Center for Community Advocacy

Center for Community Advocacy CCA trains farmworkers to form and lead community-based committees to advocate for improved housing and health conditions. Our Mission

CCA trains farmworkers to form and lead community-based committees to advocate for improved housing and health conditions.

Our Vision

A community where farm workers are empowered to serve as leaders and where community decision makers seek the counsel of these farm worker leaders. Our Core Values

Inclusiveness: CCA is dedicated to promote an environment in which communities provide resources that foster leadership development among farmworkers such that they serve as leaders and participate in community building and decision making. Equity: CCA promotes communication and dialogue among farm workers, agricultural and housing businesses, politicians, visionaries, investors/funders and community leaders. In doing so, CCA builds links across sectors, and strengthens mutual understanding to foster equity in the communities it serves and supports.

04/19/2021
Maclovia Sanchez

CCA Community Health Worker Maclovia Sanchez preparing materials about COVID and face masks for an information table in the community. #covid19 #salinas

What is it like being a youth in Salinas? Join this month’s Salinas Youth Listening Session! As we come together with ot...
04/18/2021

What is it like being a youth in Salinas? Join this month’s Salinas Youth Listening Session! As we come together with other youth ages 15 – 20 to learn about ourselves, each other, and what we envision for Salinas. Please refer to the flyer above for details. If there are any questions feel free to reach out to CCA’s Youth Organizer Azucena Barrios at 831-208-9500 or [email protected].

What is it like being a youth in Salinas? Join this month’s Salinas Youth Listening Session! As we come together with other youth ages 15 – 20 to learn about ourselves, each other, and what we envision for Salinas. Please refer to the flyer above for details. If there are any questions feel free to reach out to CCA’s Youth Organizer Azucena Barrios at 831-208-9500 or [email protected].

Movie Night at the Drive In 2021! Save the Date!Take Mom to the movies on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5:30pmCCA will screen...
04/16/2021

Movie Night at the Drive In 2021! Save the Date!
Take Mom to the movies on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5:30pm
CCA will screen Disney's "Inside Out" with Spanish subtitles.
http://cca-viva.org/events/

Movie Night at the Drive In 2021! Save the Date!
Take Mom to the movies on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5:30pm
CCA will screen Disney's "Inside Out" with Spanish subtitles.
http://cca-viva.org/events/

04/15/2021
vaccination clinic

Columba, a CCA community health worker, registering people for a vaccination clinic. #covid19 #vaccine

CCA’s important work is distilled in its slogan: "Helping Farmworkers Help Themselves," which now goes beyond housing is...
04/14/2021

CCA’s important work is distilled in its slogan: "Helping Farmworkers Help Themselves," which now goes beyond housing issues to include health and nutrition issues, safety, education and strengthening family relationships.

CCA’s daunting challenge was crystalized in comments made by one of the early leaders of a neighborhood committee, Jesus Fernandez, who was quoted in a video made by CCA in the late 1990s: “We didn’t even know we had any rights.”

That was a stunning revelation to the general public, that often takes these basic human rights for granted and may not have been aware that members of our own community were denied them. What started 30 years ago continues in earnest today, and the work requires community support. Consider attending a CCA event, or making a donation today.

CCA’s important work is distilled in its slogan: "Helping Farmworkers Help Themselves," which now goes beyond housing issues to include health and nutrition issues, safety, education and strengthening family relationships.

CCA’s daunting challenge was crystalized in comments made by one of the early leaders of a neighborhood committee, Jesus Fernandez, who was quoted in a video made by CCA in the late 1990s: “We didn’t even know we had any rights.”

That was a stunning revelation to the general public, that often takes these basic human rights for granted and may not have been aware that members of our own community were denied them. What started 30 years ago continues in earnest today, and the work requires community support. Consider attending a CCA event, or making a donation today.

Testing still matters! #covid19
04/13/2021

Testing still matters! #covid19

Testing still matters! #covid19

Thank you to Bronze Sponsors Sue Stryker & Ria Eagan for supporting our May 8th Drive-In Movie Night!  #ccamovienight #c...
04/11/2021

Thank you to Bronze Sponsors Sue Stryker & Ria Eagan for supporting our May 8th Drive-In Movie Night! #ccamovienight #ccafundraiser

Thank you to Bronze Sponsors Sue Stryker & Ria Eagan for supporting our May 8th Drive-In Movie Night! #ccamovienight #ccafundraiser

Thank You! ¡Gracias! to Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System @svmhshealth for sponsoring our Drive-In Movie Night o...
04/09/2021

Thank You! ¡Gracias! to Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System @svmhshealth for sponsoring our Drive-In Movie Night on Sat. May 8th! Your support is extremely appreciated.

Thank You! ¡Gracias! to Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System @svmhshealth for sponsoring our Drive-In Movie Night on Sat. May 8th! Your support is extremely appreciated.

4 Pasos Para Reducir El Riesgo de Covid-19
04/08/2021

4 Pasos Para Reducir El Riesgo de Covid-19

4 Pasos Para Reducir El Riesgo de Covid-19

Sponsorship Opportunities for our Saturday, May 8th,  Drive-In MovieNight at the Monterey Fairgrounds. We will screen th...
04/07/2021

Sponsorship Opportunities for our Saturday, May 8th, Drive-In Movie
Night at the Monterey Fairgrounds. We will screen the movie Disney•Pixar
“Inside Out” with Spanish subtitles. All sponsorship levels include:
• Recognition in all advertising, website, e-blasts and social media
Sponsors at higher levels receive special recognition at the event and tickets for the event that include food and beverages.
You can also donate items for the Opportunity Drawing.
Details on sponsorship at https://bit.ly/2M6qVwh #CCA #farmworkers #DriveInMovieNight

Sponsorship Opportunities for our Saturday, May 8th, Drive-In Movie
Night at the Monterey Fairgrounds. We will screen the movie Disney•Pixar
“Inside Out” with Spanish subtitles. All sponsorship levels include:
• Recognition in all advertising, website, e-blasts and social media
Sponsors at higher levels receive special recognition at the event and tickets for the event that include food and beverages.
You can also donate items for the Opportunity Drawing.
Details on sponsorship at https://bit.ly/2M6qVwh #CCA #farmworkers #DriveInMovieNight

CCA farmworker leaders organize housing site committees for the purpose of improving substandard conditions in the housi...
04/05/2021

CCA farmworker leaders organize housing site committees for the purpose of improving substandard conditions in the housing units that they occupy. CCA farmworker leaders also mobilize members from the various housing committees to advocate for the construction of new, quality, affordable housing for farmworkers and other low income working families.

For more information, call us at (831) 753-2324 or go to our website at cca-viva.org/housing.

CCA farmworker leaders organize housing site committees for the purpose of improving substandard conditions in the housing units that they occupy. CCA farmworker leaders also mobilize members from the various housing committees to advocate for the construction of new, quality, affordable housing for farmworkers and other low income working families.

For more information, call us at (831) 753-2324 or go to our website at cca-viva.org/housing.

Happy Easter! Feliz Pascua!
04/04/2021

Happy Easter! Feliz Pascua!

Happy Easter! Feliz Pascua!

Que Tengas una Feliz y Saludable Pascua!
04/03/2021

Que Tengas una Feliz y Saludable Pascua!

Que Tengas una Feliz y Saludable Pascua!

Thank you to The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation for supporting our upcoming movie fundraiser! Your support is invaluab...
04/02/2021

Thank you to The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation for supporting our upcoming movie fundraiser! Your support is invaluable to the work we do here at CCA. https://baskinfoundation.org/

Thank you to The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation for supporting our upcoming movie fundraiser! Your support is invaluable to the work we do here at CCA. https://baskinfoundation.org/

CCA is able to “help farmworkers help themselves” because of the generous support of our local community, foundations an...
04/01/2021

CCA is able to “help farmworkers help themselves” because of the generous support of our local community, foundations and private donors. If you would like to support the work of the CCA, please contact our office or make a tax-deductible donation online! http://cca-viva.org/donate/ THANK YOU! #staysafe #donate

CCA is able to “help farmworkers help themselves” because of the generous support of our local community, foundations and private donors. If you would like to support the work of the CCA, please contact our office or make a tax-deductible donation online! http://cca-viva.org/donate/ THANK YOU! #staysafe #donate

Today, March 31st, join us in celebrating the legacy of the labor leader and civil rights giant César Chávez. His activi...
03/31/2021

Today, March 31st, join us in celebrating the legacy of the labor leader and civil rights giant César Chávez. His activism improved the lives of countless farmworkers and working families. #CesarChavezDay!

Today, March 31st, join us in celebrating the legacy of the labor leader and civil rights giant César Chávez. His activism improved the lives of countless farmworkers and working families. #CesarChavezDay!

Congressman Jimmy Panetta visited Carr Lake, where CCA is partnering with the Big Sur Land Trust @BigSurLandTrust to bri...
03/30/2021

Congressman Jimmy Panetta visited Carr Lake, where CCA is partnering with the Big Sur Land Trust @BigSurLandTrust to bring a park to the City of Salinas with input and ownership from the community.

Pictured: CCA Youth for Change organizer Azucena Barrios, Congressman Panetta @RepJimmyPanetta, and CCA Interim Executive Director Kristine Edmunds.

📷 by @bigsurlandtrust: We are grateful to repjimmypanetta and his staff for visiting with our conservation team members ...
03/30/2021

📷 by @bigsurlandtrust: We are grateful to repjimmypanetta and his staff for visiting with our conservation team members (Beth Febus, Jennifer Vasquez, and Rachel Saunders) and the @centerforcommunityadvocacy at Carr Lake on Saturday to learn about how we are working with the community to create a new park and open space in the heart of Salinas!

Meet Our Team: Norma Ahedo JuarezNorma is CCA’s Promoters Program Coordinator, primarily responsible for coordinating CC...
03/30/2021

Meet Our Team: Norma Ahedo Juarez
Norma is CCA’s Promoters Program Coordinator, primarily responsible for coordinating CCA’s Strong Families Program. She started as a community volunteer and in 2009 became a part-time staffer at CCA and is now a full-time CCA employee.

Norma, who also studied nursing, is a CCA-trained neighborhood leader who served as a volunteer promotora comunitaria for her neighborhood, specializing in the Strong Families Program. In her off hours she loves staying at home with her family. On vacation, she likes to go to Mexico to visit her family.

Sponsorship Opportunities for our Saturday, May 8th,  Drive-In MovieNight at the Monterey Fairgrounds. We will screen th...
03/29/2021

Sponsorship Opportunities for our Saturday, May 8th, Drive-In Movie
Night at the Monterey Fairgrounds. We will screen the movie Disney•Pixar
“Inside Out” with Spanish subtitles. All sponsorship levels include:
• Recognition in all advertising, website, e-blasts and social media
Sponsors at higher levels receive special recognition at the event and tickets for the event that include food and beverages.
You can also donate items for the Opportunity Drawing.
Details on sponsorship at https://bit.ly/2M6qVwh #CCA #farmworkers #DriveInMovieNight

Become a Sponsor for our Drive-In Movie Night at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Saturday, May 8thWe'll be screening the Disne...
03/26/2021

Become a Sponsor for our Drive-In Movie Night at the Monterey Fairgrounds.
Saturday, May 8th
We'll be screening the Disney•Pixar movie “Inside Out” with Spanish subtitles.
All sponsors receive recognition in all advertising, e-blasts and social media, and on our website.
Sponsors at higher levels also receive special recognition at the event and tickets for the event that include food and beverages.
You can also donate items for the Opportunity Drawing.
Details on sponsorship at https://bit.ly/2M6qVwh #CCASponsorship #farmworkers #DriveInMovieNight

The Center for Community Advocacy trains farmworkers to form and lead neighborhood-based tenant and health committees or...
03/25/2021

The Center for Community Advocacy trains farmworkers to form and lead neighborhood-based tenant and health committees or comités that, themselves, advocate for improved housing and health conditions for farmworkers and other low-income families in Monterey County and Santa Cruz County.

If you think you would like to establish a neighborhood committee to help you resolve your housing or health issues, contact CCA for assistance. We will make every effort to assist you or refer you to the appropriate individual or agency. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 #cca #salinas

Thank You! ¡Gracias! to Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System @svmhshealth for sponsoring our Drive-In Movie Night o...
03/24/2021

Thank You! ¡Gracias! to Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System @svmhshealth for sponsoring our Drive-In Movie Night on Sat. May 8th! Your support is extremely appreciated.

Happy National Agriculture Day! As Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Agriculture is now, as it's always been, the basis of ...
03/23/2021

Happy National Agriculture Day! As Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Agriculture is now, as it's always been, the basis of civilization" Thank you to all our farm workers, we appreciate you.

Movie Night at the Drive In 2021! Save the Date!🎥 🍿 🎬 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 Take Mom to the movies on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5:30p...
03/23/2021

Movie Night at the Drive In 2021! Save the Date!🎥 🍿 🎬 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿
Take Mom to the movies on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5:30pm
CCA will screen Disney's "Inside Out" with Spanish subtitles. Sponsorships now available. Tickets on sale at http://cca-viva.org/events/

WHAT CAN I LEARN FROM CCA? - Basic housing rights and responsibilities- How to investigate and document housing-related ...
03/22/2021

WHAT CAN I LEARN FROM CCA? - Basic housing rights and responsibilities
- How to investigate and document housing-related problems and get repairs
- How to contact local health and safety officials
- How to negotiate successfully with your landlord
- How the eviction process works
- How to get back your security deposit
- How to form a tenant organization and defend your rights
- How to work for safe, decent and permanently affordable housing in your area
- How to improve health conditions in your neighborhood
- How local government and agencies conduct their business
https://bit.ly/34wajmV

#MeetOurTeam: Martha Ortega: Promotora de SaludMartha Ortega has worked as a CCA Promotora de Salud since June 2020. Pri...
03/19/2021

#MeetOurTeam: Martha Ortega: Promotora de Salud

Martha Ortega has worked as a CCA Promotora de Salud since June 2020. Prior to that she worked for eight years as a Health Promoter for Reiter Affiliated Companies, having completed the CCA Promotora de Salud training program in 2012. She earned her CHW (Community Health Worker) certificate from Cabrillo College in 2020 and is proud to set an example for her kids about the importance of education. Martha was born in Mexico and is happy to be settled in Salinas, where she has raised four children. Martha loves CCA’s commitment to providing people the tools they need to make changes in their own lives, and she enjoys being out in the community interacting with a wide variety of individuals.

Become a Sponsor for our Drive-In Movie Night at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Saturday, May 8thWe'll be screening the Disne...
03/18/2021

Become a Sponsor for our Drive-In Movie Night at the Monterey Fairgrounds.
Saturday, May 8th
We'll be screening the Disney•Pixar movie “Inside Out” with Spanish subtitles.
All sponsors receive recognition in all advertising, e-blasts and social media, and on our website.
Sponsors at higher levels also receive special recognition at the event and tickets for the event that include food and beverages.
You can also donate items for the Opportunity Drawing.
Details on sponsorship at https://bit.ly/2M6qVwh #CCASponsorship #farmworkers #DriveInMovieNight

Thank you to Bronze Sponsors Sue Stryker & Ria Eagan for supporting our May 8th Drive-In Movie Night!  #ccamovienight #c...
03/17/2021

Thank you to Bronze Sponsors Sue Stryker & Ria Eagan for supporting our May 8th Drive-In Movie Night! #ccamovienight #ccafundraiser

Movie Night at the Drive In 2021! Save the Date!🎥 🍿 🎬 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 Take Mom to the movies on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5:30p...
03/16/2021

Movie Night at the Drive In 2021! Save the Date!🎥 🍿 🎬 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿 🍿
Take Mom to the movies on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5:30pm
CCA will screen Disney's "Inside Out" with Spanish subtitles. Sponsorships now available. Tickets on sale at http://cca-viva.org/events/

#MeettheTeam!  Azucena Barrios: Youth Organizer Azucena grew up in Salinas, the daughter of farmworkers. She describes h...
03/15/2021

#MeettheTeam! Azucena Barrios: Youth Organizer

Azucena grew up in Salinas, the daughter of farmworkers. She describes her high school self as shy, quiet, and lacking confidence. In her junior year of high school, a friend invited her to a youth leadership meeting, where she became involved in a project at Acosta Plaza. While volunteering there, she met CCA’s lead organizer, who was developing CCA’s youth leadership program.

Azucena became part of CCA’s program, where she began to build confidence by helping develop the leadership curriculum and working on voter participation projects. These activities helped her decide on a career path that involved working in and giving back to her community. She attended Hartnell College, where she earned an associate degree in political science and is a current CSUMB student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political economy.

Azucena was hired by CCA in 2019 as the Youth for Change Organizer. She is grateful to CCA for helping her find a way to give back to her community and says that without CCA, she would not be the person she is today. At CCA she feels listened to and knows she can make a difference. She is excited to continue building the youth program as a place for young people to develop their leadership skills.

Meet Our TEAM! Cristina Hernandez: Special Projects OrganizerCristina Hernandez grew up in Monterey County and attended ...
03/13/2021

Meet Our TEAM! Cristina Hernandez: Special Projects Organizer

Cristina Hernandez grew up in Monterey County and attended college at Sacramento State University for a year before returning home to care for a family member. She then attended Heald College for a degree as a medical assistant and worked in that field for several years, including at Mee Memorial Hospital in King City. During that time, Christina was a member of her CCA-organized tenant committee at her housing site and was a committed CCA volunteer. She was hired by CCA in 2019 as a special projects organizer, and has worked in CCA’s census, housing, health, and youth programs. In addition to working at CCA, Cristina has been a full-time student at Hartnell College for the past two years and will graduate in May. She plans to transfer to a four-year university to study social work. Cristina is grateful that CCA has pushed her out of her comfort zone in terms of public speaking and community involvement.

Become a Sponsor for our Drive-In Movie Night at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Saturday, May 8thWe'll be screening the Disne...
03/12/2021

Become a Sponsor for our Drive-In Movie Night at the Monterey Fairgrounds.
Saturday, May 8th
We'll be screening the Disney•Pixar movie “Inside Out” with Spanish subtitles.
All sponsors receive recognition in all advertising, e-blasts and social media, and on our website.
Sponsors at higher levels also receive special recognition at the event and tickets for the event that include food and beverages.
You can also donate items for the Opportunity Drawing.
Details on sponsorship at https://bit.ly/2M6qVwh #CCASponsorship #farmworkers #DriveInMovieNight

Feliz cumpleaños! to CCA's officer manager Laura!!🎉 Originally a volunteer for a farm worker committee, Laura Antuna-Mag...
03/11/2021

Feliz cumpleaños! to CCA's officer manager Laura!!🎉 Originally a volunteer for a farm worker committee, Laura Antuna-Magana has been the officer manager at CCA for over 10 years.

Laura is a very important key to keeping the organization running smoothly, including handling accounts payable, receivables, human resources and technology.

Laura has a passion for people and it shows. She has become the backbone of the office and is willing to help everyone. #cca #salinas

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