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Mission & Core Values



ENCAP reduces the power of poverty in Eastern Nebraska through direct service and results-driven partnerships.


Core Values


  • We are accountable to the Community Action movement and its legacy of changing lives and communities for the better.
  • We maximize every resource that makes our work possible.  
  • We act on data to empower people and to make our work effective.


  • We provide a safe space for every person, provide services without judgement, and collaborate with our clients as they improve their lives.
  • We aim to enhance the wellbeing of every person we serve and help them reach their full potential.


  • We solve problems with respect, innovation, and continual learning. 
  • We value differences and are committed to growing the diversity and perspectives of our team.  
  • We prioritize self-care in order to do our best work each day.


  • We recognize that systems of oppression sustain poverty and that we have a responsibility to help dismantle these systems. 
  • We prioritize partnerships that align with our mission, that achieve measurable results, and that improve the lives of the people we serve.



ENCAP is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency responsible for providing social and human services to people facing poverty in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. We are a member of a national network of over 1,100 high performing Community Action Agencies that were established out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty. We are dedicated to providing programming that meets community needs, that responds to the voices of the low-income community, and that demonstrates continuous quality improvement.

A core component of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, Community Action Agencies were created to give communities the resources needed to create local solutions to poverty and its effects. President Johnson selected (Robert) Sargent Shriver, an American diplomat and activist, to lead the creation of all War on Poverty programs (including Community Action, Head Start, and Legal Services for the Poor, among many others). The advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a primary driver behind the creation of Community Action programs.

Opened originally as Greater Omaha Community Action (GOCA) in 1965, the agency welcomed new staff member Lt. Col. Charles Lane, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen and a CAP Squadron Commander, in 1970. Lt. Col. Lane would serve as our Executive Director until his retirement in 1992.

ENCAP and its national peer network continue this vital work 55 years later in nearly every county in America. Our team carries on the legacy of Community Action’s creators and the many dedicated staff members who have made a lasting impact on our community.

We invite you to learn more about Shriver at the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute, and about Community Action via our national office. 



ENCAP helps individuals and families build the skills, hope, and social capital they need to envision and work toward a brighter future. Our mission is aligned with the goals of the National Community Action Network Theory of Change: (see full document HERE).

The people we serve—most of whom have incomes at or below 100% of the federal poverty threshold, or $26,500 for a family of four—are working hard to reach economic independence. ENCAP provides basic needs services like food support and financial assistance to get households out of immediate crisis, followed by next step supportive services to help the household move toward longer-term stability.

We design programs that respond to local needs; help families build and maintain economic security; give people with low incomes the opportunity to contribute their time and talents through volunteer and leadership opportunities; and collaborate with local community partners to broaden our work.



As a result of your partnership and support, last year, ENCAP was able to provide 20,127 services to 6,282 individuals through the the following programs:


  • Family Wellbeing: Prevents families from entering the child welfare system and helps them build resiliency through a coalition of community partners in Douglas County via Community Response.

  • Crisis AssistanceProvides emergency rent and utility assistance, flood relief assistance, SNAP application assistance, ongoing case management, and connections to community resources. 
  • Hunger Relief: We Provide emergency food support to households in Bellevue through the Bellevue Food Pantry (1908 Hancock St. Bellevue); Monthly commodities to income eligible individuals 60+ with monthly incomes of $1,473 or less (130% of the federal poverty level); and Drive up pantry distribution out of our Omaha Senior Pantry (2406 Fowler Avenue).

  • Senior Wellbeing: ENCAP’s Senior Wellbeing Services provide supports to older adults (60+) to reduce feelings of isolation, and improve health as a result of increased access to nutritious food.

  • TransportationProvides transportation to and from school to ESL/migrant and homeless students of OPS, and reliable rides to career seekers and older adults


Sargent Shriver 1915 - 2011

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

Martin Luther King Jr. 1929 - 1968

Tuskegee Airman: Lt. Col. Charles Lane 1925 - 2013
ENCAP Executive Director 1965 - 1992