2018 is quickly coming to a close and we are so grateful for all the community support we have seen. During the Camp Fire emergency and the ongoing relief efforts you showed us that Butte County is a community that cares. You took in your friends and neighbors who were displaced, you donated food and clothing and came together as a community to lift each others spirits. We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but there is still much work to do. Consider making your tax-deductible donation before the end of the year, or find a volunteer opportunity that's right for you. You might be surprised to find that there are several mental and physical benefits you can get from the act of giving.Read More
This Christmas you can make a child's wish come true. The Chico News & Review is partnering with us again to benefit the children of the Esplanade House. They have a giving tree set up in their office with 20 tags on it, each bearing the name of a child as well as ideas for gifts. Just pick a tag off the tree and return the wrapped present under the tree by December 19th with the child's name on the tag.
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The Community Action Agency of Butte County was recently recognized for our commitment to transparency and accountability with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!
For non-profits, the importance of transparency and accountability cannot be overstated. We have to manage government funds, grants, and gifts from private donors in a way that honors the spirit of those contributions and makes the most of every dollar. We are accountable to our community. For over 50 years, we have served and supported Butte County and surrounding areas. We encourage donors and volunteers to research our commitment to our mission, vision, and promise to support programs that improve communities, reduce poverty and its symptoms, and change lives. We can only do all this, and more, with your help, and with an organization that is run well, using industry best-practices. That is what we strive to do every day.Read More
Help your community get and keep more of their hard-earned money! Volunteers interested in assisting in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program in 2019 are needed! We are looking for experienced tax preparers who can assist at each of our VITA sites in Chico and Durham. You can help people with low to moderate income file their taxes, and at the same time you’ll help taxpayers get tax credits and deductions that they’re entitled to receive. Take a look at how much our VITA volunteers saved people last year:Read More
Additional federal relief aid was approved for Butte County residents in the form of food assistance. The US Department of Agriculture issued the following statement:
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approves California's request to operate D-SNAP (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in Butte County in response to the impact of the "Camp Fire" wildfire which began on November 8, 2018. President Donald J. Trump issued a major disaster declaration and subsequent amendments designating this area as eligible for Federal individual assistance.
Butte CAA is committed to disaster response, with a proven track record over the last 50 years of addressing urgent community needs. The thousands of people displaced by the Camp Fire have caused a huge spike in the need for food and shelter in Butte County. Our commitment to effective solutions for these community issues has never been stronger, and the need has never been greater. There are multiple groups and agencies working on Camp Fire relief efforts, so why donate to CAA? Here's what we're doing with your donation.Read More
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 at those who have been displaced by the Camp Fire.
This year, try to hang on to the grateful spirit of Thanksgiving a little longer. What were you thankful for on Thursday? Probably family, friends, and quality of life. It's unlikely that what you were most thankful for was a thing, like a TV or an Xbox. 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 27. This global movement aims to transform how people think about, and participate in the giving season.
There is an Urgent Need in Our Community
Every year we talk about the spirit of the holidays and helping others, however the holidays in Butte County are going to be different this year. Due to the devastation caused by the Camp Fire, some 50,000 people may not be able to be home for the holidays and over 10,000 of those have lost their homes altogether. The needs of our community have never been so great and so visibly urgent.Read More
Our North State Food Bank just got a major upgrade thanks to the CalRecycle grant and our partnership with the Jesus Center. A portion of the grant went towards installing a massive walk-in refrigerator and freezer system at the North State Food Bank. The ability to safely store more perishable foods will allow us to help families struggling with food insecurity to have fresh and healthy meals. This expansion of our perishable foods storage capacity also means we have a need for community support and donations to fill this new refrigerator and freezer with food! The crew has been working hard to get it all built and ready - check out the progress in this time-lapse video below...Read More
Our community is pulling together to support one another as the sheer scale of the tragedy that is the Camp Fire continues to grow, but the work has just begun and we need your help. We are now dealing with the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. According to CBS News the current Camp Fire statistics are:
- 140,000 acres burned
- 40 percent contained
- 56 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured
- 10,321 structures destroyed, including 7,600 homes
The North State Food Bank is one of the huge programs that lies under Community Action Agency’s list of programs it oversees. NSFB is managed by Tom Dearmore who is the Community Services Manager at CAA. On August 22nd Dearmore went on air with Chico Now to talk about the North State Food Bank along with the CalRecycle Grant. Keep reading to see some highlights from the interview, or click here to listen to the radio interview.
North State Food Bank is one of the premiere programs that the Community Action Agency administers. They collect and distribute food through a vast service region. It encompasses Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Plumas, Sierra, and Tehama counties, which equals out to about 12,000 square miles.Read More