How We Help

For a list of resources at CAP Agency and in the community, click on the link below.

Agency Resource Guide 2019-2020

CAP Agency offers a pathway to self-sufficiency.

Community Action Partnership of Scott Carver Dakota counties (CAP) is a leading suburban nonprofit organization. We take a comprehensive, lean-forward approach to advocating and empowering self-sufficiency for our neighbors. We deliver individualized solutions through relevant and local services. Through our partnerships we connect our neighbors with resources they need to move forward and measurably strengthen the communities we serve.


We create strong communities where individuals and families have access to quality early childhood education, nutritious food, safe and stable housing. We offer 24 programs and services to individuals of all ages living in Scott, Carver and Dakota counties. All programs fall under one of our five areas of focus:

Crisis Prevention & Goal Planning

Most families come to us in crisis. We work with an interdisciplinary team to assess need and determine appropriate responses. We know the key to achieving any goals is to have a plan. At CAP, we work in partnership with families to establish realistic, obtainable goals to ensure long-term success.

Food & Nutrition

A critical component to a healthy life is nutrition. CAP works to ensure that individuals and families have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.

Safe & Stable Housing

A safe, stable home is important for children’s physical and mental health and families’ well being. We know that investing in safe and stable housing reduces societal health care and education costs now, and in the future.


Education is a key component in achieving economic security. At CAP, we make significant investments in early childhood education.

Community Outreach

CAP also provides families access to supplemental resources – clothing, school supplies, and holiday items – as they work to achieve sustainable economic and social well-being.


CAP provides the support people need to get back on their feet now, and the tools and resources needed to be self-sufficient for the road ahead. In 2013, we positively enhanced the lives of over 50,000 people:

  • Provided over 1,000,000 pounds of food to our neighbors
  • Prepared and delivered over 110,000 nutritious meals to seniors  
  • Warmed more than 8,000 homes  
  • Enhanced education for more than 500 children
  • Provided 800 Back to School backpacks with essential supplies 
  • Brightened the Holiday season with gifts for over 4,000 children  
  • Supplied 250 families with affordable housing
  • Provided 2400 hours of crisis nursery care  
  • Answered more than 28,000 calls for emergency information and referrals  
  • Coordinated almost 1900 volunteers with over 70,000 hours of impact  
  • Distributed over $2 million in vouchers for food, fuel and housing/rent assistance
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