CAA Esplanade House Community Council Gives Residents a Voice

July 13, 2018

The Community Action Agency's Esplanade House relies heavily on the dedicated staff that work there, but also on the community members themselves. Esplanade House residents have the opportunity to serve on the Esplanade House Community Council and act as the voice for residents and community concerns. They conduct peer reviews of the other residents and are also involved in the interview process during the selection and intake of new families. They help to develop a system of community rewards and consequences that help with resident accountability.

Tim Hawkins, Chief Programs Officer at Butte CAA says, "The purpose of the Community Council is to empower residents to take an active role in self-monitoring and maintaining the health and safety of their community."

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Spira Yoga & Wellness Feeds the Body and Mind

July 05, 2018

Our friends at Spira Yoga & Wellness just wrapped up an inspiring event. Throughout the month of June, they offered 22 free yoga classes to the public in exchange for donations of food. This food drive was done in partnership with the Community Action Agency of Butte County and Feeding America. 

We love it when businesses in our community get involved in our mission to help the 1 in 5 families that struggle with food insecurity. Yoga is a practice meant to nourish both the body and the mind. Though their food drive, Spira Yoga & Wellness was able to help spread that positive impact to the greater community. The food they collected will help feed the hungry and the very act of giving will benefit the metal and physical health of the students themselves. Helping others stimulates regions of the brain associated with social connection and trust, improving mental state and resulting in lower blood pressure in many cases. There are long-term health benefits to the act of giving.

We had a chance to speak with Amanda Correa, Program Director and Lead Trainer at Spira Yoga, about her experience. Here's what she had to say.

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North State Food Bank Transitions to Online Donations

July 02, 2018

After years of sending out mailers to our Food Bank supporters, we have decided to transition to online communication and donations. First of all, we just want to pause to say “THANK YOU!” to those of you who have been supporters of the Community Action Agency’s North State Food Bank. 

Over the past few years, we have invested money in designing informative monthly fliers. We have loved doing this, however the money spent on design, printing, and stamps would do more good if we put it directly to our mission of feeding people in need.

Your donations are critical in supporting the work we do for families who are “food insecure.” If you’ve been keeping up, you already know that 1 in every 5 families in our region suffers from food insecurity. We are confident that you will continue to support the Food Bank, even with the shift to an online donation system.

Most of us take for granted the fact that our refrigerator is full of food. Many families don't have that luxury, and instead worry about where their next meal will come from. Please consider donating today. Here's how...

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CAA: Making Life More Comfortable While Saving Energy

June 19, 2018

Our region is subject to some pretty extreme seasonal climate changes. Winters can get very cold and summers are extremely hot, well over 100 degrees for multiple days on end. When you are living in a home with outdated appliances, bad insulation, single pane windows and air gaps around doors, the outside elements come right inside. More than just being uncomfortable, these issues can create health risks for residents. Water leaking in during the winter can cause mold and air quality issues, and sustained heat over 100 degrees for long periods of time can be dangerous for infants and the elderly.

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North State Food Bank Tailgate Food Giveaway [Calendar]

May 31, 2018

As part of our community outreach, we bring the food to you! One of the more unique programs that the Community Action Agency runs is the Tailgate Food Giveaway. This program conducts seasonal produce giveaways in 15 different cities throughout the counties we serve. Tailgate events include other non-profit agency booths to provide education and assistance programs related to the produce, such as Cal Fresh, Public Health and Nutrition Education.

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Tim Hawkins, Interviewed About Esplanade House and Other CAA Programs

May 23, 2018

The KKXX radio show Chico Now, recently had our very own Tim Hawkins, Chief Programs Officer, on as a guest. Matt Foor was the gracious host of the show and we appreciate his interest in what we are doing here in the community. He was interested to learn more about our Esplanade House and other CAA programs.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking here, or read the transcript of the interview below.

Matt Foor:                        
Hey, my guest today in the studio is Tim Hawkins, and he is the Chief Programs Officer for the Community Action Agency of Butte County, connected with the Esplanade House. Welcome, Tim.

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May is Community Action Month!

May 17, 2018

As the Community Action Agency, we are probably the most excited of anyone to celebrate the month of May as Community Action Month! A whole month that is devoted to celebrating the efforts and impacts that local community action agencies have across the country.  Did you know that there are agencies like ours working in 99.6% of the nation’s counties? These agencies continue to be the local focus of a national commitment to help low-income families achieve economic stability.  

While the issues of poverty and low-income families exist in most counties, the same solutions don’t work in every community. Our purpose is to have local leaders use locally-developed strategies to address community needs in a way that really changes things in the North State.

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Grace Community Church Makes a Difference at Our Esplanade House

May 03, 2018

On April 14th, Grace Community Church came to our Esplanade House for a "Work Day". They had a great turnout and we appreciate all they do for the Esplanade House and its residents. Their crew helped with a variety of much needed projects including installing new flooring, landscaping and yard waste removal, upgrading the outdoor community dining area, painting and general cleanup and maintenance.

We followed up with their Director of Administration and Ministry Support, Dee Wills to find out more about what motivates them to donate their time and resources to the Esplanade House.

"We LOVE Esplanade House!"
  - Dee Wills

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State Report of Butte County Community Action Agency’s Management Responsibility Returns Clean Bill of Health [Press Release]

April 27, 2018

The Community Action Agency of Butte County has received a favorable report by the state revealing “no significant issues” with grant fund use.

Chico, CA, April 25, 2018 – The Community Action Agency of Butte County (CAA), which has operated their Esplanade House Program for 27 years along with other key community programs, has received a positive conclusion to a comprehensive on-site review and audit conducted by the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) in February 2018.  CSD’s official report was issued on April 20, 2018, and identified no significant findings. CAA is in compliance with all Federal and State laws and regulations and has therefore been cleared of accusations of wrongdoing.

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Letter to President Trump: Save The Community Services Block Grant!

April 13, 2018

David Bradley, CEO of the National Community Action Foundation sent a letter to President Trump urging him to take a look at the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and all it does to help Community Action Agencies across the nation empower people struggling with poverty. In fact Mr. Bradley says, "The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is the only federal program with the exclusive goal of reducing poverty and promoting self-sufficiency." Unfortunately the Trump Administration's proposed Budget for FY2019 would eliminate funding for the CSBG. Mr. Bradley shared this letter with me in the hope that I could help spread the word about what's going on, and what's at stake. Please share this news with your community and let your state and local legislators know how important the CSBG is to our mission of helping people and changing lives.

Read David Bradley's letter to the President below...

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