The Fund for Santa Barbara has awarded a $5,000 grant to Girls Inc. of Carpinteria to support its continued services and critical programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are grateful for The Fund for Santa Barbara’s commitment to community organizations during this unprecedented crisis and for supporting the advancement of opportunities for local girls,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “Our ability to provide support to struggling families during and following the pandemic will be paramount to the success of our girls, their families and our community. We are committed to coming out on the other side of this crisis stronger and more resilient, while continuing to help our future leaders reach their highest potential.”
Following the COVID-19 closures in March, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria began partnering with local agencies to address community needs and immediately implemented outreach efforts and online programming models. Partnering with the Carpinteria Unified School District and the 93013 Fund, Girls Inc. assisted in providing 500 bags of school supplies and food boxes for the most vulnerable students in the community.
The nonprofit has also remained a critical resource and support system for local girls and families as they face the stress of unemployment, lack of childcare and the emotional effects of isolation.
On June 1, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria reopened its doors, with new safety measures in place, to a limited capacity of girls whose parents are essential workers. The organization continues support its members remotely through wellness sessions, virtual workouts, daily STEAM content via its YouTube channel, daily read-a-louds on Facebook, virtual academic support, virtual hangouts, delivery of supplies and books, and more.
The Fund for Santa Barbara’s Emerging Needs Grants offer financial support up to $5,000 for projects that need immediate financial assistance due to extraordinary, unforeseen circumstances.
For more information about Girls Inc. of Carpinteria or to make a donation, please visit girlsinc-carp.org.
Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is a member of Girls Incorporated®, a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our programming focuses on the development of the whole girl: we deliver life-changing programs and experiences designed to equip girls to overcome serious barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. A combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment and research-based programming prepares girls to lead fulfilling and productive lives and become role models in their community. Girls Inc. of Carpinteria currently serves more than 1100 youth in the Carpinteria Valley and Ventura Country, from Pre-K through 12th grade. To learn more, become a volunteer or offer support, please visit www.girlsinc-carp.org/.