CAP in the News

‘Low-barrier’ shelter debate continues as Longview caseworker shows such a place can work

March 01, 2014 11:30 pm  •  By Tony Lystra Anna Leslie doubts the men would still be alive if she hadn’t gotten them off the street. There are six of them, ranging between 40 and 60 years old. All were born in Cowlitz… Continue Reading

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CAP offers free lunch to seniors starting early March

February 28, 2014 6:30 pm  •  By The Daily News   Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) will offer lunch to any senior citizen starting March 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Grounds for Opportunity (GFO) Café,… Continue Reading

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R. A. Long, Mark Morris students collect nearly 8 tons of food for the needy

February 15, 2014 9:00 pm  •  By Justin Pittman   R. A. Long High School leadership students collected more food than their peers at Mark Morris during a recent competitive “Civil War” food drive, but they’re downplaying the triumph. “They said, ‘We do… Continue Reading

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CAP, AARP volunteers providing free tax help

By The Daily News Income tax season starts Jan. 31 for individual taxpayers, and while many taxpayers might not be in a hurry to file their returns, it’s a sure… Read more Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) and trained American Association… Continue Reading

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Special showing of Portland film exploring poverty set for Tuesday

Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) on Tuesday will host a special showing of the film “American Winter,” which documents the struggles of eight middle-class families from Portland. Among the profiles are those of a family whose breadwinner loses his… Continue Reading

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Walk & Knock drive collects 56,000 pounds of food

Walk & Knock organizers got an early Christmas present when they tallied the results of their annual food drive Saturday. Volunteers collected 56,000 pounds of food this year, a 17 percent jump from last year’s disappointing haul. In addition, cash… Continue Reading

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Kelso third-graders’ letters are reminders to be grateful

Nov. 28 Daily News editorial On a day reserved for the giving of thanks and expressions of appreciation, we’d like to express our thanks to a group of our youngest readers — Ms. Kari Klayum’s third-grade class at Butler Acres Elementary… Continue Reading

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Walk & Knock food drive donations to be collected Saturday

By The Daily News   Organizers of the annual Walk & Knock, the community’s largest food drive, are working to ratchet up donations Saturday and bounce back from a bad 2012. Volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods from 10 a.m. to 4… Continue Reading

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Learn more about Medicare enrollment at CAP meeting

November 15, 2013 6:10 pm  •  By The Daily News   Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) will provide free counseling on Medicare from noon to 5 p.m. Monday at its office, 1526 Commerce Ave. in Longview next to the Columbia Theatre. “Open… Continue Reading

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No more lines: CAP energy sign-ups to go online

November 09, 2013 8:15 pm  •  By The Daily News   Lower Columbia Community Action Program hopes long lines will be a problem of a past when it introduces online appointment scheduling for energy assistance, beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 18. For years,… Continue Reading

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LCC president calls on community to boost Help Warehouse drive

October 21, 2013 6:15 pm  •  By The Daily News   Cowlitz PUD is competing with seven local groups this month to bring in donations for Lower Columbia CAP’s annual food drive. Lower Columbia College is urging the community to join a… Continue Reading

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Help Warehouse in need of coats, blankets for homeless

 The Daily News / The Daily News   Help Warehouse needs coats, blankets and sleeping bags to distribute to families who are homeless. “The return of the cold weather is driving people to us,” said Lisa Chavez, CAP’s nutrition coordinator,… Continue Reading

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Lower Columbia CAP to end home care service program

October 15, 2013 4:55 pm  •  By The Daily News Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) announced Tuesday that it will discontinue its home care service program by Dec. 31. “At one time, CAP was the largest provider of home care to… Continue Reading

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Economy on mend, but latest census numbers may not reflect Cowlitz County

Posted on September 25, 2013 September 21, 2013 9:00 pm  •  By Erik Olson / The Daily News   Poverty rates in Cowlitz County fell in 2012 while the median household income rose, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau survey released last… Continue Reading

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Reduction in local food stamp benefits coming Nov. 1

September 20, 2013 10:20 pm  •  By Tony Lystra / The Daily News   The nearly 26,000 Cowlitz County residents who receive federal food stamp assistance will see their benefits cut Nov. 1 when a provision of the Obama administration’s economic stimulus… Continue Reading

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Ceremony to mark completion of Terry’s Salvage Yard cleanup

September 09, 2013 8:05 pm  •  By Amy M.E. Fischer / The Daily News The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the cleanup of the contaminated North Kelso site that formerly was Terry’s Salvage Yard. The 11… Continue Reading

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Learn how ACA might affect Medicare

September 15, 2013 7:45 pm  • By Lyxan Toledanes / The Daily News   Lower Columbia Community Action Program and the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner will host a free Medicare informational forum at 2 p.m. Thursday at the CAP… Continue Reading

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CAP director Kerby named president of Altrusa International

September 07, 2013 7:01 pm  •  By The Daily News   Lower Columbia CAP Executive Director Ilona Kerby recently was installed as president of Altrusa International Inc. at the group’s 53rd International Convention in Rotorua, New Zealand. Kerby took vacation time to… Continue Reading

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Longtime CAP fixture Lois Shelton easing into semi-retirement

August 26, 2013 11:30 pm  •  By Lyxan Toledanes / The Daily News   After 28 years of helping the community’s most hungry, Lois Shelton is ready to say goodbye — almost. Shelton, the program manager at Lower Columbia CAP’s Help… Continue Reading

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Sunday Snapshot: Last hit of meth nearly took last chance to be a dad

August 24, 2013 9:30 pm  •  By Erik Olson / The Daily News   Four years ago, Rick Wenner took his last hit of meth, and it nearly cost him his daughter, Madison. At the time, Wenner, now 57, was… Continue Reading

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Waste Control launches summer food drive for CAP’s Help Warehouse

July 05, 2013 8:30 am  •  By The Daily News An effort to help feed the needy this summer is themed “Hunger doesn’t take a vacation.” Employees of Waste Control Inc., the local waste hauler, are asking Longview and Kelso… Continue Reading

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Self-Help Housing participants take a hands-on approach to home ownership

By Lyxan Toledanes / The Daily News CASTLE ROCK — Like many new homeowners, Tonie Roberts walked around her new home Thursday, excited about the possibilities of the empty space. In the middle of Roberts’ living room, kitchen cabinets were… Continue Reading

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CAP’s Help Warehouse in need of toiletries

Officials at CAP’s Help Warehouse are appealing to the community for emergency toiletries. Warehouse program manager Lois Shelton said in a press release that the warehouse’s supplies are depleted. She and the staff are feeling the press of families needing… Continue Reading

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Social service agencies bracing for fallout from budget battles

By Lyxan Toledanes / The Daily News   Budget battles on the federal and state levels are causing difficulties for local social service organizations, which might have to reduce programs that serve the community’s most needy. The Lower Columbia Community… Continue Reading

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Farmers’ Market vouchers for seniors available June 18

By The Daily News Senior Farmers’ Market Vouchers will be available to eligible seniors on June 18 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cowlitz Farmers Market located across from the fairgrounds on Seventh Avenue and New York Street. The Senior… Continue Reading

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CAP trims I-5 bus service routes in wake of budget cuts

  •  By The Daily News   The Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) has received a $530,000 state grant to continue its Interstate-5 bus service for the next two years, but diminishing support and ridership will prompt some cuts in… Continue Reading

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Funds still available for CAP energy assistance

By The Daily News Lower Columbia Community Action Program announced Thursday that it still has energy assistance funds available for an estimated 500 eligible households in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. Since December, 967 households have been served, with an average… Continue Reading

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CAP Foundation Board disbands

By Barbara LaBoe / The Daily News The Lower Columbia CAP Foundation Board, which was on track to create a $1 million endowment for the social service agency, voted to disband Thursday, with officials saying it’s better to have everything… Continue Reading

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Dine out Tuesday to help support Meals on Wheels

May 18, 2013 8:30 pm  •  By The Daily News Diners are encouraged to patronize 15 local restaurants Tuesday to support the Meals on Wheels program. This is the fourth year local eateries are supporting the Lower Columbia CAP program,… Continue Reading

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Postal carriers collect more than 37,000 pounds of food

Longview and Kelso postal carriers collected 37,424 pounds of food Saturday on their mail routes during the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive. The food donated Saturday was 4,100 pounds shy of the 41,570 pounds collected during last year’s… Continue Reading

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CAP to move its transit service program from Longview to Kelso

Lower Columbia CAP’s transportation program is relocating from downtown Longview to the Kelso Train Depot and expanding its services to include selling Greyhound Bus tickets. Starting next Wednesday, Greyhound passengers can buy tickets from CAP Transit from 8 a.m. to… Continue Reading

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CAP, AARP volunteers offering free help on tax returns

Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) and trained American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) tax aide volunteers will provide free tax assistance to filers of all ages and incomes through April 15 at three sites in Longview: Lower Columbia CAP,… Continue Reading

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Weyerhaeuser donates 51,000 diapers to CAP

A Weyerhaeuser Co. charity drive has just helped low-income families with one of life’s essentials: diapers. Between Feb. 19 and March 8, a companywide drive collected about 630,000 diapers in the U.S. and Canada, and nearly 51,000 were collected by… Continue Reading

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CAP seeking warmer, safer process for winter energy assistance registration

You shouldn’t have to freeze to sign up for heating assistance. Concerned that many people expose themselves to cold and wet weather, Lower Columbia CAP is rethinking how it signs up people up for an annual energy assistance program for… Continue Reading

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Local agencies providing free tax help

Lower Columbia Community Action Program and two partnering groups will provide free federal tax return assistance this year. A “Tax Season Kick Off” will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Longview Public Library, featuring refreshments, information… 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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CAP takes over unique cafe for job training program

Lower Columbia CAP has expanded its new coffee shop to serve Cowlitz County employees. On Nov. 13, the area’s largest non-government social service agency took over the Court House Cafe on the ground floor of the Cowlitz County administration building… Continue Reading

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Garden yields food for needy, therapy for inmates

A new garden is allowing Cowlitz County Jail inmates to feed the hungry and nourish their own lives. “It’s nice to give back to the community,” said William Sherrett, 26, of Kalama, an inmate in the state work release program,… Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving signals launch of annual Neighbors in Need drive

Every weekday, Frances and Larry Wolf get hot lunches delivered to their Kelso doorstep by volunteers from Lower Columbia CAP’s Meals on Wheels program. Every Friday, a Meals on Wheels driver also drops off frozen meals for the weekend. “We… Continue Reading

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Energy assistance program draws hundreds to CAP

By 7:30 p.m. Monday, about a dozen people already were staked out with blankets and umbrellas behind Lower Columbia CAP’s building, hunkering down for a night in the cold drizzle. When CAP’s doors opened at 8:30 Tuesday morning, the line… Continue Reading

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CAP set to take applications for energy assistance program

The Lower Columbia Community Action Program will start making appointments Tuesday for its popular low-income energy assistance program, which will have less money available this year to help people with winter heating bills. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served… Continue Reading

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Warren Miller Entertainment owners serve up advice at CAP luncheon

When Kurt Miller bought out his father’s adventure film company in 1989, he felt a once-great brand was floundering but could be turned around, he said Tuesday in Longview. Miller of Boulder, Colo., and business partner Peter Speek knew they… Continue Reading

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Longview couple renews CAP fundraiser matching challenge

For the third consecutive year, Lower Columbia CAP has secured a commitment from Tim Welch and Lee Hutton-Welch for a dollar-for-dollar match on the next $35,000 donated to the organization’s current fundraising campaign. The ultimate goal of CAP’s “One in… Continue Reading

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New Kelso coffee shop gives unemployed chance at a fresh start

A boarded-up Kelso tavern has been transformed into a charming cafe and coffee shop that provides food service training for people needing a fresh start. At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Lower Columbia CAP is holding a grand opening ceremony for Grounds… Continue Reading

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Rose Valley farmers sow and sell healthy Japanese greens, buckwheat honey

Tami Turner works from 6 in the morning until 8 or even 10 at night in her gardens and greenhouses way at the top of Rose Valley Road. “Yes, I’m working very, very hard, only me,” said Tami, a 65-year-old… Continue Reading

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Dine out Tuesday to support Meals on Wheels

The community is invited to “Dine Out for Meals on Wheels” Tuesday, May 22 at 24 restaurants in the local area. This is the third year local restaurants are supporting the Meals on Wheels program by donating a percentage of… Continue Reading

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CAP receives federal money for energy assistance program

Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) has received extra federal funds to help an additional 700 low-income households pay heating bills in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. CAP already has helped 937 households this season and has $264,300 remaining to help… Continue Reading

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BTW: Get your Madonna on at totally ’80s ladies’ night

CAP is throwing a party “like this town has never seen,” says Angie Leppert of Fibre Federal Credit Union. Leppert is co-chair for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The “girls night out” packed with 1980s dance music and Material Girl… Continue Reading

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‘Stamp out Hunger’ food drive collects 20 tons for Help Warehouse

Longview and Kelso postal carriers collected 41,570 pounds of dry goods residents stacked beside mailboxes during Saturday’s National Association of Letter Carriers food drive. The food goes to the Help Warehouse food bank run by Lower Columbia Community Action Program.… Continue Reading

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