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Benicia Community Action Council

Who We Are

The Benicia Community Action Council (Benicia CAC) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit
organization founded in 1967 to coordinate and provide services and resources to
economically disadvantaged individuals and families of Benicia.

The Promise of Community Action

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves
communities and makes our City and our nation a better place to live.

Our Mission

To reduce poverty; enable self-sufficiency; and foster community capacity and
engagement to support, work with, and advocate for those in our community struggling
to meet their basic needs.

Our Vision

Enabling others to enhance the quality of their lives and to equally share in the hope,
promise, and opportunity of our community.

Our Supporters

Benicia CAC works closely and with great success in both the public and private
domain, leveraging support from both sectors. Benicia CAC receives principal funding
and support from the City of Benicia. Donations from private individuals, foundations
and corporations also support Benicia CAC programs. In addition, Benicia CAC
receives a variety of grants from national and local sources earmarked for specific

Benicia CAC receives strong support from community members who volunteer as a way
to get involved in the needs of their own community, help their neighbors improve their
lives, and build a more resilient community. The power of local volunteers greatly
supports Benicia CAC in its work to help those in need build lives of stability, dignity, and
prosperity. If you are interested in volunteering at Benicia CAC please call the office
during work hours at 707-745-0900 for more information.

Our Programs and Services

Benicia CAC, is a one-stop information and referral hub for services which address the full range of needs of families, youth, seniors, fragile elders, disabled, homeless, and other individuals striving for self-sufficiency and a better life. Benicia CAC is a leader in cross-sector collaboration and partnerships focusing on early, consistent,
and equitable access to services and support for all in need.

Go to Programs and Services for more detailed information about what Benicia CAC has to offer those in need of assistance or call our office at 707-745-0900, if you have any questions.

Our Staff

Benicia CAC, Executive Director, Viola Robertson, during her over 20 year tenure in this position, has continuously expanded and diversified programs and services to meet the everchanging needs of  underserved communities and those seeking self-sufficiency and stability in Benicia and Solano County. She is active in community engagement activities, creating and maintaining private and public partnerships, securing grants and donations, and representing Benicia CAC, City of Benicia, and Solano County on various commissions and boards.

The Executive Director, is supported by a small but active and dedicated staff consisting of an administrative assistant; program managers who oversee and coordinate Benicia CAC housing, tax assistance, and food service programs; a talented and hardworking kitchen crew which oversees the daily preparation of the Senior Meal Service (SMS) meals in our commercial kitchen; and, our outstanding volunteers. 

Our Board of Directors

The Benicia CAC Board of Directors is comprised of business owners, community leaders, and community members. The Board, in collaboration with the Benicia CAC Executive Director, drives the direction of the agency and assists in obtaining resources, funds and personnel necessary to implement Benicia CAC’s mission.   

President Mike Caplin
Vice President Jim Petrellese
Secretary Judy Foster
Treasurer Ron Darling

Pierre Bidou                 
James Cook 

Donna Ernst                 
Carmen Haban
Michele Hughes

Sonia Kirkpatrick
Scott Strawbridge
Dick Schumacher

Honorary Board Members:

Helen Estes
Otis Jones