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CAP UP - Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People programs.

Whether you need emergency assistance or other support, the Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People is the community action agency that serves as one possible option for offering help. The Henrico County and surrounding area organization works with clients in an effort to help them overcome their challenges and gain self-sufficiency.

For those families that meet conditions that are in place, CAP UP may be able to assist with basic needs such as food, rent help, or utility bill assistance. Other programs include transportation assistance from Cars-to-Work Program, meals for the elderly, and more. The counties and cities supported are Richmond, Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Prince George, and Hopewell.

Get financial help and free goods from CAP community action

Financial aid and Emergency Services are for low income citizens. In some cases, Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People may be able to help with paying rent and mortgage payments. Other funds can include utility bill assistance, transportation, emergency food and clothing, medical bill assistance, and other social services that are necessary to help prevent homelessness, suffering, or hunger.

Cars-to-Work Program offers a select number and qualified welfare-to-work consumers with donated cars. The automobiles go to persons referred by the local county or Virginia apartment of Social Services. It is offered in the entire service area, including Richmond and Prince George. Applicants need to have secured insurance, employment and a driving license.

Bulk services are offered from the Food Buying Club. CAP UP distributes food shares to its partners, local pantries and other members of the program on the third weekend of each month. The food is purchased from local suppliers and retailers at the lowest wholesale prices available. All savings are then passed on to income qualified consumers.





There are a number of free food pantries in the Capital Area too, including Richmond, Petersburg, and surrounding towns and communities. Not only may they give out free boxes of groceries, but many of the locations in Virginia have soup kitchens too. That allows a hot meal to be served, and find lists of free food pantries in Virginia.

Financial literacy, tax, and educational resources

Project Discovery is a Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People service that addresses the problem of unequal access to higher education. It focuses on low income or potential first generation students in counties including Dinwiddie. Some of the activities include counseling, academic support, goal-oriented workshops and campus visits. Case managers help low income students and clients set goals for their lives, increase education, improve self-esteem and maybe even become the first in their family to go to college.

CAPUP works with teachers and schools on this program. The Project Discovery system is operating in the following school systems of Dinwiddie, Chesterfield, Goochland, Henrico County, Hopewell, Richmond City, Petersburg, and Powhatan.





Many lower income as well as minority students often struggle to pay for college or higher learning. There are government resources as well as scholarships from companies, non-profits, and other agencies that can help them pay for college. Find details on scholarships for the low income.

Information on income taxes is part of MetroCASH. This is Greater Richmond Virginia areas Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition. The mission of the non-profit MetroCASH organization is to make a difference in the lives of working poor families to achieve greater financial independence. Staff will advocate for EITC, offer financial literacy guidance and education, and provide cost free tax preparation.

Capital Area Partners programs for the disabled or seniors

A Senior Center provides a wide range of services and support for low-income, elderly persons from the community. Resources offered include cancer screening, the daily Capital Area Nutrition Project feeding program, blood pressure screening by the Instructive Visiting Nurses Association, field trips; classes in art and crafts, drama, nutrition, budget management, health and exercise. Also get information on resources such as Medicare and home delivered meals.

Demand Response Transportation is for senior citizens and the disabled. They may be transported to regional congregate meal sites known as Friendship Cafes. Other rides may be arranged by Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People to grocery stores, the post office, and other essential services in the Virginia counties Hanover, Goochland and Powhatan. This is part of the greater federal government programs, including Medicaid, that provide emergency transportation for the disabled.




Applying for help from CAP in Richmond area

CAP UP locations include the following. Each of them will help with food, income tax advice, as well as emergency financial aid for paying bills among other resources. The two spots to apply for help or get more information include Washington Street United Methodist Church, 22 E. Washington Street, Petersburg, VA, dial 804-733-8102. There is another location of the non-profit in Henrico County. A second center is at 1021 Oliver Hill Way, Richmond, Virginia 23219, telephone number (804) 788-0050

By Jon McNamara

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