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Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.
The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.
Community Action Agencies try to ensure that the assistance goes to the least fortunate. The agency helps with free financial help for paying bills, applications to public benefits, and other expenses. They also offer financial support to senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, and households living in poverty.
If you are stressed and dealing with a short term financial hardship, be sure to stop by or call your local community action agency for assistance. Community action agencies may help with the following, please check for available with the agency directly.
- Help for preventing homelessness.
- Pre-School Scholarship Program
- Foreclosure Prevention Programs
- Home repair programs, including low interest loans.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Job training and placement.
- Mortgage, housing, and credit counseling services
- Childcare for poor working parents
- Head Start programs for children.
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- Free food and meals
- Job Development, Training and Computer Literacy Services
- Home Energy Assistance Program.
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- Home Ownership Planning Education
- Prescription Drug Assistance Vouchers
- Rental Assistance program
- Transportation & Aging centers for seniors
Mailing address – P.O. Box 1108
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1108
Call (920) 922-7760
The community action agency supports the low income and unemployed in Fond Du Lac, Green Lake, and Winnebago County. The non-profit operates low income housing in Wisconsin. They also offer emergency grants for paying rent, home repairs, weatherization, Loans for Business Development and more.
There are three counties served by ADVOCAP, Inc. The addresses are as follows.
Fond du Lac Office, 19 West First Street, P.O. Box 1108, Fond du Lac, WI, 54936-1108 Call 920-922-7760 or 800-631-7760.
Oshkosh Office is located at 2929 Harrison Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Dial 920-426-0150 or 800-323-0150
The Neenah Office, 181 E. North Water Street, Suite 210, Neenah, Wisconsin 54956 at telephone 920-725-2791 or 800-631-2791.
Berlin Office of ADVOCAP, 237 Broadway, Suite C, Berlin, WI 54923, call 920-361-9880 for intake.
Prairie View Head Start, W911 State Highway 44, Markesan, Wisconsin 53946, Telephone number is 920-398-3907 or 800-631-6617.
CAP Services, Inc.
Address – 5499 Highway 10 E., Suite A
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Counties covered are Waushara, Portage, Waupaca, Marquette, and Outagamie.
There are a few main offices, including the following.
1616 West River Drive, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481, call 715-343-7125 or a center is at 1725 West River Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54481, and this number is 715-343-7135.
Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc.
Mailing address – P.O. Box 430
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Dial (608) 254-8353
If you need help with bills, food, or financial counseling and live in Dodge, Columbia, Sauk, Juneau or Adams Wisconsin, call this non-profit. Food assistance, low income housing, job placement, and other financial aid is available.
The main locations are as follows.
Columbia County, 203 De Witt St, Portage, Wisconsin 53901 at phone number 608-742-3320
Adams County, 1874 Hwy 13, P.O. Box 647, Friendship, Wisconsin 53934, dial 608-339-0273
Juneau County, 1 Kennedy St., PO Box 253, Mauston, Wisconsin 53948, call 608-847-1124 for information.
Sauk County, 505 Broadway, West Square Building, P.O. Box 730, Baraboo, WI 53913, telephone number is 608-355-4810
Dodge County, 134 S. Spring St., Beaver Dam, WI 53916 at phone no: 920-885-9559
Waushara County, 220A Oakridge Ct., Wautoma, Wisconsin 54982, dial 920-787-064
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc.
Main address – 1717 North Stoughton Road (Hwy 51)
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Dane, Waukesha, and Jefferson County.
Community Action Inc. of Rock & Walworth Counties
20 Eclipse Center
Beloit, WI 53511
Telephone number – (608) 313-1319
This agency can help low income families explore different benefits available in Wisconsin, access transitional housing, and provide other tenant or homeowner counseling.
201 Melby Street
Westby, WI 54667
Telephone: (608) 634-3104
Supports Monroe, La Crosse, Vernon, and Crawford County.
Indianhead Community Action Agency
Main address is 1000 College Avenue
Ladysmith, WI 54848
Call (715) 532-4222 for intake
Several regions are supported, including counties of Sawyer, Burnett, Clark, Rusk, Taylor, and Washburn. The agency processes applications for Wisconsin benefits, such as weatherization, can help veterans apply for rent help, and provides other services.
Lakeshore CAP, Inc.
P.O. Box 2315
Manitowoc, WI 54221-2315
Dial (920) 682-3737
Some of the services offered include heating bill assistance from LIHEAP. Other resources include free food, homeless prevention/housing counseling and more. Assistance is offered in Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Door, and Kewaunee County.
Location – 1201 Main Street
Oconto, Wisconsin 54153
Several counties are supported, including Forest, Florence, Brown, Langlade, Marinette, Oneida, Menominee, Oconto, Shawano, and Vilas.
The agency and TEFAP supplements food pantries as well as soup kitchens/shelters in 11 counties with essential commodities. Shelter or soup kitchens use these commodities to prepare congregate meals for the poor and low income. The are located at:
Brown County, The Dorothy Rosenberg Goodwill Place at First United Methodist Church, 518
Doty St., Green Bay, WI 54302
Resurrection Lutheran, 1024 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, WI 54303
Forest County, NEWCAP, Inc., 212 N Lake Ave., Crandon, Wisconsin 54520
The Salvation Army, 626 Union Ct., Green Bay, WI 54303
Manna for Life, 1599 University Ave., Mail: POB 8551, Green Bay, WI 54308
Three Lakes Christian Food Pantry, Three Lakes Community Building, 6965 W School St., Mail: POB 125, Three Lakes, WI 54562
Denmark Community Cupboard, Park St., Mail: 425 E. Grand Ave., Denmark, WI 54208
Florence County, St. Vincent De Paul Pantry, 400 Central Ave., Mail: POB 92, Florence, WI 54121
Langlade County, Operation Compassion, N2142 Hwy 45 S, Mail: 514 Lincoln St., Antigo, WI 54409
White Lake Area Christian Food Pantry, 638 Bissell St., Mail: POB 111, White Lake, WI 54491
Lincoln County, Community Food Pantry of Merrill, 401 W Main St., Merrill, Wisconsin 54452
Marathon County, The Neighbors’ Place, 745 Scott St., Wausau, Wisconsin 54403
Marinette County, NEWCAP office at 1939 Hall Ave., Marinette, WI 54143
Peshtigo Food Pantry, 240 McCaag, Mail: POB 53, Peshtigo, Wisconsin 54157
Pastor Fred’s Food Pantry, N15088 Cleveland St., Mail: POB 117, Amberg, WI 54102
Oconto County, NEWCAP, Inc., 1201 Main St., Oconto, WI 54153
Vilas Food Pantry, 1013 Railroad St., Mail: POB 761, Eagle River, WI 54521
Oneida County, Lakeland Food Pantry, 1707 Hwy 51 N, Arbor Vitae, WI 54568, Mail: POB 470, Woodruff, WI 54568
Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, 436 N Brown St., Rhinelander, WI 54501
Shawano County, SAFPARC, 218 E Richmond St., Mail: POB 570, Shawano, WI 54166
Vilas County, Community Food Pantry, Community Church of Boulder Junction, 10441 Main
St., Mail: POB 14, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin 54512
There are several NEWCAP Locations. They include the following.
1381 West Mason Street, Green Bay, WI 54303, phone number 920-430-1350
1201 Main Street, Oconto, WI 54153, telephone 920-834-4621
212 North Lake Avenue, Crandon, Wisconsin 54520, call 715-478-3871
1939 Hall Avenue, Marinette, WI 54143, phone 715-732-4171
1605 University Drive, Suite C, Marinette, WI 54143, telephone number 715-732-7840
603 East Wall Street, Eagle River, WI 54521, call 715-479-335
612 Lake Avenue, Florence, Wisconsin 54121, phone 715-528-4346
North Central Community Action Program, Inc.
Main location is 2111 8th Street South, Suite 102
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Counties – Lincoln, Marathon, and Wood
Northwest Wisconsin Community Service Agency
Main address is 1118 Tower Avenue
Superior, WI 54880
Phone – (715) 392-5127
Supports residents of Douglas, Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, and Price. Call for information on resources, including job training and emergency financial assistance.
Another partner site is the Solid Rock Safe Haven and Soup Kitchen. The address is 1004 N. 6th St., Superior, WI 54880. Phone – 715-392-6264.
Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency
2113 N. Wisconsin Street
Racine, WI 53402
Telephone: (262) 637-8377
Other site is at Kenosha Office, 2000 63rd St., Kenosha, Wisconsin 53143, and the phone number is 262-657-0840..
Social Development Commission
Address – 4041 N. Richards Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Primary telephone number – (414) 906-2700
One of the largest non-profit community action agencies in Wisconsin. A number of assistance programs are offered to the low income and working poor. Look into employment counseling, Head Start, and grants from programs such as LIHEAP. Other financial aid may be eviction prevention / rental assistance in the forms of loans or grants. Or the homeless in Milwaukee can explore transitional housing or referrals for security deposit programs.
Southwestern Community Action Program
149 North Iowa Street
Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533
Telephone: (608) 935-2326
Regions include Iowa, Grant, Lafayette, and Richland
West Central Wisconsin CAA, Inc. (West CAP)
525 Second Street
Glenwood City, WI 54013-0308
Call (715) 265-4271
Counties supported are Chippawa, Barron, Polk, St. Croix, Pierce, Pepin, and Dunn. Call the non-profit for information on government benefits such as Head Start or WHEAP heating bill assistance. Case managers help the low income, unemployed, and less fortunate.
Improvements frequently undertaken include adding insulation, air sealing, improvements to the heating system, compact fluorescent light bulbs, installation of water saving devices, replacement of inefficient refrigerators and freezers, and at times installation of ventilation fans to improve interior air quality. The places to apply or call are below.
- Barron County – phone 715-537-5691
- Chippewa County energy office is at 715-726-7840
- Dunn County – Call 715-232-1116
- Pepin County – 715-672-8941
- Pierce County residents should dial 715-273-6788
- Polk County – 715-485-8480
- St. Croix County – Call 715-265-4271
The West CAP / West Central Wisconsin community action offices are below.
Main center is at 525 2nd St., P.O. Box 308, Glenwood City, Wisconsin 54013. Call 800-606-9227
Ideal Auto is located at 315 Misty Lane, P.O. Box 308, Glenwood City, WI 54013. Telephone number is 800-606-9227
Weatherization is run from 319 Misty Lane, Glenwood City, WI 54013. Call 800-606-9227
A partner agency is the Menomonie Office & Dunn County Housing Authority, 1421 Stout Road Menomonie, WI 54751, call (715) 235-4511
Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council
23122 Whitehall Rd.
Independence, Wisconsin 54747-0125
If you live in the western part of the state, including counties of Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson and Trempealeau, call this non-profit for referrals, case management, and support.
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