In Honor of Juneteenth 2020

The history of the Community Action movement is rooted in the belief that the experience of poverty is of fundamental concern to all Americans, that we are all directly and indirectly impacted by the existence of poverty, and only when our most marginalized community members thrive can we all thrive. The persistent existence of poverty is morally and ethically wrong, and for 44 years the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota has worked tirelessly within our communities to support struggling families work to achieve economic independence.

We know that despite our efforts, Black, brown, and Indigenous people in North Dakota make up a disproportionate amount of those experiencing low levels of social and economic well-being. This means that across the state our Black, brown, and Indigenous community members are more likely to live in poverty, experience economic insecurity, and that this reality impacts the wellbeing of us all.

With the killing of George Floyd a few weeks ago while in police custody, racial inequities and the resulting social and economic injustices can no longer be decentralized in our efforts to eradicate poverty. We must make the connection between systemic racism and persistent poverty and recognize that as long as one of these systems remains embedded in America, we will not be able to fully eradicate either experience.

Racism, whether individual, institutional, or systemic, is of fundamental concern to all Americans. We are all directly and indirectly impacted by the existence of racism. The persistent existence of racism is morally and ethically wrong. Only when our most marginalized community members are free from racism can we all thrive.

Today, on Juneteenth, we are especially reminded of the historical implications of our words versus our actions. The signing of the Emancipation Proclamation formally ordered that enslaved people were to be freed. However, it was not until two-and-a-half years later, June 19th, 1865, that the news finally reached Galveston, Texas and the remaining enslaved people were freed. This disparate experience of freedom and justice continues today through enduring racial inequities.

We at CAPND know that inequity and injustice will continue until our actions match our words. We are committed to establishing more meaningful working relationships with those representing and advocating on behalf of our Black, brown, and Indigenous community members to further embed racial justice in our work. Within our own organization, we commit to training staff, board members and volunteers on the pervasive issues of racial discrimination, like implicit bias and white privilege, which directly impacts our day-to-day work of eliminating poverty.

There is no peace without justice and accountability. It is not enough to condemn racism. We must be actively anti-racist in all our pursuits. With the support of North Dakotan’s moved by the tragedy of George Floyd’s unnecessary death, the National Community Action Partnership, and CAP agencies across the country, we will continue helping people help themselves and each other.

- Community Action Partnership of North Dakota


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 entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

 


About Community Action

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are nonprofits originally established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. Today, North Dakota has seven CAAs on the front-lines of the battle. These seven agencies provide essential services to every region and all 53 counties of the state.

CAAs enable low-income people of all ages to secure the opportunities they need to obtain and maintain economic security.

Creative Halloween Fundraising Ideas

Creative Halloween Fundraising Ideas

October has arrived, which means Halloween is right around the corner. It’s the time of year to get creative, whether that be with your costume, your decorations or your fundraisers. According to The Balance, “Halloween retail spending was estimated at $9 billion in 2018.” Therefore it’s a fantastic time to fundraise. People tend to be in the spirit, excited for a night of sweet treats and fun friends. 

Stumped on creative inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Check out our list of Halloween fundraising ideas for your favorite nonprofit.

1. Pumpkin Carving Contest
There isn’t a Halloween tradition quite like carving jack-o-lanterns. It’s an activity that’s fun for all ages, and it can be as simple or intricate as you’d like. You’ll need to supply the pumpkins, carving tools and patterns. Try asking a local pumpkin patch if they’d like to be a sponsor and donate some pumpkins. Charge guests an entry fee that gets them one pumpkin per person, as well as refreshments, and you’ll be set for a successful event.

2. Halloween Facebook Auction
If you don’t have little ones to take trick-or-treating, spend your Halloween evening hosting a Facebook auction. People can bid on items like decorated gift baskets or event tickets while they wait for trick-or-treaters. Ask employees of your chosen nonprofit, as well as friends and family, for item donations. 

Facebook auctions are simple to set up. As the coordinator, all you need to do is post items with their minimum bid amounts, and set a time for it to begin and end. Then, spread the word! Bidders will send you a Facebook message of the item they’re interested and their maximum bid. Once it’s finished, you’ll let the winners know their prizes. 

3. Costume Contest
A costume contest is a great way to let others’ creativity shine. You can choose to make yours adults only or all ages. Designate prize categories like Best Couple's Costume or Most Accurate to a Character. You can find sponsors from local businesses to donate prizes for each category. To raise more than just entrance fees, consider adding an activity like a dance competition or a silent auction. 

4. Jar Guessing Game
Start by filling jars with items like candy corn or spooky bouncy balls, and place them inside your nonprofit or another local business. Charge people per their guesses of how many are in each jar. Winners can receive the jar’s contents or another prize of your choosing. Just make sure you get their contact information to notify them if they win!

Halloween is a wonderful time to raise money for a worthy cause. By choosing any of the above options, you can bring people together to celebrate the holiday and keep helping the cause you support.

  • National CAP
  • National Community Action Foundation
  • NASCSP
    NASCSP
  • Community Action Program Legal Services