April, 2021
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Springing Forward
April is here and it wants you to know it! All around trees and flowers are beginning to open and reveal beauty to us. In this season of growth we are celebrating how far we have come and getting excited about where we are going as a community.

With vaccine roll outs in high gear, it feels like we are "close to the end" of the Pandemic, although we at CAVC remain committed to providing services in the safest manner possible, so even as vaccinations roll out, we will continue to mask, physically distance, sanitize, and maintain other COVID safe procedures for your safety.

We are also in the process of rolling out our Community Needs Assessment - this vital survey helps us understand WHAT services our community has been using and HOW we can better meet any gaps in service or unforeseen community needs. We know that COVID-19 has revealed many needs in our community, and we are committed to making sure EVERYONE is able to physically and emotionally recover from what has truly been a "once-in-a-generation" event.

So be on the lookout for the Community Needs Assessment in an email coming out NEXT WEEK, but in the meantime, thank you for your continued support.

Susy Lopez-Garcia
Executive Director
Community Action of Ventura County
Rental and Water Assistance Program
We recently launched our rental and water bill assistance program for families and individuals who are low income and were economically affected by COVID-19. If you or someone you know needs to access our Rental or Water Assistance Program, please contact our Basic Needs Coordinator, Jessica Perez, at 805-263-2587 or email csbgcares1@ca-vc.org.

We will also soon start assisting families who need school supplies, diapers, or baby formula. Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram to get updates.
Expanding Homeless Services
We are happy to announce that we have expanded our homeless services and added another day for showers and laundry services. We now provide showers and laundry services on Mondays and Fridays from 8 am to 12 noon. We will also have sack lunches available on Mondays and Fridays courtesy of our partners from the Rescue Mission. Our Homeless Services Assistant is also available to make resource referrals that our homeless community members might need.

The referrals take place in our Drop- in Center on Thursdays between 1 pm and 5 pm.

We are thrilled to be able to serve our homeless population more holistically as our operations begin to return to a more "normal" routine.
Fighting Food Waste Means
Fighting Climate Change
CAVC Community Market rescued and prevented tons of food from going to the landfill and creating greenhouse gases. In the process, we used our food recovery to feed families in need across Ventura County. This is made possible through our partnership with the State of California Cal Recycle Program and Waste-Free Ventura County. This program allows us to recover additional pounds of commercially prepared, edible food per year that would otherwise go into landfills.
Community Market
We continue our efforts in fighting food insecurity and saving food from landfill through the partnership with Cal Recycle and the help of our amazing volunteers. Thank you for your contributions in allowing us to reach more than 4,000 families, and recover over 40,000 lbs of food from landfill in the the past 3 months!

Our food pantry is open on Thursdays, starting at 9:00 am and goes until 12:30 noon, or until food runs out - whichever comes first.

Saturdays: Here We Come!
In our efforts to better serve our community members, we will be open a few Saturdays! Our Utility Assistance, Weatherization, Rental, and Water Assistance programs will be available the following Saturdays (see image). You can call, stop by to speak to our coordinators, or drop off documents.
CAVC's Mission & Vision
Our Vision:
We envision a community successfully lifting people out of poverty.
Our Mission:
Helping our community establish pathways out of poverty through advocacy, partnerships and services that promote dignity
and self- sufficiency.