Our History

Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People Inc., better known to its clients and partners as CAPUP, has been serving the community of Richmond and the larger capital region of Virginia, for more than 50 years. Originally known as Richmond Community Action Program (RCAP), our private non-profit agency was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the legislative centerpiece of the Johnson Administration's "War on Poverty". Through the creation of Community Action Programs, the EOA, has greatly reduced the epidemic of poverty across the nation in the ensuing decades since its implementation, helping the most vulnerable members of our society. 

On June 21, 1965 RCAP became the official  Community Action agency of the City of Richmond, beginning our legacy of good work and community action in Virginia's State capital which lasts unto this day. By the 1990s RCAP had expanded into serving the larger capital region at large and became the official Community Action agency of the City of Petersburg, in which it opened additional offices to better serve the Tri-Cities community. 

In 2009 RCAP became Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, to better reflect its growing role in the greater capital region of Virginia as it expanded to become the official Community Action agency of the City of Hopewell, where it has been a key player in the efforts to economically revitalize the Downtown area.  CAPUP continued its growth into new territories in 2012, as it was named the official Community Action agency of the counties of Prince George and Dinwiddie, providing crucial resources for rural communities and assistance to individuals facing poverty. Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People also offers contract services for the communities of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte Court House, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.