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Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP)

Who We Are

KVCAP's mission is to strengthen individuals, families and communities by providing direct services and by partnering with others to create sustainable solutions to poverty in an ever-changing environment. Our vision for the Kennebec Valley Region is thriving communities made up of individuals and families who are healthy, financially secure and able to reach their fullest potential. KVCAP assists people in Kennebec, Somerset, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc counties. We are a private, nonprofit organization, with an annual budget of 22.8 million and 280 employees. KVCAP is headquartered in Waterville, with offices in Augusta, Skowhegan, Wiscasset, and several outreach locations. Since 1965, KVCAP has worked to eliminate poverty and build stronger communities by helping over 800,000 people improve their financial stability.

What We Do

Since 1965, KVCAP has focused on creating solutions to the conditions of poverty in order to strengthen individuals, families and communities. We seek collaborative partnerships in the community to identify needs, coordinate resources, and creatively invest funding dollars to make the greatest, positive impact on the lives of the low-income families we serve. Our success is rooted in our ability to meaningfully involve low-income people in our programs, to mobilize public and private resources to support such programs, and to coordinate efforts throughout the community to improve delivery of services. KVCAP offers numerous programs to assist clients as they overcome the barriers to social and economic stability, and are as follows:

*Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, and preschool services for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old
*Home visiting for parents of children prenatally to age 5 through Head Start and Maine Families programming *Transportation services - public transit through the Kennebec/Somerset Explorer System and door-to-door services for medical appointments
*Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Councils offer parenting classes and special events
*South End Teen Center offers a safe after school environment for youth in grades 6-12
*Employment Services provides one-on-one and group training for people seeking employment
*Health Navigators provide community outreach and education regarding the Affordable Health Care Act and assist people to apply for and enroll in health coverage through the marketplace.
*Resource Navigators accept referrals from other KVCAP programs to support clients in need of more intensive support in order to stabilize their lives
*Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides assistance to low-income homeowners and renters to help pay heating costs.
*Emergency Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) provides emergency heating assistance one time per heating season. *Low-Income Assistance Program provides help to low-income homeowners and renters with their electricity bills. *Telephone Assistance Program (TAP) provides a monthly credit and/or assistance with connection of a telephone. *Weatherization Services provide energy saving measures such as insulation or weather stripping.
*Central Heating Improvement Program (CHIP) provides repair or replacement of non-working or condemned heating systems to homeowners.
*Above Ground Storage Tank Replacement Program provides heating oil tank repair or replacement for tanks that meet criteria.
*Home Repair Services provides assistance to make essential home repairs or improvements, such as roofing, siding or windows or for health, safety and/or accessibility repairs.
*Real Estate Development through the building and selling of homes through the affordable housing development of Cony Village LLC, located on Cony Road in Augusta.
*Housing Services offers pre– and post-purchase counseling and education and foreclosure intervention.
*Financial Education Counseling offers free personal financial counseling and education for individuals and families.

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