Community Action Partnership for Madison County (CAP) is one of over 1,100 community action agencies across the U.S. and has provided a refuge and safe environment for families, children, adults and the community for the past 32 years. CAP currently operate 13 programs focused on helping households meet their diverse needs, including housing, food insecurity, employment, transportation, parenting skills and family stability.
CAP works with the working poor, unemployed, underemployed, low income families and individuals. Many have no family or friends who can provide assistance – no safety net. Some are in stressful circumstances due to the economy and hardships of living in the northeast. Many of the children reside in homes, trailers or apartments in remote areas of the county.
In 2003, in response to needs of the youth in Madison County, CAP developed a Mentoring Program.Youth aged 8-15 who are in need of a positive relationship with an adult are matched with an adult role model for weekly 1:1 mentoring, monthly group activities and opportunities to become more connected to the local community. Monthly socialization groups include Book Group, Girl’s Night Out (an annual event in late summer to prepare young women for school and build their self-esteem), and Boy’s Retreat (a fun filled evening with good male role models facilitating the activities).
Funds raised through Madison County Gives will help CAP to further develop the Mentoring Program to provide additional enrichment and socialization activities, and to recruit additional mentors to meet the need that is demonstrated by the 100 names of children on the waiting list for this worthwhile program!