full logo                 Spring 2013




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

In This Issue
Community Action Champions
Celebrating Excellence
Back Door Deli offers Healthy Choice
Keeping Homes Safe and Warm
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Federal Sequester:
What Happens Now?


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  Read reports from KEYT, the Santa Maria Times, and the  Lompoc Record about how cuts have affected local children, families and seniors.  

CAC's Annual Report

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Prudential California Realty
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Pictured left to right: Kyle Kemp and Carrie Hayes of Prudential California Realty, holding thank you signs made by our Carpinteria & Goleta Centers, respectively.The team delivered 182 Easter baskets for Head Start families! WE ♥ them!
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I am bursting with pride this Spring. I am proud to live in a community with extraordinary people and organizations like our 2013 Community Action Champions award winners: Joyce Dudley, Miguel Chavez, and the Orfalea Foundation. I am proud of CAC's Head Start teachers and staff because so many of our centers have now achieved accreditation from the National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC). I am proud of the healthy and delicious food served at CAC's Back Door Deli and I am proud of the highly skilled staff members in CAC's Energy Services Department. I hope you enjoy learning more about these exceptional individuals and programs in our Spring 2013 issue of the CAC Newsletter.  

Community Action Champions 2013  

2013 Champions
(L-R) Joyce Dudley (Santa Barbara County District Attorney); Miguel Chavez (MJA Cooling and Chavez Strawberries); Lois Mitchell (Orfalea Foundation).
Over 200 people gathered to honor CAC's 2013 Community Action Champions on March 28th at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton. Read more.  



Celebrating Excellence in Early Childhood Education   


Open House
(L-R)  Joann Rodriguez, SMBSD State Preschool; Phil Alvarado, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Maria-Bonita School District; Maggie Suarez, Site Supervisor, JC Washington Center; Becky Grant, Assistant to County Supervisor Lavagnino, Fifth District; Maggie Espinoza, Program Manager, CAC, North County.
On April 26, CAC Head Start centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC, the gold standard for early childhood education) welcomed visitors and guests to the 3rd Annual Open House sponsored by the Pacific Coast Association for Education of Young Children. 

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Back Door Deli: The Healthy Choice
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CAC's Back Door Deli has launched a new "Healthy Choice" daily menu special. The special features veggies and whole grains and is low in fat and calories.

Come on by and give it a try!  For more information about the Back Door Deli, click here. 


Pictured is Bill Batty, longtime friend to CAC, enjoying a Healthy Choice special during a recent meeting at the Back Door Deli. Bill represents the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), a program of the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens.



CAC: Keeping Homes Safe and Warm


When a low-income person or household faces the disconnection of their utilities, or has already had their utilities disconnected, where can they turn?

Martha and Karla
Martha Vargas (left) and Karla Alvarado

The CAC Home Energy Assistance Program (H.E.A.P.).



Thank you for your support of CAC. Together, we are making a difference in our community. 





Fran Forman, Executive Director

Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County