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.
Whether natural disaster, health crisis, or an underperforming economy, Butte CAA has found ways to assist our most vulnerable community members. We want to express appreciation to all the Board, Staff, and Volunteers who make our efforts possible each day. Butte CAA remains committed to our communities as we have since 1967.
Even during this unusual year of 2021, we were able to accomplish much through our efforts.
Our Volunteers in Tax Assistance program pivoted in light of COVID-19 from a drop-in program to an appointment only. Even with the change, we were still able to assist 542 households with their tax returns. This saved approximately $162,600 to low-income residents in preparation fees and amounted to $562,841 in tax returns.
Since the majority of these funds are spent in our locality, they benefit our local economy to the tune of $1.5 million, 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.
Our Energy and Environmental Services Program improved the safety and energy efficiency of 319 homes through our home weatherization program. We also delivered 347 batteries to Butte County residents with medical needs to ensure their medical devices could be powered during the Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
Our Utility Assistance Program provided $1,160,473 of energy bill assistance to 1,902 households. That program also helped 469 families with $413,552 worth of wood and propane assistance to heat their homes.
Our North State Food Bank distributed nearly 2 million pounds of food this year – the most in any single year of our operation. We acquired 3 new delivery vehicles that replaced our aging fleet. We had them wrapped and they look great. Give us a wave when you see us out on the road!
Our Esplanade House continued to be impacted by the ongoing pandemic, but we still graduated 31 formerly homeless families from our Transitional Housing program. Each of those families moved out to safe and secure housing in the community. We conducted 312 group classes and provided 639 Case Management sessions.
We celebrated the 30th Anniversary of our Esplanade House this year. Through the last few months we have reflected upon the past and looked ahead for what is in store for this program and are hopeful for its future.
530 Food Rescue Coalition
We partnered with the Center for Healthy Communities to form the 530 Food Rescue Coalition. This program will use technology to redirect perfectly good food away from going to the landfill and supply it to food pantries and congregate feeding sites around the county.
Our 530 Food Rescue app just launched on December 21 and is available in the Apple Store and Google Playstore. Please check it out and consider being a volunteer!
We wish you all a Happy New Year and can’t wait to see what we accomplish together in 2022!
Together in Service,
The Board, Staff and Volunteers of CAA
If you would like to end this year on a generous note and help us continue our work, please consider donating via the link below.Read More
In the last few years, Butte County has been through traumatic events as a community. The impacts of natural disasters and a global pandemic have created greater strain on our community and the unhoused population and increased the price of food for everyone. Sadly, the children and families of the North State have been affected the most.
Homelessness and food insecurity has a greater impact for families than individuals. While a single person has only themselves to care for, parents have dependents relying on them for food and shelter. This is an increase in financial need and children are more vulnerable to the effects of unstable housing. When the complication of addiction is in the mix, it can lead to a generational cycle of poverty in our area.
Hear from Chief Programs Officer, Tim Hawkins, on how our Esplanade House and our programs help families heal, learn how to thrive, and break the cycle of generational poverty.Read More
When speaking to the residents at our Esplanade House, they often boast about the care and dedication of our staff. We have councilors, administrators, program specialists, and case workers all on the same site as our Esplanade House living facilities. Part of the reason our staff takes their job so seriously is that many of them have a personal connection to the work they do.
When hiring, we look for people who will treat our program participants and their families with dignity and respect and carry a sense of hope. They are all on board with our mission and program and dedicated to doing their best to support the residents and their children to be successful.Read More
Getting your online holiday shopping done early this year is going to be crucial with the expected shipping delays. The sooner you start shopping online this year, the sooner you can begin your holiday charitable giving. Plus, it's at no extra cost to you and you'll still be able to buy exactly what you want.
By shopping on AmazonSmile you can donate to a good cause while doing your normal or holiday shopping, just by choosing the Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. as your charity. When you make a purchase, Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of what you’ve spent and donates it to Butte CAA. How cool that you can donate without spending any extra money!
We know that budgets are tight for a lot of us right now and it may seem like you have a hard choice to make between giving to charity or getting gifts for those you care about. Here is a way to do both at the same time.
By following the instructions below you can shop via your browser or the app on your phone.
Here's how to Sign Up for AmazonSmile:Read More
Many of you know that at the Butte CAA Esplanade House we help families break the cycle of homelessness and poverty – but what does that actually look like? Our Esplanade House is one of a kind in the services we offer and the community we’ve built. The residents, staff and community members have seen and continue to see the incredible work and concrete results for 30 years now.Read More
We are celebrating the 30 Year anniversary of our Esplanade House! Since 1991 this program has been helping break the cycle of homelessness and addiction in our community. We’ve seen growth in people and in the program over the last three decades and we look forward to sharing the notable occurrences along the way with you.Read More
We get to have a summer outside of our homes this year! We want you to enjoy all that the North State has to offer this time of year and we want to help you do it without having to spend too much money.
Move Your Body!
Get outside and move your body! Going for a walk costs nothing and this simple activity has many health benefits when done regularly. You can plan morning or evening walks with friends and explore all the different trails in your local area and throughout your city. Riding bikes, roller blading, and skateboarding are also great options for you to get outside without spending money, especially with Chico's skate park and extensive bike paths.Read More
In Celebration of our Esplanade House's 30 Year Anniversary
This year is the 30th Anniversary of our Esplanade House and we have so much to be thankful for. One of the greatest joys is knowing that even though many different families reside here, it feels like one big house and one large family.
It’s a community. Our staff is supporting and the parents are working to break their cycle of homelessness through our support programs while simultaneously breaking the cycle of poverty for their children. The children are being kids, which is exactly what they are supposed to be doing.
We’ve had a great spring so far and have some stories to give you a peek into life going on at our Esplanade House.Read More
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Butte CAA and other county organizations are committed to providing support and programs to educate and prevent child abuse. Since April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, we wanted to talk about how everyone can help through education and awareness, as well as how programs like our Esplanade House provide support for families so they can thrive.Read More