Welcome to the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County

What is CAB? It’s been around 50 years fighting poverty and improving lives. In 2015 CAB’s celebrated its 50th Anniversary. We celebrated a year full of conversations and events. CAB has six programs assisting over 10,000 low-income people with emergency, sustaining/self-sufficiency services and serves an additional 7,000+ with requests for information and referrals. Over three quarters of CAB’s clients have family incomes of less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and at least a quarter of clients have less than 150% of the Guidelines. CAB can help and you can help too!






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  • The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County is a champion for our community’s most vulnerable residents, and a valuable partner in our shared struggled for equity, dignity and self-sufficiency for all county residents

    Ellen Timberlake, Deputy Director, Human Services Department County of Santa Cruz
  • CAB has a deep connection with members of the community who are most impacted by the effects of poverty. This means CAB provides a perspective that will shift the way critical issues are addressed in our County. They do this by being culturally responsive and always working through a social justice perspective

    Emelia Leon, Board Member, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County
  • There is an abundance of talent and knowledge in this community. What we need are individuals to take action and help unlock that potential

    Jacob Martinez, Executive Director, Digital NEST

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