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    • CAP Services’ Board of Directors approved increasing the minimum wage paid at CAP Services to $9 an hour, effective July 1.  Consistent with the value it puts on its workforce, this affirms all work is honorable when done well and all deserve decent pay for a day’s work.


    • The CAP Board of Directors welcomed Kathryn Caves as its newest member at its July meeting.  Ms. Caves is a full time student and also works with the Wisconsin Autism Project.


    • Several CAP Services staff took time off to volunteer at Farm Tech Days.  They joined a number of volunteers in parking, beverage and ice cream stations during the 3-day event.  CAP was among several non-profits who provided volunteers and will share in any profits generated by concessions.


    • CAP Services’ recently received news that it was a successful applicant in the Department of Labor’s Youth Build grant program.  CAP will use the funds to expand the number of youth served in its Waupaca/Waushara County Fresh Start Program. Participants engage in a variety of program components:  work on their diploma or high school equivalency, if needed, along with community service and construction of a single-family home, to be later sold to a low-to moderate income household.


    • One of the community service projects undertaken by the Fresh Start Program includes work at the Oz Nature Area in Waupaca.  This includes removing invasive species and building boardwalks.  The Waupaca Eco Park is a concept environmental park in the Oz Nature Area that CAP, along with several local partners are working to create.  A ” Meet and Greet” will be held onWednesday, August 20, 2014 from 1-3 PM.


    • CAP hosted an Open House at RiverWood Apartments in Wisconsin Rapids on July 22. This 38 unit rental project includes 10 units for families and 28 for seniors.  The event was well attended and the project well-received.  Well over half of the units are now occupied with several applications pending.


    • The state community action network will host its annual “Poverty Matters” conference in Appleton on September 24 & 25.  CAP programs will be among those featured including Ministry Dental Center and our financial capability project.  In addition, plans are in place to offer a Latino Poverty Simulation, developed in part by Betsy Rozelle, a former CAP employee, along with other community partners.  The Latino simulations are designed to help people understand the challenges and barriers faced by the Latino community. The simulations are administered by ESTHER in the Fox Valley.


    • Patoka, CAP’s CEO, is among 16 contributing authors in a newly released book, “Farm Girl.”  Local author Justin Isherwood previously wrote a book called “Farm Kid” and realized there might be another perspective from farm girls.  The various contributors recollect growing up on a farm and reflect on chores, animals, crops and more.  The book, published by Homeplace Press, is available at Book World in Stevens Point ($5)


August 20th, 2014|