Additional $300,000 Going to SB County Agencies for Fire/Flood Relief from United Way

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has announced six additional grant awards totaling $300,000 to support Thomas Fire and flood recovery, bringing the total funds disbursed by UWSBC to $801,000. 

These funds are delivered in partnership with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which has established a Southern California Wildfire and Flood Fund. The Fund has secured generous donations from the public and organizations including 21st Century Fox, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Edison International, the Los Angeles Rams and Southern California Gas Company.

A portion of this Fund has been earmarked specifically for Santa Barbara County to support intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts for low-income families affected by the Thomas Fire and resulting floods.

Grants awarded through the Southern California Wildfire and Flood Fund are supporting efforts to stabilize the economic and housing situations of low-income families affected.

These grants come in addition to the $501,000 UWSBC’s Long Term Recovery Committee released to 16 agencies providing immediate assistance to survivors and evacuees in February for the United Way Thomas Fire & Flood Fund phase one distribution.

“Our community has a long way to go in the recovery and rebuilding process,” said Steve Ortiz, President & CEO, United Way of Santa Barbara County. “However, we are honored to not only be able to give back to those who’ve lost so much, but to also be working alongside many generous members of our community.”

The latest distribution of $300,000 has been distributed among the following 6 agencies:

  • Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County – $70,000 – Case management
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County – $35,000 – Food distribution
  • Future Leaders of America, Inc. – $70,000 – Individual and family support
  • The Salvation Army – $50,000 – Shelter and individual and family support
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics – $40,000 – Health services
  • Unity Shoppe, Inc. – $35,000 – Case management

Locally, United Ways of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties formed a strategic partnership to create the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund to help the region recover. In Santa Barbara, UWSBC’s Long Term Recovery Committee, made up of volunteer representatives from a cross-section of the community, has selected 18 total agencies for funding.

The phase two distribution of funding from the United Way Thomas Fire & Flood Fund will focus on individuals and families directly affected by the disaster and will take place in late spring. The phase two distribution will be carried out in partnership with organizations who provide case management for the individuals impacted by the disasters. Details will be announced soon.

All funds donated to the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund, which has currently raised more than $4 million for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties will be used to fund services that address the needs of the individuals and families affected by the disasters.

For more information about recipient agencies, please visit

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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