Empowering and Serving the Idaho Communities Since 1971
The Community Council of Idaho, Inc. (CC Idaho) is a rural-centered, multi-service nonprofit organization that has impacted Idaho communities since 1971. We are now the largest nonprofit serving Latinos in the state.
Our purpose is to improve the social and economic status of local communities through workforce preparation, education, cultural awareness, civil rights advocacy, and well-being services.
To strengthen families in our communities by offering opportunities in education, health, housing, employment and legal services.
The Community Council of Idaho, having been incorporated in 1971, established deep roots in the great state of Idaho. From a single office in Boise, the agency expanded its operations throughout western Idaho, and then to central Idaho in 1973, its rapid expansion brought services to eastern Idaho in 1974. The agency has a long-standing commitment to providing resources and opportunities in education, housing, health and employment to low-income families. The agencies Articles of Incorporation lists its purpose “To promote the general well-being of farmworkers, and low-income people, both in and out of the State of Idaho, by providing benefits and services to eligible recipients for the purpose of: Cultural Awareness, Civil Rights, Economic Development, Educational Opportunities, Employment Opportunities, Health Opportunities and Housing Opportunities.
Currently, CC Idaho successfully operates the following five district departments: Affordable Housing; Migrant and Seasonal Head Start; Primary Healthcare; Immigration Legal Services; and Employment and Training. Under Employment and Training, there is also the Youth Build Program, Community Service Block Grant, National Farmworker Job Program, and the High School Equivalency Program. These programs are delivered from a total of 26 sites throughout the State of Idaho. This multi-pronged approach has served the population well, bringing access to a wide range of support services and providing continuity between services and sites. CC Idaho is a private non-profit organization having a staff of approximately 400 and an overall budget of over $22 million per year.
1971: Incorporated on November 19, 1971
1972: First Head Start Funding-First site in Weiser, ID
1973: First Employment & Training Grant (CETA) now known as Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
1974: Emergency School Assistance Funding for youth and adult recreational activities
1976: Opened Health Care Center in Caldwell and Burley, ID
1977: Opened Health Care Center in Payette, ID
1977: Opened Center for Employment and Training in Caldwell, ID
1980: Purchased Colonia de Colores Housing Site in Twin Falls, ID
1984: Funding received to construct current Administrative Office — El Mercado
1986: Total Federal Funding Assistance surpassed $2 million
1986: Purchased El Rancho Grande Estates land and construction began — American Falls, ID
1986: Cesar Chavez visits El Mercado; speaks on Bracero Program, pesticides
1987: Total Federal Funding Assistance increases to $3.5 million
1988: Purchased Twin Falls Labor Center, now El Milagro site
1989: Total Federal Funding Assistance increases to $4.6 million
1990: First grant from Dept. of Health and Welfare (mental health/case management)
1992: First Substance Abuse Program in partnership with Homedale School Dist.
1992: Total Federal Funding increases to $5.7 million
1993: Purchased Project Hope housing site — Heyburn, ID
1995: Total Federal Funding increases to $6.5 million
1995: Built Colonia Cesar Chavez housing project — Blackfoot, ID
1997: Built Un Nuevo Amanecer housing project — Dubois, ID
1999: Total Federal Funding increases to $7 million
2001: Migrant & Seasonal Head Start receives expansion funds (Family Literacy)
2002: Total Federal Funding increases to $9.5 million
2004: IMC receives funding to provide health care services
2004: Community Family Clinic opens in Idaho Falls, Roberts and Blackfoot, ID
2006: Idaho Migrant Council changes name to Community Council of Idaho, Inc.
2006: Total Federal Funding assistance eclipses $10 million
2008: Migrant and Seasonal Head Start receives expansion monies
2008: Governing board becomes Tripartite Board Structure
2008: Membership eliminated
2008:Total federal funding increases to $11.7 million
2010: Total federal funding increases to $12.7 million
2011: Received YouthBuild Grant from U.S. Dept. of Labor
2011: Received Home Evidence Program Grant through Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
2012: Received High School Equivalency Grant (HEP) from U.S. Dept of Education
2012: Assisted DACA with Applications through self-help workshops and pro-bono attorney
2013: Ribbon cutting and opening of the Community Council Opportunity Center in Burley.
2013: Inauguration of our 1st Annual Hispanic Health Conference
2014: Received new funding from the Cambia Health Foundation to teach Head Start children and their parents about obesity and diabetes prevention.
2015: Received $1 million grant to build new clinic in Idaho Falls.
2016: NCLR (National Council of La Raza) honored Community Council of Idaho with the Affiliate Award of Advocacy.
2016: Became BIA Recognized & Accredited allowing for representation before USCIS, ICE, and the Immigration Courts for our new Immigration Program.
2017: Ribbon cutting and opening for “Familias Unidas” Immigration Legal Services
2017: Ribbon cutting and opening for new “Community Family Clinic” in Idaho Falls
2017: CC Idaho was awarded funding through the Early Heard Start Community Partnership Program
2018: Began services for Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships: Bright Futures through partnership with Genesis Childcare
2018: Received AIMS Grant for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
2018: Received Behavioral Health Services Grant
2018: Received Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to construct 60 units of Affordable Housing at El Milagro in Twin Falls
2018: Launched Residency Program at the “Community Family Clinic” in Idaho Falls through partnership with EIRMC
2019: Received $5.2 million for Duration Funding for MSHS
2019: Opened Bright Futures in Twin Falls through EHS-CCP Grant