Coronavirus Resources From Butte CAA

Friday, Mar 20, 2020

Community Action Agency of Butte County is always proud to serve our community. However, in light of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are more dedicated than ever and responding quickly and safely as this fluid situation develops in our area.

We are taking each of our services into consideration and planning for how we can best serve in the current climate and dependent on what directives we are given from Public Health Officials.

Our goal is to remain open for as long as possible to maintain services, and adapt to needs as they arise. We will also be sharing sources of aid outside our agency because people getting the help they need is always our mission. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates, as well as our blogs and website. You can contact us at info@buttecaa.com

UPDATE 3/20/2020 9:00am - Following the California statewide shelter-in-place Butte CAA services and operations are still open. We will also be working with the Sheriff's CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and VIPS team to increase volunteer numbers. 

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Our staff and volunteers are encouraged to do what is best for their health and the health of those we are serving. Some of our volunteer base is part of a vulnerable population and therefore need to stay at home where they are safest. We are thankful for the remaining staff and volunteers for being flexible and working where they are most needed.

We invite you to help however you are able. If you feel you can aid us in our programs by volunteering, please contact us. Financial support is always welcome.

 

Programs and Resources

We have been through the Oroville Dam Evacuation and the Camp Fire, we will persevere and serve our community through this time as well. Below you will see how we are strategically managing each of our programs in response to the pandemic:

 

North State Food Bank

We are actively working to find a way for the food bank to remain open should a shelter-in-place directive be issued by Public Health Officials. We are determined to continue providing full Food Bank services.

We’re glad to see that Congress, including our local congressman, has approved an aid package that will help our NSFB to be able to respond to the growing needs for healthy food for seniors and families during the COVID-19 situation.

Additional Food Resources:

Beginning Thursday, March 19 through Friday, March 27 free meals will be available for any student under 18 in Butte County, no matter what school they attend. If school closures continue, the free meals would continue to be provided. There are over 30 pickup sites. Please note that meal service dates and times will vary, please visit District websites for exact information.

SNAP and CalFresh: You & your kids will never have to repay CalFresh benefits you're eligible to receive. If you need help buying groceries, apply for CalFresh now: www.getcalfresh.org

We’re here to ensure everyone has the ability to stock their pantry & stay nourished during COVID-19. Find out where you can get groceries here: https://www.211ca.org

There are free groceries, financial resources, & more supports available for you if you have been impacted by COVID-19. Learn more: http://bit.ly/CAFBCOVID19Resources

 

Weatherization Services:

PG&E has announced there will be no utility shut-offs, however there are still many residents whose primary heat sources is wood, propane, or oil. We will continue to provide support for those residents. We are also seeking to replace heaters and windows on homes that qualify for such services.

To support keeping everyone as healthy as possible, we will have day-before check-ins with residents to ensure they are healthy before our staff arrives. 

 

Esplanade House:

We are reducing group trainings in parenting, financial management, and other topics at this time. We want to abide by social distancing and are working to find technological solutions provide an avenue for engagement and connection.

 

VITA

Due to Chico State student volunteers not returning for the remainder of the semester, we will be evaluating what services we can provide with the volunteer staff at hand.

The IRS has announced that they will extend the tax payment deadline until July, but the filing deadline remains April 15th.  We will update as often as we can.

 

Stay in Touch

Thank you to all the helpers in our community. The nature of this situation is fluid and constantly changing, and we will continue to serve and support however we can. Please subscribe to our email list to stay connected on updates.

 

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