Happy Camp Community Action, Inc.
By Emily Miranda
Passion in Action
Story by Emily Miranda
WITH THE MISSION to promote health and stability within the local economy, the team at Happy Camp Community Action, Inc. provides engaging activities and programs to its residents. They hope such programs will benefit local youth, families and the community as a whole, envisioning a healthy environment where locals can thrive.
The nonprofit is based in the small mountain town of Happy Camp. Its efforts focus on improving the future of the town by providing several public programs such as the First 5 play groups, the Happy Camp Farmers Market, CalFresh outreach and application assistance, youth groups, veterans services and several others.
Its First 5 Program offers play groups for children under age 5. They are held the first Tuesday of each month from 10am to noon at the Happy Camp Community Center Playroom. With the recent completion of the center’s Kids Wing improvement project, the center now offers a newly renovated play area with plenty of room for parents to come by read stories, sing, dance and play with their kids.
“We’re very excited to be able to complete our Kids Wing renovation,” says Executive Director Abby Yeager.
“To add a safe place for outdoor play will expand the possibilities for our center and the kids in our community,” she adds. The activities offered help children connect with others, bond with parents and grow in physical, social and emotional development. They also prepare children for school, seeing that some activities focus on the areas of language, arts, and literacy.
While the First 5 program entertains the development of small children, the nonprofit’s Mental Health Services Act-funded youth program provides group education to students attending nearby schools. The purpose of these group sessions is to establish self-confidence within young individuals and promote academic participation, all in hopes to increase positive behavior and school attendance.
Food programs include the Happy Camp Farmers Market and Food Commodity Program. All are welcome to the Farmers Market, which is held at the Gail Zink Memorial Park every Thursday evening from 5 to 7pm throughout the summer. The Food Commodity Program is for low-income residents, providing them with monthly food distributions – sometimes even pairing the foods with fresh, locally sourced produce, depending on the season.
For a full list of programs offered by Happy Camp Community Action, Inc., visit www.happycampcc.org. •