Create Art for a Local Shelter

We are asking the Chico State community to help us create artwork for a local shelter that provides housing for those experiencing homelessness. The artwork we collect will be provided to the shelter to be potentially be hung on their walls to help create a more vibrant, engaging atmosphere.

How Can You Help?

  1. Get your art supplies together.
    • Remember we are trying to hang your art on a wall so your medium should be conducive to that. Canvas is an ideal option.
    • If you cannot provide your own supplies swing by the Chico State Wildcat Store, head to the Computer counter, and let them know you are participating in this project. They will provide you with an art kit. The kit includes paintbrushes, paint (primary colors), and two canvases for you to work with. Please feel free to use additional items you find at home to add to your creations. Only a limited supply of art kits are available and are only for Chico State students.
  2. Create your masterpiece!
    • Keep in mind this artwork is meant to brighten up the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Your art should be generally positive and family-friendly.
    • Please put your name on the back of the artwork.
  3. Turn in your artwork at the Wildcat Store technology desk.
  4. Log your participation on CAVE’s GivePulse page (required for CAVE volunteers making up hours, and highly recommended for everyone else.)
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CAVE Partners With Cards for Courage

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Cards for Courage and Enloe Hospital to create appreciation cards for some of our amazing local caregivers. We hope you’ll join us and make a card…or many cards!

Box of cards ready for delivery

How Can You Help?

  1. Get your card-making materials together.
    • Pens, colored pencils, crayons, paints, or other writing and coloring implements.
    • Material for the card: blank cards (can be found on Amazon for less than $10), card stock, or construction paper are preferred. No envelope needed.
  2. Design your card!
    • Create an eye-catching, impactful cover. Examples here.
    • Write a thoughtful note on the inside. We have included an example note below.
  3. Repeat! Make as many cards as you can.
  4. Email for information on how to mail your cards in.
  5. Log your participation on CAVE’s GivePulse page (required for CAVE volunteers making up hours, and highly recommended for everyone else.)
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Homelessness and Harm Reduction

On April 14th, Marin Hambley led our Community Engagement Workshop on Homelessness and Harm Reduction. She is a member of the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition. Homelessness in Butte County has seen an increase in the past few years and there are many barriers for this population to get the help they need. Low barrier shelters and practicing harm reduction are some of the most effective ways to solve this issue. This workshop gave some helpful information about what that looks like and how to help during our current crisis! 

Homelessness in Butte County

Butte County has officially declared a housing crisis, and a “point in time count” was conducted to assess our current situation. As of 2019, the estimated homeless population in Butte County reached about 900 individuals.  This number has increased significantly due to the Campfire in 2018, a cause of many lives and homes lost. The crisis surrounding COVID-19 pandemic puts the homeless population at a very high risk for contracting the virus, which is why it is important for community support to strengthen and increase homeless aid outreach. 

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CAVE Day Planners

As Chico State transitions online and everyone else learns to adjust their daily routines to social distancing and self isolation standards, CAVE wants to offer a little help with the every day planning!

As said on all our socials, here’s a chance to stop sleeping in and start getting ready for this COVID-19 season to pass! Don’t forget to keep it CAVEy and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @ChicoStateCAVE

Importance of Place

How has your environment shaped you?

Community Engagement Workshops have been held throughout the year with topics like Voter Registration & Census, Ethics and Practices of Community Engagement, and Power and Privilege. All these workshops can be very beneficial to understanding your community and figuring out how to become more involved. The Importance of Place Workshop discussed very important and relevant topics that we can all learn from. Let’s take a deep dive and discover why it is beneficial to consider the importance of a place, from where you are born, to where you are now.

On April 8, 2020, a Community Engagement Workshop was held via zoom where we learned some new things about ourselves and our community. Thanks to our wonderful host Ann Shulte, we were able discuss the Importance of Place and how our environment shapes our perception and understanding of our community. Reflecting on this impacts how we view service and volunteering.

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