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1993 - Barb Hanna created Caring Choices a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to “improve the health and welfare of residents in Northern California by improving community services through volunteerism.
2000 - Caring Choices expands to include services for older adults, fall prevention, and medication management.
2002 - Caring Choices President Barb Hanna was selected as one out of 39 individuals chosen to attend a year-long HIV Prevention Leadership training offered by the Centers for Disease Control and the Association of Schools of Public Health. This training allowed Caring Choices to be a leader in HIV care.
2005- Caring Choices creates a Food Pantry to help clients and residents in need of food.
2008 - Caring Choices became an Emergency Volunteer Center.
2008 - Caring Choices was activated as an EVC for the first time in response to the Butte County Lightning Complex Fires.
2009 - Caring Choices adopts Recreation and Dreams for Kids with Cancer (R.A.D) at the request of Enloe Medical Center Foundation. The program’s mission is to provide peer support, social services, mentoring and recreational activities for families with children and teens who have been diagnosed with cancer and are in remission, recovery, and treatment.
2012- Caring Choices internship program is established.
2013 - Caring Choices receives funding for the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
2016 - Caring Choices was funded to create the Nutrition Cafe, by peer-led interactive cooking demonstrations for our clients.
2018 - On November 8, 2018, Caring Choices was activated by Butte County, as an EVC. We spent the next 12 weeks processing volunteer applications and vetting volunteers through state Disaster Service Worker forms. Each vetted volunteer was sent into the community to assist in all aspects of the evacuation of the town of Paradise including; animal care, sorting, nurses, and doctors.
2018 - Caring Choices grows to offer Disaster Case Management following the Camp Fire.
2019 - Caring Choices implemented the Hands-On Volunteer Website to help connect Northern California Organizations with Volunteers. Establishing the HandsOn NorCal Volunteer Network.
2020 - Camp Fire Resilience Therapy program is established to help Camp Fire Survivors.
2020- Caring Choices receives the LISTOS California Emergency Preparedness Campaign. Caring Choices aims to get 250 community members in Tehama County prepared for disasters.
2020- Caring Choices receives grant funding from California Volunteers to build functional capacity and enhance volunteer engagement efforts.
2020- Caring Choices creates the B.R.A.N.C.H program. Through the project, Caring Choices aims to reduce barriers and increase accessibility of fresh nutritious food to residents facing food insecurity in Northern California.
2020- Caring Choices helps found the Butte- Glenn VOAD, a humanitarian association of independent, faith-based, and other voluntary organizations that play a response or recovery role in disasters.