Employment and Social Services

Our Mission:  "We administer employment and social services, preserving the dignity of children, families and adults."

Our Vision:  "Partnering for a safe, healthy, and self-reliant community."

CalWORKs

CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) provides temporary financial assistance and employment-related services to needy families with minor children. The program is designed to provide families with the means to meet their basic needs in difficult times, while helping them to enter or reenter the workforce and become self-sufficient. A variety of supportive services are available, such as child care, transportation, and others necessary for a successful transition from welfare to work. Special services are also available for pregnant and parenting teens

CalWORKs Cash Assistance

CalWORKs provides temporary financial assistance and employment-related services to needy families with minor children. If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help. Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses, for a temporary period of time. 

CalWORKs Employment Services

The CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work (WTW) Program is a component of CalWORKs. The program assists CalWORKs recipients in seeking, obtaining and retaining employment that leads to self-sufficiency. Welfare-to-Work staff help and encourage participants in overcoming the barriers that prevent employment. Participants are eligible for a variety of supportive services to assist them in becoming and remaining employed.

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24-Hour Emergency Numbers
Children's Services - North County
800.400.0902
Children's Services - South County
800.400.0902
Adult Services - Countywide
800.664.9774

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803

Butte 211
Dial 211 or Butte211.org

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 Locations & Hours

Customer Service Center
877.410.8803 (phone only)
Monday - Saturday
7:30am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928

Butte Community Employment Center - Oroville
78 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 5:00pm

Paradise Library - Paradise  5922 Clark Road Paradise, CA 95969

Hours of operation within the Library are Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 noon - 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

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