The Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) is the agency that serves Pacific and Grays Harbor counties with over $7.4 million in programs to improve our community.

CCAP programs are able to promote self-sufficiency by funneling block grants and other funding resources into key community services. Their goal is to stabilize a family and avoid the long-term consequence of costly dependency. CCAP has the flexibility and coordination to stay involved and help a family's progress to self-sufficiency. These programs range from helping children and youth, supporting the working poor, crisis services, sustaining and honoring the elderly and family services. The end result is a strengthened community for us here in Pacific County.

Many of the services are provided in partnership with other qualified organizations. Some of the funds go to programs like the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (which is available on Nov. 28), the Job Access Reverse Commute (giving rides for low income and under-employed to and from work, job training or college), weatherization for older homes, rehabilitation for houses (working with groups such as Rebuilding Together), Community Jobs training, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and the In-Home Care program. Additionally, there are programs for those with disabilities, and to assist with nutrition and emergency housing.

CCAP's challenge in Pacific County is to spread the word about opportunities to close the gap in the needs of low-income citizens, the developmentally disabled, seniors and families. An important step in creating awareness and servicing our community has been made by opening an office in South Bend. No longer will those in need have to go up to Aberdeen for their appointments. Additionally, for services like the Energy Assistance Program, our staff will be in the Long Beach area for appointments.

We are inviting the community to the Open House Celebration of the new office on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The office is small, but the commitment of staff and development in Pacific County is considerable.

CCAP is located at 500 West Robert Bush Drive (LeMaster Accounting Building) in South Bend. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I have the honor of serving on the Board of Directors for CCAP, representing the private sector in Pacific County. Our board meetings are open to the public and held the third Tuesday of the month. If you have any questions about CCAP programs, eligibility or if you are a provider who would like to coordinate efforts and funds, then please call our office in South Bend at 360-875-8194 or Aberdeen 360-533-5100.

Nan Malin

CCAP Board of Directors Member


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