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CAP continues to take on poverty within community

Ciara Parizek/MDN Cindy Bachmeier Clark, left, holds a picture her granddaughter Ella Bachmeier colored with crayons, and Montanna Raynne, right, has a picture she colored with markers on Tuesday at Community Action Partnerships North Dakota.

This year marks 60 years of Community Action Partnership, and the organization has big things planned.

On Aug. 20, 1964, President Lyndon. B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act in the war on poverty, thus creating Community Action Partnership.

Funds were given to CAP to distribute among those in the community who were struggling with paying bills, putting food on the table, keeping a roof overhead or facing other struggles during the Cold War.

The main goal of the act was to attempt to eliminate poverty, offer more education opportunities for children, increase gains for the less fortunate and unemployed and tend to the health and financial needs of community elders.

In 1975, the Minot CAP location was put up, and over the last 49 years, the staff there have been trying to do the best they can to reach as many as possible.

In honor of the 60th anniversary of CAP, they will be holding a coloring contest. Receptionist Cindy Bachmeier Clark and Administrative Assistant Montanna Raynne with Community Action Partnerships North Dakota encourage everyone to participate, no matter how old or young a person may be.

Coloring sheets can be picked up and dropped off at Minot’s CAP location, Longfellow Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School and John Hoeven Elementary School.

One coloring sheet is of the “huggy heart,” showing arms hugging a heart. The inspiration was National Huggy Hearts Day on Monday, May 6.

The other coloring page is of the logo created for CAP’s 60th anniversary.

At the beginning of June, contest winners will be chosen from participants aged 16 or younger. One boy and one girl will be chosen from the entries.

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