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.
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.Read More
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
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.Read More
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...Read More
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.
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.Read More
In case you missed it, the last weeks of 2017 were full of news involving the Esplanade House, much of it troubling and difficult to sort through. We want you to know that in spite of anything that you may have heard the Esplanade House is alive and well. We are not closing!! While we are saddened by the need to separate from the founders, we realize all things are seasonal. There are times when the goals and objectives of one party simply do not align with another, and a shift must happen.
On behalf of the many children and families who have benefited from the work of our Esplanade House Program, Thank You! With your generosity the children of our Esplanade House have grown up to be healthy members of our community for 26 years. As the owner/operator of the Esplanade House Program for that 26 years the Board, staff, volunteers and partners of the Community Action Agency of Butte County are planning for a bright future. With your support we’ve grown our capacity to serve 14 families in 1991 to 58 families in 2004 to the present. We’re acknowledged as the leader in transitional housing for families in the North Valley. We have successfully assisted hundreds of families in their quest to improve their lives. They are now able to pursue opportunities to maximize their skills and talents.
Our excellent staff and volunteers have made possible the following program successes that, with your support, we’ve seen just in this past year:Read More
As we continue to help inform the community about the great things that are happening on a daily basis through the programs and people of the Community Action Agency, our director occasionally writes letters to the editor of the Chico Enterprise Record.
In 2017, Community Action Agency celebrated 50 years of helping the community and we wanted to share some of the accomplishments we’re proud of that wouldn’t have happened without the generous support from our volunteers, donors, staff and community partnerships. In honor of our 50 years of service, we were pleased to accept resolutions from the City of Chico, the County of Butte, the California State Senate, and Laura Page, Representative for Congressman LaMalfa. Below are more of our highlights from 2017.Read More