September, 2021
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Making an impact with your help
Greetings!

CAVC draws its strength from the communities we serve and from friends and supporters like you. This fact was made particularly evident by your participation in our recent Community Needs Assessment and Community Conversations this summer.

Now, we look to you again for your support and feedback as we strategize how to tackle the big issues that face Ventura County communities. I invite you to join us on October 7th to make your voice heard as we unveil our Community Action Plan (CAP) for 2022 to 2024. The CAP is our roadmap towards improving the lives of all those who struggle in our communities, and your input is crucial to its success.
You can register for the CAP Public Feedback Forum in this email or at our website. Thank you for continuing to support CAVC and helping us help those in need live with dignity.

Susy Lopez-Garcia
Executive Director
Community Action of Ventura County
CAP Public Feedback Forum - October 7th
Join CAVC online on Thursday, October 7th, at 3 pm to make your voice heard and make an impact on our Community Action Plan (CAP). Using the important data we collected from our recent Community Needs Assessment, you will learn about our CAP and help us make a greater impact in communities across the County. Your voice is important as ever as we support those most in need.

We will close public comments for the CAP on Thursday, October 7th. Please send any comments to Catalina Solis at csolis@ca-vc.org.
CAVC and COVID-19 Vaccines
Our communities are safer and stronger when we all have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. That is why we partnered with the County of Ventura on August 20 and September 10 to host mobile vaccine clinics at our headquarters.

We provided participants with PPE gift bags and other goodies and hosted a resource table with information from our partners at MICOP’s Proyecto ACCESO, California Rural Legal Aid, and CET.

Ventura County is nearing 70% of all those 12 and over who are fully vaccinated. We can do our part to protect ourselves, protect those around us, and help end the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of mobile clinics in the County and more information about Ventura County's response to COVID-19 can be found at the Ventura County Recovers website.
In-Person HEAP outreach returns!
This September, our Utility Assistance Department resumed in-person outreach site activities after a year away due to the pandemic. They are working hard to reach individuals who need utility assistance but do not the ability to come to CAVC in person or fill out the application online.

“We are glad we can help the most vulnerable," our HEAP Coordinators said. "We are taking all safety precautions and are happy to offer the one-on-one assistance that is essential for many in our community.”

 Please see the list below for the September 2021 outreach schedule.
If you or anyone needs utility assistance (gas, electricity, and propane), call us at 805-436-4000.
Unemployment benefits ending:
what it means and how CAVC will help
Federal unemployment benefits as directed under the CARES Act expired for millions of Americans on September 4th. As a result, over two million Californians were impacted, and many now struggle to pay rent, put healthy food on their tables, and support their families and themselves. For some, it may even mean having to live outside.

CAVC has staff ready to support those who need help paying energy and utility bills, and we also offer weekly shower and laundry services for those experiencing homelessness. Our weekly Community Market feeds over 350 families every Thursday with free and fresh food for those without access to healthy food. If you or someone you know needs a helping hand after the recent changes in legislation, contact us today so we can help them through these difficult times.
Volunteer Opportunity: Food Program
We need your help! Our Food Program is in need of volunteers to support its weekly Community Market and bi-monthly Food Hub events. As a volunteer, you would help distribute food and ensure events run smoothly and safely. If you are interested, contact Russell Wilson, CAVC Food Program Coordinator, at 805-816-5832 or rwilson@ca-vc.org.
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.