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Who We Are

The CAP Services Appleton office administers the following programs.

Skills Enhancement Program is a locally designed workforce development program that assists working, low-income individuals obtain the skills needed to compete for living wage jobs. The program assists with tuition, books, and training-related transportation and child care costs that participants could not otherwise afford.

CAP Services offers the Skills Enhancement Program to residents of Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties whose incomes are at or below 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines. To be eligible, participants must be working at least 20 hours a week while enrolled, and must pursue training for occupations that pay a living wage and typically offer employer-sponsored health insurance.

The Business Development Program offers start up and expanding businesses a range of services designed to make them successful. Services are free to low-income individuals or to businesses that create living-wage jobs for low-income individuals.

Project TEAM (Family Mentoring) This program has been discontinued as of February 28, 2017. Please call our main number if you have any questions.

Complete information about all programs offered through CAP Services in all five counties it serves is available at


What We Do

The mission of CAP Services is to to transform people and communities to advance social and economic justice. 

CAP Services, Inc. has been on the front-line of the war on poverty since 1966. CAP, a private, non-profit corporation, offers programs in Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca, and Waushara counties. CAP Services is headquartered in Stevens Point, Wisconsin with offices in each of the five counties it serves. Click for data on: Poverty in Central and East-central Wisconsin

Nearly three dozen programs are offered by CAP Services through four departments to help people attain economic and emotional self-sufficiency.

Community Action Agencies are the best catalyst for bringing together the public, private and low-income sectors in communities to design and implement local anti-poverty strategies.

When President Lyndon Johnson began the "War on Poverty" in 1964 his goal was to provide the opportunity for every American to enjoy the benefits of the nation’s "Great Society."

As part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, a network of local organizations, known as Community Action Agencies, have pioneered programs which have lifted millions out of the shadow of poverty by "giving a hand, not a handout."

While much has been accomplished, the struggle to provide all citizens with the opportunity to work and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity continues.

Visit WISCAP for additional information on Community Action Agencies in Wisconsin.


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