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

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 Nov 17, 2014, 5:58 AM ]

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!

Looking for a Volunteer

posted Nov 14, 2014, 5:59 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty

Community Action Partnership is looking for a volunteer for 10 hours a week to help us administer the Care and Share Program here at Community Action Partnership. The hours can be done a variety of ways, but our preference would be that the days one volunteers would be together in the interest of timely follow through.


This program assists qualifying families with heat assistance during the coldest months of the year. Everyone remembers how cold last winter wasL


The volunteer would need to be comfortable talking to families and at times other utility companies on the phone and using the computer (basic computer skills needed).  The volunteer would have the support of Community Action’s staff for any support needed.


This Volunteer position would be based out of the Canastota office. This position will run from January 5th  – March 31st 2015.


If interested, please contact JoAnne Morak at 697-3588 X11

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.  

Mentoring Makes a Difference

posted Oct 14, 2014, 11:29 AM by CommunityActionPartnership MadisonCounty   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 11:55 AM ]

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: 315-697-3588
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!

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