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CAP News Contact:
Diane Ryan, Deputy Director
Phone:  (315) 697-3588

Mentoring's Girl's Night Out

posted Sep 4, 2015, 6:31 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

Community Action’s female mentors & mentees came together to celebrate our 8th Annual Mentoring Program Girl’s Night Out event.  The purpose of this event is to prepare the girls in our program for the new school year ahead in a fun and healthy way.

The evening began with the girls participating in a fashion show, showing off outfits they shopped for with their mentors at local 2nd hand stores.  Following this was a great interactive presentation with Marla Velky-Reger where the girls created their own snow globes and learned the symbolism behind them when it comes to relieving stress.  After enjoying a beautifully prepared summer meal, the stations opened for them to have their hair, nails & light makeup done.  They were also able to enjoy a fun photo booth with props and perused the donations of school supplies, clothing, toiletries, jewelry and more!

We would like to extend a special thank you to Katrina Blanchard at Wolf Oak Acres for generously allowing us to use their beautiful event space for this occasion.  We would also like to thank Gary Johnson of Elevated Events for generously providing a fun and energetic atmosphere with his music.  

One of the girls, age 10, shared with sincerity in reference to the donations, “Thank you, this is so helpful.  These

 school supplies are going to help me and my family so much.”  Another girl shared, “This is the best night that I have ever had!”  Some of the girls shared later with their mentors that the event made them feel special, beautiful and happy.  Mission accomplished!

The following funders make Community Action’s Mentoring Program possible: Department of Social Services, Madison County Youth Bureau, OPWDD, United Way of Greater Oneida and many other contributions throughout Madison County.

If you have one hour a week, you can make a difference in a local youth’s life. To hear more about this great program at Community Action, please call (315) 697-3588 and ask for Dennis Hoover ext. 24 or Jessica Ginney ext. 42.


CAP Welcomes the First Time Homebuyer's Program

posted Jul 30, 2015, 8:49 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Jul 30, 2015, 9:16 AM ]

Madison County has recently been awarded the 1st Time Homebuyer's Program awarded through New York Community Development Block Grant.  The housing award is $590,000 for direct home ownership assistance in Madison County.  The goal of Madison County's CDBG housing program is to facilitate and expand first time home ownership to Low to Moderate Income (LMI) families.

At this time, the maximum grant awards are up to $30,000.  Awards are used toward closing costs and principal reduction on the new property.  If grant recipients stay in their home for 10 years, there is no repayment of the grant.  If the new homeowner sells before this time, the grant repayment is pro-rated.

All homes purchased must be in Madison County
Currently, the maximum purchase price for a home is $125,000.  (Based on inside/outside ratios of 28%-38% and subject to change)

Who Qualifies?
You must be a First Time Homebuyer. To be considered a First Time Homebuyer:
You must have never owned a home before
It has been over 3 years since your name has been on a deed
You are a displaced partner/homemaker

You must fall within the HUD income guidelines listed:
Family Size    Maximum Gross $/Yr.
1                   $38,400
2                    $43,850
3                    $49,350
4                   $54,800
5                   $59,200
6                   $63,600
7                   $68,000
8                   $72,350 

Once you are pre-qualified through our initial screening, you will be assigned a Housing Counselor and an interview time is set to discuss your personal credit/budget issues.  Six additional one-on-one classes are scheduled to complete our 12-hour Homebuyer's Education Class.  Our Loan Review Committee then reviews the application and makes the final decision on awarding the grant and assigning the maximum purchase price for each applicant.

For an application or questions about the program, please contact our Morrisville Office at 315-684-3144, Ext 34

Introducing "CAP Academy"

posted Jul 27, 2015, 10:52 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Jul 27, 2015, 11:05 AM ]

CAP Academy
Where Academics and Play Meet!
Let's gear up for the new school year together!  We invite your child to join us for one of our 
Saturday classes as we learn, play, create and have fun together.  Children have the opportunity
to spend a few hours with instructors as they learn, explore, and get ready to head back to school.

Classes are held at our Canastota Office - 1001 New Market Drive, Canastota
Each class is from 9 am - 12 noon
Cost: $30 an individual, $50 for 2 family members

Date: Saturday August 15th

Open to Adults and Children

Beginnings level class to introduce families into the are of Geo-Caching, a nationwide treasure hunting program using the geocache app on smartphone or GPS.

Children of all ages learn compass skills and GPS navigation.

Class Requirements: GPS Navigational system or smartphone.

Instructor:  Lenny Giardino is the program manager for Healthy Families Program and is a certified public educator & administrator.

Registration Deadline:  August 7th

Minimum class attendance: 6
The Buzz on Science

Date: Saturday August 22nd

Open to Children 7-12 years old

Join our mad scientist, Buzzy Dale for a day of exploration.  If your child is interested in learning about; glowing pickles, giant magnets, elephant toothpaste and many more fun and interactive science experiments, this class is for you!

Instructor: Buzzy (George Dale) is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Chemistry and a graduate of the University of Arizona with a MS in Material Science and Engineering.  He is a New York Certified teacher in Math, Physic and Chemistry.

Registration Deadline: August 14th

Minimum class attendance: 6
Global Awareness

Date: Saturday August 29th

Open to Children 7-12 years old

Learn how to make a pinata and understand the origins of the pinata and Mexican culture - food and music to be incorporated into this session.

Instructor: Bethany Hawkinson, a CAP staff member since 2012 in the Healthy Families Program, a Child Development Specialist and has an extraordinary interest in arts & crafts.

Registration Deadline: August 21st

Minimum class attendance: 6

Healthy Families 20th Anniversary

posted Jun 9, 2015, 8:07 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

Have you ever participated in Community Action's Healthy Families Program (or Starting Together Program)? If so, please come join us to celebrate 20 years of the Healthy Families Program in Madison County!
Over the past 20 years the Healthy Families Program has had a positive impact on hundreds of families in Madison County.  Healthy Families New York offers home-based services to expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. Family support workers help facilitate and empower parent-child interaction with fun child development activities through use of an evidence based curriculum. The home visitors also work with parents on self-sufficiency goals such as employment and education and can provide referrals to community resources. If you are an expectant mom or dad or a community partner that would like further information about our services, contact Judy Granger at 315-697-3588 ext 22. 


You Can Make A Difference

posted Jun 1, 2015, 11:40 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 11:48 AM ]

Community Action Partnership works with low and moderate-income families in Madison County 
to provide education, guidance, and accessibility to resources for families and children striving for 
economic self-sufficiency and building resilience.  We are a not-for-profit, non-governmental agency 
in Madison County with a mission to serve families in need.  historically, we have 
served one out of every 16 Madison County residents.

The Community Action Partnership for Madison County is now in search of an individual to serve 
on our Board of Directors to represent the low-income community.  The candidate must live or work in Madison County.  
The board meets 5 times a year.  Travel and/or child care expenses can be reimbursed.

For more information or to express interest, please contact:
Julie Dale, Executive Director
Community Action Partnership for Madison County
Phone: (315) 697-3588 extension 18 or email

Mentoring Appreciation Dinner

posted May 11, 2015, 7:51 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:11 AM ]

Dennis Hoover, Mentoring Supervisor, JoAnne Morak, Program Manager, Carol Kolodziejski, Sharon Jasek,
Amy Buckley, Susan Loper, Roxy Spano, Becky Marris, Joanne McGowan, Scot Cerullo, Melissa King, Cory Marsh, and Jessica Ginney, Mentoring Supervisor

Community Action mentors and staff came together to celebrate at our Annual Mentor Appreciation Dinner.  We celebrated all the wonderful mentors in our program in addition to celebrating our program as a whole.

The evening started with a rolling power point that showcased a snap shot of the year in review. There were photos of mentors and mentees individual outings as well as fun group activities at local places around the county and in nearby Syracuse. We were then treated to a moving presentation from Nate Kaercher; the Band Director at Chittenango Middle School for the past 14 years. Kaercher spoke about the importance of reaching out to youth and shared a few personal stories of his own that drove the message home. 

Three of our mentors were acknowledged for being with our program for over 5 years; JoAnn McGowan, Melissa King and Susan Loper. We also acknowledged our funders; Madison County Youth Bureau, Department of Social Services, United Way of Greater Oneida, OPWDD and the many local chambers and  other organizations that support us throughout the year. 

If you have as little as an hour a week to share with a local youth, please give us a call at (315) 697-3588. That small amount of time can make a big difference in the life of a youth in your community!


Mentoring Program takes an Art Class

posted Feb 25, 2015, 5:32 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

Katrina, 9 years old

The Mentoring Program enjoyed an art class at the Hamilton Center for the Arts for their February group activity!  Kathy Herold led the mentees through an instruction of tracing shapes and mixing paint colors to create a paint collage.  The mentees also had the opportunity to browse the Broad Street Gallery around the corner, finding inspiration in their many works of art. 

Community Actions Mentoring Program serves youth from all over Madison County and we strategically plan our activities throughout the county whenever possible. Some of our upcoming activities are our annual Community Action Literacy Event, a field trip to the Museum of Science and Technology as well as a Flashlight Safari at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. This is in addition to the one on one mentoring that each youth receives every week with their mentor.

The following funders make Community Action’s Mentoring Program possible: Department of Social Services, Madison County Youth Bureau, OPWDD, United Way of Greater Oneida and many other contributions throughout Madison County.

If you have 1 hour a week, you can make a difference in a local youth’s life. To hear more about this great program at Community Action, please call (315) 697-3588  and ask for Dennis Hoover ext. 24 or Jessica Ginney ext. 42.

CAP Celebrating 20 Years of the Healthy Families Program

posted Feb 5, 2015, 5:49 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 5:50 AM ]

Healthy Families Team, front row (left to right); Edie Franklin, Bethany Hawkinson, Amy Comfort, Kay Walrath, Jill Williams, Chrissy Martin.  Back row (left to right); Lenny Giardino, Judy Granger, Carol Ash, Nancy Joerger, Emma Reed, Dan Gilbert 

Community Action Partnership is pleased to announce the 20th anniversary of service to our community of their premiere program - Healthy Families of Madison County. We are a non-profit program serving expectant moms and dads in Madison County that are overburdened and overstressed.  We have offices in Oneida, Canastota and Morrisville.  This program is funded by NYS Office of Children & Family Services   and was selected as a pilot program in Madison County twenty years ago.

The Healthy Families New York Home visiting program is an evidenced based program offering home-based services to expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. Participants are screened to identify risk factors and stressors that the family may face. An approved curriculum is used on home visits that focus on parent child interaction and child development. Families who participate in the program are offered long-term in-home services until the child enters Head Start or Kindergarten.

We are increasing our efforts to educate the community on the benefits of home visiting. If you are an expectant mom or dad and would like further information about our services, contact Judy Granger at 697-3588 ext 22.  Presentations are also available for community partnerships or anyone interested in learning about our 20 years in Madison County. Over the past 20 years, our program has positively impacted hundreds of families in Madison County.

This year in honor of our 20th anniversary we will be inviting the members of our community to celebrate with us and share our successes with partners and families throughout our county.  Be watching for notices about our festive celebration!!!

Hunger & Homelessness Week

posted Nov 17, 2014, 5:57 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Sep 24, 2015, 12:48 PM ]

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving.  This is a time for all of us to think about what we are thankful for and a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are less fortunate.


Community Action Partnership operates many programs that work to alleviate hunger and assist the   homeless. This year we are gathering hygiene products in all of our offices to distribute.  Items can include: toothbrush, tooth paste, band aids, toilet paper, deodorant, baby wipes, facial tissue, feminine hygiene products, shampoo and conditioner, soap & body wash.   

These can be dropped off at any one of our offices at New Market Drive, Canastota   OR 3 E. Main Street, Morrisville   OR Northside Shopping Plaza, Gorman Center   BEFORE 11/21/14.  These are items desperately needed by homeless families and those at risk of being homeless.  These items are not allowed to be purchased with SNAP (Food Stamps) so many families have to go without!

Join Cazenovia College and Community Action Partnership teaming up to strike out against poverty

posted Oct 22, 2014, 12:02 PM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Nov 10, 2014, 11:19 AM ]

On Sunday, November 2, 2014, from 1-3 pm at the Cazenovia Bowling Alley (3 Carriage Lane, Cazenovia, NY) teams of four will be formed to bowl at a cost of $5 per person.  Two baskets will be raffled off! 


Bring a food donation for the CAP food pantry.  Help raise funds and have fun!  

This event is sponsored by the Cazenovia College Human Services Club.


CAP is a non-profit private agency that improves the well-being and safety of children, families and our community.   The proceeds of this event will allow CAP to continue building resiliency in families, individuals and the community through their 13 programs relating to needs of  housing, food insecurity, family stability, parenting, mentoring, medical, educational and socialization – all cornerstones of a healthy community.  

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