Dear North State: A Letter from Butte CAA to You

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020

FoodBank Banner copyDear North State, 

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. The year 2020 has brought many things that we do not want to see continued into 2021, but Butte CAA remains committed to our communities as we have since 1967. 

Whether natural disaster, health crisis or underperforming economy, we are here to help in whatever way that we can. I want to express appreciation to all of the Board, Staff, and Volunteers who make our efforts possible each day. 

When we look at our strengths, we have many people in our organization who are motivated and feel a humble sense of responsibility to others. This combination is a dynamite one for our agency and helps us get what needs to be done to help people in need. Our employees and volunteers are inspiring - day in and day out they get the job done with quality effort. 

Even during this unusual year of 2020, we were able to accomplish much through their efforts. 

VITA

Our Volunteers in Tax Assistance program was prematurely terminated due to COVID-19, but the volunteer tax preparers still were able to complete almost 290 returns for local residents. This saved approximately $87,000 to low-income resident in preparation fees and enabled almost $300,000 to benefit our local economy to the tune of almost $1,000,000, 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 Program was halted due to COVID-19 but resumed last summer. After resuming, we weatherized 142 homes, 1,700 residents received various forms of home heating assistance, 151 residents received HVAC or WH R/R service. We also launched a new effort to support residents during PSPS events by delivering 375 solar-powered batteries to them to make sure that necessary medical devices were powered.

Food Bank

Our regional food bank distributed over 1,700,000 pounds of food which created 1,400,000 meals to over 10,000 individuals. We launched our Pack-a-Meal Program as an additional support to families experiencing food insecurity. Our North State Food Bank was one of our most relied upon services this year. 

Esplanade House

Our onsite Esplanade House services were impacted, but we still worked to help 10 families transition out of our Esplanade House into safe and affordable housing. We continued to provide secure housing to 140 individuals including 73 children. Partners, including CAVE afterschool support and Sonoma State nurses, have begun to resume service, with new ones lining up.

Coronavirus Related

We were able to receive federal, state, and local funding to expand some of our existing services as the need increased due to the impact on our economy of the lockdowns. This allowed us to provide more food supports. The disaster-related funding enabled us to partner with CSUC and Youth for Change on important supports for disaster case management and food recovery.

Since 1967 the Community Action Agency has responded to local needs and we are thankful for the opportunity to come alongside other groups and help support their efforts. Likewise we are grateful when others support the efforts that we engage in.  We deeply appreciate the support of the Butte County community and beyond.  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We look forward to 2021 when we can again, help people and change lives.

With much gratitude,

The Board, Staff and Volunteers of CAA

 

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