Helping People Help Themselves Through Community Partnering That Provides Opportunities to Live with Decency and Dignity
The Promise of Community Action
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live.
We care about the community and we remain dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
- Fight Poverty
- Promote Self-Sufficiency
- Feed the Hungry
- Improve Social Services
- Engage the Private Sector
We believe that poverty is unacceptable to the community and that all people are valued regardless of race or socio-economic status.
The Community Action Partnership of Mercer County (CAPMC) was incorporated as a private non-profit corporation, tax exempt under I.R.C. Section 501(C)(3) in May of 1966. The corporation is non-sectarian, apolitical and operates independently of any federal, state or local government. CAPMC is one of 1200 Community Action Agencies nationwide and one of 43 which cover all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.
We were founded...
"To mobilize and utilize the resources within Mercer County, for the purposes of making a unified attack on poverty, through services, assistance and other activities with an aim toward eliminating poverty, or the cause of poverty by developing employment opportunities, improving human performance, motivation and productivity; and bettering the conditions under which people live, learn and work.”
Toward this end, we:
- Conduct programs that make people less dependent and more self-sufficient;
- Conduct programs that improve the conditions in which people live;
- Conduct programs that help people own a stake in their community;
- Create partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low income people;
- Increase the organization's capacity to achieve results;
- Conduct programs that strengthen family and other support systems;
- Enlist the support of all county citizens in combating poverty and its causes; and
- Provide decent housing that is affordable to low and moderate-income persons.