The mission of STEAC is to provide immediate short-term assistance with basic necessities to Yolo County families and individuals with income below the poverty level. Assistance may include help with rent, utilities, food and other basic necessities.
STEAC is committed to enlarging the social awareness of the community and to provide opportunities for local citizens to help others in need.
History: A Rainstorm of Need
STEAC is an organization that was born out of a rainstorm.
In 1967, late spring rains inundated the rural areas of Yolo County, keeping many of the county’s migrant workers from the fields. Without pay, the workers had no way to pay for food or housing, so many lived in their cars. Their requests for food flooded area churches.
Under the leadership of a committee of key volunteers, STEAC was born to provide emergency aid to those workers.
The group’s first “office” was on a volunteer’s kitchen table. Names of friends were kept on 3x5 cards in a recipe box. The client-help phone service was run out of a kitchen of a home in Davis.
Volunteers did everything – from donating money to delivering food to baby sitting for those in need.
STEAC has expanded since those early days, but the model remains the same — caring volunteers providing essential services for the county’s needy.
STEAC Board of Directors
Policy for STEAC is set by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, whose members include:
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The board and the executive committee meet bi-monthly. The organizational structure is established by STEAC's Articles of Incorporation and the operations are guided by the STEAC Bylaws.
- Tom Martens, Executive Director, 530-758-8435. E-mail: email@example.com
- Katy Zane, Associate Executive Director, 530-758-8435. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mary Fichera, Office Manager, 530-758-8435. E-mail: email@example.com
- Joy Elson, Database Manager, 530-758-8435. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
STEAC is a nonprofit, public benefit California corporation and has earned tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. That means contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law (TAX ID: 94-6138684).
Income for nearly 80 percent of STEAC’s budget is provided by charitable donations. Some 2,000 generous “friends” provide the funding to pay for operation and contribute to special funds that are earmarked for specific emergency needs. STEAC also receives financial support from businesses, University of California Davis employees, students, churches and from foundations. The remaining funds are provided by government grants.
The “friends” provide support with gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds and non-cash items, such as property. STEAC also receives financial support in the form of planned gifts, such as bequests memorials and other deferred giving vehicles. STEAC is a United Way agency (#00040), so supporters can donate through their workplace.
Policy at STEAC is set by the Board of Directors. The board, which meets regularly, gets advice from volunteers who work through standing and ad hoc committees.
The following table summarizes the accomplishments for 2014-2015.
It shows the number of low-income Yolo County residents that STEAC served in the 2014-15 fiscal year. With nine programs, STEAC served 2,607 families made up of 6,800 individuals. Services included 2,713 children and 494 homeless. In addition, the organization logged 7,142 hours working with community volunteers and 1,223 hours working on coalition issues.
Accomplishments for the past 5 years:
- Nearly 35,000 people served
- $593,745 paid in emergency assistance
- Over 100,000 hours donated by volunteers
- $143,956 in 1st month's rent provided for 428 families
- $192,304 in eviction-prevention funds distributed to 622 families
- $ 33,585 provided for short-term housing to 778 families
- $ 69,580 paid for utilities to nearly 900 families
- $ 30,684 paid for education assistance
- Over 3,800 individuals helped with clothing
- Nearly 6,500 individuals assisted with food
- Over 280,000 meals given
- Nearly 4,000 gift and good boxes provided at the holidays.
Accomplishments Beyond Measurement
- Became one of Yolo County's oldest nonprofit organizations.
- Played a role in keeping families together.
- Brightened many holidays for the needy.
- Set the model for providing service to the public with a low administrative overhead.
- Introduced many to the world of volunteerism.
- Helped create a generation of charitable donors.
STEAC is affiliated with the following organizations:
- United Way Capital Region (covers Sacramento metropolitan area and Davis) (ID#: 0040)
- United Way Woodland (covers Woodland) (ID#: 0040)
- Yolo County Homeless and Poverty Action Coalition
- Davis Stakeholders Group on Panhandling and Homelessness
- Northern California/Central Valley Alliance of Homeless Service Providers