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Community Action's ultimate goal is to help low-income individuals and their families reach and maintain self-sufficiency.

I like to say that as an organization we don't do anything for anyone ... give them a fish they eat for a day, if you teach them to fish they eat for a lifetime, but with attitude added to it.        - Alan Jennings, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley

Self-sufficiency is a measure of how much income is needed for a family to adequately meet its basic needs - without public or private assistance. The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP) is a statewide membership organization representing 42 Community Action Agencies in the Commonwealth. CAAP acts as a statewide voice for local Community Action Agencies and low-income citizens. It is the primary source of advocacy, education, technical assistance, news and networking for the Community Action network of Pennsylvania.

For over 40 years, CAAP has served the needs of its member agencies by helping to identify and sponsor professional training in anti-poverty areas, facilitating regular meetings of Community Action Agency leadership staff and board members, serving as the conduit for resource development, advocating for public policy conducive to locally-developed goals of its membership and promoting legislation and regulations which support economic opportunity efforts, community development and locally-designed strategies.

CAAP is a private non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from member agencies. An Advisory Council consisting of representatives from public and private organizations, statewide interest groups and low-income individuals, provides guidance and perspective related to the diverse needs of low-income people.

Core funding for CAAP is provided through the Office of Community Services' (OCS) Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIC) grant, the PA Department of Community and Economic Development's (DCED) Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and member agency dues.