Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro assistance programs.

One of the poverty fighting organizations for Augusta County as well as nearby Waynesboro is the local community action agency known as CAPSAW. The non-profit provides some of its own services, such as information on low income energy bill assistance as well as housing programs, but the agency can also refer residents to other resources. Find more details below on the Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro Virginia.

Energy assistance and conservation programs

The Community action of Augusta County Energy Assistance as well as Weatherization Program provides financial assistance to income-eligible households who are having difficulty with home-heating costs. It also pay for energy conservation updates to the home. This is a one-time benefit averaging $75 for electrical service or about $20 per point for heating, but the amount does depend on federal government allotments. Note that the grant amounts vary according to individual circumstances as well as federal funding levels. Weatherization is not based on a dollar amount, but the assistance given is free.

The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to make the homes of low-income homeowners and renters healthier, safer, and more energy-efficient, thereby reducing their energy costs. Since the demand in high in cities including Waynesboro and Staunton Virginia, priority is given to families with elderly, very young, or disabled members. Other beneficiary is high energy users and/or have a high utility bill, but they are often given tips on cutting back.




Education development and job programs from CAPSAW

Head Start services from CAPSAW is for children before they enter public school. The program is a comprehensive child development service for those under the age of 6. It will also support their entire family. The assistance for the kid as well as their parent is as follows.

  • Free dental examinations, cleanings and follow-up care.
  • Nutrition education so the parent knows how to prepare healthy meals and the child to eat.
  • Health screenings, physicals, and medical check ups.
  • CAPSAW provides information on government grants and social services.
  • Full-day, low cost child care. There may also be day care services for free from the government.
  • Parent are required by Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro to be involved in Head Start.





Some areas of Augusta County Virginia may have transportation provided to the center. Others, if they live close by, can use a bus or ride from their parent to get to the location. Head Start is also offered for disabled children in the community.

Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro offers employment services via partnerships with workforce development and job training centers in the cities of Wayneboro and Staunton. Local programs help employers and job seekers find one another, and mentors job seekers throughout the process of searching for work. The components of it are as follows.

  • The location is open as a flexible and personalized services, and the services are available to individuals seeking employment or a more stable career.
  • Specialists will also help individuals facing barriers to sustainable employment.

The bottom line is that CAPSAW also helps job seekers pursue educational opportunities. While many resources are used, one key one is to assists individual in setting goals, determining a career path, creating a professional resume, and accessing resources in the area.

The CAPSAW partners with the Augusta County Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign to offer free tax help to low-income as well as working poor residents. The assistance is offered at certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites located throughout the community.

Staff are trained to prepare and electronically file income or even property tax returns, while ensuring that clients receive all tax credits for which they are eligible. This can include benefits for a deduction such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is a refundable tax credit for low-income working individuals and families.

If found qualified by the Augusta community action agency, it may result in tax credit checks for up to $4,300. Information on additional benefits, such as the federal nutrition program, free or low-cost health care, public aid in Virginia and financial education, are also available to those who qualify.




Additional resources

Information and Referral databases at the Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro office connect seniors, the disabled and the low income with needed assistance, including from the government. There is information on Local Transportation, Home Health Care Agencies, Legal Assistance, Free Prescriptions, Rent Programs, Government Grants, Clinics, Housing, and more. Find additional information on how to access financial assistance.

First of all, this service is available to anyone. No questions are asked. But it is recommended to seek help early, before the struggles grow to be too much. Referrals can offer families accurate, current information on local resources in as short a timeframe as possible. Some of the focus is on addressing lack of housing and addressing medical needs.

TEFAP - The Emergency Food Assistance Program is a USDA commodity distribution. It takes place at CAPSAW as well as other local soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, churches and charitable institutions. Using federal money, agencies purchase and pass out, free of charge, nutritious USDA commodities to the low income in the community of Augusta County and Waynesboro Virginia. Most of the work is done by volunteers of the non-profit.

What may be passed out by TEFAP includes juices, cold cereals, frozen and canned meats, fruit (both canned and fresh), vegetables, pasta, rice, hot and, nonfat dry milk, trail mix, baby formula and peanut butter. The food can be used by the working poor at home, or some cases there will be on-site meals arranged by CAPSAW.

Rapid rehousing - The goal of Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro is for individuals as well as families that are experiencing homelessness to be able to get the appropriate assistance in locating and moving into a new home in Staunton or Wayneboro Virginia as quickly as possible. It also tackles the causes of the event. As part of this pro-active process, a housing counselor will meet the the client to discuss their circumstances and explore options for resolving challenges and avoiding future evictions.

For more details on the Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro, the address is 250 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980. Call  (540) 292-0017 or (540) 942-6757.



By Jon McNamara

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