Community Action Agencies are non-profit private and public organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty. Community Action Agencies help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency. Born in the turbulent 1960’s, Community Action is the original and still the most successful federal anti-poverty program ever conceived. During the first fifteen years of Community Action, national poverty levels were reduced to an all-time low level in the United States. Today, there are over 1100 Community Action Agencies throughout America. This represents a nation-wide support network. This network includes forty two years of very specific programmatic expertise and experience, specialized legal support and a wealth of training support.
Community Action of Ventura County, Inc. (CAVC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), incorporated in 1965. CAVC’s mission is to combat poverty through advocacy, partnerships and services which promote dignity and self-sufficiency. CAVC is governed by a fifteen-member tri-partite board comprised of: 1) five elected officials or their representatives from each County Supervisorial District; 2) five representatives of the poor, and; 3) five members from the private sector. We have an Executive Director, Director of Finance, Director of Operations and Director of Home Improvement. CAVC has 35 staff and relies on a small number of volunteers to lend a hand. We also employ a number of contractors, particularly in our home improvement division.
The Agency’s main office is located in Oxnard with a satellite office and a house used for Permanent Supportive Housing for the homeless in the City of Ventura. In the 49 years of its existence, the Agency has implemented a wide array of programs and services in the County of Ventura and continues to do so to this day. CAVC’s current programs include the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Home Weatherization (energy efficient home improvements which help lower housing costs permanently), high cost appliance replacement with energy efficient models, at-risk youth programs, CalFresh nutrition assistance, weekly food pantry, Employment Readiness, and the One-stop Day Shelter which provides a myriad of services to the homeless in Oxnard. The Agency serves an average of 10,000 clients a year across its programs