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If you want to be in the know about what’s going on at our organization, you’ve come to the right place. Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.

  • If you’re interested in living an altruistic lifestyle while still watching your wallet, check out this list of unique things you can donate besides money.

  • How can you make a difference in the world? By reducing your carbon footprint. Check out these easy ways you can lessen your environmental impact and help save the earth.

  • A mentorship program has more benefits in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether it's right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.

  • Altruism stretches out, encompassing ourselves, others and nature itself. So how can we put this sense of altruism into real-life? By practicing its values with animal creatures around us.

  • CAPND Awarded Veterans Grant!

    We are happy to announce that the Veterans Administration awarded Community Action Partnership of North Dakota a grant in the amount of $911,000 to serve homeless Veterans across the state!

    Our Supportive Services for Veteran Families program promotes housing stability among very low-income Veteran families who reside in or are transitioning to permanent housing. SSVF supports a Housing First approach by helping the Veteran family meets its primary need of housing, while addressing barriers to housing stability.

  • A Go Fund Me has been created for Corey Pladson, Weatherization Foreman, from Red River Valley Community Action in Grand Forks, ND. Corey has been an integral part of our statewide Weatherization network for the past six years.

    On August 22, 2016, Corey suffered a series of strokes at age 38. Thankfully Corey was on the phone with his wife, Jen, and she was able to call 911. Corey was taken to Altru hospital and received tPA. He was transferred by ambulance to Essentia Health in Fargo due to needing Interventional Neurology specialty and is in the critical care unit. While Corey was in the hospital he suffered another stroke, which has rendered him unable to speak and caused right sided paralysis. Corey has a very long road in front of him.

    Jen and Corey have 3 beautiful daughters Madison (9), Abigail (soon to be 8), and Cadence (3). The family is focusing on Corey's health and recovery, let's see what we can do to support them. Together we can ease some financial burden, no amount is too small and every little bit helps!

  • You can still be involved with your dearest philanthropic cause without having to get up from the couch. Interested? Check out these easy ways to donate without having to leave your house.

  • The usual “Thank you,” is a wonderful way to show how much you appreciate others, but sometimes it can be fun to be a little more imaginative.

  • Back-to-school season can be exciting, challenging and—with kids—frustrating. You can take advantage of this time to grow and live a positive lifestyle by getting involved in local schools’ philanthropy.

  • The month of August happens to be National Admit You're Happy Month. There are lots of things to be happy about in life, and August is a chance to appreciate all of them.

  • How can you live a brain-healthy lifestyle? By taking steps to work out your noggin! Check out these cool tricks you can practice to exercise your brain and build mental muscle.

  • Whether they’re familial, romantic or platonic, relationships are vital to beneficial and stable lives. So how can we learn to build positive and enriching relationships?

  • Truth is, meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth looking into, check out these top ways meditation can help improve your life.

  • Independence Day celebrates the United States' sovereignty, culture and freedom. You can be a part of that by taking advantage of these 5 ideas to honor our nation's troops.

  • When it’s time to start a new healthy habit, it can be pretty difficult. If you’re interested in starting a habit that you can actually stick with, check out these useful tips.

  • As the summer heats up North Dakota is hoping to keep cooling costs down. Learn more about the Cooling Assistance program by watching the WDAY interview with Brandon Kjelden, Weatherization Coordinator at SENDCAA.

  • Ah, summer… swimming at the pool, laying outside in the sun all day and sitting around a fire at night. What a wonderful season. And one way to make summertime even more amazing is by volunteering at a youth summer camp.

  • Summer can be more than just some extra vacation time—it’s a chance to get involved and volunteer in the community. Summer is an opportunity to give back in philanthropy, so here are 8 hot ways to do just that.

  • June 6th is National Gardening Exercise Day! This is an entire day dedicated to recognizing the important health benefits of gardening. Check out a few of the many advantages to be gained from gardening.

  • Joining a nonprofit board will not only benefit a nonprofit organization, but it will provide amazing benefits to fill up your cup (figuratively speaking, of course). Let’s explore some great reasons to either join or expand your efforts with a nonprofit board.

  • There comes a point where you go from being simply a bystander to a full-on advocate for a cause. Can you pinpoint when it happened for you?

  • While giving days are an awesome idea, your community might not have an established day. Here’s how you can start one, plus other ideas to have impact without a giving day.

  • Mindfuel Daily came up with some awesome ways to show compassion each day and ultimately positively impact others. Check out their examples with our own take on how you can embody compassion for a better life.

  • Living an altruistic life can happen any time you put a little extra thought into your day. Check out these ways that you can show the world you care without using money to do it.

  • A recent article by Forbes suggests that volunteering provides some pretty great benefits, including a kickstart to your career. Let’s explore the different ways that volunteering can help you succeed in your current career, or as you look for a new opportunity.

  • Breaking a bad habit will help show you that you can make positive changes for good. Plus, it’ll help you live a happier life. As provided by WebMD, here are three tips to help kick a bad habit to the curb and start living your happiest, healthiest life.

  • North Dakota Community Action Partnership is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Energy OutWest awards! Each year Energy OutWest, a premiere national weatherization training center, recognizes leaders in the field for their outstanding work. The 2016 NDCAP Weatherization staff recognized for their efforts and leadership are Norris Elshaug (right) and Brandon Kjelden (left)!

    Norris Elshaug, Weatherization Coordinator at Dakota Prairie Community Action, won the 2016 Pushing the Envelope Award for his innovative ideas and creativity. Norris recently implemented the utilization of technology to conduct inspections, a revolution in the way the program conducts its operations. Norris is in his 39th year of dedicated service to Community Action!

    Brandon Kjelden, Weatherization Coordinator at Southeastern North Dakota Community Action, won the 2016 Outstanding Person in Weatherization Award. After 13 years of service, Brandon continues to lead Weatherization both at the local and statewide levels in an efficient and effective manner all while keeping the well-being of clients at the forefront of services provided.

  • Our Weatherization Program is currently accepting applications!

    The Weatherization Assistance Program uses various measures to increase energy efficiency in homes while strengthening the health and safety of the home. The program is available to renters and owners, whether they live in manufactured homes, traditional wood-framed homes, or apartments. There is no fee for applicants. Renters may use the program, but they must meet the income guidelines and their landlord must comply with other program requirements.

    Weatherization alleviates the heavy energy burden on low-income households and helps families save money. The income guidelines are 200% of the poverty level. If a person qualifies for fuel assistance through their local county social services department, they automatically qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program.

  • The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People is seeking an executive director. Please circulate the attached job posting as widely as possible. The full job description is online at www.ndhomelesscoalition.org

  • North Dakota residents who need assistance with utility bills may qualify for LiHEAP: heating assistance, making your home more energy efficient, furnace and chimney cleaning, furnace replacements or minor repairs, or emergency assistance. These seasonal benefits are available to those whose household income qualifies. Watch this short video (1 minute long!) for more information and how to apply.

  • Each year the National Association for State Community Services Programs conducts the CSBG performance outcomes for each state. Click here to learn more about what Community Action Agencies did in North Dakota!

  • Senator Heidi Heitkamp visited our Weatherization Crew while they were on the job in Grand Forks, ND. See the pictures!

  • Brenda Sather Retiring

    After 36 years, Brenda Sather, the Executive Director of the Community Action Program of Region VII is retiring this week! Brenda is an invaluable part of our entire network; she is a tireless advocate for the people of North Dakota. Her love for the work of Community Action is unwavering and will never be forgotten.

    Brenda, we will miss you! Thank you for everything you've done for Community Action and the people of our fine state.

  • The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) helps low-income families with heating costs. You may qualify if: your income and assets meet eligibility guidelines AND you buy fuel from a dealer or utility company OR your rent (non-subsidized) includes heat payment. To apply, call Cindy at Community Options at 701-223-2417.

  • Our Community Action Agency serving Bismarck and its surrounding communities is currently competing for the Live First Community Grant for the Backpack for Kids Program! Please consider voting for them! You can vote one time a day!

    Backpack for Kids was started in December 2006 to address the need for food for children identified as being homeless, low income or at risk (children who may be living in overcrowded housing, staying with family or friends, staying in shelters/hotels or sleeping in vehicles.) These kids are served breakfast and lunch while attending school during the week but may not have adequate food on weekends. We started with 50 backpacks and only a couple of schools. Currently, we serve 33 schools in Bismarck/Mandan; in August of 2015 we delivered 540 backpacks and in December we were at 740 backpacks. The backpacks are delivered to school personnel who distribute them to children they have identified as in need of food. Back packs are filled with "kid friendly" foods which include cereal, fruit cups, pudding cups, applesauce cups, canned dinners, ramen, granola/cereal bars, peanut butter, jelly and bread. Community Action is a private nonprofit and the backpack program relies on community donations to keep providing food for these children on the weekends. Thank you to those who have generously donated in the past and continue to do so.

  • Red River Valley Community Action Case Manager April Aker pointed to a bulletin board with colorful note cards stuck to it. One said "believe in yourself a little more," while another in rounded letters simply said "life is what you make it," followed by a smiley face.

  • "There are quite a few people in our community who don't think it's here, and that's so not the case," said April Aker, case manager for Red River Valley Community Action, an anti-poverty network which aims to help people in Nelson, Pembina, Walsh and Grand Forks counties.

  • On Thursday, October 22nd there will be a Wilder Survey of Homelessness conducted throughout the state of Minnesota and within the Fargo-Moorhead community. This survey is an in-depth look at the demographics and root causes of homelessness in our community, and is critically important for assessing the need for services, grant writing, and program planning within the non-profit and faith communities locally. This is a large undertaking, and in order for it to be done successfully and thoroughly, we rely on volunteers to help throughout the day to interview the homeless individuals coming in to sites across town. I am seeking volunteers to sign up for shifts to conduct the Wilder Survey. Please consider giving of your time to help out in this important event. It is a truly powerful experience to conduct these surveys and hear people’s stories. It not only provides valuable information to service providers, but also gives them an opportunity to be heard by someone who cares about their life experience. I encourage you to participate in this volunteer experience if you are able!

    There are two hour shifts that you can sign up for. We will assess the need for volunteers at each of the sites around Fargo and Moorhead, and assign people to the sites as needed, and will be in touch with you to let you know of your site assignment. There will be a site coordinator at each location who will be your contact person during your volunteer shift, and we will let you know who that will be for your assigned site. There is a volunteer training and we will have opportunities to do this in person or online via a youtube video. We need a significant number of people to be adequately staffed, so please consider forwarding this message on to any friends, family or coworkers who may be interested in volunteering as well! Here is the link to register: