Helping People. Improving Lives. Strengthening Communities.

Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana (CAPNM) has been helping people, improving lives and strengthening communities since 1976. CAPNM is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency with the overall mission to provide services and advocacy to alleviate poverty, improve lives and strengthen our communities.

CAPNM continues to target hard to serve individuals by focusing on networking available resources and services, which promote long-term solutions for individuals to build success. Different aspects of a client’s life are addressed including housing, budgeting, medical, job training and education through networking resources, eventually leading to independence and self-sufficiency.

CAPNM serves a large geographic area of 13,375 square miles with a total population of over 150,000. Flathead, Lake, Lincoln and Sanders Counties are very rural with limited employment opportunities and low wages. CAPNM is the largest private human-services agency in the four county area, providing a wide variety of services to promote self-sufficiency and independence, which allows maximization of resources to benefit more individuals.

Calendar Of Events

Event Color Codes:
-Blue: Outreach events (Apply for services)
-Purple: Financial Literacy Workshops
-Green: Fundraisers

$2500 Granted to Provide Emergency Food Assistance

We recently applied for funding from the Kroger Foundation (Smiths) to provide emergency food on a case-by-case basis to our clients and we received $2500 in gift cards.

Smith’s has a vision of Zero Hunger Zero Waste. Their contributions are directed primarily to help eliminate hunger, especially those at risk, and promote good health of families. Families that have meals together have children who do better in all aspects of their lives. They are very pleased to assist us in our endeavor to help bring the shared mission of ending hunger in our community to life!

2,916 New Childrens Books to be Distributed in our Four County Area

The Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana has received a grant of 2,916 new children’s books valued at $24,000 to help the low income families we serve create word-filled homes and promote reading and learning.

The grant was from The Molina Foundation as part of its “Launch into Learning” national literacy campaign. The campaign’s goal is to provide resources to help children, parents, and caregivers create word-filled homes through reading and learning together. The Molina Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Southern California, is dedicated to the mission of reducing disparities in access to education and health.

We will begin distribution of these books in early spring. If you know of any organization that could use some children books please email

PBS Newshour: Costly Care in Rural Areas

PBS came to Montana a few months back to document how tough and costly health care and other services can be in rural areas.

Cassidy Kipp in our Community Service department was our correspondent in the video.
You can also see our building throughout the video at points.

Thank you PBS for coming to Montana and showcasing some of the hardships of living in rural areas!

Lincoln County Kiosk

Don’t forget we have a kiosk up at the Annex in Eureka for anyone to use to get to our services/applications and to be able to speak to a CAP employee directly through Skype.

We will be installing another kiosk soon most likely in Sanders County!