1900 East 8th Street
Davis, CA 95616
Fax: (530) 758-8521
E-mail: steac@steac.org
Hotline (530) 758-8435

Welcome to the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee Website

A Letter from STEAC Board President Cass Sylvia

Dear Friends of STEAC,

Recently, I read Dan Walter’s opinion column in The Bee regarding California’s “shameful poverty rate”. And a few days ago there were new statistics out on the percentage of people who are hungry in America. To my dismay, the number has grown from last year.

Despite an improved economy, a stock market that reached historic heights in the last decade and reports of welfare reform success, wages for many Americans have simply not risen fast enough to cover the increased cost of living. For these Americans, food has become an unaffordable luxury. In the past year, of those people seeking emergency food relief, many had to choose between paying their rent and buying food.

What kind of holidays will our local low income families have?
Are you willing to help STEAC help them? Here is an opportunity. STEAC’s December Holiday Program is gearing up to do just that. Volunteers will soon be performing the many tasks that help us put on the STEAC Holiday Program. The purpose is to improve the holidays for approximately 600 Davis children living below the poverty line. Individuals and approximately 400 families will be pre-qualified to receive a holiday basket of food based on family size. All will also receive a gift or two, their choice of donated books and a clean winter jacket.

We expect individuals, families, classrooms and church groups from all over the community to participate by gathering books, dry goods, gift cards and lightly used jackets. STEAC volunteers will wash the jackets, sort them by size, and ready them for adults and children to choose. There is no cost to the recipient and the books and warm jackets will be distributed for free on the distribution day.

A few days ago I made a pitch to a Willet Elementary School assembly telling them a bit about poverty in Yolo County. I encouraged them to help by donating food, books and their outgrown winter jackets. I believe lessons of community awareness combined with offering young people opportunities to participate in acts of kindness toward others is instrumental in creating good citizens.

Enclosed is a donation envelope in hope you, too, will help support the 2013 STEAC Holiday Program. Your donation is tax deductible and stays in this community. Another way to help is to adopt an individual or family, the size of which you choose, and then purchase the items on their wish list and the food list to insure a satisfying holiday meal. You can do this with co-workers, family members or in honor of a loved one. Trust me, it feels good.

So with the holidays around the corner, I wish you good health and happiness. And thank you for caring.


Cass Sylvia
STEAC Board President

What is STEAC?

Welcome to the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, better known around Yolo County as STEAC.STEAC is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in Yolo County, located some 15 miles from Sacramento in central California.

A volunteer-oriented organization, STEAC's purpose is to provide immediate, short-term emergency assistance with basic necessities to families and individuals whose incomes are at or below the federal poverty level.

Founded in 1967, STEAC provides rental and utility assistance, food and clothing to those in need in the county's cities of Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, Winters and the rural areas of the county.Over the years, STEAC has come to be recognized as providing a critical safety net for those whose needs cannot be met by other charitable or government agencies.

STEAC's volunteers provide assistance to residents who are referred by public and nonprofit agencies. After a screening, the volunteers determine whether residents quality for assistance from any of these programs:

  • Eviction Prevention Program
  • Utility Assistance Program
  • First Month's Rent Program
  • Educational Assistance Program
  • Suit Up for Success Program
  • Free Food Program
  • Free Clothing Program
  • Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program
  • Community Volunteers Program

Please browse the page. Links to all the interior pages are at left. The latest STEAC news is on the Hot Topics links on the right. As always, we welcome e-mails at steac@steac.org or calls, especially from those interested in becoming a STEAC volunteer and making a charitable contribution to support our work.