Community Needs Assessment Training to Begin in Oroville this Weekend

Sep 30, 2013 1:03 PM

Community members of Oroville’s Southside will be trained to conduct door-to-door needs-assessment surveys at the African American Family and Cultural Center this weekend. The training will take place from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th.

The training will be provided by Gary Bess Associates, a local consultant group. The paid community surveyors will begin their surveying on Monday, October 7 and will be paired with volunteer students of Chico State’s Masters of Social Work program. The goal of the community survey is to gain a better understand the demographics of Oroville’s Southside community and address issues concerning housing, education, employment, physical and mental health, community safety and awareness.

The data collected by the surveyors is expected to be used to prioritize services for the Southside community and to apply for various local, state and federal funding opportunities. According to the press release, approximately 400 surveys are anticipated to be conducted over a one week period beginning October 7. Surveying teams will be going door-to-door during the early evening hours on the weekdays and all day Saturday. Each survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

For those households not selected for the door-to-door survey, an online version is available in multiple languages on the AAFCC's Website.

As an incentive to complete the survey, respondents will be entered to win one of four $50 gift cards to Food Maxx in Oroville. Results from the survey will be shared with the community on the AAFCC website and on the Southside Vanguard’s site.

The Southside survey is funded through the AAFCC with a California Mental Health Services Act grant, and is supported by Southside community members, Southside Vanguard, the Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County, Youth for Change, Butte County Department of Behavioral Health, the Butte County Office of Education, Butte College, and Gary Bess Associates. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Bobby Jones Sr., AAFCC Director, (530) 532-1205 or email


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