Helping Rhode Islanders Today

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Helping Rhode Islanders Today


RINewsToday begins a new series featuring agencies and programs that are there to help when Rhode Islanders need it - Helping Rhode Islanders Today. If you know of an agency you would like to see us highlight let us know at First is…


The Comprehensive Community Action Program - Rhode Island’s Helping Hand for 50+ years


CCAP. As it’s referred to by those who know it well. The Comprehensive Community Action Program. 


CCAP is a private, nonprofit community action agency formed under the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act. They are one of the largest organizations in Rhode Island that is dedicated solely to fighting the war on poverty. As the community’s helping hand, the array of programs and services assist individuals and families when times are tough. They help them weather difficult times and provide support as they work towards personal and economic self-sufficiency.


CCAP began helping the people of Cranston in 1965 and has since expanded to provide numerous programs and services throughout the state.


Their programs include:

Family Health Services (medical, dental and behavioral health)

Family Development (case management and care coordination)

Child Care Centers (Head Start and childcare for children birth to 5)

Learn to Earn Program (education and job training)

Social Services (fuel assistance, financial education, affordable housing, food bank, etc.)


To learn more about “Rhode Island’s Helping Hand”, go to: