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

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

posted Oct 22, 2014, 12:02 PM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

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.  

Mentoring Makes a Difference

posted Oct 14, 2014, 11:29 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

Community Action Partnership is looking for caring adults in the community to give an hour a week to a local child in need of a positive adult role model in their life. In as little as an hour a week, you can bring so many positive opportunities to a child in your community just by sharing your hobbies, talents and most importantly, your time!
You will have the ongoing support of the Mentoring Program here at Community Action Partnership during your time with the child. The Mentoring Program has been providing this service in Madison County since 2003.
If you have an hour and think you might be interested or just want to learn more, please give us a call. We never pressure anyone, it has to be right for all involvedJ.
The following funders make this program possible: Department of Social Services, Madison County Youth Bureau, OPWDD, United Way of Greater Oneida and many other contributions throughout Madison County.
Please call Community Action Partnership at: 315-687-3588
Dennis Hoover (ext. 24) OR Jessica Ginney (ext.42)

Dennis and Jessica are the programs Mentoring Match Supervisors and would love to share with you about the program. 

2nd Annual Owera Vineyards Event

posted Sep 5, 2014, 7:23 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

Come  to Where the Action is

Join CAP in celebrating Our Community!

Please join us for our 2nd annual event at  Owera Vineyards  to  benefit CAP and help us recognize  Cazenovians  who have provided  continual  support over the years; 


Thomas Driscoll, Patricia  Race, and Jerry Romagnoli.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

At the Owera Vineyards, 5276 East Lake Road, Cazenovia, NY

A silent auction will be held throughout the event with donations from merchants and

businesses in Madison County. Featuring wines  from the Owera Vineyards, beer  from

Empire Brewery and cider from Critz Farms. Hors d’Oeuvres provided by Owera Vineyards.

Tickets $75 per person

Reserve yours online at:


Or, send your reservation request to:

Community Action Partnership, PO Box 249, Morrisville, NY 13408

(315) 684-3144

A record will be made of your payment, no ticket is necessary at the event

7th Annual Girls Night Out

posted Sep 5, 2014, 5:50 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

7th Annual Girls Night OUT 

Fifteen girls and their mentors came out to enjoy an evening of motivation and good old fashion pampering to prepare them both mentally and physically for back to school. The evening started as it always has with a fashion show, where the girls get to show off the outfits they purchased at a local thrift store or received by way of a CAP or community donation. This all happens with a red carpet and great music to give them that true runway experience.

After the fashion show, the girls were surprised by their presenter; Miss Teen New York Corrin Stellakis from nearby Bridgeport, NY. Corrin is a junior at Chittenango High School in our own Madison County. This was a thrill to say the least for our pre-teen group as well as all the mentors, volunteers and guests. Corrin spoke about her platform (Dream-Believe-Achieve) and how important “being good to yourself and others is”. Corrin brought messages of goal setting and believing in yourself to our young mentees. She closed with a quote she has chosen to live by…” Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.”

The remainder of the evening included; a hip-hop instructional dance, pampering stations which included; hair, nails, skin care, a healthy snack station and an opportunity to go shopping in our donation room where the girls could fill bags with donated clothes, school supplies and other “girly/sporty ” items to make back to school extra special.

This evening would not be possible without the support of our CAP staff, community partners, volunteers, many donations of goods and services and the generosity of the Madison Cortland ARC in Oneida for the use of their wonderful space. A new supporter; George Rink, owner of Express Limousine, provided limo rides for our girls for the evening!

The following funders make the program and activities possible. Department of Social Services, Madison County Youth Bureau, OPWDD,  United Way of Greater Oneida and may other contributions throughout Madison County.

If you have an hour a week to spend with a child that could use the support of a caring adult in their life, please call Community Actions Mentoring Program at 697-3588 ext. 11.

Veteran's Survey

posted Jul 28, 2014, 7:39 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Jul 28, 2014, 7:40 AM ]

CAP has been received the opportunity to receive funding for veterans in Madison county. In order to secure this funding, we need to survey results from veterans or families that live with veterans. If applicable, would you take a moment to complete a survey?

MADison COWnty 5K Race

posted Jul 18, 2014, 9:09 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Jul 18, 2014, 9:21 AM ]

In Your Pace Running Club is holding its 6th Annual  MAD.CO.W  5k RACE on Saturday, 8/2/14 from 9:00 am for our benefit!    This is a fun event, with raffles and awards, beginning at the Nelson Town  Office in Nelson, NY,  Pre-Registration: Online – – Cost is $20 per person, Family Special (4 members) $50 and student (under 17) $15. Day of the race registration is $25 per person and $75 per family.

The In Your Pace Running Club has designated these funds to CAP for the past 5 years.  We appreciate their support – get out there and support them at  this fun event!

Don't forget! Early registration for The 6th Annual MADison COWnty 5k ends July 21st. Don't miss it! Bring A Friend!

Summer Food Service Program Coming to Madison County!

posted Jul 1, 2014, 11:00 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Jul 1, 2014, 11:41 AM ]



Community Action Partnership is pleased to announce they will be sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for Madison County students  beginning on Monday, July 7th to be held  through August 15th, at the American Legion pavilion on Main St in Oneida.  The Summer Food Service Program is designed to provide free summer lunches to low-income children under 18 (and young adults with a disability to age 21 and under) that receive free and reduced-price school meals during the school year, but lose access to these meals when the school year ends.

We are pleased also to partner with Karing Kitchen and the Oneida Council of Churches,  and to be able to provide the parents who come to attend with their child, a  lunch meal as well.  It is advised that an adult or guardian accompany younger children to the lunch site, as childcare is not provided.  Meals are not allowed to be taken off site.  Every day, the lunch will consist of milk, fruit or vegetable, grain and a protein.  We also have a special plan for every Fabulous Friday!  Don’t miss it!  School is out, Summer Meals are in! 

For more information or details, please contact   Jodee Osborne, Nutrition Outreach & Education Program Coordinator at Community Action, 315-697-3588 ext. 34.

Madison County Housing Survey

posted Jun 11, 2014, 12:31 PM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

Do you want to own your own home? Madison County is applying for a grant from the federal government to assist home buyers with down payments and closing costs to reduce the cost of a home to the buyer. In order for the grant application to be successful, Madison County must show there is interest in the home ownership program. If you are interested in owning your own home, you can assist us by filling out this survey by June 30, 2014.  Please click the link below to complete the survey online. Thank you! 

18th Annual Mother's Day Appeal

posted Apr 23, 2014, 12:46 PM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

The art of mothering often goes unnoticed. Each 
Mother’s Day, we have a chance to honor our mothers and caregivers to let them know we notice all they do for us with messages of thanks and gratitude for the love and support that helped us become who we are today.  

This year, Community Action Partnership (CAP) invites you to honor your loved ones by passing on the hope and support they have given you through our 18th annual Mother’s Day Appeal! 

Too often families become unstable due to economic and disruptive situations—lack of gainful employment, disabilities and illness, mental health difficulties—all impacting resources to overcome life challenges.  That’s where CAP comes in.

CAP works with families to become resilient so they can bounce back from these setback by providing opportunities for individuals and families to realize their strengths, make good choices, and become self sufficient.  It is a place where people in need are listened to and given an opportunity to help themselves find short-term relief and support for long-term stability.  Whenever you give a gift to CAP, you give a gift of hope to a local family in need of your caring support.  

This year we are offering a special Mother’s Day necklace made by moms in our newly formed Moms group. This social group meets monthly to provide educational and recreational activities for mothers who can benefit from time to reflect and learn some parenting hints, socialize and share information.  The necklace with a simple tree of life charm is symbolic of the strong roots mothers nourish from the start. Our moms and caregivers are the solid trunk of life that allow us to grow and thrive. Your donation will ensure that mothers in need in our community have the support they need to provide strong and resilient roots for their family. 

Here is what your generosity can do:
  • $30 can help 3 local moms to attend a parenting workshop available throughout the community.
  • $60 can provide one month of home visiting and educational services to a new mom.
  • $120 can provide a week of food and budgeting services for a family of four.
  • $240 can help a struggling household maintain their heating utilities during the winter.
We invite you to make a gift in honor or memory of your mom or caregiver who is important in your life or the lives of others. You will be giving the gift of hope!

Make a safe and secure gift online or mail your donation to: 
PO Box 249
Morrisville, NY 13408. 

Please note the mom and her address you would like the acknowledgement sent to and if you would like a tree of life charm included. Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Thank you for your continued support!

CAP Plants Seeds of Family Literacy

posted Apr 7, 2014, 9:04 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

In March, in honor of National Literacy Month, Community Action Partnership planted the seeds of family literacy at their second annual Literacy Festival. On the evening of March 28th families across Madison County had the opportunity to celebrate reading at the Madison-Cortland ARC’s Wonia Hall in Oneida. Joined by more than a dozen community partners CAP welcomed over 120 parents and their children enrolled in CAP programs to spend time reading, enjoying live music, making crafts, and choosing books of their very own to bring home. 

Families attending this free event were warmly greeted by CAP staff and presented with a reusable book bag they were able to fill with gently used books donated by the community. Over 1,700 books were distributed and found new homes among the families that attended.  Area librarians and community volunteers from Canastota, Cazenovia, Chittenango, Hamilton, Earlville, Morrisville, and Oneida provided special crafts and activities for children. Children songs with Bob Kirk on the guitar began the evening and delighted everyone. CAP’s Dennis Hoover and his family rounded out the evening with an animated all family sing-a-long. DeeAnn Schaefer, Humane Educator from Wanders’ Rest, joined the festivities with her three “reading dogs.” These cute pups provided an ear for listening and an inviting space for children to sit, relax, and read through a book with a friendly dog at their side.  The Madison County Literacy Coalition, Colgate Bookstore, and CORE Credit Union also provided generous support with book donations and other valuable resources for families.  

Nancy Joerger, CAP’s Special Education Advocate and coordinator for the event said, “This second year for Literacy Festival was another success thanks to everyone’s support and commitment. I love doing these kinds of events and feel that we are making great gains with our families’ literacy development.  I hear stories about the changes that families are making in terms of reading and small steps yield great rewards!” 

CAP also hosted additional events with their Moms, Dads, and mentor groups during the month of March. The parent groups gathered together to hear literacy specialists talk about the importance of reading to children from the very start. CAP’s mentor program also gathered with 21 of their young mentees to talk about the art of story telling. All these events rounded out a month of planting the seeds of literacy to ensure future reading success!

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