Skagit County Community Action Agency

Success Stories
Home Repair Success
On a recent Saturday, a group of volunteers from Shell Oil volunteered their time for SCCAA's Home Repair Project.  They painted the home of Madge, an elderly woman in Burlington whose home was in need of a little attention.  She wrote this note to express her appreciation:
To those individuals who took the time to paint my home:
I appreciate the hard work and consideration that was put into making my home beautiful.  It is a wonderful thing to see people who give so much to the community.  It is a great thing to see people working together, taking the time to get supplies and paint my home.  I wanted to make sure that you know how thankful I am for your kindness.  Thank you so much; it is greatly appreciated.
 

Making A Difference
On Saturday, October 25, 2003, the Voluntary Action Center sponsored its 13th annual Make a Difference Day.
23 local members of the Washington Reading Corps, AmeriCorps USA, and AmeriCorps VISTA teamed up with Sandi Everest to collect over 730 non-perishable food items by going door to door in Mount Vernon and Burlington neighborhoods.  The collected food was then redistributed into packages.
The boxes were delivered to 24 lucky homebound seniors in Burlington and Mount Vernon.  Many of the grateful seniors declared that the food packages given to them during the annual event are the best they receive all year.
Make a Difference Day is an annual service day created by USA Weekend Magazine.


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Energy Energized by Response to Survey
SCCAA's Energy Assistance Program does an enormous amount of good, but measuring its impact on people's lives has always been a challenge.  To get a better idea of how they were serving their clients, energy staff recently crafted a survey to ask clients if they were willing to share how energy assistance had made a difference for their family.  The survey was sent out to about 300 former clients and the response has been a pleasant surprise.  Over 70 responses have already been received, and almost all of these have been very positive.
I'm a 61 year-old disabled person with numerous health problems.  If I did not get energy assistance, I could not afford the special food I need.  Energy assistance guarantees that I stay warm and fed.
If I didn't get the help me and my children would have had no heat at all.
The program is truly a gift.  It would have been impossible for me to make it through the winter.
Congratulations Energy Staff, both for taking the initiative with your survey and for all of the positive impacts you've made on people's lives!

Another Satisfied Client:  Success in Concrete
Jewel is just one of the many clients Joyce Shoop, our East County Resource Technician, has worked with in Concrete.  She received assistance through our Energy Assistance and Critical Needs programs.  Joyce was also able to provide Jewel with a number of fruitful referrals.  The following letter of appreciation speaks for itself.  Jewel was even filmed for our new agency video!
Community Action:
A note of appreciation to say thank you for all of your help in our time of need.  The funds and wood vouchers, the referrals to Salvation Army, Love, Inc., and the Burlington Soroptimists -- all were wonderful.  Also a special thank you to a very professional lady, Joyce, in your Concrete office.
-- Jewel


Success Stories
Home Repair Success
On a recent Saturday, a group of volunteers from Shell Oil volunteered their time for SCCAA's Home Repair Project.  They painted the home of Madge, an elderly woman in Burlington whose home was in need of a little attention.  She wrote this note to express her appreciation:
To those individuals who took the time to paint my home:
I appreciate the hard work and consideration that was put into making my home beautiful.  It is a wonderful thing to see people who give so much to the community.  It is a great thing to see people working together, taking the time to get supplies and paint my home.  I wanted to make sure that you know how thankful I am for your kindness.  Thank you so much; it is greatly appreciated.
 

Making A Difference
On Saturday, October 25, 2003, the Voluntary Action Center sponsored its 13th annual Make a Difference Day.
23 local members of the Washington Reading Corps, AmeriCorps USA, and AmeriCorps VISTA teamed up with Sandi Everest to collect over 730 non-perishable food items by going door to door in Mount Vernon and Burlington neighborhoods.  The collected food was then redistributed into packages.
The boxes were delivered to 24 lucky homebound seniors in Burlington and Mount Vernon.  Many of the grateful seniors declared that the food packages given to them during the annual event are the best they receive all year.
Make a Difference Day is an annual service day created by USA Weekend Magazine.

Energy Energized by Response to Survey
SCCAA's Energy Assistance Program does an enormous amount of good, but measuring its impact on people's lives has always been a challenge.  To get a better idea of how they were serving their clients, energy staff recently crafted a survey to ask clients if they were willing to share how energy assistance had made a difference for their family.  The survey was sent out to about 300 former clients and the response has been a pleasant surprise.  Over 70 responses have already been received, and almost all of these have been very positive.
I'm a 61 year-old disabled person with numerous health problems.  If I did not get energy assistance, I could not afford the special food I need.  Energy assistance guarantees that I stay warm and fed.
If I didn't get the help me and my children would have had no heat at all.
The program is truly a gift.  It would have been impossible for me to make it through the winter.
Congratulations Energy Staff, both for taking the initiative with your survey and for all of the positive impacts you've made on people's lives!

Another Satisfied Client:  Success in Concrete
Jewel is just one of the many clients Joyce Shoop, our East County Resource Technician, has worked with in Concrete.  She received assistance through our Energy Assistance and Critical Needs programs.  Joyce was also able to provide Jewel with a number of fruitful referrals.  The following letter of appreciation speaks for itself.  Jewel was even filmed for our new agency video!
Community Action:
A note of appreciation to say thank you for all of your help in our time of need.  The funds and wood vouchers, the referrals to Salvation Army, Love, Inc., and the Burlington Soroptimists -- all were wonderful.  Also a special thank you to a very professional lady, Joyce, in your Concrete office.
-- Jewel

Give Him Shelter!
This Spring at our Emergency Shelter, a single father arrived who had lost his driver's license because of unpaid traffic tickets.  Unable to drive to work, he subsequently lost his job as a painter.  Working with Stacy Miller, our Family Development & Housing Coordinator, he was able to get the tickets paid-off while only receiving TANF, and move into transitional housing.  Once his license was reinstated, he was able to find employment making $20.00 per hour and move-on to permanent housing of his own.  He was also able to gain custody of his daughters from his ex-wife, a heavy meth user, and remove them from harm.  The children are now doing well in school and adjusting to their new, safer way of life.  Kudos to Stacy and the crew in Housing for their role in helping this recent client get back on his feet.

Backpack Giveaway Big Success!

On August 18th and 19th, SCCAA hosted its third annual backpack giveaway.  Families were lined up outside of the agency before the doors opened to ensure that their children would have a chance at getting the hot item.
The backpacks were donated by the employees of the Boeing Company, who purchased all of the materials with personal funds.  Each backpack was equipped with the school supplies students need when they start classes, including binders, scissors, paper, pencils, and other indispensable items.
Starting back to school in the Fall can be a time of mixed blessings for parents.  While parents are relieved from the work of taking care of their kids all day, purchasing school supplies often represents a huge financial burden.  Pencils, paper and crayons, not to mention backpacks, can really add up and put a strain on an already tight budget.
By having these school supplies donated, parents can share in their children's excitement about returning to school.  Children, in turn, can feel confident that they are equipped with all the tools they need to succeed.  Backpacks are available for students from elementary school through high school.  To increase the number of families we can help, each family is eligible for a backpack for one child.
Last year, Boeing employees donated 80 fully-equipped backpacks.  This year we expected a decline in the number of donations due to recent Boeing cutbacks, so we were surprised to receive 111 donations!

Melody Libby Keeps the Community Action Promise

Melody Libby
SCCAA Housing Specialist
During a recent exit interview, a client from our homeless shelter sang the praises of Housing Specialist, Melody Libby.  Melody, she says, gave her the hope she needed to overcome the obstacles in her path to independence.
A single mother of three, this woman said that her self-esteem was at an all-time low when she entered the shelter.  No one had offered her help during this lowest time in her life; instead, everyone she'd turned to had closed the door in her face.
While living in the shelter, she had the good fortune of meeting Melody.  She says that Melody was the first person who had treated her like a human being since she had come upon hard times.  Melody acted as her personal cheerleader, encouraging her and telling her that she could overcome these difficult times, and taking the time to help her.  She credits Melody for giving her the strength she needed to move out of the shelter, saying "Thank God for Melody.  She saved my life."
The woman is now doing well and is on her way to self-sufficiency.  By treating her like a human being and putting faith in her, Melody embodied the spirit of hope to help change this woman's life.  Kudos Melody, for keeping the Community Action Promise!

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Contact Us

SCCAA's main office is located one block south of the Skagit River dividing Burlington and Mount Vernon, and just south of the Riverside Health Club.

Take the College Way exit (#227) and turn East onto College Way.

Turn North (Left) at the second traffic light onto Riverside Drive.

Turn West (Left) onto Pacific Place (just before the Riverside Health Club on your left).

Skagit County Community Action Agency is the second building on the left.
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Note:  In order to assist families who work, our WIC Program is open until 7:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.