Lakes & Prairies CAP

Mission Statement

Eliminate poverty by empowering families and engaging communities.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments In 2018, CAPLP provided services to 4,682 people including children, seniors, families, individuals and child care providers. We provide over 30 programs and services that work together to help people change their lives every day. CAPLP works to grow our programs in response to the needs that we have identified in our community, including strengthening our workforce development programming, expanding services to seniors to maintain independent living, increasing access to affordable housing, and improving accessibility to high quality childcare. In 2018, CAPLP provided services through our 3 main divisions, Head Start, Housing, and Economic Empowerment. Through these programs we were able to assist 228 people to obtain and maintain safe, affordable housing; provided child care subsidies for 708 children to access high quality child care, provided over 1,000 hours of training to local child care providers, helped 838 people through our free tax preparation program, connected 828 people to affordable health insurance, and provided comprehensive education experiences to 296 children through our Head Start program. In addition, during 2018 CAPLP launched several new programs including the Somali Child Care Project, Homeless Outreach Program, and Evidence-Based Home Visiting. Our organization is continually striving to achieve our vision which is to be a strong, responsive organization that provides hope and life changing opportunities for people to help themselves and each other.
Current Goals Our organization works toward 4 broad goals that we have identified in our 5 year strategic plan, which are: 1. individuals and families with low incomes are stable and achieve economic security. 2. Communities where people with low incomes live are healthy and offer economic opportunity. 3. People with low incomes are engaged and active in building opportunities. 4. Increase agency capacity to achieve results.
Community or Constituency Served CAPLP provides services to children, families, individuals, and seniors that are experiencing economic hardship.
Geographic Area Served Our primary service area is Clay and Wilkin Counties in West Central Minnesota, however several of our programs and services reach beyond the boundaries of these 2 counties to include the greater Fargo-Moorhead Area, and the Northwestern region of MN.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 08/26/2019

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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715 11TH St N
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: 218-512-1500

General Information

Alternative Name: Clay-Wilkin Opportunity Council, CAPLP
EIN: 41-0905871
Principal Staff: Lori Schwartz
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 92
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 4,682
Ruling Year: 1966


Board Chair: James Hamer
Number of Board Members: 18
Board Meetings with Quorum: 15
Average Member Attendance: 12.7

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