About Community Action Partnership

America was built on the promise that every family should have an opportunity for success. Yet, today’s uneven economy has put a good quality of life out of reach for too many Americans. National, state, and local responses will be more effective when we tap into the proven expertise of local agencies with real-life experience helping families succeed.

The Community Action Partnership is a national hub that links the nation’s 1,000+ Community Action Agencies to each another – and to leaders looking for solutions that connect Americans to greater opportunity. This includes:

  • • The Community Action Network: The nation’s Community Action Agencies are a robust, state and local force – reaching children and families in 99% of America’s counties with life-changing services, from early childhood education to job training to services for seniors.
  • • Training & Innovation: The Partnership office supports local agency leaders with training and technical assistance so they can apply best practices to their work and pursue innovative strategies that strengthen families and communities.
  • • Community Change: The Partnership works hand in hand with our Network agencies to pursue community-wide solutions to barriers holding families back from success, including through our programs on Community Economic Development program and Racial Equity.
  • • A Voice for Opportunity: The Partnership is a unified voice for our members, shaping smarter federal and state proposals on how to help families succeed by lifting up solutions that work.

The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.

Community Action Partnership is a national, 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that provides technical assistance, training and other resources to Community Action Agencies, nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to move people and families to self-sufficiency across the United States. The resources provided to Community Action Agencies across the country by Community Action Partnership allow our Agencies to stay up to date on the latest best practices to empower low-income individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency. We are committed to strengthening, promoting, representing and serving our Network of Agencies to assure that the issues of poverty are effectively presented and addressed. 

Community Action comes out of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty and from the advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 created the Network of locally-focused Agencies serving low-income populations. True to our history, Community Action Partnership remains committed to addressing the root causes and conditions of poverty in the United States, as demonstrated by the diversity of programs provided by our Community Action Agencies, which offer services from Head Start and other child development programs to Weatherization Assistance, job training and education support and elder care programs, among many others. Our Community Action Agencies are diverse in their service and programs, since they tailor their approaches to meet the specific needs of the communities they serve, and they put a human face on poverty while advocating for those who do not have a voice and providing opportunities for self-sufficiency. Community Action Partnership is dedicated to serving the entire community, as stated in the Promise of Community Action

Join us for lunch!
Did you know that lunch is available Monday through Friday at the Countryside Community Center? From 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, a complete meal (including salad bar, entrée, sides, and dessert) is available for the suggested contribution amount of only $4.00 for those aged 60 and over, and $6.00 for those under 60. Come enjoy a delicious meal while partaking in lively conversation with others in your community!


Next week’s meals:
Monday, 4/23:  Swedish Meatballs over Egg Noodles
Tuesday, 4/24:  Chicken Pot Pie with Mashed Potatoes 
Wednesday, 4/25:  Vegetable Frittata with Mashed Potatoes
Thursday, 4/26:  Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries
Friday, 4/27:  CLOSED for Volunteer Appreciation Event

In Governor Cuomo's 2018 State of the State Address, he announced the launch of a Long-Term Care Planning Council to prepare for the emerging needs of New York State's growing aging population.  The charge of the Council is to examine New York's long-term care system.

The Council will analyze and identify existing service gaps in the long-term care system; determine cost-effective interventions; and prepare a strategic plan to meet the needs of New York's aging population over the next decade.

The New York State Office for the Aging and the NYS Department of Health have created the following survey to hear directly from you about what you are experiencing at the community level in terms of supporting the independence of older New Yorkers and their caregivers.  They are interested in learning what works well and should be expanded, as well as what gaps exist and what you propose are ways to fill those gaps. 

To access the survey, please visit by June 18, 2018.  If you would like a copy of the survey mailed to you, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

Have you thought about a Will, Power of Attorney, or Health Care Proxy? Come learn more about these essential documents at Decision Making Day! Greg Catarella from Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP will be presenting important information on Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, and Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders.
This program is being offered on:

• Tuesday, May 8th from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego and
• Tuesday, June 12th from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Village Municipal Building, 9 Park St, Newark Valley

The program is open to the public, but registration is required. To attend either of these events, please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120 ext. 331 to reserve your seat! Informational packets are also available upon request. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at each session.

Will you be new to Medicare in 2018? Do you have Medicare, but would like a review lesson? If so, Medicare 101 was designed for you! Join us on Wednesday, May 9th from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego). Gain knowledge that could prevent late enrollment penalties or coverage gaps. Learn ways to possibly enhance your finances. Call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to register.

Did you know that more than 60% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese?  Obesity and poor diet can have serious consequences.  Join the Department of Aging when the American Heart Association presents “Eating Heart Healthy,” a program designed to educate people on the importance of good nutrition at any age!  

  • Tuesday, April 17th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at Elderwood at Waverly (37 North Chemung St, Waverly)

Topics covered will include tips to stay on track with your nutritional goals during the holidays, serving vs. portion sizes, “eating the rainbow,” and much more.  There is no cost for this program, but registration is required.  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat!  Informational packets will also be available upon request.

Are you interested in learning more about services and programs that are available to help you and your family?  Please join us for one of several presentations offered by Mike Middaugh from the Tioga County Veterans’ Service Agency:

  • Tuesday, April 10th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego)
  • Tuesday, April 24th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Community & Fitness Center (57 East Tioga St, Spencer)
  • Tuesday, May 15th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Waverly Municipal Building (32 Ithaca St, Waverly)

Come find out more about the Tioga County Veterans Service Agency; the benefits available to you at the federal, state, and local levels; and the many ways this organization works with veterans and their families in Tioga County.  These presentations are free to the public, but registration is required.  Please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat today!

March is National Nutrition Month®

This month the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics puts a spotlight on the importance of eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet. "Go Further with Food" is the theme for 2018. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food", while saving both nutrients and money.

Join WIC to learn more and help celebrate National Nutrition Month®

WIC will be at the following locations:

March 19th: Owego WIC Office-11am-7pm

March 20th: Newark Valley Hollenbecks-11am-2pm

March 21st: Spencer Big M: 9:30am-11:30am

There will also be a chance to win a gift card!


Guests recently gathered at the Countryside Community Center to enjoy two entertaining events.  On Thursday, February 15th, almost 100 people came to the Department of Aging’s “Dinner with Friends” Valentine’s Day dinner.  Ryan Wilson treated the crowd to lively music while diners dug into a spaghetti and meatballs dinner.  These events are held quarterly and normally include live entertainment.  It’s a great opportunity to bring a friend or meet some new ones! 

An “Armchair Tour” of Italy allowed over 40 attendees to visit Italy vicariously on March 1st.  Pat Kane presented a slideshow of pictures from his past trips to the country.  The audience enjoyed his stories about Italian culture while munching on snacks including meatballs, bruschetta, and caprese skewers.  We are already looking forward to Pat’s next presentation on Northern Ireland and Scotland on May 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  We’d love for you to join us!  Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat.

Price Chopper

42 West Main St.

Owego, NY

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

10am - 2pm


We’ll be providing digital screening mammograms for women 35 years and older.

Owego United Methodist Church

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

10am - 2pm

Full Service

We’ll be providing clinical breast exams, digital screening mammograms and pelvic exams with our Nurse Practitioner for women 35 years and older.

If you have an order from your healthcare provider and would like to schedule an appointment, please call Lourdes Central Scheduling: (607)798-5723

*You do not need an order if it has been over one year since your last mammogram*

Are you without insurance?

You may be eligible for no cost, or low cost, cancer screenings. To find out if you qualify, or if you’d like more information, please call Cancer Services Program: (607)778-3900

Lourdes also offers a financial assistance program – for more information, please call Lourdes Financial Assistance: (607)584-5522

Do you know where to find help and information on services and supports in your community?  NY Connects is a trusted place that gives you information about available options whether you are paying for services yourself, through insurance, or are eligible for a government program.  NY Connects serves anyone who needs information on long term services and supports, such as older adults, a child or adult with a disability, family members or caregivers, friends or neighbors, and helping professionals.

 Click on the link below to learn more:

For more information, call NY Connects at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. at 607-687-4120, ext. 331.

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