Letter to the Editor from CAA Director: Thank You to our Butte County Community

January 17, 2018

As we continue to help inform the community about the great things that are happening on a daily basis through the programs and people of the Community Action Agency, our director occasionally writes letters to the editor of the Chico Enterprise Record.

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Community Action Agency’s 2017 Year in Review

January 08, 2018

In 2017, Community Action Agency celebrated 50 years of helping the community and we wanted to share some of the accomplishments we’re proud of that wouldn’t have happened without the generous support from our volunteers, donors, staff and community partnerships. In honor of our 50 years of service, we were pleased to accept resolutions from the City of Chico, the County of Butte, the California State Senate, and Laura Page, Representative for Congressman LaMalfa. Below are more of our highlights from 2017.

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Give Back Better & Smarter: Join the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

November 27, 2017

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here! Now that we’ve stuffed our stomachs with turkey on Thanksgiving, braved the mall madness of Black Friday, and clicked through the craziness of Cyber Monday, it’s time to consider giving back on #GivingTuesday.

Anyone, anywhere can get involved in #GivingTuesday and give back in a way that is meaningful to them. From fundraising to volunteering to pro bono service, #GivingTuesday is a great way to give back to your community and to become part of a larger worldwide movement that promotes generosity.

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Students Show What They 'Can' Do for Others in Need

November 22, 2017

The students at Little Chico Creek Elementary School held their annual food drive for the North State Food Bank. The students donated 800 cans of food that will go to low-income families in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas and Sierra counties.

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The Truth about the Numbers

November 14, 2017

In an article published on Saturday 11/12/17 in the Chico Enterprise-Record there were a variety of concerns raised and accusations made regarding the Community Action Agency of Butte County and the perceived mis-management of the Esplanade House for the past 26 years.

Many of the inaccuracies reported in the article were simply not based on facts. One of these involved the salary and travel expenses of our Executive Director, Tom Tenorio. While there may be opportunities to refute many of the accusations over time, we feel it is important to correct this very specific concern with very specific facts.

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How Weatherization Services Improve People's Lives [Success Stories]

October 30, 2017

The Butte County Community Action Agency’s weatherization and energy savings program is committed to helping lower income families ensure that their homes are energy efficient and safe. Every day, our team reaches out to present the program and opportunities to help qualify participants.

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A Bold Mission to Improve the Health of the Next Generation

October 18, 2017

Childhood obesity and diabetes in children is exploding across the nation. Did you know that in our own backyard in Northern California, 17% of 2 to 4-year-olds are considered obese and 15% of 10 to 17-year-olds are considered obese? And it’s getting worse. The data projects that by 2030 the number of heart disease cases will quadruple and obesity-related cancer will more than double.

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Jesse's Testimonial: Life is Great Thanks to the Esplanade House

October 04, 2017

The Esplanade House provides substance abuse recovery services. These include education, individual sessions, and process groups addressing addiction to alcohol, drugs, and other substances and behaviors for adults. Watch Jesse's testimonial to learn why his life is great because of the services he received at the Esplanade House. 

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Aaron’s Story: The Hard Decision That Helped Him Get His Kids Back

September 22, 2017

The Esplanade House in Chico has been helping families break the cycle of homelessness, addiction and poverty. With genuine passion for participants and their path to self-sufficiency, the Esplanade House continues to stand as a pillar of community service in Butte County, CA. Watch Aaron’s story below to learn more about how the Esplanade House helps people break the cycle of addiction and bring families together again.

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How the Farm Bill Helps Organizations like CAA’s North State Food Bank

September 15, 2017

The Farm Bill is important to food banks and other anti-hunger campaigns. Food banks are important to helping with food assistance in the country and our local communities, but they are only able to provide approximately 5% of this assistance. If government programs like the Farm Bill are cut, then organizations will be pushed beyond their capacity, increasing hunger throughout our communities.

If you’re a part of a food bank, local food pantry or a local organization like the North State Food Bank, it’s important to educate yourself about the upcoming Farm Bill and how you can make your voice heard.

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