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Gifts of Beauty and Warmth

  As the weather turned wet and cold, many responded to recent call for blankets to give out to homeless and low income families. Among the donations were a number of beautiful quilts created by a group of ladies from… Continue Reading

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CAP begins online signups for energy assistance appointments.

For the first time, people can sign up online for energy assistance appointments, beginning Monday, November 18 at 5:00 pm. No more lines! The appointments are first-come, first-served, and can be made from any computer, Smartphone, iPad or other tablet… Continue Reading

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403 families have built their homes through CAP

Eight families recently moved in to the homes they built through CAP’s Self Help Housing Program.   Last Friday, 8 more families became homeowners the old fashioned way—they built their homes— through CAP’s Self-Help Housing Program. Over the past year,… Continue Reading

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Butler Acres 3rd graders tour Help Warehouse

Sixty-some 3rd graders from Butler Acres Elementary School toured Help Warehouse this morning. The students learned about the Meals on Wheels program and then decorated lunch sacks for the seniors who receive meals. They saw how food was weighed, counted… Continue Reading

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Weyerhaeuser grant for Meals on Wheels

This Wednesday, October 23, Arika Atkins and Tim Temples from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund presented a check for $5400 to support CAP’s Meals on Wheels program. Last year, 28,241 meals were delivered to homebound seniors in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.… Continue Reading

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The Food Fight Continues!

During October, employees from Cowlitz PUD, Kapstone, NORPAC, Weyerhaeuser, Fibre Federal Credit Union, Steelscape, Lower Columbia College, and the International  Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) are engaged in a food fight to see which team can collect the most food and… Continue Reading

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The Food Fight is on!

Marissa Keeney and Treana Storie with 6,288 lbs of potatoes that Cowlitz PUD delivered Monday to Help Warehouse. For the month of October, Cowlitz PUD staff have challenged the employees from several other large businesses to a food fight—seeing which team can… Continue Reading

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Giving hope to the chronically hopeless

  Anna Leslie likes to work with the hard cases that everyone else has given up on. She is heading up an innovative, new CAP program that aims to help the chronically homeless while reducing costs to the community. “I’m… Continue Reading

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“I’m pregnant and I think it’s time we grew up.”

  In a number of ways, Ashley Loughmiller embodies what CAP is about: People turning their lives around for good.  When her mother died while she was still in junior high school, Ashley went through a difficult time. By high… Continue Reading

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Seeking a Better Way

Angela Fowler knows what it’s like to stand in the CAP alley at 5:00 in the morning, waiting in line to sign up for energy assistance. She is also a member of the CAP Board of Directors, so when Executive… Continue Reading

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$340,000 in Earned Income Tax Credits come back to our community

Between February 1 and March 20, CAP & AARP Tax Aide volunteers helped 682 people complete their returns, bringing $1.1 million into our community! This is more than all the money that came from the 993 returns they helped complete… Continue Reading

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“Miracle Workers”

We don’t always know when we have made a big difference in someone’s life. Sometimes we find out. “You have improved my life beyond measure,” wrote a disabled veteran to Melissa Cozadd of CAP’s Financial Independence Center.   He was homeless,… Continue Reading

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Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Whenever you hear a cowbell clanging inside the CAP building, it means that another person has just been hired through the Career & Family Development Department. Last week (Feb 25-Mar 1), that bell rang eleven times! One of those successes… Continue Reading

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GFO Cafe receives awards from Lower Columbia Contractors Association

At its annual meeting this month, the Lower Columbia Contractors Association awarded two Construction Excellence Awards to JH Kelly for their work on Grounds for Opportunity (GFO), CAP’s café & job skills training kitchen in Kelso. JH Kelly received the… Continue Reading

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“Business After Hours” at GFO

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce held its monthly “Business After Hours” event at CAP’s new Grounds for Opportunity (GFO) café and training kitchen. CAP and the Family Health Center co-hosted the event for the… Continue Reading

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CAP—Where Dreams Happen

CAP has always been in the business of making dreams come true—whether a family’s dream for a better life, or our shared dream for a stronger and healthier community. 2012 saw the fulfillment of a very special dream. In summer,… Continue Reading

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Cowlitz PUD employees give local food banks a major boost

For the past five years, Cowlitz PUD employees have divided into two teams — main office and operations — and have engaged in a competition to see which team can collect the most food for the Help Warehouse and its… Continue Reading

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