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Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP)

As the PA State Association for 42 Community Action Agencies, we:

  • help enable our Agencies to serve 67 counties;
  • strengthen, advocate for, and empower the state network of Agencies to effectively address issues of poverty through education; 
  • support the life-changing programs and services offered at the Agency level.

Black Lives Matter Value Statement

Rodney King, Malice Wayne Green, Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd... Why do we know these names? Because each name belongs to an unarmed Black person who is a link in a long chain of deaths and injuries involving the police.

On May 25, 2020, for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the nation watched, shocked and horrified and sickened, while a white police officer casually and callously pressed the weight of his body onto the neck of prone, handcuffed George Floyd as he cried out for his mother and rasped, “I can’t breathe”. Other officers milled about, talking, and ignoring the brutal murder happening on the ground in front of them. For all men and women of conscience, regardless of color, creed, culture, political affiliation, this was a scene fraught with outrage and disbelief as George Floyd died in front of us. This was an intentional racist action at its most dangerous.

Community Action was born in the civil rights movement. This is a central part of our legacy. We know that structural racism is not just judging and dismissing someone because of the color of their skin. Read the full value statement approved by the CAAP Executive Committee and endorsed by the CAAP Social Justice Task Force on June 17, 2020.

Learn About Community Action Through Videos

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2020 PA Community Action Impact

  • Total Individuals Served


  • Children Supported


  • Seniors Helped


  • The Disabled Served


  • Uninsured Individuals


  • People Employed


  • Unemployed < 6 month