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

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

Who we serve

The people we serve—most of whom have incomes at or below the poverty threshold, or $25,750 for a family of four—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.

Board Members

  • Jamalia Parker
  • Brent Frahm
  • Azar Webb III
  • Dr. Nick Townley
  • Jen Gaughan
  • Angela Magrum
  • Michael Sands
  • Maranda Adams
  • Tom Weigent
  • Cindy Grove
  • Susan Hester, (Designee of Senator Sue Crawford)
  • Jayne Hutton, Douglas-Sarpy County Extension (Designee of Chris Rodgers, Douglas County Commissioner)
  • Dan Esch (Douglas Co. Clerk)
  • Erik Servellon, (Designee of Senator Tony Vargas)


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 has 14 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 abowen@encapomaha.org, or (402)-453-5656 ext. 240.