July is a time to celebrate the freedom that has been won for our country and thank our veterans for their part in securing the privileges we enjoy each day. Unfortunately, many of our vets aren’t doing so well when it comes to the privilege of having a meal on the table each night. According to recent studies* here’s the cold hard reality facing our vets:Read More
As a branch of the Butte County Community Action Agency, the Esplanade House helps residents break the cycle of chronic homelessness by providing a program designed to nurture them along the path to self-sufficiency. Participants of this program are supported by a strong foundation of resources and guidance as they embrace and commit to extensive life changes. To recognize the hard work and dedication residents have given to their journey, My Salon in Chico empowered two women with much deserved makeovers.Read More
What is VITA?
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with household incomes of $54,000 or less at no cost. VITA program provides free tax return preparation completed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS. In many cases, these volunteers are accounting students, who are receive valuable hands-on-experience as well as opportunity to provide a service to their local communities.
The program was founded in 1971 by Gary Iskowitz at California State University Northridge. The program grew from a small number of accounting students to a now nationwide program serving millions of taxpayers.Read More
It’s not over. As we consider the events of the last week we should not think that it is over. Our North State Food Bank warehouse in Oroville was among the facilities closed when the evacuation order was issued last Sunday. Each year our food bank moves over 2 million pounds of food from donors to feed hungry families. These are friends and neighbors among us who don’t have enough food. This year we turned into a lifeline.
On Monday, despite lockouts, our staff were heroes. Working with law enforcement they gained access to the warehouse. They weren’t overwhelmed with the task; to get food to several evacuation centers that support the thousands of evacuees seeking shelter. Between Monday and Tuesday they transported 10,000 pounds of food to the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Grace Community Church, Neighborhood Church and even went to a small shelter in Bangor to drop off much needed supplies.Read More