Community Action Partnership of Orange County has developed 7 key strategies to improve and impact the lives of low income families, at-risk children and seniors, and distressed communities.
Our OC Food Bank is making sure low-income residents have their most basic need, food. We alleviate hunger and malnutrition by distributing food to nearly 400 local churches, charities, soup kitchens, and community organizations. We provide nutrient-rich foods to seniors in monthly food boxes, help clients enroll into qualifying federal food programs, provide elementary school-aged students with monthly bags of fresh produce, and answer requests for emergency food assistance.
Our vision is to see Orange County students lead the nation in college and career readiness. We work across many fronts to tackle the gap in education, including our after-school and teen programs that provide tutoring and socio-recreational activities for youth, providing low-income children with backpacks filled will essential school supplies to give every child the best chance to succeed, and working with the Department of Education’s ACCESS Program to offer alternative educational options and services to a wide range of youth.
We work every day to strengthen and support the low-income families of Orange County. Our two Family Resource Centers work with local families and the underserved neighborhoods that surround them to provide a safe environment that helps children, families, and seniors become stable and self-sufficient. Our Centers offer youth and senior programs, family support services, and self-sufficiency programs to move families out of poverty. We provide a public forum for neighborhood organizing and community empowerment, as well as provide family and community services such as after school tutoring and senior services.
When Orange County residents have access to financial stability programs, they are able to contribute to the growth of our community. We piloted a program to help the working poor increase their financial assets as a pathway out of poverty. The program provides financial literacy classes, encourages low-income individuals to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit and qualifying federal food programs, and teaches families to create savings that will lead to independence.
Our Energy & Environmental Services Department help low-income OC residents make energy-efficient home improvements to help California reach new energy goals. Energy-efficient home improvements can make homes more comfortable and reduce monthly utility bill costs. Our utility assistant programs allow low-income residents to receive electric and gas bill assistance during crisis, while learning through consumer education how to conserve energy and reduce energy burdens.
Support of senior independence means providing opportunities for individuals to maintain a better quality of life. Our Family Resource Centers organize daily meals, exercise classes, and social activities for seniors in order to increase independence. Our OC Food Bank also distributes monthly food boxes to fixed-income seniors that help supplement their limited financial resources. Many seniors rely on our nutrition and socialization resources to prevent them from entering nursing facilities
Our agency promotes and supports nutrition education programs that increase healthy food choices and physical activity to low-income children. We work with residents to improve the health of their community by identifying and addressing issues that impact neighborhood decline. We empower residents to build strong neighborhoods and become leaders of change. We work with many partners to develop policy, systems and environmental changes to improve health outcomes.