Our Values

The Worth of Every Individual
We work to assist individuals to recognize and achieve the fullest measure of their human potential.

Healthy families create healthy societies.

We help families and individuals overcome barriers, to dream of a better future, and to share in the best our community can offer.

We work in partnership with other organizations, government, businesses, our Board of Directors, and the low-income community in planning, decision-making, and action.

Excellence & Stewardship
We strive to give our best integrity and passion and exercise great care to assure that the public and private funds are used responsibly and efficiently.

Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP)

People helping people throughout Iowa, Lafayette, Grant, Green and Richland Counties in southwestern Wisconsin. Southwest CAP is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. If you have a disability and need to access this information in an alternate format or need it translated to another language, please contact us.

Our Mission

  • Significantly and meaningfully involve low-income people in developing and carrying out anti-poverty programs.
  • Mobilize public and private resources in support of anti-poverty programs. Plan and evaluate both long and short-range strategies for overcoming poverty in the community.
  • Serve as an advocate of low-income people on matters of public policy which affect their status, promote institutional improvements and desirable changes in social policy.
  • Conduct or delegate to other agencies the operation of programs financed through federal, state, local, or other available funds.

Our Services

Our History

Community Action Agencies were created through the “War On Poverty” Legislation passed in the 1960's during President Johnson's administration. Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, Inc. (SWCAP), was incorporated in 1966 in Dodgeville, WI, as a private non-profit organization governed by a 24 member volunteer Board of Directors. Southwest CAP provided a focal point for anti-poverty efforts in Iowa, Lafayette, Grant, Green & Richland Counties in Southwestern Wisconsin.


The SWCAP Board of Directors meets on the 4th Thursday of the month. Meetings start at 6:30 and is open to the public.

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