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Our Mission is Simple.

Creating opportunities for Santa Barbara County families to achieve stability.

Our Impact is Huge.

CAC has been helping low-income people and changing lives since 1967. 2014 Top-rated nonprofits and charities

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First day of Head Start was Tuesday!

Welcome to the 1000 children and their families across the county in 26 sites and 10 family child care homes!

Photos were taken yesterday in Goleta Head Start where the children were settling nicely into their new rich environment.
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We’re getting ready to spread the word about the 2-1-1 Helpline over the air waves in Santa Maria. Staff members Elisa Pardo and Tom Hutcheson got together with Cristal Robles, and Jerry Scheidbach, Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Santa Maria, to write and record our first “211” Public Service Announcement. Thank you to everyone involved, especially Pastor Jerry who provided the recording equipment and shared his broadcasting skills. Another great example of people joining forces and going the “extra mile” to help out those in need in our community! ... See MoreSee Less

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CAC outreach in action at the Community Resource Fair hosted by the Department of Social Services in Santa Maria today. Pictured, left to right, Elisa Pardo - 211 Helpline, Mattie Gatsby - Children's Services, Kemba Laurence and Mariel Uribe - Energy Services, and Chris Barrett - Nutrition Services. This team can answer any question about CAC! ... See MoreSee Less

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So proud of the FSA's in Head Start!!!!

They are backbone in the work with families!

CAC Family Service Assistants (FSA) are finishing their course work for their Family Development Credential (FDC)

A strength-based partnership approach, it develops the staff both professionally and personally. The program is through the National FDC program at the University of Connecticut.

From left to right are: Nancy Luevanos, Monica M. Lopez, Maria Candy Soto, San Juana Liendo, Elizabeth Lopez, Fran Forman, Alejandra Enciso, Blanca Jimenez, Aurea Dominguez, Susana Valdez, Marina Oropeza and Nora I. Melendez.
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Nora Ivette Melendez, Nancy Luevanos and 23 others like this

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Martha SalcidoGood job ladies :)2 weeks ago   ·  2
Jann EnriquezGreat bunch of ladies.2 weeks ago   ·  2
Nora Ivette MelendezBertha Magadaleno (not in the picture) from Maple FD center, also participated in the FDC program.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Linda Ziraldo WilkesWay to go!2 weeks ago
Mar GonzalezGood job ladies :)1 week ago

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Yeah! Congrats Tracy Lang Wood, CAC Family & Youth Services Director. Thanks Fast Pitch SB for the opportunity! ... See MoreSee Less

Hey Fast Pitch SB followers! We're announcing another great nonprofit that has been selected to participate in #FastPitchSB. The Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County is an organization committed to ending poverty in #SantaBarbara County through leadership, training, and various other programs. Tracy Lang Wood will spend the next two months honing a pitch that relays the immense impact of this organization to others. Megan Birney from Wiser Capital and Chris Harris of Damitz Brooks Nightingale will be vital to her success as coaches/mentors. Be sure to check back on our page for more updates!