Cumberland Community Action Program.
Families across the region can turn to the Cumberland Community Action Program for support. The non-profit helps people work towards self-sufficiency and may address basic needs over the short term. Assistance is for the poor, low income, military members and others from the community.
Examples of the services include groceries from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina, Head Start, free weatherization assistance, and income tax preparation services. The community action agency will also usually have referrals and details on other regional non-profits and government benefits. CCAP is located at 5135 Morganton Road Fayetteville, North Carolina 28314. Call 910.487.9800.
Groceries from the Second Harvest Food Bank are disbursed. They are a key partner of Cumberland Community Action (CCAP). The center, maybe better known as SHFB SENC, is a member of The North Carolina Association of Feeding America Members and they, along with others, provide services to dozens of counties.
The non-profit Food Bank service area includes Cumberland, Duplin, the city of Fayetteville, Harnett, Hoke, Robeson, and Sampson counties. As donations and resources allow, it provides free nutritious food to those at risk of hunger. They work with pantries, churches, and other charities. Some of the non-perishable grocery and food items offered for the needy are Peanut Butter, Dried or Canned Beans, Cereal, Canned Fruits and Vegetables, Pasta, Rice, Nutrition Drinks, and Canned Meals. There are also baby products such as diapers, formula, and wipes as well as Kid-Friendly Food.
ASPIRE from Cumberland Community Action is a comprehensive case management program that will assist low-income individuals and families. Staff and counselors will help them attain the skills and knowledge that are needed in order to become self-sufficient over the long term. Since funding from ASPIRE is limited, individuals are selected to participate in the self-sufficiency program based on their motivation and readiness to accomplish goals geared to obtaining a decent job and employment.
Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, is available across North Carolina. It was created to reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly for people with disabilities, the elderly, and households with children. Contractors approved by CCAP will improve the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their overall health and safety.
A key Cumberland Community Action Program partner is Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Fayetteville, or CCCS. The organization is a non-profit and a member of the National Foundation for Consumer Credit. It is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services and also the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
There are offices at Fayetteville including on 316 Green Street and at the Pentagon Federal Credit Union. CCCS will provide free or low cost, yet comprehensive Housing Counseling services. Credit counseling and debt reduction services are also available by e-mail, telephone, and even on-line counseling. Other services from the Neighborhood Financial Care Center include assistance with resolving debt problems through counseling, education in the wise use of credit and enrollment into a debt management program.
Cumberland Community Action Program and CCCS also arrange educational workshops for first-time homebuyers. This will prepare individuals for future financial responsibilities. The main number is (910) 323-3192.
Head Start is the main Federally funded child development program. It provides free social and educational opportunities for children from low income families that range in ages from 0-5. It also supports children with special needs, the disabled and pregnant women. The federal program is designed to prepare qualified children with essential skills and experiences needed to enter the public school system.
VITA, or income tax preparation, is operated by CCAP. The IRS approved VITA program is designed to assist low to moderate income tax wage earners. They can receive free filing services and achieve the maximum refunds available to them on their state of North Carolina or federal taxes. Preparers at each site volunteer their services to the community and families to minimize administrative costs of the program.
The various tax preparers are trained and certified to provide basic tax filing services. They can answer questions as well as offer information about tax incentives and programs such as Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled, the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credits and more.