LIHEAP Takes Action!

August 20, 2021

Paying Power Bills

No matter where you stand on the climate change debate, we can all agree that the current state of things isn't the best. As we continue to have hotter summers and bigger wildfires; it seems every year new records are set. 

Consequently, our energy sources take a hit. We see increases in the cost of using energy and running water at home. Energy efficiency becomes more important so we can stretch the resources we have available and our hard-earned dollars. 

We often worry about the increase in our power bills when the seasons reach their peaks. In the last year we have seen what happens to power grids when they are pushed too far in extreme weather. In Northern California we will no doubt see another large shift in energy use due to the wildfires currently burning and anyone displaced because of them.

Situations like this are exactly what LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is designed to help with. Through the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021, LIHEAP received $4.5 billion dollars in supplemental funding to help in providing payments. Butte CAA received an additional allocation of funding from ARPA to support our efforts to respond to the needs of our community’s residents.

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From Volunteer to Career: A VITA Story

August 13, 2021

The Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) Program has come and gone another year, but for the second year during a pandemic. In 2020, we had very little warning of how everything was about to change, and the program pivoted the best it could. This year we were ready with a plan to keep people safe and still provide one of the most integral services of our agency.

Due to pandemic restrictions, we could no longer take walk-ins because of the lines and people being in such close proximity, so we scheduled people via appointment instead. The pandemic also put restrictions on location and promotional efforts, but our team overcame and served over 500 members of our community!

There were unique challenges that understandably made it hard for people to volunteer with VITA in these times. That’s also why we were so happy when people did agree to help, for one person in particular, their life was changed through volunteering this year with VITA.

Though he doesn’t want his name shared, we still will share his story.

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Welcome to Our House

May 22, 2021

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.

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CAA: Making Life More Comfortable While Saving Energy

June 19, 2018

Our region is subject to some pretty extreme seasonal climate changes. Winters can get very cold and summers are extremely hot, well over 100 degrees for multiple days on end. When you are living in a home with outdated appliances, bad insulation, single pane windows and air gaps around doors, the outside elements come right inside. More than just being uncomfortable, these issues can create health risks for residents. Water leaking in during the winter can cause mold and air quality issues, and sustained heat over 100 degrees for long periods of time can be dangerous for infants and the elderly.

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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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How Weatherization Services Improve People's Lives [Success Stories]

October 30, 2017

The Butte County Community Action Agency’s weatherization and energy savings program is committed to helping lower income families ensure that their homes are energy efficient and safe. Every day, our team reaches out to present the program and opportunities to help qualify participants.

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Aaron’s Story: The Hard Decision That Helped Him Get His Kids Back

September 22, 2017

The Esplanade House in Chico has been helping families break the cycle of homelessness, addiction and poverty. With genuine passion for participants and their path to self-sufficiency, the Esplanade House continues to stand as a pillar of community service in Butte County, CA. Watch Aaron’s story below to learn more about how the Esplanade House helps people break the cycle of addiction and bring families together again.

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