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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North State Food Bank Supports Kids Farmers Market in Red Bluff

April 09, 2018

Butte CAA's North State Food Bank in association with the Center for Healthy Communities at Chico State, puts on Kid’s Farmers Markets. The North State Food Bank is able to supply the produce with help from the Cal Foods grant. Recently at an educational community event known as the Highlight Show in Red Bluff, we had a fun opportunity to implement a unique kind of farmers market for the kids.

Photo from Red Bluff Daily News article by Jake HutchisonSERRF programs blast off for show

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Share the Bounty of Spring With Hungry Families

April 04, 2018

If you drive through Northern California right now you are met with the sweet smell of walnut, almond and peach tree blossoms greeting the warming Spring sun. It’s hard to imagine anyone living in this area wouldn’t have access to fresh healthy food that they can afford; but that is not the case. The reality is that nearly 1 in 5 families in Northern California don’t have enough resources to eat enough calories per day. The good news is you can help.

Many people think that those who are struggling just aren’t working, or aren’t trying hard enough, but that is not true.

  • Of those living in “official” poverty (less than $25,100 a year for a family of 4), 79% of those live in families with one working adult.
  • For 55% of those in poverty, at least one family member reported working full-time.
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Jaclyn Mattson: Thank You and Happy Retirement!

April 03, 2018

In January 2014, Community Action Agency of Butte County was fortunate enough to acquire Jaclyn Mattson as the new Executive Assistant. Over that last 4 years we have gotten to know and appreciate her deeply. Jaclyn recently joined her husband in retirement and is looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.

Originally from Indiana, Jaclyn married her high school sweetheart over 42 years ago and they now have two grown daughters and six grandchildren, the newest edition arrived in January. As excited as Jaclyn is to retire and spend more time with her husband and grandchildren, she says she will miss working at CAA.

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Positive Feedback for Weatherization Program [Success Story]

March 19, 2018

The Energy and Environmental Services division of Butte County Community Action Agency focuses on helping low-income households save energy through weatherization programs, appliance and heating/cooling system repairs and replacements, water conservation with low-flow fixtures and a variety of other improvements. There is also an emphasis on health and safety, making sure that smoke detectors are working and checking for gas and carbon monoxide leaks. The improvements that we offer save our clients an average of $283 per year on their utility bills.

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Your Food Bank Donations Prepare Us for Community Disasters

March 08, 2018

There are moments in life when we stand back amazed at the generosity of our donors and what it allows us to do for our community. Besides the daily work we do to feed people in need, the Community Action Agency’s North State Food Bank plays a vital role in disaster preparedness. Over the last year we have seen all manner of disasters up and down the state of California. From devastating wildfires to floods and deadly mudslides the state has been rocked by disasters that leave people without places to stay and food to eat. In our own community, just a little over a year ago, we saw a prime example of residents displaced by disaster when 180,000 people had to be evacuated from the area around the Oroville Dam.

Here’s how the North State Fook Bank staff sprang into action to help:

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Thank You VITA Volunteers!

March 01, 2018

The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program has been a huge success so far this year and we are still offering this free tax filing assistance through April 4th! This important program would not be possible without the community volunteers who lend their time and expertise to this worthy cause. We want to say THANK YOU to all the volunteers for their hours of training and hard work.

 

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Esplanade House “Laptops for Learning”

February 20, 2018

In 2016 the Butte County Office of Education opened Come Back Butte Charter School in an effort to help students who had quit attending school to “come back to school and finish what you started”. CAA fully supports these vital education efforts. One of the ways we support this particular project is our “Laptops for Learning” program at our Esplanade House. Our participants who are working toward their high school diploma, or the HiSET equivalency exam, receive a laptop to accomplish their schoolwork. When they have earned their diploma or passed the equivalency exam, they get to keep the laptop. The refurbished laptops are purchased from Computers for Classrooms at a discount, and we would like to thank them for their support of this important program.

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A Tradition of Giving: Butte College Baseball

February 12, 2018

How do we, as a society teach our young men and women the importance of giving? We want to take a look back and highlight a generous community building moment we had at the Esplanade House this last Christmas. The Butte College Baseball Team decided to not only donate toys, but to personally deliver them and spend time with the kids and families that they would benefit. The young men from Butte College got the opportunity to see the joy they brought to the lives of these kids first hand, and that makes a lasting impression.

So how did this happen? We spoke with Brian Thomas, assistant coach for the Butte College Baseball Team to find out.

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Hearts for Hunger - North State Food Bank

February 07, 2018

February is the month of hearts. We see hearts everywhere. We celebrate those we love with flowers, balloons and cards with hearts. We are focused on the gift of those we care for and love in our lives. What if there was a way to share that love beyond our friends and family to the entire community?

Here at Community Action Agency’s North State Food Bank, we received a donation that warmed our hearts and got us thinking a bit. The donation letter said the following:

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