Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.

About Us

Elder Mentor Marsha Ayuluk works with a Chevak Head Start child, Ryder Night, to learn new and important skills for kindergarten readiness. Photo by Charlie Ess

Elder Mentor Marsha Ayuluk works with a Chevak Head Start child, Ryder Night, to learn new and important skills for kindergarten readiness. Photo by Charlie Ess

RurAL CAP, founded in 1965, is a private, statewide, nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors representing every region of the state, RurAL CAP is one of the largest and most diversified nonprofit organizations in Alaska. In fiscal year 2015, RurAL CAP employed 727 Alaskans in 60 communities statewide and operated on $43 million in conjunction with its for-profit subsidiary, Rural Energy Enterprises.

Vision
Healthy People, Sustainable Communities, Vibrant Cultures

Mission
To empower low-income Alaskans through advocacy, education, affordable housing and direct services that respect our unique values and cultures

Core Values
Action   ≈≈≈   Effectiveness   ≈≈≈   Honesty   ≈≈≈   Respect

RurAL CAP recognizes the unique values and way of life of rural Alaskans.  It plans its activities with input from and respect for the people it serves.  It follows the belief that rural Alaskan communities have the right to maintain their cultural heritage and close relationship to the land while protecting their economic and human potential.

Workplace Values
As a RurAL CAP employee, I am committed to:
1. Making a positive difference in people’s lives;
2. Being responsive to the people I serve;
3. Respecting all others in my actions;
4. Quality work and continual growth; and
5. Fostering a healthy work environment and maintaining a positive attitude.

In 2015, RurAL CAP commemorated 50 years of delivering early childhood education programs like Head Start and Parents as Teachers. Signature housing programs like weatherization, Self-Help Housing and permanent affordable housing make a difference in our communities. AmeriCorps Members and Elder Mentors make an impact in education, health and the environment. Here is a short video highlighting some accomplishments. The video was produced by Charlie Ess.

Download the 2016 RurAL CAP Agency Fact Sheet (PDF file).