Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. (ACAP), is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1972. Since that time, ACAP has provided the people of Aroostook County with services and resources that help individuals and families achieve greater economic independence. As a leader, or in partnership with others, ACAP provides guidance to the community in responding to emerging human needs in four major program areas: community services, energy and housing, family services and workforce development. More About Our Services
There are 10 community action programs in Maine and approximately 1,000 nationwide. The Community Action Program concept was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. When created, Community Action Programs were charged with eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty. That mandate still exists and each community action agency responds by providing programs and services that best meet the needs of the communities they serve. Local needs are determined by clients, community leaders, the business community and others through feedback and data provided in community needs assessment reports, among others.
Each year ACAP celebrates the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 year anniversaries of its staff members. It is not unusual to have 20 or more employees recognized annually for these milestone years! ACAP leaders are no exception regarding longevity with the organization. Six of the eight members have been with ACAP for 20 years or more. We are proud of the commitment and dedication of all our staff members. They believe in helping our low-income neighbors and friends achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency.
ACAP is governed by a volunteer 21 member board of directors. The ACAP Board of Directors is tripartite, meaning its membership is comprised of equal numbers of public, private and low-income representatives. They determine policy, provide leadership to the staff, approve grant applications and plans, oversee expenditures and evaluate programs.
The Aroostook Policy Advisory Council (APAC) was organized in 1972. Its members act as spokespersons and advocates for low-income groups in Aroostook County in matters relating to the alleviation of the conditions of poverty and elect low-income sector representatives to the ACAP Board of Directors.