Who We Are
Originating from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP), formerly known as Greater Omaha Community Action, was established in Omaha in 1965 as a nonprofit Community Action Program to combat poverty.
ENCAP collaborates with its clients and the communities of Douglas and Sarpy Counties to grow self-sufficiency and increase opportunity.
We also partner with 1,100 Community Action Agencies in our national network that provide direct, effective support to the more than 43 million people living in poverty in the United States.
Our Mission Statement
“To eliminate the causes of poverty by strengthening individuals, families, and communities through self-sufficiency initiatives in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.”
Who we serve
The people we serve—most of whom have incomes below 75% of the poverty threshold, or $12,252 for a family of three—are working to find a way back to stability and greater independence. They have experienced crises and setbacks, sometimes for the first time.
We also serve and work to improve our community. We must maximize our resources and advocate for systems change so that all members of our community have the same opportunities to reach their potential.
We know that the causes and conditions of poverty are complex and not easily defeated. We listen to the people we serve and give them a hand up as they work to get back on their feet and have hope for their future.
Community Action Agencies have a unique governance structure. ENCAP’s Board of Directors is composed of one-third private sector representatives, one-third elected officials or their designees representing our service area, and one-third representatives of the low-income community. Inclusion of the latter is to ensure the maximum feasible participation of the communities ENCAP serves.
Our Board provides oversight, accountability, and vision for our organization. Each member is engaged in our work and contributes to the impact we make on the community.
- Laurel Heer-Dale, Legal Aid of Nebraska
- Jamalia Parker, Learning Community Center of North Omaha
- Brent Frahm, Mutual of Omaha Bank
- George Grieb, Private Sector
- Georgie Scurfield, Lift Up Sarpy
- Jacqueline White, Union Pacific
- Kimberly Dunovan, Private Sector
- Douglas County Clerk Dan Esch
- Former State Senator D. Paul Hartnett
- Senator Sue Crawford, District 45
- Jayne Hutton, Douglas-Sarpy County Extension (Appointee of Chris Rodgers, Douglas County Commissioner)
- Precious McKesson, President of the North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
- Erik Servellon, Douglas County Election Commission (Appointee of Tony Vargas, District 7)
The staff at ENCAP are remarkable in their effectiveness, creativity, and passion for the broad range of services the agency provides. They adapt as the needs of our communities change, building more innovative programs, navigating around challenges, and building partnerships with our clients and stakeholders.
Every member of our team adds value to our work to empower people to plan for positive change and to step toward greater self-sufficiency.
Our Executive Aaron Bowen has been with ENCAP since October 2016. Aaron came to ENCAP from Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties in Lincoln, NE. Aaron brings more than 11 years of Community Action experience, extraordinary passion for our mission, strategic leadership, and the tenacity to ensure that our programs and services are second to none. If you would like to tour the agency, or get info about the latest happenings at ENCAP please reach out to Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (402)-453-5656 ext. 240.