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Helping People. Improving Lives. Strengthening Communities.

image_contactCommunity Action Partnership of Northwest Montana (CAPNM) has been helping people, improving lives and strengthening communities since 1976. CAPNM is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency with the overall mission to provide services and advocacy to improve lives and strengthen our communities.

CAPNM continues to target hard to serve individuals by focusing on networking available resources and services, which promote long-term solutions for individuals to build success. Different aspects of a client’s life are addressed including housing, budgeting, medical, job training and education through networking resources, eventually leading to independence and self-sufficiency.

CAPNM serves a large geographic area of 13,375 square miles with a total population of over 150,000. Flathead, Lake, Lincoln and Sanders Counties are very rural with limited employment opportunities and low wages. CAPNM is the largest private human-services agency in the four county area, providing a wide variety of services to promote self-sufficiency and independence, which allows maximization of resources to benefit more individuals.

LIEAP Staff will be at Multiple Sanders County Locations

LIEAP Program Staff will be at the following Sanders County Locations:

3/5 Hot Springs Senior Center 11a-12:30p

3/12 Plains Senior Center 11a-12:30p

3/12 Heron Comm. Center 4:30-6p

3/13 Noxon Senior Center 12-1:30p

3/13 Thomp Falls Senior Center 5-6:30p

3/29 Sanders Co Expo, Plains 10a-3p

Click here for additional information.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites are OPEN!

The CAPNM VITA Program is now open at the following locations:

Gateway Mall (Please call to schedule an appointment)

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday—   4 – 8 pm

Wednesday— 10 am – 6 pm

Flathead Valley Community College – Arts & Technology Building, Computer Lab (Walk-Ins Welcome)

Friday— 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday—  9 am – 2 pm

Online  This year there is also a online option. If you made $58,000 or less in 2013 you can complete your taxes online for FREE. That’s both the Federal and State returns at no cost to you and with IRS assistance if you need it.

To complete your taxes online for FREE, click the following link:

AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunity!!!

CAPNM has an open opportunity for a year long service project with the AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program. The AmeriCorps VISTA will provide service alongside CAPNM employees in our New Economy Project, an innovative new program providing community members with the skills and resources to achieve financial independence.

Read more about the opportunity and how to apply here:

2013 CAPNM Community Needs Assessment

The objective of this survey was to gather information from low-income residents of Flathead, Lincoln, Lake and Sanders counties on the needs of the communities Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana (CAPNM) serves.  Hard copies of the surveys were mailed to 1,000 households, copies were available at numerous partner agencies, and were also available online through Survey Monkey.  A total of 507 surveys were completed; 363 hard copy surveys were returned and 144 surveys were completed online.

This was a voluntary, anonymous questionnaire, with no incentive to return the survey, and it was sent to a random sample of people who had applied for Agency services within the past 12 months.  The online survey was advertised through newspapers, agency social media, and emails to partner agencies and was open to the public.

The data on the following pages paints a picture of the clients CAPNM serves in Flathead, Lincoln, Lake and Sanders counties and their concerns, needs and desires.  It is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is quite clear that there is continued need for all of the programs that CAPNM currently operates.  The Agency’s mission to “provide services and advocacy to improve lives and strengthen our communities” is as relevant as ever and the need for services is as great as ever.

Click here to access the full 2013 CAPNM Community Needs Assessment

Click here to access the Executive Summary of the 2013 CAPNM Community Needs Assessment