May, 2021
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Community Needs Become
Community Action!
Every few years Community Action performs a "Community Needs Assessment" (CNA) - the CNA helps us understand what the unique needs of our communities are, and how we may best meet those needs, or share that data with our partner agencies so they can step in.

It's probably one of the most important exercises we do. Instead of simply executing our mission how we THINK it should be executed, we really rely on feedback from those living in hardship to tell us how we can best serve them. I personally have been part of this process for YEARS, but now in my role as executive director, I'm excited to see this data through a new lens.

Our staff at Community Action cares deeply about our communities, and promise to use this opportunity to continue to evolve to meet our client where they are TODAY to help them get to where they want to be in the FUTURE.

YOUR participation in the survey helps us make strong, well-informed decisions about programs, so we encourage EVERYONE to take this survey - we're aiming for at least 500 responses by June 4th, and the survey is completely anonymous and shouldn't take more than 20 minutes....but that 20 minutes will help guide the next TWO YEARS.

Thank you for investing this time in Community Action and your community!

Susy Lopez-Garcia
Executive Director
Community Action of Ventura County
It's Community Action Month!
A Brief History
Community Action was born out of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The ambitious purpose of this statute was to mobilize the human and financial resources of the nation to combat poverty in the United States. The act established a federal Office of Economic Opportunity, and created organizations called Community Action Agencies (CAAs) that would develop strategies to solve local issues of poverty.

The Community Action movement became a part of the national policy “to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty.” CAAs serve as an administrative umbrella for several programs that would be unable to stand individually. The system has proven to be a very cost-effective method of delivering services at the local level. Flexibility in programs, responsiveness to community needs, and local control make CAAs increasingly attractive to address communities’ social needs.

True to our history, Community Action Partnership remains committed to addressing the root causes and conditions of poverty in the United States, as demonstrated by the diversity of programs provided by our Community Action Agencies, which offer services from Head Start and other child development programs to Weatherization Assistance, job training and education support and elder care programs, among many others. Our Community Action Agencies are diverse in their service and programs, since they tailor their approaches to meet the specific needs of the communities they serve, and they put a human face on poverty while advocating for those who do not have a voice and providing opportunities for self-sufficiency.
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.