Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership (NENCAP), Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation, incorporated under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and headquartered in Pender, Nebraska. The Agency was chartered in 1966 as the Thurston County Community Action Council under the provisions of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. In 2016, NENCAP celebrated 50 years of service in Northeast Nebraska.
The Agency's first home was in Macy, NE serving the residents of Thurston County. In 1967, the office moved from Macy to Walthill, NE. The Agency's first programs were Head Start, Commodities Supplemental Food Assistance and Weatherization.
As the service area grew, the central offices were relocated to Wisner, Nebraska. Due to the Agency's growth into four buildings in Wisner, the Agency's goal was to secure a building big enough for all staff to be in one building. In March of 2012 the Agency was able to achieve its goal after the Pender Hospital moved into a new facility in January 2012. The Agency then moved into the Pender Hospital building so all staff could be in one building.
In March of 2012, the Agency also changed its name from Goldenrod Hills Community Action, Inc. to Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Inc. The change in the name is a part of an ongoing national initiative to highlight anti-poverty efforts underway at Community Action Agencies across the country. The initiative, spearheaded by the national office of the Community Action Partnership, is designed to increase awareness of Community Action -America's poverty fighting network.
NENCAP serves an income-eligible population in a 14-county area of Northeast Nebraska, including the counties of Antelope, Burt, Cedar, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne.