Lakes & Prairies CAP

Mission Statement

Our misison is to eliminate poverty by empowering families and engaging communities.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments Our organization provides services through four main divisions: Head Start, Housing, Economic Empowerment, and (our newest division) Child Care Connections. Our newest division is an expansion of our Child Care Aware program that serves early childhood educators and provides grants and scholarships for child care to families. Child Care Connections will now also be working with North Dakota child care providers to improve quality. Within these divisions our team provides over 30 programs and services that work together toward our mission. While CAPLP has been doing this work since the War on Poverty began over 56 years ago, we continue to adapt and respond to the changing needs in the communities we serve. In 2021, our organization achieved a long-term goal of purchasing a home for our administrative offices and expand services to South Moorhead. We've always dreamt of finding a permanent location to serve the community, and the growth and expansion of services over the years has led to a need for more space to accommodate our growing team. CAPLP officially moved into the building on September 7, 2021 and hosted a ribbon cutting with the Fargo-Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce on September 10, 2021. CAPLP is all about helping families make their dreams a reality and we are so grateful that our dream of a new building came true!
Current Goals As we look toward 2022, we will utilize our new Community Assessment to guide a new Strategic Planning process and carry our organization into the next five years. Our team lives our vision each day by being a strong, responsive organization that provides hope and life changing opportunities for people to help themselves and each other CAPLP continues to work toward our broad agency-wide goals that are outlined in our five-year Strategic Plan. These goals include the following broad goals: Individuals and families with low incomes are stable and achieve economic security; Communities where people with low incomes live are healthy and offer economic opportunity; People with low incomes are engaged and active in building opportunities; Increase agency capacity to support program operations.
Community or Constituency Served CAPLP provides services to children, families, indiviuals and seniors of all ages in our efforts to improve the communties we serve.
Geographic Area Served CAPLP provides services to people in Clay and Wilkin Counties in West Central MN. Some programs serve beyond these boundaries including Careeer Connect (serves the Fargo-Moorhead area) and Child Care Connections (serves 26 counties in MN and the entire state of ND).

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 08/26/2022

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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891 Belsly Blvd
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: 218-512-1500

General Information

Alternative Name: Clay-Wilkin Opportunity Council, Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, CAPLP
EIN: 41-0905871
Principal Staff: Lori Schwartz
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 103
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 5,000
Ruling Year: 1966


Board Chair: Sarah King
Number of Board Members: 18
Board Meetings with Quorum: 14
Average Member Attendance: 12.2

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