A Call for Passion; Volunteers Inspire United Way Summer Program Youth

Lunch Bunch volunteers serve as strong role models during United Way’s Fun in the Sun summer program.

With summer break taking shape, United Way of Santa Barbara County is looking for lunch-hour volunteers to share life experience with young scholars taking part in the nonprofit’s summer Fun in the Sun (FITS) program.   

Lunch Bunch is a daily volunteer mentorship component of the six-week FITS summer learning program. Volunteers meet with the campers to eat lunch, play board games, do crafts and have some fun on the playground. Volunteers and students engage in valuable discussions about school, future careers and college.

“Taking an hour out of your day can mean inspiring a student to think about what they can do with their education, interests and careers that they may have never considered,” United Way of Santa Barbara County CEO Steve Ortiz said. “Volunteers don’t have any typical age, background or profession. What they have in common is a desire to share their passion and enthusiasm.”

Lunch Bunch Summer 2019 is being held June 24-July 25 at the FITS program sites throughout the county, including Solvang Elementary, El Camino Elementary in Goleta, Franklin Elementary in Santa Barbara’s Eastside, Harding Elementary in Santa Barbara’s Westside and Carpinteria Middle School.

Volunteers can sign up in their community individually or in teams. Visit https://www.unitedwaysb.org/lunch-bunch or email Victoria Dominguez at vdominguez@unitedwaysb.org for more.

Each summer, FITS offers participants a fun learning environment with a daily emphasis on literacy, including reading and writing; science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM); service learning projects; character education; financial literacy; educational field trips; and much more. 

About Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun is United Way’s six week summer learning program designed to reduce summer learning loss and narrow the achievement gap for at-risk students in grades 3-12. Fun in the Sun supports United Way of Santa Barbara County’s larger United for Literacy initiative, which provides a continuum of services to improve literacy and graduation rates in Santa Barbara County.

About United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health.

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