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.

Read More

Dear North State: A Letter from Butte CAA to You

December 23, 2020

Dear North State, 

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. The year 2020 has brought many things that we do not want to see continued into 2021, but Butte CAA remains committed to our communities as we have since 1967. 

Whether natural disaster, health crisis or underperforming economy, we are here to help in whatever way that we can. I want to express appreciation to all of the Board, Staff, and Volunteers who make our efforts possible each day. 

When we look at our strengths, we have many people in our organization who are motivated and feel a humble sense of responsibility to others. This combination is a dynamite one for our agency and helps us get what needs to be done to help people in need. Our employees and volunteers are inspiring - day in and day out they get the job done with quality effort. 

Even during this unusual year of 2020, we were able to accomplish much through their efforts. 

Read More

Celebrations and Getting Ready for the Holidays at Butte CAA

November 12, 2020

The holidays will be here soon, and we are gearing up to help where we can around the North State by partnering with other nonprofits. We are happy to be a part of the multiple organizations trying to do good in our communities.

Read More

Butte CAA by the Numbers

June 05, 2020

Our mission is to improve the economic security of low-income individuals, and we enjoy sharing stories of success in our community. It's a great way to show everyone that our work at Butte CAA is having a positive impact on lives. 

However, stories can only tell part of the picture. Our very own CEO, Thomas Tenorio, visited Vince Haney at KKXX Chico NOW! radio and had a conversation about Butte CAA's impact measured in numbers. 

Read More

KKXX Chico Now Radio and Butte CAA Talk VITA 2020

February 21, 2020

Local KKXX radio show Chico Now, had our very own Krystal Tyranowski, Assistant to the CEO, and Amanda Scofield, Program & Marketing Specialist on as guests to talk about this years’ VITA program. 

Thank you, once again, to Vince Haynie for hosting us on the show to help spread the news about this and other programs we provide to the community.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking here, or read the transcript of the interview below.

Read More

EITC Awareness Day 2020

January 31, 2020

It's EITC Awareness Day! This tax season, you could be eligible for EITC depending on your income or household. If you have earnings of $55,952 or less, you should see if you qualify online or visit one of our VITA program sites. 

If you qualify for EITC, you must file a federal income tax return and claim the credit to get it, even if you owe no tax or aren’t required to file a return. Our VITA program can help you prepare your taxes and find out if you qualify for EITC!

Read More

Get FREE Tax Help: VITA program in Butte County Starts February 1st

January 29, 2020

Want FREE help with your tax preparation?  

Did your household earn less than $56,000 in 2019?

You are in luck! Starting February 1st and continuing until April 10th, 2020 you can head on over to one of the locations in Butte County, listed below, to get free help filing your 2019 Federal and State income taxes.

When you are planning your time, keep in mind that both spouses must be present if filing joint tax return.

EITC

You may be eligible for The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund.

Read More

Volunteers Needed - CAA VITA Program

October 25, 2019

Help your community get and keep more of their hard-earned money! Volunteers interested in assisting in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program in 2020 are needed! We are looking for experienced tax preparers who can assist at each of our VITA sites in Chico and Durham. You can help people with low to moderate income file their taxes, and at the same time you’ll help taxpayers get tax credits and deductions that they’re entitled to receive. Take a look at how much our VITA volunteers saved people last year...

 

Read More

"CAA Saved the Day!" - FREE Tax Help Starts February 2019 - VITA Program in Butte County

February 01, 2019

Want FREE help with your tax preparation?  

Did your household earn less than $54,000 in 2018?

You are in luck! Starting Monday, February 42019 and continuing until April 6th, 2019 you can head on over to one of the locations in Butte County, listed below, to get free help filing your 2018 Federal and State income taxes. Last year we filed over 1,200 returns for over $1 Million in refunds! 

The VITA program exists as an ongoing partnership between Butte CAA and Chico State. Planning for the VITA program got off to a late start this year due to the Camp Fire. Chico State found themselves with only one of the two desired student directors and underfunded to pay for the second. Butte CAA stepped in and provided $2500 to Chico State, which enables us to have a full VITA program this year. Dr. Tim Kizirian, head of the Accounting Department of the College of Business at Chico State expressed his gratitude saying, "with the $2500 from your outreach, we can have a paid second director for this VITA season and hopefully have the same impact as last year. THANK YOU, this is an amazing surprise!" He even went on to say "CAA saved the day!"

We are so excited to have the program running at full strength again this year. If you meet the income qualifications, here's the next steps to take:

When you are planning your time, keep in mind that both spouses must be present if filing joint tax return.

Steps to take:

  1. Check the VITA schedule for the current year
  2. Choose the location that fits your needs (See below)
  3. Check the times or make an appointment if necessary
  4. Collect all necessary documents needed to complete your tax return (see below)
Read More

CAA Helped 1,207 People File Taxes for FREE!

September 07, 2018

In coordination with Chico State and other community partners, Butte CAA helped 1,207 people file their 2017 taxes for FREE. That accounts for over 1 Million dollars in tax refunds coming back to Butte County residents. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, also known as VITA was founded in 1971 by Gary Iskowitz at California State University Northridge. Butte CAA has been a key partner since 2003 in the expansion of the VITA program in Butte County.

Read More