Mission Statement of CAP
CAP Volunteer Fair
CAP Early Childhood Education Pilot Project
The Community Against Poverty (CAP) coalition was convened by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) in early 2008 as an outgrowth of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs “There Shall Be No Needy Among You” initiative.
Mission Statement of CAP:
Community Against Poverty (CAP) is a broad-based coalition of St. Louis area interfaith and civic organizations coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). The problems of poverty run deep in our nation. Poverty impacts the ability of individuals and families to live their lives with dignity. Poverty impacts the ability of individuals to obtain quality education for their children; to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter; to find living wage jobs; to live in a safe and healthy environment; and to access quality, affordable healthcare.
CAP is dedicated to combating poverty through education, advocacy and service.
Currently, the following organizations are members of the CAP Coalition, in addition to the JCRC:
Bread for the World
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of St. Louis
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Missouri
Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis
Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section
Operation Food Search
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
St. Louis Clergy Coalition
Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice
2016 INTERFAITH HUNGER SEDER A HUGE SUCCESS
Over 200 people attended the 2016 Interfaith Hunger Seder co-sponsored by JCRC and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday April 14. The Seder focused on all aspects of the problem of hunger, with a special focus this year on hunger among military families and military veterans. The CAP Hunger Task Force was a collaborating organization for ths Hunger Seder. Some phtos from the Seder are below.
Angela Morris of Windsor Independent Living, which supports homeless veterans
Rabbi Josef Davidson of Congregation B'nai Amoona leads the Seder
Veteran Tim Rooney gives a reading at the Seder
RESOURCES FOR THOSE WISHING TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER AMONG VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES
Below are a few resources those interested in volunteering, donating or engaging in advocacy on behalf of veterans and military families facing food insecurity.
H.E.R.O.E.S Care: H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is a collaborative effort among non-governmental organizations working together to support military service members and their families. The food pantries listed below can also be found on their website.
Affton Christian Food Pantry: Run by 13 churches in the Affton area, ACFP strives to serve the needy and partners with local schools, businesses, and community organizations to make a difference. http://afftonchristianfoodpantry.com/
Phone: (314)580-3138 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
JB Food Pantry: The Jefferson Barracks Food Pantry provides non perishable food and hygiene items to individuals in active duty and reserves along with veterans and their families. They are located in building 24 at Jefferson Barracks.
The Eagle’s Nest of St. Clair County: The Eagle’s Nest provides support to Veteran families and works to empower homeless Veterans for lives of self-sufficiency, economic independence, and active community involvement.
Windsor Independent Living Inc.: Windsor Independent Living provides temporary support and housing assistance for homeless veterans.
Phone: (314)333-5670 Email: email@example.com
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
MAZON is a national organization that works to fight hunger. MAZON has a national effort to address the problem of hunger in the military. Visit the TAKE ACTION page for more information on this campaign.
CLOSE TO 50 JEWISH, MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN TEENS PARTICIPATE CAP HUNGER TASK FORCE EVENT "HUNGER SPEAKS" PROGRAM WITH OPERATION FOOD SEARCH
On Sunday November 15, close to 50 area teens of different faiths attended two separate presentations from Operation Food Search (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) on the topic of "Hunger Speaks." Uutilizing videos and discussion questions to educate young people about the extent of the problem of food insecurity in our region, the program also included a call to action: writing and signing postcards to Rep. Ann Wagner and Sen. Claire McCaskill in support of a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill. Resource materials about how to volunteer, donate and advocate about hunger also were provided. Teens in the afternoon session also made PB & J sandwiches for clients of The Bridge, an organization that provides support to the homeless and hungry. The morning program took place at Congregation B'nai Amoona. The afternoon program took place at Ladue Chapel.
This event was sponsored by the Community Against Poverty (CAP) Hunger Task Force.
Some photos from the day are below.
CAP CO-SPONSORS SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM WITH WOMEN'S VOICES RAISED FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND NCJW ON FERGUSON
On April 16, 2015, the CAP Coalition co-sponsored the forum "Eigth Month Post-Ferguson: The Journey from Recovery to Rebuilding." Panelists included Rev. Starsky Wilson, President and CEO of Deaconess Foundation and Co-Chair of the Ferguson Commission, Todd Swanstrom, Public Policy Professor at University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Gregory Carr, Professor at Harris-Stowe State University. All spoke about next steps as our region works to ensure racial equity in the wake of the tragic events of August 2014 in Ferguson. Those attending also heard the perspective of young people through comments made by several Harris Stowe students. Below is a photo of the panelists and those on the organizing committee for the event.
JCRC/CAP Volunteers Help Refurbish "God's Creation" Preschool in North Saint Louis City
On December 14 and 21, 2014, members of the CAP Early Childhood Committee joined with others in the Jewish community to paint the interior of "God's Creation" early learning center in North Saint Louis City as part of the "Helping Our Community's Children Flourish" Project. CAP volunteers joined with staff at the school to make these physical improvements so that the center can remain licensed. There will be additional ways to help the school in the coming months. Some photos from the painting project are below.
Read the article in the January 18 St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the volunteer project and the work of the CAP ECE committee, which can be found here
CAP Early Childhood Education Committee to Focus on Volunteer Partnerships with Child Care Aware and United4Childrens
As a follow up to its work supporting individual early childhood centers with physical upgrades so that they can maintain licensure, the CAP Early Chilldhood Education Committee is currently working on a project to provide community volunteers to assist childcare centers served by the organizations Child Care Aware and United4Children. Mentors, those with a background in marketing and human resources and those with a background in the early childcare field are needed as volunteers. The goal of this project is to expand the capacity of high performing childcare centers in North City and North County and to ensure that these centers obtain the support they need to thrive using a small business model. Contact Gail Wechsler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-442-3894 to learn more about this project.