Butte CAA by the Numbers

Friday, Jun 05, 2020

Our mission is to improve the economic security of low-income individuals, and we enjoy sharing stories of success in our community. It's a great way to show everyone that our work at Butte CAA is having a positive impact on lives. 

However, stories can only tell part of the picture. Our very own CEO, Thomas Tenorio, visited Vince Haney at KKXX Chico NOW! radio and had a conversation about Butte CAA's impact measured in numbers. 

[Listen to the full podcast here]

53 Years Old

Community Action Agency is 53 years old, established in 1967. We are a part of a national organization, the Community Action Partnership, that officially started in 1964 (even though helping out each other is timeless). 

Over the years we have grown and adapted to the times alongside our community. One of the unique characteristics of a CAA is that it operates independently at the local level, but has a large national support system. 

$4 Million 

Every year, Butte CAA partners with the Chico State Accounting department and other local accountant volunteers to help low income earners file their taxes for free. 

Typically, we help process over 1,000 returns each year which results in $4,000,000 in our local economy. In the bigger picture, families are able to build assets, allowing them to become more economically stable.

6.2 Million Families

Nationally, Community Action Agencies touch 6.2 million families including 4 million children. 

Butte CAA has between 80 and 120 families on average, that occupy our Esplanade House program. The goal of this program is to help break that cycle of homelessness that brought them to the program.

1.5 Million Pounds

According to the national network of Community Action Agencies, more than 41 million people have said they cannot consistently afford adequate food for their household. 

This year, the North State Food Bank is estimated to distribute 1.5 million pounds of food throughout a six county service area, but will probably reach 2 million pounds. It is the largest food bank in the North State. 

We also support food programs at the Torres Shelter, Jesus Center, and other food pantries.

Providing food creates an exponential result in breaking the cycle of poverty. By providing families, particularly children, with nutritious food they can have better educational outcomes resulting in more and better opportunities in their lives.

14,000 Homes

14,000 homes were lost in the Camp Fire which increased the need for the current housing options to be livable. 

Our energy program is just now beginning to return to the activities that were occurring before the pandemic really shut everything down. We're glad we'll have the resources to help when power bills increase during the upcoming summer months with some of the legislation Congress has approved. 

We are also eager to return to being able to service people's homes through our weatherization program. It helps improve the health and safety of homes. We can really do a lot of good things to help improve the lives of long-term residents as well as improve affordability.


19% of Butte County families are below the poverty line. Our mission is to improve their economic security using various resources, like supplying food and shelter. 

For the other 81% of us, we can help in 2 ways:

  1. Like and follow us on our social media platforms: Facebook and Instagram. You can also leave us a message on our website. Share with us anything you think we should know. It's a way of both listeners to learn more, as well as for us to learn more about how we can do better.
  2. Advocacy by sharing our efforts and mission, and donating time or money. Whatever you can offer if you feel called to do so. 

Though we have hard numbers to show the work of Butte CAA, the work we do cannot be measured in numerical value alone. After 53 years, the milestones are satisfying, but with your help who knows how much we can multiply our impact. 


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Since 1967, the Community Action Agency of Butte County has been serving the needs of the region in alignment with the charter of the National Community Action Agencies overarching goal: To alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty by whatever means necessary in your community. As Butte County CAA, we provide hope to people struggling with poverty to become more self-sustaining by meeting tangible needs in the areas of energy savings, affordable food, and housing. Connect with us to find out how you can get involved.