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Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership is a Community Action Agency that was created in 1965 as a result of President Johnson's Economic Opportunity Act. CNCAP specializes in bringing resources totaling more than $12.4 million into the 23,000 square miles of our 21 county service area with some services expanding far beyond those boundaries throughout the State with a total coverage area of 60,060 square miles. CNCAP's focus is to provide services that will help shape the lives of those we help.  

 

Johnson's Great Society

President John F. Kennedy witnessed first-hand the conditions of poverty and vowed to make a change. He was moved to take action and on November 20, 1963, enacted legislation that would lead to the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 1964. However, two days later, the world would be devastated by his assassination. 

His successor, Lyndon Johnson, was also devoted to the cause of fighting poverty and wanted to continue the work that President Kennedy had started, expanding on his policy ideas.

Speaking to Congress on January 8, 1964, President Johnson said: 

"Let us carry forward the plans and programs of John F. Kennedy, not because of our sorrow or sympathy, but because they are right. This administration today, here and now, declares an unconditional War on Poverty in America."

In 1964 and 1965, President Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act and the EOA, all landmark legislation designed to address a wide range of social and equality issues.

So, in the declaration of the War on Poverty, Community Action was formed. Our agency was established in 1965 and has had several different names throughout the years beginning with Central Nebraska Community Action Program (CNCAP), then transitioned to Central Nebraska Community Services (CNCS). With the rebranding of Community Action throughout the nation in 2014, our agency changed our name to Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership (CNCAP) in 2015.

Our Impact This Year

  • Collaborations

    1,562

  • In-kind donated

    $1,443,162

  • Square Miles Served

    60,060

  • Lives Touched

    13,958

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