencies arise. These are limited funds to help with small expenses in an emergency.

Emergency assistance may be available for, but not limited to, the following situations:

Heating Costs

NYSEG/National Grid bills



Transportation Costs

Lack of food

For More Information on how you can be involved, make a donation or Volunteer Opportunities Please call Brandy Strauf at 607-753-6781.

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