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Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.



Community Action Agencies (CAA) are local private and public non-profit organizations that carry out the Community Action Program (CAP), which was founded by the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act to fight poverty by empowering the poor as part of the War on Poverty.

Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP) is the community action agency for the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell and the counties of Dinwiddie and Prince George.


CAPUP is excited to announce that the Board of Supervisors of Dinwiddie and Prince George County have both passed resolutions designating Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People as their counties community action agency.  CAPUP is looking forward to bring community action to the counties of Dinwiddie and Prince George.

Board Chair Willard Douglas has been chosen as one of Allen & Allen’s Hometown Heroes.   Visit the Hometown Heroes site to see all of this years Hometown Heroes.


Willard’s goal is to improve the lives of low-income individuals and families in his community. Participating in a variety of organizations, he works to ease the suffering of those living in poverty, assists ex-offenders trying to become active members of society, and helps bring indoor water and plumbing to families in rural areas of Virginia. At CAPUP he spends afternoons at the senior center playing games, discussing current events and simply being a friend.

CAPUP’s President & CEO Thomas D. Wagstaff appointed to Community Action Partnership Commission.

The Community Action Partnership is the national association for Community Action Agency’s (CAA).  Mr Wagstaff has been appointed to the Excellence Commission of Community Action Partnership.  His term will run thru September 30, 2014 where he will participate in the business affairs on the Excellence Commission.  Two important programs are Pathways to Excellence and the Award of Excellence.  You can visit the website below to find out more about our National Association.

Congressman Bobby Scott visits CAPUP’s Community Day.

Congressman Bobby Scott from Virginia’s 3rd congressional district pictured with CAPUP’s President and CEO Thomas D. Wagstaff at CAPUP’s 9th Annual Community Day.  Congressman Scott has supported community action and the work of CAPUP for numerous years.  It was a pleasure to have Representative Scott take the time to celebrate with CAPUP and the Richmond Community.

Click here to see pictures from our community day!!!!!

Delegate Delores McQuinn leads CAPUP’s Inaugural Walk Against Poverty.

Del. Delores McQuinn speaks at the beginning of the Walk Against Poverty which utilized some of the stops along the Richmond Slave Trail.  Del. McQuinn and Tom Wagstaff agreed “that many of the members of the African American community are still in poverty caused by the lack of opportunities in education, employment and housing in the metropolitan area until the 1960s and this is still affecting many who worked and lived during that period”.

Click here to see pictures from the walk.

2012 Community Day and First Annual Walk Against Poverty

CAPUP likely to begin economic development project in downtown Hopewell.

Click here to read the article from The Hopewell News.

2013 Community Day and Second Annual Walk Against Poverty

CAPUP’s 10th Annual Community Day was held on Saturday September 28th.  Click here for pictures from the event.

Girl Scout Alison Williams “Arts from the Heart” project at CAPUP helps to complete her Gold Award Project. The purpose of the project was to connect the seniors involved in CAPUP’s senior center through a creative mural.    A HUGE thanks to Alison and her sponsor Eric Garmon from the YMCA of Greater Richmond for selecting CAPUP to benefit from the awesome project.

For more pictures click here.


Beginning ~ Late January 2016

Richmond - 1103 Oliver Hill Way

Monday thru Wednesday   1:30pm – 6:00pm


Petersburg Location

700 Sycamore Street - Suite 5

22 E. Washington Street

Monday – Wednesday and Friday   1:00pm – 4:00pm


Time and Dates subject to change

CAPUP offers free tax preparation services to households earning less than $51,568 annually in 2013. Our services are made possible through the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

Our volunteer tax preparers are professionally trained, and certified by the IRS, to prepare basic tax returns in over 14 convenient locations.

We offer free electronic filing for Federal and State tax returns.

for more information about this service and the VITA Program see the below links.

IRS VITA Grant Program

CAPUP plans to bring up to 400 teenagers and adults to Prince George, Virginia to improve the homes of local residents

Elderly, handicapped, and lower-income residents of Prince George, Virginia to get free home repairs

Prince George: Local residents will benefit from the work of a projected 400 adult and teenage volunteers at the Workcamp, coming to Prince George, Virginia July 24th thru July 30th 2016.  The Workcamp will provide free home repairs through the Group Cares (formerly Group Workcamps Foundation) program, sponsored locally by CAPUP.

Group Cares (formerly Group Workcamps Foundation) is a non-profit, interdenominational Christian volunteer home-repair organization headquartered in Loveland, Colorado.  This summer, an anticipated 25,000 young people and adults will participate in 48 Workcamps in communities across the United States and Canada.

To apply click Workcamps Application 2014.docx for an application.