A Call for Racial and Social Justice



The tragic deaths of Mr. George Floyd and Ms. Breonna Taylor and many more black lives, serve as painful reminders that we, as a country, have yet to achieve racial and social justice. We recognize the pain of racial and social injustice and pledge to continue to be a part of the solution to end these systemic problems.
Community Action was born out of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and for nearly 40 years Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) has worked diligently to ensure that our employment practices include: outreach to historically marginalized poor; people of color and indigenous peoples; as well as other disadvantaged members of our community. We actively work to ensure that the Agency’s various programs and service delivery strategies are equitably applied to assist our clients.  We further embrace and reflect the goals of inclusiveness and diversity with the composition of our Board of Directors and the mandate which guarantees that one third of the Board members are from the low-income community that we serve.
We pledge to strengthen our continued efforts to work with the diverse and resourceful community that is Humboldt, to ensure equitable access to: safe, affordable housing; community needs assessments to identify unmet needs; community planning and grant writing services to help build strong communities through education and community organizing; diverse and responsive community based programs; and, voter registration outreach efforts. We urge everyone to exercise their right to vote to have a say in the direction of the country and RCAA’s community needs assessment efforts. We stand in solidarity with those striving to achieve equity and will continue to examine any barriers in our policies, practices and projects that might impede access to services.
Redwood Community Action Agency fully supports people of color and members of the LGBTQ community who bear the brunt of ignorance, intolerance and violence. We firmly believe that dismantling racism and eliminating social injustice is the only way for this country and ourselves, as individuals, to move forward. We encourage you to look into your heart and join the effort to end racism and social injustice.

Affecting positive change is not a spectator sport – we must all do our part.
The Board of Directors and Staff
Redwood Community Action Agency
July 2020

Community Action


Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) is a locally based, private non-profit organization that provides a wide range of services to low and moderate income residents of Humboldt County. Our long-term goal is to develop programs through which people can become self-sufficient and empowered to improve their own lives. There are 52 Community Action Agencies in California and approximately 1,100 nationwide.

The concept of community action has been part of the American social fabric for over fifty years.
The primary mission of this nationwide movement is to "eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty."



Fighting Poverty and Social Injustice since 1980

A great man and advocate for justice has passed. We pay tribute today to the Honorable John Lewis and his many contributions that have enriched this country and our lives. It is up to us now to continue his work …
Val Martinez, Executive Director / RCAA

Fighting Poverty

How do RCAA's programs impact you?

  • Natural Resouces Services (NRS) works directly with Humboldt County community leaders, schools and parents to improve safety and encourage more children to safely walk and bicycle to school. NRS helps coordinate both the Greater Eureka and Humboldt County Safe Routes to School Task Forces.
  • Teaching preschoolers oral health care is a result of the TOOTH program.
  • Natural Resources Services works with community members, civic groups and local jurisdictions to enhance neighborhood street tree planting and support the development of community forests for public access and watershed protection.