We all have our own ways of contributing. Some of our supporters are fortunate enough to have the financial means to donate money to community causes. However, that's just not the case for everyone. Other people contribute by donating their time as volunteers to one of our many programs. We rely on their support to make each program a success. Again, however, some of us might have work schedules that make us less available or keep us out of town frequently. So what other options are there for supporting your favorite charities? Well, an unconventional idea came from...eBay.Read More
October is National Energy Awareness month and the 30th is Weatherization Day! As we head into Fall and temperatures start to drop, our energy bills generally go up. Heating our homes can account for as much as 40% of our entire home energy consumption. So why is it important to be aware of our household power use? First of all, COST!
Low-income families are disproportionately affected by high home energy costs. The average low-income household spends 16.3% of their gross annual income on home energy costs. Comparatively, other households only spend an average of 3.5% of their gross annual income on home energy. This means that making a difference in the energy costs of low-income families can have a dramatic effect on their monthly costs and significantly improve their quality of life.Read More
September is National Hunger Action Month. Here at Butte CAA we deal with hungry families every day. Our North State Food Bank helps food-insecure families fill their cupboards with essential food items. In the wake of the Camp Fire the need for food and nutrition support in this region has increased, but we are up to the task, especially with the support of local community members like you.Read More
As the Community Action Agency of Butte County, you may not be surprised to hear that we think investing in your community is important, but why? Because healthier communities make healthier, happier people. Engaged and supportive communities create more opportunities, provide safer neighborhoods, and ultimately produce healthier and longer living residents.
Some major factors for healthy communities are affordable housing, education, economic opportunity, available healthcare and general safety. When communities work to incorporate and improve all these components, they start to thrive. Habitat for Humanity helps families build or improve their homes. They have long been a champion for safe and affordable housing, believing that it's a key element to stable communities. We couldn't agree more and that's why we focus so much of our effort on programs like our Esplanade House, Weatherization and Utility Assistance. Providing homes for people who don't have them, or just making someone's existing home safer and more affordable can make a huge difference in their life.
Housing alone is not the whole picture however. Even communities that provide all the amenities and opportunities mentioned above still require some less tangible things to truly thrive. You need buy-in from the community. Not just financially but emotionally. Communities thrive on contentedness. Habitat for Humanity defines three foundational outcomes that are required in a community to create change.Read More
We are excited for the Best of Chico voting that is already underway in our community. It's a great opportunity to show some love for your local favorites. We were fortunate to get 2nd place in the Charitable Cause category last year thanks to votes from supporters like you! If you haven't had time to go online and vote, we encourage you to get involved and cast your vote to support local businesses and organizations. THE VOTING PERIOD ENDS SEPTEMBER 11, 2019, 11:59 PM
The Community Action Agency of Butte County can be nominated in two different categories this year: Best Charitable Cause and Best Youth organization. Both of these categories are in the "Community" section. Head over to Chicobestof.com to cast your vote!
Why vote for Community Action Agency of Butte County?
- In 2018 our Esplanade House provided a home for 95 adults and 126 children.
- Our North State Food Bank distributed 1,394,593 pounds of food in 2018
- In 2018 our Environmental and Energy Services program provided energy retrofit upgrades to 1,158 homes and installed solar arrays on the homes of 12 low-income households
- Our Utility Assistance program helped provide a combined $1,279,014 to 2,582 households in 2018
- In the 2018 tax filing season alone, our VITA program served 1,207 families to help get a combined $1,031,919 in refunds.
- We helped to secure temporary and long-term housing for Camp Fire survivors as well as over 100,000 pounds of food.
The Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. (CAABCI) invites you to review and comment on our 2020-2021 Community Action Plan (CAP).
" This CAP serves as a 2-year road-map demonstrating how CAABCI plans to deliver services to address the most pervasive needs identified by the community."
This document identifies and assesses poverty related needs and resources in the community and establishes plans, goals and priorities for delivering those services to individuals and families most affected by poverty in Butte and surrounding areas.Read More
Local KKXX radio show Chico Now, recently had our very own Tom Tenorio, CEO, on as a guest. Vince Haynie 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.
Evidence shows that families who experience food insecurity, pass down that psychological stress to their children. When parents are unable to feed their children, it leads to depression, aggravation, and anxiety. When parents are in this constant state, that psychological trauma gets passed down to their children; which can have a severe negative impact on child development and their over all well being.
According to the Center for Poverty Research at UC, Davis:
"Such circumstances have a direct negative impact on children’s behavioral development. For example, heightened parental depression and anxiety prompted by food insecurity has been linked to aggressiveness, anxiety and hyperactivity in three-year-olds."
Considering that 40% of Americans are at risk of poverty, that is an overwhelming amount of our children put at unnecessary risk. In a recent article by Kevin Gee, an Associate Professor of Education at UC Davis and Minahil Asim, a PhD candidate in education policy at UC Davis, they highlight the detrimental impacts of parenting aggravation and how food insecurity negatively affects children's executive functioning by reducing their ability to pay attention and compromising their self- control. We have selected highlights from the article below, you can read the full article by clicking here.
Posted by: The Center for Poverty Research, UC Davis
- Parents struggling with food insecurity can experience heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Parenting aggravation that coincides with food insecurity is negatively associated with children’s executive functioning.
- Supporting food-insecure parents may improve parenting and thus have benefits both for parents and their children
Our office recently received a letter from California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, notifying us about an opportunity for income qualifying families to help get a jump start on their children's college savings accounts. The cost of higher education continues to rise and we recognize this represents a major hurdle for many families.
We are in full support of helping low to moderate income households create opportunities for their children. Although a degree is no guarantee of financial success in life, it's a good start. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics in a 2017 study, the median weekly income for some one with only a high school diploma was $712, while the median weekly income for those with a bachelor's degree was $1,173. That's almost a 65% increase in weekly income!
Starting a college savings account for your kids is also a good step towards avoiding excessive student loan debt in their future. Too many college graduates are coming out of school with mountains of debt which is outpacing growth in wages. While Butte CAA is not officially affiliated with ScholarShare 529, we feel that this state sponsored program aligns with our continued mission to help people and change lives. You can read more about the program below, or on their website at ScholarShare529.com/mgp.