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In 2009, Community Action touched the lives of over 36,000 low-income individuals, helping about a fifth of our county's population get past emergencies and on their feet again. Now in our 30th year of service, and with over 35 anti-poverty programs, Community Action sees ourselves as a key contributor to the vitality of Skagit County. Our mission is to foster and advocate for self-sufficiency among low-income people in Skagit County.

Our services respond to community needs in the following ways:

1. CRISIS INTERVENTION
2. HOUSING AND SHELTER
3. FOOD ACCESS AND NUTRITION
4. HEALTH CARE ACCESS
5. EDUCATION, LITERACY, AND JOB SKILLS
6.
VOLUNTEERISM

 

1. CRISIS INTERVENTION
We believe the first step to long-term self-sufficiency is getting people beyond a crisis.

When a family or individual face a crisis, Community Action provide the first step to getting them back on their feet. The Volunteer Chore Program provides a variety of services to frail, elderly, and disabled adults. Our Critical Needs and Veterans Assistance programs offer modest assistance for gas, clothing, food, transportation, and emergency lodging. Our Energy Assistance program helps families and seniors afford home heating bills, helping many to avoid illness, hunger and homelessness. Our Volunteer Lawyer Program attorneys help stabilize lives by providing pro-bono legal advice, advocacy, and representation to low-income individuals, including victims of domestic violence. For those who can not afford reliable phone service, Community Voice Mail provides a free, private voicemail number to help people get connected with jobs, housing, and stay in contact with friends and family.
Programs include:


Community Resource Center
Critical Needs (gas, clothing, food, vouchers, etc)
Home Heating and Energy Assistance 
Volunteer Lawyer Program
Community Voice Mail
Veterans Assistance (Critical Needs vouchers given to Veterans)
Volunteer Chore (home repairs for seniors and disabled)

 

2. HOUSING AND SHELTER
We believe that every family deserves safe, adequate shelter, and a place to call home.

Among the many ways we work to end local homelessness, Community Action supports the emergency family shelter and offers program that provide rental support, case management as well as one stop referrals to other local shelter and affordable housing options options. Our goal is to keep parents and children together during their period of homelessness and to give them the skills and resources needed to get on their feet again. Community Action housing staff help homeless children stay in school and works closely with their parents to access resources and employment. In addition, we work with adults to increase their job, literacy, and budget-management skills with an end goal of fostering self-sufficiency. Home Trust of Skagit offers affordable homeownership through Community Land Trust.
Programs include: 


William J. Shuler Family Development Center
Transitional Housing Program 
One-Stop Housing (Skagit Housing Connections)
Re-entry Housing 

Channel Cove Affordable Housing Complex
Home Trust of Skagit / Community Land Trust
Volunteer Chore (home repairs for seniors and disabled)

  

3. FOOD ACCESS AND NUTRITION
We believe every family deserves to have access to ample, nutritious, healthy food.

Washington State consistently ranks among the top 10 hungriest states in the country, and in Skagit County, nearly a quarter of our residents rely on food bank assistance. To alleviate hunger and malnutrition, our Food Access program helps to coordinate local food banks, works to link local farmers and low-income families, and offers assistance to those who are eligible for basic food assistance. Our Food Bank Distribution Center serves as a central location to hold large amounts of food for local food banks.  In addition, our Mobile Food Express delivers food to homebound seniors and disabled people who are unable to get to area food banks. Programs include: 


Food Bank Distribution Center
   Victory Gardens
   Harvest for Hope
   Skagit Food Share Alliance
   Mobile Food Express
Basic Food Outreach

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritional Program
   Farmers Market Nutritional WIC Program
  Breastfeeding Support

4. HEALTH CARE ACCESS
We believe serving a family’s physical and mental health and well being is a long-term investment in individual lives, and in our community.

Among the many ways we help create healthy families, Community Action staff and volunteers help people access health insurance and answer their health care questions. Our Maternity Support Services (MSS) program offer preventative health services designed to educate, assist, and support pregnant and parenting families. Our Women, Infants & Children Nutritional Program (WIC) provides monthly vouchers for nutritious foods critical to growth and development. We also offer assistance for affording dental care, eye exams, medical screenings, prescriptions, and eyeglasses to eligible low-income individuals. Our Ombudsman programs provide advocacy to people in the public mental health system and to improve the quality of life to seniors in long-term care facilities. Programs include:


Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritional Program
Maternity Support Services
Apple Health Care for Kids
Mobile Dental Unit
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Mental Health Ombudsman Program 

5. EDUCATION, LITERACY, AND JOB SKILLS
We believe that education and support is the best anti-poverty program.

Community Action literacy programs provide quality, goal-based educational services for individuals and families so they can achieve economic and social independence. Programs such as Community Jobs and Supported Works partner with DSHS to find job placement opportunities for individuals receiving TANF funds. Our TV 26 Spanish programming broadcast educational features, safety tips, and public announcements to local Skagit County residents. Other free services consist of GED preparation, Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language(ESL), financial education, workplace literacy, family literacy, teen literacy, and citizenship.
Programs include: 

Community Jobs, Job Connection and Career Development
Career Jump

Skagit Literacy
   Adult Basic Education (ABE)
   English as a Second Language (ESL)
   Family Literacy
   GED and Career Preparation
   Workplace Literacy
   Financial Literacy
   US Citizenship
Media Production and Outreach 

 

6. VOLUNTEERISM
We believe in unleashing the power of neighbor helping neighbor.

The Skagit Volunteer Center provides meaningful volunteer and AmeriCorps opportunities, bringing people and resources together to give help and hope. It also provides a link between our community and volunteers who are willing to share their time and energy. Our skagitvolunteercenter.org site is an easy way to link volunteers up with opportunities within the community. Our agency supports a wide array of volunteer-based programs, including Volunteer Chore, Skagit Literacy, Volunteer Lawyer Program, and the Mobile Dental Unit. In addition, we coordinate the three AmeriCorps program that provide over 80 national service members to meet the needs of local schools, state agencies, and non-profits. Programs include:

AmeriCorps
Skagit Volunteer Center
Other Volunteer-based Programs

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