OWCAP was established in 1965 in response to the problems facing underprivileged youth, the need for feedback from disadvantaged community members participating in welfare programs, and the changes created by the Economic Opportunity Act on schools and the war on poverty.
OWCAP's Mission Statement became and still is "helping those in poverty become self-sufficient." Self-sufficiency in common terms equated to a family having the personal resources to provide stability to adequately sustain life.
Under the OWCAP umbrella the organization houses grants and community activities with specific purposes:
- The Head Start grant provides preschool opportunities for low-income children throughout Weber County. The goal of this grant is to help underprivileged children be Kindergarten ready.
- The Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) provides food or those who need it on an emergency basis and also assists clients with education, employment, and financial assistance.
- GED classes will be resuming at OWCAP this year to assist individuals who want to further their education and/or employment opportunities.
- Provided low-income housing for qualified individuals and families including those with special needs.
- Manages the Marshall White Center for Ogden City which provides affordable programs that benefit the health and well-being of community residents.
OWCAP also partners with other agencies in the county to ensure clients’ needs are being met if the need is something CSBG cannot cover.
How to Get Involved with OWCAP?
Volunteer with one of our programs
OWCAP is a volunteer opportunity provider that is extremely broad and wide in their scope. That means that you are likely to find an opportunity that is closely linked to your interests. We have opportunities for involvement that range from assisting our recreation programs at the Marshel White Center, to helping prepare taxes with the VITA program or even interning at our Head Start facility. There will definitely be an opportunity for you to volunteer in a field that you are interested in at OWCAP. Here is a short list of a few ways you can get involved:
- Classroom & Physical Education Assistants
- Grounds Assistants
- Office Assistants
- Pantry Assistants
- Volunteer Center Newsletter Editor/Photographer
For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Community Engaged Leaders Program
Head Start is one of the organizations served under the WSU Community Engaged Leaders program. The Community Engaged Leaders Head Start program recruits student volunteers to spend time with the children at Head Start. Community Engaged Leaders is a student-run community service program, and is part of WSUSA. It is comprised of a VP of Service, an Assistant Director, four Directors and 16 Chairs. These student leaders are responsible for promoting community service within the student body, and they make community service opportunities accessible to students. You can apply to become the chair for any of the service leadership positions, including Head Start chair, during early spring semester. Becoming a chair or volunteering with Head Start is a great way to meet new people, gain experience, and learn new skills. Learn more about the Community Engaged Leaders Head Start program by following this link: http://www.weber.edu/ccel/headstart.html, or by emailing the current chair: email@example.com.
Interested in volunteering with OWCAP? Follow these steps to get started:
- Call 801-399-9281 ext. 301 and ask for an appointment for a Volunteer Orientation. These are normally held on Wednesdays and take approximately two hours. Orientation is not required for group service projects.
- If volunteering in a classroom or the pantry, bring a copy of your current Food Handler Permit.
- Fill out the Volunteer Application and other necessary paperwork.
- Prepare to start the following week which allows time for a background check to be processed, for you to be assigned a supervisor, and for an identification badge to be printed.
Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership (OWCAP)
3159 Grant Ave
Ogden, UT 84401
Center for Community Engaged Learning
Weber State University
2113 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2113