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Helping People. Improving Lives. Strengthening Communities.

Community 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.

Upcoming Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) Outreach Events

A LIEAP representative will be available to answer questions & help with applications.

Feb. 23 – Shepherd’s Hand Clinic, Whitefish 5:30-7pm

Feb. 24 – Tobacco Valley Senior Center/soup kitchen 4-5:30pm

Feb. 25 – Hot Springs Senior Center 11am-12:30pm

Feb. 26 – Kalispell Food Bank 1-3pm

Mar. 3 – Libby Senior Center 4-5:30pm

Mar. 5 – Troy Senior Center 4-5:30pm

Mar. 11 – Plains Senior Center 11am-12:30pm

Heron Community Center 5-6:30pm

Mar. 12 – Noxon Senior Center 11:30am-1pm

Thompson Falls Senior Center 5-6:30pm

Mar. 28 – Sanders County Trade Fair, Plains 10am-3pm

Community Input Meeting Results

In August and September 2014, CAPNM held eight Community Input Meetings across Northwest Montana to gather community input and information for their Strategic Planning process. These community meetings provided CAPNM the opportunity to hear from local community members, business owners, nonprofits and public officials about the needs that they see in their communities and any gaps in current services.

To view the summary of results from these Community  Input Meetings, click here.

For more information about these Community Input Meetings please contact Allison Metzler at 406-758-5432 or

October Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) Outreach Events

Oct. 1 –  LIEAP applications available

Oct. 20 – Eureka Head Start/Elementary School 3:30-5:30pm

Oct. 21 – Kalispell Head Start 11am-12:30pm

Oct. 23 – Kalispell Head Start 4-6pm

Oct. 24 – Columbia Falls Head Start 11am-1pm


*There will be a LIEAP representative available to answer questions & help with applications

New Executive Director Announced

On August 15th the President of the Board of Directors, Holly Walsh, announced that Tracy Carter Diaz from Kennewick, WA was offered the position of Executive Director and she has accepted. She plans to begin work in mid September. We see her as a great fit with the CAPNM culture and staff. Doug Rauthe, retiring Executive Director, will stay on full time until October 3rd to aid in the transition.

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