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Ogden-Weber CAP (OWCAP) was established in 1965 and their Mission Statement has always been "to help those in poverty become self-sufficient."  Self-sufficiency in common terms equates 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:

  • Community Service Block Grant (CSBG):  provides food for those who need it on an emergency basis and also assists clients with education, employment, and financial assistance.
  • ESL, GED/High School Diploma Classes:  assists individuals who want to further their communication or education/employment opportunities.
  • Head Start Grant (HS):  provides preschool opportunities for low-income children throughout Weber County. The goal of this grant is to help underprivileged children be Kindergarten ready.

How to Get Involved with OWCAP

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 providing a welcoming environment, assisting in a preschool classroom, helping prepare taxes for low-income residents through the VITA program, or even interning within our Head Start program. 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 & Family Service Assistants
  • Grounds Assistants
  • Office Assistants
  • Pantry Assistants
  • VITA Tax Assistants, Greeters, and Site Coordinators
  • and much more!

For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at bmercier@owcap.

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:, or by emailing the current chair:

Get Started!

Interested in volunteering with OWCAP?  Follow these steps to get started:

  • Call 801-399-9281 ext. 401 and ask for an appointment for a Volunteer Orientation. These are normally held on Monday and Wednesday mornings and afternoons and take approximately two hours.  Please bring a picture ID. Orientation is not required for group service projects.
  • Register with the Community Center for Engaged Learning (CCEL) located in the Union Building.
  • Stop in at the campus health clinic and get a current tuberculosis shot and bring the original or copy of results to volunteer orientation.
  • If volunteering in a classroom or the pantry for more than 60 hours, bring or obtain a current Weber County Food Handler Permit by contacting the Weber-Morgan Health Department at (801) 399-7160 or register online at
  • Prepare to start the following week which allows time for a background check to be processed, to be assigned a mentoring staff, and for an identification badge to be printed. 


Portal Information


Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership's mission is to assist those in need to become self-sufficient. Head Start is one of OWCAP's programs which works to open the world to children and families for opportunities toward self-sufficiency.


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3159 Grant Avenue, Ogden, Utah 84401

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Purple Pride

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OWCAP inspires those in poverty to become self-sufficient through innovative services and collaborative efforts.

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Rebecca Mikkelsen - volunteer coordinator -
Jelena Cantrell - VITA Volunteer Coordinator- - 801-399-9281 x309

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Volunteers are needed to assist in five general areas as well as special assignments as outlined by leadership. Ongoing opportunities are:
Building & Grounds Support
Classroom Material Support
Classroom Support
Clerical Support
Family Service Workers
Group or One-Time Activities:
1. Organize an activity to collect children's clothing, age appropriate
non-commercial children's books, food and hygiene items for the
Emergency Food Pantry, and supplies for preschool classes and volunteer center.
2. Organize a children's activity such as a track and field activity,
an obstacle course, "Wild World of Sports", theater (live/puppet), a science fair,
an art night, or a activity for a special guest to come present to the children.
3. Outdoor service projects such as designing and building a compost bin for the
children's garden, building a greenhouse, building an amphitheater and stage,
landscaping, and other outdoor projects.
4. Indoor service projects such as building new, smaller carnival games
for agency events, developing dramatic play prop boxes, painting,
and other indoor projects.
Internships available for Child & Family Studies, Early Childhood, Social Work,
or Psychology!Pantry Support
Volunteer Income Tax Assistants
-Volunteers needed to distribute mass flyers and signs in Weber County
prior to tax season.
-During tax season we need volunteer greeters, tax preparers, and site coordinators.
-Training is provided and no prior experience is required. Data entry skills.
-Spanish speaking and bilingual volunteers are needed.

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Our agency works with low-income individuals who may or may not have medical concerns and risks. Volunteers are encourage to have a current Tuberculosis Shot

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Monday through Thursday, 8:00am - 5:00pm; Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm depending on placement.

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All volunteers are subject to prescreening for offenses that are in conflict with the Federal Child Care Act. OWCAP currently pays for background checks for individuals placed within the Head Start program.