CONGRESS OF CALIFORNIA SENIORS
Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo
Who We Are
The Congress of California Seniors (CCS), founded in 1977, is a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization and is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(4) California corporation. Our diverse board of directors is comprised of senior leaders and advocates from among the Congress of California Seniors’ many affiliated groups. The organization is funded through membership dues, contributions from affiliated groups, individual donations and gifts from civic-minded corporations.
In addition, the CCS Education and Research Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created in 1981, provides educational programs and consumer information to constituent groups and to the greater senior community throughout the state. These activities are supported by grants and contracts. Through the efforts of both organizations, the Congress of California Seniors has become a strong and respected voice for seniors, their families and their communities.
What We Do
As a public advocacy organization, the Congress of California Seniors focuses its primary attention on health, housing, and consumer issues that impact older adults. We sponsor an active legislative advocacy program that monitors legislation, reports to CCS members, and provides testimony in support or opposition to key legislative or regulatory issues affecting seniors. In recent years, we have broadened our efforts by developing and conducting public educational and outreach programs for seniors, minorities and the community at large in a variety of areas including safe use of prescription drugs, coping with energy deregulation, computer literacy training, teaching HMO patients how to exercise their rights, and accessing telephone discounts. These projects were carried out by mobilizing our local grassroots members and using volunteers to make presentations, conduct workshops, and participate in community forums, seniors fairs, and community health events.
CCS also works with the news media to raise awareness of senior issues. The CCS education and advocacy program has proved to be an effective tool in influencing public policy decisions made by state legislative and executive branch policy making boards and commissions. We have taken a progressive stance on most issues and worked with other advocacy groups representing the interests of patients, consumers, the disabled, workers, and others. CCS also analyzes and rates all state legislators on their voting record related to key senior issues and publishes the “Friends and Foes of Seniors Legislative Report Card.”
Who We Serve
As an umbrella organization for more than a hundred affiliated groups, CCS serves a combined membership of over 500,000 Californians. Our broad-based coalition includes senior centers, woman’s clubs, trade union retirees, faith-based groups, retired federal/state public employee organizations, tenant and homeowner associations, community service groups, and a variety of other agencies and associations. CCS is a vital grassroots organization. We have developed a solid track record of accomplishment and a reputation for speaking in the interests of seniors, minorities, and other underserved communities in California.
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For more information, please contact us at:
1230 N Street, Suite 201
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-442-4474 or toll-free 1-800-543-3352
255 South Hill, Suite 327
Los Angeles, CA 90012
State field operations and special projects office:
519 South C Street
Oxnard, CA 93030