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Homeless Services Holiday Needs 2017

As winter is approaching, CAPSLO Homeless Services is in need of the following items.

Ongoing Client Needs: Click to Enlarge Flyer

  • Tents, sleeping bags
  • Cat/dog food or supplies
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Socks (new please)
  • Rain gear (Umbrellas, ponchos)
  • Gloves/Scarves

Year Round Program Needs:

  • Disposable plates
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Forks
  • Spoons
  • Knives
  • Cold cereal
  • Milk
  • Towels
  • Coffee
  • Non-dairy creamer
  • Sugar and sugar substitute

All donations can be dropped off at the Prado Day Center 43 Prado Road, San Luis Obispo between 1:00pm-4:00pm daily.

If further information is needed please feel free to contact Shawn Ison at sison@capslo.org

We appreciate the generous support of the community! You are a vital partner to the CAPSLO Mission!


Volunteer opportunity

Recruitment for Board of Director Positions (UNPAID)

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) is a nonprofit agency that focuses on helping people and changing lives by serving 30,000 persons across Central and Southern California. CAPSLO is committed to eliminating the causes of poverty by empowering low-income individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency through a wide array of community-based collaborations and programs.

The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo Co. Inc. is currently accepting applications for two low income representatives and two private representatives. The positions are three year terms.

  1. Two low income representatives who are either:
    1. Low income themselves or
    2. The applicant does not need to be low-income but must represent low-income community members and secure a petition supporting their candidacy with the signatures of 15 low income residents in the represented district
  2. Two Private Sector representatives who are:
    1. Representative of our Business Community or
    2. Who have personal or professional experience or knowledge of:
      1. Special populations such as: Veterans, Senior Citizens, Early Childhood Education, or English Language Learners.

The low income representatives must reside in North County and Coastal. This includes residency in Supervisorial District 1 or Supervisorial District 2.

Programs the agency operates include: The Adult Day Center, Child Care Resource Connection, Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, State Child Development programs, Energy and Weatherization, Health Services, Teen Programs, Family and Community Support including Father Involvement, Veteran Services and Homeless Services, including Case Management.

Meetings are once a month for two to three hours. In addition there are various committees, and board trainings. Some members are liaison to one of agency’s programs. With the exception of the monthly meeting, this volunteer position is flexible to help meet board members busy schedules. Average time per month is 6-8 hours.

For more information or to apply for these positions please call CAPSLO at 805-544-4355 x102 or go to this link to print out the volunteer form and mail to:

1030 Southwood Drive
San Luis Obispo CA 93401.
Attn: Marci Sperlo

The deadline to receive applications is November 30, 2017.


A day in the Life of CAPSLO

What is Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County or CAPSLO?

CAPSLO is “helping people and changing lives.” CAPSLO is a Head Start, helping the homeless, and improving the health of thousands of teens and adults. CAPSLO is helping eligible households save energy and money while staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer. CAPSLO is making sure our veterans have a safe place to call home. CAPSLO is assisting low-income seniors to age in place with increased accessibility at home and affordable, quality adult day care. CAPSLO is helping families access quality child care, early educational opportunities, and resources that help people become the best parents they can be!

While there is no way to tell the entire story in 5 minutes or less, this glimpse into “A Day in the Life” captures a variety of ways in which CAPSLO programs help people 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Thank you Barnett Cox & Associates for producing this video!


Public Notice for November 2017 MSHS Policy Council Meeting

Dear esteemed community members,

Please be advised that we are hosting our first regularly scheduled Policy Council meeting for Migrant Seasonal Head Start of the season. This meeting will be a video conference at our main offices with all 10 counties. All are welcome to attend.

*Please note these meetings are bilingual meetings, if any accommodations are needed we ask 24 hour notice prior to the meeting to ensure the best possible experience. Thank you.

public notice

Click here for the full agenda


Helping People, Changing Lives: Empowering Teens at Santa Maria High School

Project Teen Health participants at Santa Maria High School are advocating for healthier cafeteria food on campus!

Youth participants from CAPSLO's Project Teen Health (PTH) Club at Santa Maria High School submitted and were awarded a grant request from the Fund for Santa Barbara's Youth Making Change grant program to launch a school wellness intiative this past February.

Members of the Project Teen Health Club had improved their knowledge of healthy nutrition through participating in PTH programming, and felt the need to advocate for healthier food options in their school cafeteria based on what they had learned. Each month PTH Club Members hosted a booth with food samples providing education about different health topics such as Rethink Your Drink and MyPlate. They also posted motivational and educational messages about fitness in the bulletins and on posters around campus.

A new state law mandates that every public school have a wellness policy, and Santa Maria High School did not have one yet. PTH Club members educated their peers, created awareness about the law and recruited advocates to attend the district's first-ever Wellness Policy Meeting. With support from staff and their Youth Making Change grant, PTH Club students created a survey about the cafeteria food on campus and received 175 responses. They presented the results at Santa Maria Joint Union School District's inaugural Wellness Policy Committee meeting in front of a variety of school staff, community members, a school board member, and the district's assistant superintendent.

The survey found that 72% of the students reported eating regularly in the cafeteria. The top three words used to describe food served in the cafeteria: Nasty, OK, and Unhealthy. Students reported salads and sandwiches were "the best options" eaten in the cafeteria because they appear more "real" and they can be customized. The worst foods in the cafeteria? Nachos, popcorn shrimp, and fried fish. Changes students wanted to see included more fresh food cooked in the school kitchen, fresh fruit options such as watermelon, strawberries, and fruit cups, and a larger variety of food throughout the week.

Based on the results from the survey, PTH Club youth hope to provide nutrition facts on foods in the cafeteria so students can make more informed choices. They also reached out to the Food Services Director to share feedback and advocate for change. PTH Club will continue to review policy language and promote to students by giving other district high schools the school lunch survey, inviting them to report at the next meeting, and invite ASB officers to the next meeting. In addition, two PTH Club youth will be serving on their district's new Wellness Policy Committee.

While it is too soon to tell what institutional changes to cafeteria food might come from these efforts, the students involved with the PTH Club are empowered and will be able to transfer these new found presentation and advocacy skills on campus and throughout their community.

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