Dear North State, A Look Back on 2021

December 30, 2021

This holiday season, all of us at the Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. want to wish you and your loved ones a time of peace, healing, and joy.

Whether natural disaster, health crisis, or an underperforming economy, Butte CAA has found ways to assist our most vulnerable community members. We want to express appreciation to all the Board, Staff, and Volunteers who make our efforts possible each day. Butte CAA remains committed to our communities as we have since 1967. 

Even during this unusual year of 2021, we were able to accomplish much through our efforts. 

VITA

Our Volunteers in Tax Assistance program pivoted in light of COVID-19 from a drop-in program to an appointment only. Even with the change, we were still able to assist 542 households with their tax returns. This saved approximately $162,600 to low-income residents in preparation fees and amounted to $562,841 in tax returns.

Since the majority of these funds are spent in our locality, they benefit our local economy to the tune of $1.5 million, based on a conservative 3:1 multiplier effect. One dollar to the wallet of someone who got their tax return turns into grocery shopping which supports the employee at the grocery stores wages that they use to pay their rent.

Energy

Our Energy and Environmental Services Program improved the safety and energy efficiency of 319 homes through our home weatherization program. We also delivered 347 batteries to Butte County residents with medical needs to ensure their medical devices could be powered during the Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

Our Utility Assistance Program provided $1,160,473 of energy bill assistance to 1,902 households. That program also helped 469 families with $413,552 worth of wood and propane assistance to heat their homes.

Food Bank

Our North State Food Bank distributed nearly 2 million pounds of food this year – the most in any single year of our operation. We acquired 3 new delivery vehicles that replaced our aging fleet. We had them wrapped and they look great. Give us a wave when you see us out on the road!

Esplanade House

Our Esplanade House continued to be impacted by the ongoing pandemic, but we still graduated 31 formerly homeless families from our Transitional Housing program. Each of those families moved out to safe and secure housing in the community. We conducted 312 group classes and provided 639 Case Management sessions.

We celebrated the 30th Anniversary of our Esplanade House this year. Through the last few months we have reflected upon the past and looked ahead for what is in store for this program and are hopeful for its future. 

530 Food Rescue Coalition

We partnered with the Center for Healthy Communities to form the 530 Food Rescue Coalition. This program will use technology to redirect perfectly good food away from going to the landfill and supply it to food pantries and congregate feeding sites around the county.

Our 530 Food Rescue app just launched on December 21 and is available in the Apple Store and Google Playstore. Please check it out and consider being a volunteer!

We wish you all a Happy New Year and can’t wait to see what we accomplish together in 2022!

Together in Service,
The Board, Staff and Volunteers of CAA

 

If you would like to end this year on a generous note and help us continue our work, please consider donating via the link below. 

Donate to CAA General Fund

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How our Esplanade House Combats Family Hunger and Homelessness

December 08, 2021

In the last few years, Butte County has been through traumatic events as a community. The impacts of natural disasters and a global pandemic have created greater strain on our community and the unhoused population and increased the price of food for everyone. Sadly, the children and families of the North State have been affected the most.

Homelessness and food insecurity has a greater impact for families than individuals. While a single person has only themselves to care for, parents have dependents relying on them for food and shelter. This is an increase in financial need and children are more vulnerable to the effects of unstable housing. When the complication of addiction is in the mix, it can lead to a generational cycle of poverty in our area.

Hear from Chief Programs Officer, Tim Hawkins, on how our Esplanade House and our programs help families heal, learn how to thrive, and break the cycle of generational poverty.

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Save the Date for #GivingTuesday 2021

November 29, 2021

The day after Thanksgiving everyone goes into a frenzy to score deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These retail holidays place a huge amount of emphasis on the urgency of need. But what does real need look like? Take a look around our community and our Esplanade House in particular.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been deemed Giving Tuesday, and turns the focus away from what you can GET, and instead focuses on what you can GIVE. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 30th. This global movement aims to transform how people think about and participate in the giving season. 

Donate Here

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The Impact of Our Esplanade House Staff [Video]

November 18, 2021

When speaking to the residents at our Esplanade House, they often boast about the care and dedication of our staff. We have councilors, administrators, program specialists, and case workers all on the same site as our Esplanade House living facilities. Part of the reason our staff takes their job so seriously is that many of them have a personal connection to the work they do.  

When hiring, we look for people who will treat our program participants and their families with dignity and respect and carry a sense of hope. They are all on board with our mission and program and dedicated to doing their best to support the residents and their children to be successful.

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Reasons to (Amazon) Smile with Butte CAA

November 10, 2021

Getting your online holiday shopping done early this year is going to be crucial with the expected shipping delays. The sooner you start shopping online this year, the sooner you can begin your holiday charitable giving. Plus, it's at no extra cost to you and you'll still be able to buy exactly what you want. 

By shopping on AmazonSmile you can donate to a good cause while doing your normal or holiday shopping, just by choosing the Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. as your charity. When you make a purchase, Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of what you’ve spent and donates it to Butte CAA. How cool that you can donate without spending any extra money!

We know that budgets are tight for a lot of us right now and it may seem like you have a hard choice to make between giving to charity or getting gifts for those you care about. Here is a way to do both at the same time. 

By following the instructions below you can shop via your browser or the app on your phone.

Here's how to Sign Up for AmazonSmile:

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The Esplanade House – But What Do We Actually Do?

November 05, 2021

Many of you know that at the Butte CAA Esplanade House we help families break the cycle of homelessness and poverty – but what does that actually look like? Our Esplanade House is one of a kind in the services we offer and the community we’ve built. The residents, staff and community members have seen and continue to see the incredible work and concrete results for 30 years now.

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Esplanade House Resident Success Stories!

October 16, 2021

We’ve just begun celebrating the 30th Anniversary of our Butte Community Action Agency Esplanade House this month and we are excited to share what makes this program so special to our residents, staff, and the Chico Community.

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30 Years of Our Esplanade House, Let the Celebration Begin!

October 08, 2021

We are celebrating the 30 Year anniversary of our Esplanade House! Since 1991 this program has been helping break the cycle of homelessness and addiction in our community. We’ve seen growth in people and in the program over the last three decades and we look forward to sharing the notable occurrences along the way with you.

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Suicide Prevention Month Information and Mental Health Resources

September 18, 2021

Butte Strong

If Butte County can be called anything, it is resilient. Our community has been through fire, near dam breaks, and more fire, each of which creates stress and anxiety in many, but we still take care of each other and look to the future in hope.

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The Price of Food is Increasing

September 10, 2021

The cost of groceries has finally increased as many predicted at the turn of the pandemic, and we are now seeing the effect on families’ budgets and in their kitchens. The global food supply chain all the way to our local grocery stores are affected.

The California drought is also to blame for the increase in prices. Water-intense crops, like tree nuts, have been particularly impacted. In fact, some farmers have started taking out their almond trees. Prices of hay and other feed sources may increase which will in turn affect the prices of dairy and other animal-based products.

In a recent article, Bloomberg catalogued how different countries, including the US, are seeing increases in their food costs.

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