Community Needs Assessment Public Forum - June 19th

June 14, 2019

The Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. (CAABCI) invites you to review and comment on our 2020-2021 Community Action Plan (CAP).

" This CAP serves as a 2-year road-map demonstrating how CAABCI plans to deliver services to address the most pervasive needs identified by the community." 

This document identifies and assesses poverty related needs and resources in the community and establishes plans, goals and priorities for delivering those services to individuals and families most affected by poverty in Butte and surrounding areas.

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Food Insecurity Negatively Impacts Child Development

April 15, 2019

Evidence shows that families who experience food insecurity, pass down that psychological stress to their children.  When parents are unable to feed their children, it leads to depression, aggravation, and anxiety.  When parents are in this constant state, that psychological trauma gets passed down to their children; which can have a severe negative impact on child development and their over all well being.

According to the Center for Poverty Research at UC, Davis:

"Such circumstances have a direct negative impact on children’s behavioral development.[4] For example, heightened parental depression and anxiety prompted by food insecurity has been linked to aggressiveness, anxiety and hyperactivity in three-year-olds."

Considering that 40% of Americans are at risk of poverty, that is an overwhelming amount of our children put at unnecessary risk. In a recent article by Kevin Gee, an Associate Professor of Education at UC Davis and Minahil Asim,  a PhD candidate in education policy at UC Davis, they highlight the detrimental impacts of parenting aggravation and how food insecurity negatively affects children's executive functioning by reducing their ability to pay attention and compromising their self- control. We have selected highlights from the article below, you can read the full article by clicking here.

 

Posted by: The Center for Poverty Research, UC Davis

Key Facts

  • Parents struggling with food insecurity can experience heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Parenting aggravation that coincides with food insecurity is negatively associated with children’s executive functioning.
  • Supporting food-insecure parents may improve parenting and thus have benefits both for parents and their children
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Eligible Families Can Receive Up To $225 In Matched Funds for Kids College Savings

April 05, 2019

Our office recently received a letter from California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, notifying us about an opportunity for income qualifying families to help get a jump start on their children's college savings accounts. The cost of higher education continues to rise and we recognize this represents a major hurdle for many families.

We are in full support of helping low to moderate income households create opportunities for their children. Although a degree is no guarantee of financial success in life, it's a good start. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics in a 2017 study, the median weekly income for some one with only a high school diploma was $712, while the median weekly income for those with a bachelor's degree was $1,173. That's almost a 65% increase in weekly income!

Starting a college savings account for your kids is also a good step towards avoiding excessive student loan debt in their future. Too many college graduates are coming out of school with mountains of debt which is outpacing growth in wages. While Butte CAA is not officially affiliated with ScholarShare 529, we feel that this state sponsored program aligns with our continued mission to help people and change lives. You can read more about the program below, or on their website at ScholarShare529.com/mgp.

 

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40% of Americans at Risk of Poverty

February 18, 2019

According to Prosperity Now "40% of American households lack a basic level of savings" and could not afford "to live at the poverty level for three months if their income was interrupted." That's a staggering number of families at risk.

In a recent article by Wes Moore, of the NYC nonprofit Robin Hood, he highlights the dilemma that many of us in community action have been addressing for some time; that millions of families and children are at high risk of an unexpected expense, a layoff, a medical emergency or a missed paycheck pushing them into the ranks of poverty. Solutions require partners and commitment to change. We have selected highlights form the article below, you can read the full article by clicking here.

According to comprehensive new data from the Prosperity Now Scorecard, a staggering 40 percent of American households live one missed paycheck away from poverty. That population of proud, hardworking Americans who we used to call the great American middle class are one unexpected expense, one layoff, one medical emergency, one missed paycheck, one government shutdown away from poverty.

For generations, poverty in American has been a persistent plague on our society. What the data and the realities in communities are showing us now is that we're on the verge of it becoming a permanent inescapable reality.

 

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Help Butte CAA With Just a Couple Clicks - for FREE!

January 07, 2019

The Nonprofits Insurance Alliance is hosting a photo contest and giving nonprofits like us an opportunity win cash prizes and get some good press. It's so simple, with just a couple clicks you can help us out and it won't cost you a dime.

We chose to submit this super cute picture of Monica Brown's Kindergarten class form Hooker Oak Elementary. They had collected Halloween costumes for the Costumes for Kids drive and are posing with them before donating.

Voting is easy – just click the link below to vote.

https://review.wizehive.com/voting/view/winter-2018-2019-photo-contest/0/5536379/0

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Butte CAA Earns Gold Guidestar Seal of Transparency

December 12, 2018

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.

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May is Community Action Month!

May 17, 2018

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.

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Letter to President Trump: Save The Community Services Block Grant!

April 13, 2018

David Bradley, CEO of the National Community Action Foundation sent a letter to President Trump urging him to take a look at the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and all it does to help Community Action Agencies across the nation empower people struggling with poverty. In fact Mr. Bradley says, "The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is the only federal program with the exclusive goal of reducing poverty and promoting self-sufficiency." Unfortunately the Trump Administration's proposed Budget for FY2019 would eliminate funding for the CSBG. Mr. Bradley shared this letter with me in the hope that I could help spread the word about what's going on, and what's at stake. Please share this news with your community and let your state and local legislators know how important the CSBG is to our mission of helping people and changing lives.

Read David Bradley's letter to the President below...

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Jaclyn Mattson: Thank You and Happy Retirement!

April 03, 2018

In January 2014, Community Action Agency of Butte County was fortunate enough to acquire Jaclyn Mattson as the new Executive Assistant. Over that last 4 years we have gotten to know and appreciate her deeply. Jaclyn recently joined her husband in retirement and is looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.

Originally from Indiana, Jaclyn married her high school sweetheart over 42 years ago and they now have two grown daughters and six grandchildren, the newest edition arrived in January. As excited as Jaclyn is to retire and spend more time with her husband and grandchildren, she says she will miss working at CAA.

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CAA: Making a Positive Impact Everyday

January 26, 2018

For 50 years the Community Action Agency (CAA) has provided many opportunities for low-income residents to gain greater economic security.  That’s our purpose.  The positive impact of programs run by the CAA have been shown in the lives of thousands of people.  The elderly are able to stay in their homes longer and at lower cost than institutionalization due to the improvements achieved by the CAA.  Families can provide healthy food to their children that helps them to do better at school due to food provided by the CAA.  Individuals and families can get needed tax refunds to take care of critical expenses or to begin saving for a rainy day due to VITA services coordinated by CAA.  Homeless families learn to take responsibility for the changes needed to keep them or their children from repeating homelessness at the Esplanade House Program, owned and operated by the CAA since 1991.

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