Mission & History

Our vision is simple, our mission is clear

Vision Statement: Empowering Sustainable Independence.

Mission Statement: In partnership with the community, we provide education and supportive services to residents of Santa Barbara County resulting in improved economic security and self-sufficiency.

Our History

The Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CAC) started in 1964 as a 15-member Community Action Committee that was appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. CAC was incorporated as a private non-profit organization in May of 1967. In October of that year, CAC began operating a seniors program, and in 1969 started an adult job-training program.  CAC has gradually expanded to to include the wide array of programs available today including:

  • Learning experiences and high quality care for children age 0-5
  • Job training, education, and mentoring for teens and young adults
  • Leadership, involvement, and educational opportunities for parents
  • Healthy daily meals for children and seniors
  • Improvements that make homes warmer, safer and more energy-efficient

Many highly successful local programs – including the Community Housing Corporation, the Friendship Center, Shelter Services for Women, and Easy Lift – had their beginnings at CAC, then moved into their own right within the community.

Although we’ve made incredible progress in the fight against poverty – now at approximately 15% of the population– there’s still plenty of work to do. And we are committed to ending poverty in Santa Barbara County.


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