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ACAP works in partnership with families and communities to empower people to achieve economic self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life.
Started in 1966, ACAP is one of New York's 52 Community Action Agencies (CAA's) and one of 1000 nationwide.
CAA's are independent nonprofit organizations designated by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in various locales. ACAP's purpose as Albany County's CAA remains the same today as when we opened our doors over 40 years ago, which is to offer connections and services that help economically vulnerable individuals strengthen their families through 'The Power of Change.'
As ACAP continues to expand and diversify our services and partnerships, we remain committed to our core values and mission - making ACAP an exceptionally accessible and safe place for people to seek a better way of life and a great place for our employees to maintain fulfilling careers.
All the programs at ACAP are offered to address the economic, emotional, social and educational needs of individuals and families in the communities we serve. In an effort to keep services relevant and vital, ACAP maintains a qualified staff and a tri-partite board of directors that includes government leaders, private leaders and low-income representatives. When customers come to ACAP, they are truly respected and understood for where they are at the moment and where they can be in the future.
ACAP offers 'The Power of Change' by three distinct, yet complementary departments. Early Childhood Education has several programs that help to foster school readiness, offer health screenings and nutritious meals, and provide quality child care in a caring and learning community. These programs also work to empower parents with information and job opportunities to keep their families stable. Housing & Energy Services offers programs that work to ensure that home environments are comfortable, safe and more cost efficient. And, ACAP's Community & Career Services delivers assistance to at-risk youth, adults, families and the elderly through an array of programs that help during times of crisis as well as during times of purposeful transition for those most in need.
List of ACAP programs:
Dress for Success Albany
Children's Center at Family Court
Weatherization Assistance Program
Access to Home Program
Home Heating Assistance Program
Cohoes Food Pantry
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Family Development Credenitaling
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