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Benicia Community Action Council

What is the Benicia Community Action Council?


The Benicia Community Action Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1967 to provide services to the economically disadvantaged in Benicia.

Through dedicated volunteers and an experienced professional staff, a broad range of services are offered.

The mission of the Benicia CAC is to provide guidance, resources and referrals to those striving for self- sufficiency.

Whether delivering hot nutritious meals to home-bound seniors or helping low income youth take advantage of on-the-job training, the BCAC stands ready to meet the needs of the community.

Who supports the Benicia CAC?

The Benicia Community Action Council receives funding and support from the City of Benicia and donations from private individuals, foundations, and corporations. The staff operates on a very limited budget, but strong public support has helped the agency keep pace with the ever-spiraling costs so that it can concentrate on using its resources where they are most needed.

What services does the Benicia CAC provide?

The Benicia Community Action Council goal is to help solve problems and foster self-sufficiency. Limited emergency aid is available. The Benicia CAC functions as a resource and referral agency. Benicia CAC answers questions about government assistance, health care and medical benefits, and employment opportunities. The Benicia CAC staff is eager to help clients achieve a full and independent life.

Executive Director

Viola Robertson has been the Director of the Benicia CAC since 1980. During her current post, she has been active in our community by securing grants and partnerships enabling the organization to support underserved communities. Robertson has expanded and diversified our programs with additions like rental assistance, transitional housing, food services, and more.  

She has created funding opportunities to keep the organization thriving through several recessions.  Her passion and mission is surpassed by her commitment to the community she serves.

Robertson holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Sonoma State University.

Annual Fashion Show Luncheon

Board of Directors

This annual Fashion Show Luncheon is a fund-raiser to benefit the Benicia Community Action Council and Senior Meals Program. It is held in April during Administrative Professionals Day. The Fashion Show is presented by our local business owners of Christina Fashion Destination and Be Chic Boutique. Our local leaders help by fashioning/modeling the latest trends based on the theme of the current show. For more information about the fashion show and tickets; contact the Bencia CAC at 707-745-0900

Our Board of Directors is comprised of Business owners; community leaders; influential individuals that help and assist the Benicia CAC in its daily outreach and impact to the community of Benicia, California.

Board Members

President Mike Caplin
Vice President Jim Petrellese
Secretary Judy Foster
Treasurer Ron Darling
Executive Director Viola Robertson
Pierre Bidou
James Cook
Carmen Haban
Michele Hughes
Scott Strawbridge
Dick Schumacher

Honorary Board Members

Helen Estes
Otis Jones
Virginia Souza