Dear North State, A Look Back on 2021

December 30, 2021

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. 

VITA

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.

Energy

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.

Food Bank

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!

Esplanade House

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. 

Donate to CAA General Fund

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Thanks to You, North State

January 20, 2021

Northern California has shown its resiliency repeatedly since 2018. We don’t need to tell you all that we’ve experienced, but we do want to tell you about the good that’s happened in our community.

By coming together, we were able to make some great things happen. Our mission at Butte CAA is to lift others up and out of poverty, but everyone in our community plays a part as well through volunteering, donating, and spreading the word about our programs. Let’s look at some of those achievements together.

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Our Plans for 2021

January 08, 2021

Wow what a year 2020 was! We, as an agency, were put to work in ways we couldn’t have imagined in life before a pandemic. But now that we are here in 2021, we are ready to help you, our North State community, by providing you with tangible resources and supplies when in need.

Looking Ahead with Hope

We are hopeful that this year will be better. For us, hope is non-negotiable. It’s how we operate. Since we are in the business of helping our community members who are experiencing tough times, we are actively supplying hope in forms like boxes of groceries or ensuring that power bills get paid.

Though we are ready to meet the critical needs we know of, we can’t tell the future or know what may happen in the next 12 months. If you would like to help our efforts financially or by volunteering, we welcome your interest and there are many areas to get involved.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program in Butte County

February 02, 2018

What is VITA?

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with household incomes of $54,000 or less at no cost. VITA program provides free tax return preparation completed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS. In many cases, these volunteers are accounting students, who are receive valuable hands-on-experience as well as opportunity to provide a service to their local communities.

The program was founded in 1971 by Gary Iskowitz at California State University Northridge. The program grew from a small number of accounting students to a now nationwide program serving millions of taxpayers. 

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