Berks Community Action Program
The Berks County Action Program (BCAP) is a private non-profit organization that has been serving low-income Berks residents since 1965. We serve more than 2,500 individuals and families each year by providing assistance to help people overcome obstacles while striving to meet their goals.
Our mission — "a hand up!"
BCAP’s mission is to combat poverty in the city of Reading and Berks County and to help low- and moderate-income residents become more self-sufficient.
As a Community Action Program, BCAP works to reduce poverty by coordinating local, state, private and federal resources to assist low-income individuals and families.
Participants must meet income eligibility guidelines for most services.
History, Structure and Funding
The Berks Community Action Program was established in 1965 as the Economic Opportunity Council of Reading and Berks County, Inc.
Although BCAP is a private non-profit organization, government grants are the primary source of funding for our programs and services. Directed by Mr. Lawrence A. Berringer, BCAP employs 31 individuals in nine major program areas who work toward providing a hand-up in an effort to build a stronger community. BCAP has an annual budget of more than $5 million.
In addition to private donations, BCAP receives funding from:
- US Department of Health & Human Services
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development
- PA Department of Community & Economic Development
- Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
BCAP is part of a statewide and nationwide network of agencies with a similar goal and mission. We provide help to individuals and families through direct assistance, through indirect assistance by helping smaller agencies reach out to clients, and by educating our community on issues facing our neighbors in need.