In coordination with Chico State and other community partners, Butte CAA helped 1,207 people file their 2017 taxes for FREE. That accounts for over 1 Million dollars in tax refunds coming back to Butte County residents. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, also known as VITA was founded in 1971 by Gary Iskowitz at California State University Northridge. Butte CAA has been a key partner since 2003 in the expansion of the VITA program in Butte County.Read More
The LIHEAP Program (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) has made a huge impact in California to help low income households afford essential utilities. In 2017 there were 207,362 households that benefited form this program. The vast majority of recipient households have at least one "vulnerable" member, which is defined as a person who is either 60 years of age or older, living with a disability, or is 6 years of age or younger. Additionally, 43% of recipients were either at risk of utility disconnection or were able to restore services as a result of LIHEAP assistance. So we know that the benefits are going to people who really need the help. An amazing program like this one should have community and government support, however the President's budget proposal for 2019 completely eliminates funding for the program...Read More
At the Community Action Agency of Butte County, our mission is to provide hope to people struggling with poverty to help them become more self-sustaining. Connecting with those in our community that share that goal is essential to the success of our organization and the people we serve.
Tim Hawkins, our Chief Programs Officer, was recently invited to speak with Carol Winkler, Host of Community Issues on KAHP Family Radio. Carol wanted to find out more about the Community Action Agency and it's programs, especially the Esplanade House. Carol shares our concerns for this community and all it's residents, including those struggling with poverty and homelessness. Tim was grateful for the opportunity to share a little about our programs, goals and needs.
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."Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More