#ATCAA40: Forty Years of 'People Helping People'
"As we kick off our year-long 40th Anniversary Celebration we invite our community to share their stories of the part ATCAA has played in their life and also help us recognize and thank everyone who has contributed to our mission of 'people helping people."
- ATCAA Executive Director Joseph Bors
A Mother Lode mainstay is commemorating 40 years of community service; rolling out plans for a full year's celebration of its "people helping people" programs and partners.
Officially known as the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency -- and better known as its acronym ATCAA -- is a nonprofit public agency that acts as a key conduit from which both counties receive a broad range of services.
Among these are Head Start and Early Head Start; energy conservation and utility assistance for low-income and disabled community members; shelter and housing services for those in need; food assistance and community pantry support through the ATCAA Food Bank; and youth development, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs.
ATCAA is also responsible for the annual homeless count, administration for the region's Continuum of Care, providing low-income and elderly with income tax filing assistance, and . other services and projects which have varied over the years based on needs and available funding. It also administers Tuolumne County's community-wide YES Partnership coalition, now in its 35th year, supporting youth resiliency through activities and programs focused on preventing suicide, substance use and child abuse.
ATCAA was created in June of 1981 as a public, nonprofit entity through a joint powers agreement between the two counties of Amador and Tuolumne to help improve the lives of residents in the foothill region. Some of its services also cover Calaveras, Alpine and Mariposa counties.
Community action agencies (CAAs) have been in existence since President Lyndon B. Johnson's Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 1964 to combat poverty. They were developed to assess community needs; identify available federal, state and local resources; establish priorities, and determine strategies to provide measurable positive economic impacts on local lives, including in helping develop self-sufficiency.
ATCAA is asking the members of our community, from volunteers to clients to parents of our head start students, to share with us their stories of how they have seen ATCAA help within our community. Please use the form below to share your story with us and (with your permission) we hope to share these stories here and on social media.
Below is a list of our upcoming 40th Anniversary events (updated throughout the year) and our year-long program that will highlight all of our partners, staff, volunteers, donors, and services throughout the year on our social media pages. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date on our year-long celebration!