Welcome to the Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois. We have served low-income families and seniors of Central Illinois since 1966.

Community Action is a private, non-profit organization that administers  federal, state and local programs in order to provide necessary services to  low-income and senior individuals in our service area. The $8.5 million in annual funding that Community Action receives provides services in DeWitt, Mason, Menard, Fulton, Logan and Piatt counties.

We are a 501(c)3 corporation headquartered in Lincoln, Illinois. There are 11 Head Start sites throughout our counties and 5 outreach offices located in Lincoln, Havana, Clinton, Monticello, and Petersburg. Community Action employs over 140 central Illinois citizens. Each year, we serve over 24,000 individuals with various forms of assistance.

The passage of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty" brought about the creation of Community Action. The purpose of the statute was to eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty. The act established a Federal Office of Economic Opportunity, funded programs to provide services and created Community Action Agencies to address and solve local issues of poverty.  CAPCIL is one of thirty-six (36) such agencies in Illinois.  There are currently over nine hundred (900) agencies nation-wide.


Poverty in America excludes millions of people from an ever-expanding spectrum of economic and social opportunities. The low-income population is large and diverse. It is found disproportionately among single female heads of households, children below the age of eighteen, inner city African Americans, migrant farm workers, undocumented aliens 

and Indian and other Native American peoples.

To open avenues of escape from poverty, community action agencies operate on a variety of fronts. They assess the needs and resources of low-income people, devise strategies for eliminating poverty, identify sources of financial support and administer a variety of programs.

Source: Maximum Feasible Success by Robert F. Clark


2011 Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois Annual Report


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