Happy Community Action Month!
May is a time to come together, celebrate, and reflect on the work done by Community Action across the entire network. CAPSC continues to honor and live out the mission to reduce barriers to help clients improve their economic stability and well-being through education, advocacy, and partnerships
The Promise of Community Action

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.
Program News and Information
Plant a Row
One of the challenges Granite Staters are facing is food insecurity. Whether you are looking to supplement your own household, or would like to donate produce, we can all plant an extra row.

What is Plant A Row ?
Plant A Row is a hands-on neighbor-helping-neighbor initiative started in 2020 during the pandemic. Participating households receive a grow kit and pledge to grow an extra row or an extra container of fresh and local produce to donate to a local food pantry, a neighbor in need or to supplement their own need for fresh greens. It really is as easy as Plant - Grow- Donate.
CAPSC is now a partner in the Plant a Row Program!

CAPSC will be a pick-up location for seed packets, so that interested households can grow extra produce to donate to the CAPSC food pantry.

If you have any questions about the program or are interested in getting free seeds, please contact Population Health Manager, Erin Harkins, at eharkins@straffordcap.org.
We would like to welcome Vicki Pease to our Weatherization team! Vicki was a Weatherization crew leader here at CAPSC years ago. She returns with a wealth of building efficiency knowledge and is currently completing her auditor studies in Syracuse, New York.

Welcome aboard Vicki!

Weatherization is shifting away from emergency heating season and is placing a greater emphasis on energy efficiency jobs that benefit our clients by reducing their heating and cooling bills. Our average Weatherization household spends upwards of 10% of their household budget for fuel and electric costs. The Weatherization Assistance Program helps reduce those costs through extensive air sealing, insulating and air barrier improvements to our client’s homes. If you know someone who could benefit from our services, please let us know by emailing Bob Arnold, Housing Development and Revitalization Director, at barnold@straffordcap.org.
Domestic Violence Coordinated Entry Project
 The Domestic Violence Coordinated Entry project is an initiative to provide trauma informed housing case management for those fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence. It does differ from other programs here at CAPSC, as it is not only for Strafford County, but covers what is called the Balance of State- which is all of New Hampshire except for Nashua and Manchester. Referrals are received from 211, victim service providers, and other social service agencies. We are able to assess their situation, enter them into the statewide coordinated entry system, connect them with their local crisis center, provide resources, assist with their housing search, and advocate for them with
community connections.

If you or someone you know could benefit from speaking with a Domestic Violence Coordinated Entry team member, please contact Cindy, Domestic Violence Team Manager, at cindyj@straffordcap.org.

Exciting news: we recently added to the team by hiring case manager, Kelly. She has been a great addition to this growing program!
Food Pantry Services
Thanks to the generosity of our community, CAPSC's food pantry is fully stocked! If you or someone you know would benefit from our pantry, please do not hesitate to call our office or just stop in! There is no income verification necessary to use our food pantry. We are happy to serve you today.
CAPSC's Food Pantry Locations and Hours
Dover Food Pantry
Bradley Commons
577 Central Ave
Dover, NH 03820

Monday- Friday
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Rochester Mobile Market
10 Cold Spring Manor
Rochester, NH 03839

12:00PM to 4:00PM
Family Resource Center
 The Dover Family Resource Center will be open to the public beginning on May 23rd 
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The Center is located at
577 Central Ave, Suite 10 in Dover!
With any questions or for more information, contact, Jenn Sherman, Family Resource Center Coordinator, at FamilyResourceCenter@straffordcap.org.
Take a Ride with Senior Transportation!
For more than 35 years, the CAPSC Senior Transportation Program has been providing quality transportation services to Strafford County residents, allowing them to maintain independence in their daily lives. The Senior Transportation Program provides door-to-door, on demand transportation for Strafford County residents aged 60 and over. You can go to grocery stores, shopping plazas and pharmacies in the area. We cannot offer rides for medical appointments.

CAPSC has partnered with TripLink for scheduling riders for our transportation routes. This partnership allows us to offer our riders:
Subscription scheduling - If you like to ride the same route (or routes) each week, you will no longer need to call us every time you would like a ride. When you call TripLink, they will identify the route (or routes) that are available to you. Just let them know that you would like to be on that same route each week, and you will be added to the weekly ride manifest.  If for some reason you need to cancel a ride, just call TripLink. They will cancel the ride for that day, but you will remain on the “regular” ride list.

Reminder calls - You will receive a reminder call from TripLink the night before your ride is scheduled.

Access to other area transportation services – Through TripLink, you can find out if you are eligible for transportation services through other providers such as Ready Rides, COAST ADA Paratransit and Community Rides.
To schedule a ride, you will need to call TripLink at 603-834-6010 by 11:00am the day before you would like to ride.  
Summer Meals 2022
When school lets out for the summer, CAPSC is there to provide food for children in need. Through the federal Summer Food Service Program, we offer free breakfast and lunch to children up to age 18 (including babies and toddlers) at specific sites throughout the county. Each year CAPSC serves over 40,000 free and nutritious meals to children at numerous sites throughout Strafford County over the summer.

We are excited to be back to normal operations after facing the challenges of the past two years. This means we’ll get to sit and eat with children at these sites for each meal. Unfortunately, take-away meals will not be available. Look for our CAPSC vehicles and bright green “Free Meals” flags around town and check back in for updates throughout the season.
With questions about Summer Meals, please contact Patty Menard,
Food Services Supervisor, at pmenard@straffordcap.org.
The following locations will be the 2022 sites for Summer Meals!

This will take place from June 20th until August 19th!

  • Amazon Park: 105 Whitehouse Road, Rochester
  • Breakfast 9:15, Lunch 12:30

  • Redden Garden: 2 Adelle Drive, Dover
  • Breakfast 8:30, Lunch 12:15

  • Riviera Motel: 479 Gonic Rd, Rochester
  • Breakfast 8:00, Lunch 11:15

  • Rochester Housing Authority: 10 Cold Spring Manor, Rochester
  • Breakfast 8:30, Lunch 11:45

  • Rutland Manor: 1 Abbey Lane, Dover
  • Breakfast 9:15, Lunch 11:30

  • Somersworth Recreation Noble Pines: 40 Noble Pines, Somersworth
  • Breakfast 8:30, Lunch 12:00

  • White Cliffs at Dover: 510 Martha's Way, Dover
  • Breakfast 9:15, Lunch 11:45

How You Can Help
Make a Donation
CAPSC needs your help! We cannot provide over 60 coordinated programs and services without support from our generous donors and partners. Please make a donation today to allow CAPSC to continue serving as a critical community resource for all those in need. Every dollar donated to CAPSC is an investment in our community. Thank you!
Donation Drives
CAPSC is always accepting donations! Below is a list of our most sought after items:

  • Pop-top canned soup, veggies & fruit
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Gift cards (gas, grocery & department stores)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap)
  • Bottled water
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Baby formula
  • Spices, salt and pepper, cooking oil
  • Brand new sleeping bags
  • Sunscreen & bug spray
  • Flashlights with batteries

For more information on our most up-to-date list of needs and how to run a donation drive for CAPSC, please contact
Sophie Aikman, Development Manager, at saikman@straffordcap.org.
Save the Date!

CAPSC's Annual Golf Tournament is just around the corner!

When: September 19th, 2022
Where: Cochecho Country Club

We are looking for corporate sponsors, volunteers, and golfers. If you are interested in participating in this fun-filled annual event or have any questions, please contact Melissa Spil, Chief Advancement Officer, at mspil@straffordcap.org.
New Hampshire Gives
Hosted by the NH Center for Nonprofits, NH Gives is the state's largest day-of-giving!
NH Gives brings together hundreds of nonprofits and tens of thousands of donors to raise as much money and awareness as possible for the causes served by NH's nonprofit sector.

NH Gives will begin at 5pm on June 7th and go for 24 hours!
Keep an eye out for more information on how to give back to CAPSC through NH Gives!
Charitable Gaming
CAPSC is partnering with the Dover Poker and Gaming room to take part in NH Charitable Gaming! CAPSC will receive 35% of the gross revenue for all games played from May 28th to June 6th. Dover Poker and Gaming room is located at 887B Central Ave in Dover.
Agency News and Updates
CAPSC's 56th Annual Meeting
CAPSC celebrated our 56th Annual Meeting on May 12th. It was a beautiful morning honoring the work CAPSC has done over the past year. We cannot thank our community enough for making it such a wonderful morning!
This meeting brings together CAPSC staff and community members that have worked in partnership over the year to combat poverty in Strafford County.
At the meeting, two awards are given out. The Champion Award which recognizes a community partner, organization, or individual who embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes Strafford County a better place for everyone, and the Mission Award which honors an outstanding CAPSC staff member who embodies the mission and vision of the agency.

This year, the Champion Award went to the school districts of Dover, Farmington, Milton, Rochester, Somersworth, and Wakefield for their dedication to keeping students fed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and remote learning. This truly was a whole community project! Our cooks, bus drivers, student volunteers, and school staff were all an integral part of this effort.

Click and watch the video below that celebrates our Champion Award winners: Dover, Farmington, Milton, Rochester, Somersworth, and
Wakefield School Districts.
The Mission Award recipient was Pat Meattey. Pat has taken on many roles in her past 36 years at CAPSC, but serves right now as the Head Start Planning Manager. Pat is regarded by her peers as brilliant, caring, and a hard worker. After 36 years, Pat will be retiring this year. All of us at CAPSC wish her the best in her new adventures with her family and friends.

Click and watch the video below that honors Mission Award winner: Pat Meattey.

Career Opportunities - CAPSC is Hiring!

Join Our Team!

CAPSC offers several benefits including:
• 403(b)
• Medical coverage
• Dental coverage
• Earned time-off
• Flexible spending accounts
• Vision care coverage
• Work/Life resources
• Employee and Dependent life insurance
• Disability insurance
• 12 Paid Holidays a year

CAPSC is also offering a $500 Sign on Bonus for all new employees!

Economic Stability Case Manager

Fuel and Electric Assistance Manager

Summer Feeding Service Program Team Member

Food Outreach Program Assistant

Health Services Coordinator

Home Visitor Healthy Families America

Child Care Center Director- Farmington

Housing Assistant

Housing Navigator

Parent Educator

Program Assistant

Finance Specialist

Assistant Cook

Calling all Teachers!
We are looking for qualified and compassionate Early Childhood Educators for infant, toddler,
and preschool classrooms!

We are looking for full and part time teachers!

CAPSC has opportunities available in multiple locations including Dover, Somersworth, Rochester, and Farmington.

CAPSC will help candidates to pay for Early Childhood Education credits!

Starting pay is $18+ an hour!
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, click here to apply.
If you have any questions, please email capjobs@straffordcap.org
Watch this video to learn why
you should join CAPSC as an
Early Childhood Educator!
2021 Annual Report
Our 2021 Annual Report is here! This report tells the story of the past year at CAPSC. From success stories, information about the agency's programs, financial reports, and more.

To read the report, click the button below!
Community Resources and Events
Putt a Stop to Hunger!
Community Yard Sale
Sponsor Spotlight
CAPSC relies on generous partners in the community to continue
working towards our mission!

Thank you, D.F. Richard Energy!

If you or your business would like to sponsor CAPSC or learn more about corporate sponsorship, please contact Melissa Spil, Chief Advancement Officer, at mspil@straffordcap.org
Thank You to All of Our Generous Sponsors!
Keep in Touch with CAPSC
From Weatherization to our Family Resource Centers, Senior Transportation, and so much more, CAPSC is always adapting to meet the changing needs of our community!
We hope that you will utilize our website and social media sites to stay in the loop with all that is going on at the agency!
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County
577 Central Ave, Suite 10
Dover, NH 03820
(603) 435-2500