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Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: CAC: Creating opportunities for Santa Barbara County families to achieve stability

Results: In 2013: CAC Head Start and Early Head Start served 1,335 children and their families; CAC's Home Connection Finders program found homes for 509 foster children; 132 young men and women learned to avoid substance abuse, gang involvement and teen pregnancy by participating in the Los Compadres/Las Comadres program; the safety and warmth of over 1700 low-income homes was improved through CAC's weatherization and utility payment assistance programs; over 1300 low-income and/or home-bound seniors received approximately 150,000 healthy senior lunches.

Target demographics: low-income families and seniors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12000 low-income children, teens, parents and seniors

Geographic areas served: Santa Barbara County

Programs: Head Start, Youth Corps, Los Compadres, Healthy Senior Lunches (at centers and home delivered), Home Weatherization, Utility Payment Assistance

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of the work of the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County! I worked for the CAC in doing outreach for the Senior meal program and then later as an intern in Central Administrative Services. The work inspired me to continue making a difference in my community and every employee and volunteer and contributes to the organization is extremely passionate. It is all over a great organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

CAC is such a fantastic organization. They help so many people in so many ways. They have great staff and are in Carpintaria, Cuyama, Guadalupe, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Santa Barabara- everywhere!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


I was fortunate to be a part of this great organization for a short time. I helped out with their Summer Food Program and in administrative services at the CAC central office. While working with their Summer Food Program I witnessed the large impact that CAC has in feeding many low-income youth nutritious meals during the summer. There is great care taken into ensuring the food is both nutritious and tastes good. CAC also delivers nutritious meals to homebound seniors where the delivery drivers are very kind and courteous. The CAC delivery drivers are sometimes asked by seniors to help with something around their house and the drivers always try to provide any help they can. The seniors look forward to their meals and a lot of times the CAC delivery driver is the only person they talk to all day. While working in administrative services at the CAC central office I saw how the staff was very passionate and dedicated to every program and project that they were working on. This organization is such an important part of the Santa Barbara community and does an impressive job of addressing the wide array of needs in the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAC is a great organization that has helped so many people in Santa Barbara County.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So many senior citizens would not have food and young families would not be given a great start for their child's education without CAC. We are lucky to have this organization in our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FSA regularly partners with CAC. This nonprofit readily and skillfully serves the most marginalized of populations. We are lucky to be able to look to CAC as an amazing resource in our community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Isla Vista Youth Projects has partnered with CAC in many ways for many years. We work with children and youth in Isla Vista, and work closely with CAC to avoid duplication of service, share professional development, coordinate services and improve efficiencies / outcomes county-wide. Every summer we partner with CAC as a summer food site and have served as a sub-contractor for ARRA funds during the recession. CAC is a leader in our community, their staff are top notch and the agency overall is exemplary.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CAC provides essential services to the community, from senior meals, to youth programs, to Head Start, to home energy improvements. I worked with CAC for several years, and learned much from the staff- not only about delivering services, but about leadership and compassion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are fortunate in Santa Barbara County to have a service provider like CAC. I first knew of the wonderful work that CAC did when my son was admitted to the HeadStart program. I was very impressed with the holistic approach they took to improving the child's life, providing support to the family as a necessary step. But it wasn't until I served in the CAC board of directors for over two years that I realized the huge positive impact this organization had in the communities it serves, helping from newborns, to children and youth at risk, to working poor families, to seniors. Kudos to Fran Formann and all her staff for the high level of professionalism, compassion and humanity with which they do their work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Friendship Center has been partnering with CAC for many, many years!! We have two adult day services sites in which CAC provides lunches for our members that attend our programs. Our members enjoy the food, and it always is very nutritional. The staff at CAC are very approachable, efficient, and professional. We consider CAC a community partner in providing services to our aging community and their caregivers.

Keep up the good work CAC!

Heidi Holly

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cuyama Christian Academy was a recipient of funding through the economy recover program or stimulus program. With this funding CCA and the Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center were able to offer the community adult GED and ESL classes with child care provided. The care providers received early care training and CPR and First aide classes. The impact on the community was significant with 9 limited english speaking moms passing their GED and receiving an equivalent to a high school diploma. The paper work for this program was complicated and meticulous but the CAC business staff were very helpful and only a phone call away. CAC was a wonderful partner. CAC's summer lunch program for children has been serving Cuyama every summer for the past 4 years. Our small community has very limited activities for children to participate in during the summer. The Resource center and Recreation center offer a three day a week program and CAC serves the children a snack and lunch.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been a great pleasure to serve on the Board of Directors for the Community Action Commission over the last 3.5 years. I was somewhat apprehensive at first that CAC may follow the lead of many social service agencies and focus only on increasing eligibility, clients served and capacity. However, with confidence I can attest that CAC focuses on providing an exceptional quality of service to the clients with a focus on helping those in need reach sustainability and self-sufficiency. Under the leadership of current Executive Director Fran Foreman and her management team, CAC has become a place of stability, reputability and fun! As one of the oldest and largest non-profits in Santa Barbara County, the Community Action Commission is truly a great nonprofit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was reading and writing before going to kindergarden thanks to this preschool. He loves learning concepts and big picture ideas. He currently is getting ready to embark in middle school and has passed the tests to take honors classes. I have to say that with the start from this program and some great kinder teachers he has a bright future. This to me is a big deal, because as a single parent not being able to afford private daycares or other schools this nonprofit really stepped up to the plate. Times have changed but this program has not, just the funding changes but I hope that this non profit can help many more children get the start that my son received

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

A great Non-Profit dedicated to serving the diverse populations they work with. Community Action Commission is tasked with a a huge responsibility to provide services for youth, families and seniors. In this day of scarce funding for programs serving all these populations, the community action commission has rolled up their sleeves and charged straight into the fray with the dedication to serving that is necessary to make a difference in the lives of those in our community who need the most help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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