United Way of Santa Barbara County Distributes $500,000 to Support Thomas Fire and Flood Recovery Efforts

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) announced today that its Long Term Recovery Committee has selected 16 Santa Barbara County agencies to receive phase one funding from the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund, a total of $501,000.   The Fund was formed as a strategic partnership between the United Ways of Ventura […]

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Utilities Chip In to Help Homeowners Replace Inefficient Furnaces, Water Heaters and More

Local homeowners encouraged to apply now; limited supply Utility rebates that have assisted many homeowners in replacing old, inefficient heaters, install proper insulation and other overlooked, home energy efficiency projects are once again available for 2018. Santa Barbara County’s emPower program is partnering with local utility companies to offer the Home Upgrade Program rebates, along […]

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria Member Awarded $5K Scholarship from National Scholars Program

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria member Tahis Alcantar has been awarded a $5,000 college scholarship through the competitive Girls Inc. National Scholar Program. She is the 21st National Scholar from the Carpinteria affiliate. The Girls Inc. National Scholars Program selects outstanding young women for exemplifying the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, […]

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Domestic Violence Solutions Announces 10th Annual Luncheon Celebration

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 8, 2018 – Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) for Santa Barbara County is pleased to announce their upcoming 10th Annual Luncheon – Rising from the Ashes, Stories of Resilience. The luncheon will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2018, 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Hotel Californian, and will raise awareness […]

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Services Available to Those Grieving a Loved One or Struggling with Life-Threatening Illness at Compassionate Care of Carpinteria

For more than 40 years, Hospice of Santa Barbara has been privileged to support individuals in our community who are struggling with life-threatening illness or coping with the loss of a loved one. More recently, Hospice of Santa Barbara is excited to announce that we will support the Carpinteria community more locally through Compassionate Care […]

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LA Galaxy to Donate to United Way of Santa Barbara County in Support of Thomas Fire & Flood Fund

The LA Galaxy will donate to United Way of Santa Barbara County in support of Thomas Fire & Flood Fund in advance of their Feb. 15 match in Santa Barbara. In support of the effort, the Galaxy will host a meet up with first responders and those affected by Thomas Fire and Mudslide on Tuesday, […]

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Santa Maria Families Empowered to Navigate Healthcare at First-ever Event for CenCal Health’s New Members

Nearly 80 of CenCal Health’s newest members participated in the “Journey of Learning,” a family-focused health education event in Santa Maria.   As the health insurance provider for nearly 179,000 people in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, CenCal Health is dedicated to creating new types of outreach to engage access to healthcare and […]

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Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Sees $60,000 Investment Firsthand

Santa Barbara, Calif., February 7, 2018 – To see the results of their generous $60,000 investment, members of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara toured the first of two onsite learning centers.  The Santa Barbara development, Jardin de las Rosas located at Haley and Salsipuedes streets, is the latest affordable housing project from Peoples’ Self-Help […]

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Stuart C Gildred Family YMCA – Livestrong(R) at the YMCA program

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PathPoint Honors Yardi with Community Partnership Award for its 10 Years of Support

PathPoint announced it has awarded Yardi with a Community Partnership Award in recognition of the company’s 10 years of support for PathPoint’s programs for adults with disabilities in Santa Barbara. “Yardi’s generous grants over the past decade have enabled us to bring the latest assistive technology and resources to individuals with disabilities—helping them communicate with […]

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Community Environmental Council Welcomes New Officers and Members, including Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is pleased to announce its new Board officers, as well as the addition of multiple new people to its Board of Directors, President’s Council, and staff. New Board Officers and Addition to CEC Board of Directors CEC’s Board of Directors, which plays a vital role in the organization’s mission and […]

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Thomas Fire and Flood Disaster Support Group Offers Solace to Carpinteria Residents

As our strong, beautiful Santa Barbara community continues to recover from the effects of the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide, Hospice of Santa Barbara is offering counseling services to individuals and families who may be grieving during this difficult time.   Hospice of Santa Barbara is providing a variety of care services to our Carpinteria […]

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County emPower Program Contractor Receives Statewide Recognition from SoCalGas for Local Home Energy Efficiency Services

Representatives from Progressive Insulation & Windows accept a 2018 Energy Upgrade California Award from SoCalGas (Sales Consultant Kevin Downey and Program Administrator Yadira Ponce)   The County’s emPower program is pleased to kick off a new year by congratulating one of its participating local contractors, Progressive Insulation & Windows.  On Jan. 16 Progressive Insulation & […]

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FSA Awarded Three-Year Grant to Support Senior Volunteer Service For Popular “Boomer” Big Brother Big Sister Program

Volunteers will serve as mentors or provide program support Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County announced a new extension to its popular Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The agency disclosed today that it has received a three-year, $180,000 Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service […]

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Leading From Within Welcomes Two New Board Members

We are proud to announce the appointment of  our newest board members:   Maritza Mejia-Wilson Currently Associate Director of Orientation Programs and Parent Services at UCSB, Maritza is an alumna of our Katherine Harvey Fellows program, and she served on the planning committee for the organization’s 2018 Possibility Lab.In her role at UCSB, Mejia-Wilson supervises […]

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Pacific Western Bank Contributes $100,000 to United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund

From left, Lynda Nahra, Pacific Western Bank Central Coast Regional President, and Steve Ortiz, United Way of Santa Barbara County President & CEO  Pacific Western Bank has donated $100,000 to the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund to assist in rebuilding the Santa Barbara and Ventura County communities ravaged by disaster. The local United […]

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Natural History Museum Debuts New Nature Exchange Program in the Curiosity Lab

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has partnered with Science North to offer a unique nature education program in the Museum’s Curiosity Lab called Nature Exchange. Debuting on Saturday, February 3, Nature Exchange will allow guests of all ages to bring in natural objects from their personal collections or found in nature. Guests then […]

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‘Music for Healing and the Community’ Concert Raised $32K for Local Flood Victims

The Santa Barbara Symphony, Montecito Bank & Trust and Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts partnered to raise and contribute $32,000 to United Way of Santa Barbara County for flood disaster relief with a free community concert at The Granada Theatre Jan. 18. “Music for Healing and the Community” brought a supportive gathering place […]

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Popular Parent-Child Classes Now Tuition Free, Convenient to Goleta

Growing Times I and II among SBCC School of Extended Learning’s most popular parenting classes, held at UCSB Family Student Housing including free parking This Spring, parents of 18-month- to 3-year-olds can learn valuable skills while attending age-specific morning groups with their children at the SBCC School of Extended Learning. Held at UCSB Family Student […]

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Vandenberg Spouses’ Club Continues to Expand Cinderella’s Closet, Opens Permanent Facility

The Vandenberg Spouses’ Club held a grand opening ceremony for their permanent Cinderella’s Closet facility on Vandenberg Air Force Base. Courtesy Photo. The Vandenberg Spouses’ Club (VSC) launched the Cinderella’s Closet program in 2017, collecting formal attire and accessories that could be borrowed and worn to local military events. On Monday, January 22, they took […]

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Scholarship Foundation Announces Application Total

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has received 3,619 applications for financial aid in the 2018-19 academic year. The Foundation had extended the application deadline for its general and employer-sponsored scholarship programs to January 21 from January 15, in response to disruptions stemming from the Thomas Fire and the resulting catastrophic mudflows in Montecito.   […]

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Natural History Museum Elects Christopher Knowlton as Board Chair

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is proud to announce Christopher Knowlton as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees. Mr. Knowlton has served on the Museum’s Board since 2013 and previously served on the Investment Committee. He accepted the Chair position at the Museum’s Annual Meeting on January 23, 2018. “I am […]

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Local Healthcare Professionals Graduate from SBCC Career Skills Institute Program, Set Sights on Career Growth

Health Professionals Institute graduates and the leadership teams from Cottage Health and the SBCC School of Extended Learning gather after program participants were recognized for their accomplishments. Photo by Glenn Dubock. Thanks to Santa Barbara City College’s Career Skills Institute and their Health Professionals Institute program and partners, dozens of local healthcare employees are now […]

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JOIN US ON FEBRUARY 13: Learn How to Protect Our Coast from New Offshore Oil Drilling

In early January, the Trump Administration announced a new process to greatly expand offshore oil leasing in federal waters across the nation. This list included the Santa Barbara Channel, marking the first time the federal government has opened the California coast to new lease sales since 1984, when Ronald Reagan was president. This decision puts […]

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FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA SUPPORTS ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE CENTER EFFORTS FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

  EDC project aims to tighten emergency response based on lessons learned from 2015 Refugio Oil Spill Santa Barbara – In 2015, after 140,000 gallons of heavy crude oil from the Plains All American Pipeline spill struck Santa Barbara County beaches, there was a significant bottleneck preventing people who wanted to volunteer and stopping County […]

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Hospice of Santa Barbara Provides Emotional Support for a Variety of Groups Impacted by Thomas Fire and Flood

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) has been at the forefront of helping to heal trauma and grief when tragedy strikes for decades.  Whether it was the shootings at UCSB or at the Goleta Post Office or now, the Thomas Fire and Flood.   What is particularly complicated about this recent disaster is that nearly everyone […]

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Canary Hotel Hosts Party to Support United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund

Kimpton Canary and Finch & Fork Restaurant will host a rooftop cocktail party on Saturday, January 20, Community Cocktail for a Cause, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County’s Thomas Fire and Flood Fund.   The local United Way offices established the […]

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Natural History Museum Presents 8th Annual Legacy Awards – Honoring Eyes in the Sky, Dr. Charlotte Tyler, and Judy and Jack Stapelmann

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History hosted its Leadership Circles of Giving dinner on Thursday, January 18. The annual event recognized the generosity of members and donors who contributed to the success of the 2017 year. Catered by Chef Pete Clements, the décor included centerpieces designed by Museum curators reflecting their area of expertise. […]

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Sea Center Offers Free Admission for Underwater Parks Day Festival

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center located on Stearns Wharf is offering free admission to its Underwater Parks Day Festival this Saturday, January 20th as a gift to the community following the Thomas Fire and mudslides in Montecito. In partnership with the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, the […]

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Funds for Nonprofits Affected by Thomas Fire/Mudslide, imminent deadline

As you may already know, the Disaster Recovery Process is underway for the Thomas Fire and the mudslides in Montecito and the surrounding areas. A Major Presidential Declaration has been declared and both of the aforementioned events have been folded into a single declaration (FEMA 43530-DR-CA). Certain Nonprofit Organizations (PNPs) may be eligible for state […]

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Update from La Casa de Maria

La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center 
Sustains Significant Damage During January 9
 Montecito Debris Flow and Intends to Rebuild Montecito, CA:  The Thomas Fire, which left the hills and mountains bare of foliage, led to massive mudslides on January 9 which washed directly through La Casa De Maria’s property. Though its physical plant was heavily […]

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Hospice of Santa Barbara Provides Community Gathering Space to Those Affected by Tuesday’s Storm

    In light of the devastating events that occurred during Tuesday’s mudslide, Hospice of Santa Barbara is providing counseling services to individuals and families who may be struggling during this difficult time. In addition to collaborating closely with schools, first responders, governmental agencies, and the Red Cross, Hospice of Santa Barbara is also providing […]

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A Class for Every New Year’s Resolution, Starting Now at SBCC School of Extended Learning

Now is the time to commit to 2018 resolutions by choosing among hundreds of eight-week, tuition-free classes beginning the week of January 16 at SBCC School of Extended Learning. Spring Semester runs January 16 through May 12 and features two eight-week sessions of tuition-free classes to enhance life skills in the arts, English, music, psychology […]

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Free to Visitors through Jan. 19

In response to recent natural disasters that have shaken the community, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is offering free admission to visitors effective immediately through Friday, January 19. The Garden is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, Calif., 93105. “Our thoughts are with our community […]

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Hospice of Santa Barbara Offers Support to Families Affected by Mudslide

Following the loss of life in Tuesday’s mudslide, Hospice of Santa Barbara is making itself available to individuals and families who may be grieving during this sorrowful time. If people have lost a loved one and or are struggling with grief, they can call Hospice of Santa Barbara at (805) 563-8820.   Hospice of Santa […]

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Friday Night Movie Class Confronts Individual, Cultural Concerns at SBCC School of Extended Learning

‘Turning Points in Thought From Film’ explores movie narratives and character development for the purpose of opening up the multifaceted field of psychology; Tuition-free class begins January 19  Defining and mirroring culture, cinema fills an important role in our society. Its power and place have expanded as it has been recognized as a door into […]

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United Way to Support Flood Victims through Reestablished Thomas Fire and Flood Fund

In response to the destructive flooding and loss of life following the Thomas Fire, United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County have reestablished their support effort as the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund.   The local United Way offices initially established the fund in December 2017, shortly after […]

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Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Welcomes Mary McClure

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Welcomes Mary McClure as Director of Personal Care Services Santa Barbara, CA, January 10, 2018 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is delighted to welcome Mary McClure as Director of Personal Care Services. McClure’s experience includes 10+ years in healthcare services, operations, monitoring, regulatory compliance support and training to County […]

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SFSB Extends Application Deadline to January 21

In light of ongoing disruptions resulting from the Thomas Fire and recent flooding, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has extended the application deadline for its general and employer-sponsored scholarship programs to January 21. The deadline had been January 15. Applications can be completed via the Scholarship Foundation website, www.sbscholarship.org. “We feel this is absolutely […]

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Slingshot Art Studio Hosts Art Reception in Support of Hospice of Santa Barbara

Join Hospice of Santa Barbara on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for a wine and hors d’oeuvres open house reception for SlingShot’s art exhibition at the Leigh Block Gallery. SlingShot, an art gallery designed to encourage creative expression, is home to artists throughout the community with developmental disabilities. Guests have the opportunity […]

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Application Deadline :: January 17th – LCI program for North County Social Sector Leaders

  In 2016, we launched Leading for Community Impact Program (LCI) to invest in leaders in the Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valley and surrounding areas, who are on the front lines of serving many of Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable residents. As with all thriving communities, it is vitally important to develop and […]

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First Thomas Fire Fund Distribution from United Way VC Coming through Red Cross

Before the end of the year, $500 prepaid credit cards will begin going out to up to 1,000 residents whose homes were destroyed by the Thomas Fire in the first distribution from the United Way Thomas Fire Fund. The American Red Cross of the Central Coast will process payments through their case management system. United […]

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7-year-old Raises $350 from Cocoa Stand for Thomas Fire Victims

Grayson and her little brother Rex worked together to raise $350 at their cocoa stand for those impacted by the Thomas Fire.   Wanting to help those impacted by what is now the largest wildfire in California history, a 7-year-old Lompoc girl donated $350 she raised from a cocoa stand to the United Way Thomas […]

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Thomas Fire Forces Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Fundraising Event Cancellation but Can’t Affect the Fighting Spirit of Kids with Cancer

Due to the unhealthy air quality and overall impact of the fire, some of Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s  significant events were cancelled this year, including the Annual Little Heroes Breakfast fundraiser in Ventura and the Annual Holiday Party for kids and their families scheduled for Santa Barbara. “Cancer does not get put on hold when […]

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History in Final Stretch of Centennial Campaign

Only $425,000 left to raise to support exceptional campus-wide improvements Santa Barbara, California (December 28, 2017) — The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is in the final stages of its Centennial Campaign to support an ambitious campus-wide improvement project. The plan creates exciting new galleries while refurbishing existing ones, improves accessibility for paths and […]

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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is where the Wild Things are

Local art lovers have an opportunity to get wild at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Over 30 rare and beautifully hand-colored lithographs of North American mammals by famous artist and naturalist John James Audubon are on display at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s John and Peggy Maximus Gallery. The special Wild […]

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United Way Thomas Fire Fund Gets Foundation, Corporate and Individual Support from Across the Country and Locally—$2.25 Million to Date

  In response to an outpouring of support, United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County have established a joint fund to directly support those individuals and families affected by the fire in both counties—The United Way Thomas Fire Fund. Major donations have come in from local and national businesses, foundations, […]

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Find ‘Unity in the Community’ While Celebrating Loved Ones at Light Up A Life Ceremony in Carpinteria

Hospice of Santa Barbara encourages you to join your friends and neighbors in Downtown Carpinteria for a night of ‘Unity in the Community.’ Due to the devastating impact of the Thomas Fire, several lives in the Carpinteria community have been drastically changed. But on Friday, Jan. 5, we urge everyone to demonstrate their solidarity and […]

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Registration Now Open for 800+ Spring Classes at SBCC School of Extended Learning

    This spring, the School of Extended Learning offers more than 800 classes.   This spring, the SBCC School of Extended Learning is filled with in-demand classes for adults of all ages seeking to advance their careers, enrich their lives, achieve a better work-life balance, or keep mind and body in top shape post-retirement. Students […]

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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Resident Celebrates 105th Birthday at Creekside Gardens

Vera Maddan, a resident at PSHH’s Creekside Gardens, opens gifts during her 105th birthday celebration on Monday, December 18 Paso Robles resident Vera Maddan celebrated her 105th birthday on December 18 surrounded by about 20 of her family, friends and neighbors at her home, Creekside Gardens Senior Apartments. Creekside Gardens is an affordable housing complex for […]

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