full logo                 Fall 2012




Our mission: Creating opportunities for Santa Barbara County families to achieve stability.

In This Issue
CAC Goes Green
Food Day
Energy Services
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Thanks to the generosity of the Weingart Foundation, all gifts to the Youth Corps will be matched dollar-for-dollar-up to $50,000!


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The summer weather seems truly behind us and we are moving into Fall.  Our Newsletter is themed appropriately:  healthy food from local growers and gardens, and warm, energy efficient homes.  You'll read about two CAC gardens, a Food Day celebration, and CAC's Energy Services weatherization efforts.  Plus the Santa Barbara District Attorney visited one of our Head Start centers with a gift for the children.  And there's still time to Double Your Dollars for Youth! in support of the fantastic Santa Barbara County Youth Corps.

CAC Goes Green with Gardens


Matt in Garden
Partnership Garden

CAC's partnership with the County of Santa Barbara and other community organizations has produced two beautiful gardens one at Los Niņos Head Start Center in downtown Santa Barbara (all the seeds, plants and materials were donated by the Sol Food Festival and Los Niņos parents) and the other on the County campus near the Public Health Department and CAC's Back Door Deli.

Los Ninos Garden
Los Niņos Garden

(The Partnership Garden is organic and sustainable. The fruits and vegetables grown there will be used by CAC's South County Kitchen to prepare meals for the Healthy Senior Lunch program.)


To read more about these gardens, please click on the captions.


Food Day


Over 200 people participated in Food Day 2012 at the Back Door Deli. CAC and the Santa BarbFood Dayara County of Public Health co-hosted our local event, part of a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of healthier diets; support sustainable and organic farms; support the farm-to-table approach to cooking and eating, using locally produced, fresh foods; reduce hunger; reform factory farms to protect the environment and animals; and support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.   

Energy Services


October 30 was National Weatherization Day.  To read about CAC's weatherization program, part of the Energy Services program, click here.  

Energy Services contractor Robert Arevalos on the job.


Finally, I'd like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all of our donors, community partners, staff, Board, and program participants.  We all have lots of work to do, and it's good to remember, at the same time, we have so much to be grateful for. 




Fran Forman, Executive Director

Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County