About Us

The Promise of
Community Action

The Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider. 

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.

Our Vision

An agency that creates opportunities for all people to thrive, a partner in building strong, resilient communities, to ensure a more equitable society

Our Mission

To assist in reducing poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals to reach economic stability.

Our Values

Equity · Respect · Commitment · Excellence · Hope ·
Community · Caring · Innovation · Opportunity

  • We believe all people should be treated with dignity and respect and recognize that structural race, gender, and other inequities remain barriers that must be addressed.
  • We believe that our communities have the capacity and moral obligation to ensure that no one is forced to endure the hardships of poverty.
  • We believe that everyone can reach their fullest potential with hope, adequate resources, and opportunities, and we are committed to achieving that vision.
  • We pledge ourselves to create an environment that pursues innovation and excellence through multi-sector partnership and collaboration

Our History

The Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (CAPBM) is a New Hampshire based 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit organization. The agency was established in 1965 under the provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964. Under this Act over twelve hundred Community Action Agencies (CAA) were established nationwide. 

  • The primary mission of the organization is to work with low-income families and the elderly to assist them in their efforts   to become or remain both financially and socially independent in their communities. The agency accomplishes this task by providing a broad array of services that are locally defined, planned, and managed. 
  • The agency sponsors and manages over 70 programs and services designed to meet the needs of children, families, single parents, elderly, and the disabled. Without the services provided by the agency and in collaboration with other local organizations, many local residents would be without a means to provide for their basic needs, including food and shelter. 
  • The agency maintains six(6) local offices that provide direct services to households in need. These offices are located throughout our two (2) county area. 

What People Say

Some parts of the job are more challenging than others, but overall, every aspect of my role contributes to the growth and success of the program--it is worth the challenge.

CAPBM Employee

Helping people is the number one factor, it is my passion!

CAPBM Employee

I have amazing Co-workers and my management is PHENOMENAL!

CAPBM Employee

I love the feeling of be able to provide a benefit to a participant that you know will make their life better.

CAPBM Employee
How You Can Help

You can make a better tomorrow for others. 
Be the difference.