As the Community Action Agency, we are probably the most excited of anyone to celebrate the month of May as Community Action Month! A whole month that is devoted to celebrating the efforts and impacts that local community action agencies have across the country. Did you know that there are agencies like ours working in 99.6% of the nation’s counties? These agencies continue to be the local focus of a national commitment to help low-income families achieve economic stability.
While the issues of poverty and low-income families exist in most counties, the same solutions don’t work in every community. Our purpose is to have local leaders use locally-developed strategies to address community needs in a way that really changes things in the North State.
What's Worth Celebrating?
Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. For example:
- According to the National Association for State Community Service
Programs (NASCSP), 165,000 unemployed individuals obtained jobs
through the services provided by Community Action Agencies.
- Also according to NASCSP’s Annual Report, 48,923 people enrolled
school-age children in before or after school programs.
- 205,378 people obtained healthcare services for themselves or a family
Our Continuing Mission
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is an important part of the work that CAA does in local communities. While the CSBG only provides agencies with a fraction of their total operating budget, it does help to guide our principles which focus on empowering individuals and families struggling with poverty by giving them support, education and employment training. In addition the CSBG requires strict accountability measures to make sure that funds are being spent wisely and helping the community as intended.
Upon discovering that the (CSBG) was NOT included in the Trump administrations 2019 budget plan, David Bradley, CEO of the National Community Action Foundation sent a letter to President Trump explaining the importance of the CSBG and the way it empowers families in distress. There are some very unique things about the CSBG that help us to be effective in our local community work:
- The flexible structure of CSBG empowers states and local communities to take the lead on poverty, emphasizing locally determined solutions to unique local needs. The Community Action network is nationwide and serves urban, rural, and suburban communities in 99% of US counties.
- CSBG provides locally tailored support to individuals and families with low incomes, helping them succeed and move out of poverty. These approaches include education programs for children, employment training for adults, stable housing for families, and more.
- The robust local, state, and federal accountability measures of the CSBG Performance Management Framework are unique and bold compared to other federal programs.
- The CSBG Network achieves outcomes across the core domains in which we work: employment, education and cognitive development, income, infrastructure and asset building, housing, health and social behavioral development, and civic engagement and community involvement.
- CSBG creates impact in communities across the country by leveraging additional private, local, state, and federal investments to fight poverty.
Even though the CSBG plays an important role in the funding for Community Action Agency programs, did you know that for every $1 of CSBG invested, the network leveraged an additional $7.70 from state, local and private resources? Community involvement and donations can make all the difference.
How Can You Make an Impact?
We always appreciate volunteers. Please click here to contact us and let us know how you are interested in helping out. We have a variety of opportunities.
NEW! We have recently set up a PayPal Giving account which means that anyone donating to CAA through their PayPal account can make sure that 100% of their money goes the help those in need. PayPal Giving is not subject to the usual processing percentage fees normally associated with PayPal when using a credit card. After using PayPal Giving, you will be emailed your tax receipt. Your donations make a difference. Whether it goes to feeding a hungry family or helping to provide housing for those struggling with homelessness, every dollar counts.
Your contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS. Tax ID#94-1640546.
Here in Butte County, the Community Action Agency has been active since 1967, 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. 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.
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