The City of Fort Worth’s Community Action Partners (CAP) serves as the Community Action Agency for Tarrant County and provides comprehensive services to economically disadvantaged individuals, families and the elderly residing in Tarrant County. Through CAP programs, residents learn to become financially independent, reducing and eliminating their reliance on social services.
In 2018, CAP assisted 13,587 low-income individuals overcome barriers and make positive life changes.
The Following Resources are Available to Tarrant County Residents
CAP Works provides tuition assistance for short-term certifications and job training, allowing low-income individuals in Tarrant County to improve their chances at employment, in order to become more financially independent and self-sufficient.
CAP Works focuses on proactively addressing some of the root causes of poverty by developing a networking program that provides job training to low-income individuals of all ages and experience levels, which will lead to higher employment and stronger, more sustainable communities.
CAP Works offers tuition assistance for programs such as, but not limited to:
Heating, entilation and air conditioning (HVAC) training
Manufacturing Skills Service Council (MSSC) safety
Medical assistance training, including CPR/EKG certification
Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) training
Classes are offered through partnerships with Tarrant County College, Goodwill Industries Community Enrichment Center, University of Texas at Arlington(UTA) and other organizations.
Additionally, CAP Works will fund tuition, books, uniforms and other supplies for short team certifications and training for in-demand jobs.
CAP Works also offers other services and workshops to help individuals achieve their professional goals.
Individual career counseling
Career assessments designed to help identify skills, interests and possible career fields
Job fairs, as well as job education and training
Workshops on dressing for success
Ways to improve your interview skills, presentation skills or job hunting practices
Information on how to write an effective resume or cover letter
Budgeting and finance
Depending upon the number of requests, funding for some programs may be limited or unavailable.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is an IRS-supported, free income tax preparation program for low-to-moderate income individuals and families. VITA helps taxpayers prepare their tax returns at no cost to the individuals and families, and most importantly helps taxpayers claim important tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).
The mission of the city’s VITA program is to provide free income tax preparation services to low and moderate-income individuals and families. Through the efforts of community volunteers, VITA helps individuals keep their hard earned money and brings millions of dollars back into the local economy through refunds and valuable tax credits.
VITA Volunteers provide free income tax assistance from mid-January to the end of April. Locate a VITA site near you by calling the United Way Helpline at 2-1-1 or by visiting MyMoneyDFW.com.
The Cowboy Santas Program Inc. is a 501 C(3) charitable organization that provides toys to low-income children 12 and under during the holiday season. Over the last two decades and through the support of city and community leaders, the program has grown to cover all of Tarrant County. Families must have income at or below 175% of the Federal Income Guidelines.
The holiday season is a time for family, happiness and joy. For many senior citizens it is a time of loneliness, isolation and sadness. Over 15% of Tarrant County’s population is comprised of adults age 60 or older. Senior citizens are faced with difficulty in meeting their basic needs on a limited income. The Silver Stars Program is committed to serving vulnerable seniors by ensuring they are remembered during the holiday season.
Seniors are eligible for the Silver Stars Holiday Program when deemed homebound and/or isolated from community support, as identified through partnerships with local social services agencies, nursing facilities, and community organizations across Tarrant County. Their goal is to serve a minimum of 600 low-income and/or isolated senior citizens. We are seeking sponsors to take part in this endeavor by providing items on our website or providing a financial donation to create senior care packages.
Reside in Tarrant County
Be 60 years or older and live alone or with persons 60
Have income that is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level
Be homebound or isolated from family and/or community support
Rising Stars Youth Leadership Academy is a summer program that provides youth ages 13-18 with exposure to area businesses, agencies and civic groups to provide them with a positive perspective on what their future can hold.
The program is meant to increase educational competence, physical and social development, and increase life skills. The program also exposes these participants to a variety of professional fields, to help further their interests and provide them with guidance on how to succeed at those types of jobs.
Applications will be available online March 2020.
Topics that are frequently addressed as part of the Rising Stars program include:
Applying for college
Nutrition and fine dining etiquette
Setting and achieving goals
Fitness and wellness
Dressing for success
Peer pressure and bullying
Community service projects
Dangers of drugs and alcohol
The Rising Stars Youth Leadership Academy Program is funded by the Community Service Block Grant - Community Action Partners program of the city’s Neighborhood Services.