September is National Hunger Action Month. Here at Butte CAA we deal with hungry families every day. Our North State Food Bank helps food-insecure families fill their cupboards with essential food items. In the wake of the Camp Fire the need for food and nutrition support in this region has increased, but we are up to the task, especially with the support of local community members like you.Read More
As the Community Action Agency of Butte County, you may not be surprised to hear that we think investing in your community is important, but why? Because healthier communities make healthier, happier people. Engaged and supportive communities create more opportunities, provide safer neighborhoods, and ultimately produce healthier and longer living residents.
Some major factors for healthy communities are affordable housing, education, economic opportunity, available healthcare and general safety. When communities work to incorporate and improve all these components, they start to thrive. Habitat for Humanity helps families build or improve their homes. They have long been a champion for safe and affordable housing, believing that it's a key element to stable communities. We couldn't agree more and that's why we focus so much of our effort on programs like our Esplanade House, Weatherization and Utility Assistance. Providing homes for people who don't have them, or just making someone's existing home safer and more affordable can make a huge difference in their life.
Housing alone is not the whole picture however. Even communities that provide all the amenities and opportunities mentioned above still require some less tangible things to truly thrive. You need buy-in from the community. Not just financially but emotionally. Communities thrive on contentedness. Habitat for Humanity defines three foundational outcomes that are required in a community to create change.Read More
We are excited for the Best of Chico voting that is already underway in our community. It's a great opportunity to show some love for your local favorites. We were fortunate to get 2nd place in the Charitable Cause category last year thanks to votes from supporters like you! If you haven't had time to go online and vote, we encourage you to get involved and cast your vote to support local businesses and organizations. THE VOTING PERIOD ENDS SEPTEMBER 11, 2019, 11:59 PM
The Community Action Agency of Butte County can be nominated in two different categories this year: Best Charitable Cause and Best Youth organization. Both of these categories are in the "Community" section. Head over to Chicobestof.com to cast your vote!
Why vote for Community Action Agency of Butte County?
- In 2018 our Esplanade House provided a home for 95 adults and 126 children.
- Our North State Food Bank distributed 1,394,593 pounds of food in 2018
- In 2018 our Environmental and Energy Services program provided energy retrofit upgrades to 1,158 homes and installed solar arrays on the homes of 12 low-income households
- Our Utility Assistance program helped provide a combined $1,279,014 to 2,582 households in 2018
- In the 2018 tax filing season alone, our VITA program served 1,207 families to help get a combined $1,031,919 in refunds.
- We helped to secure temporary and long-term housing for Camp Fire survivors as well as over 100,000 pounds of food.
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.Read More
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. 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
- 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
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.
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