Nonprofit of the Year

–Press Release–

June 15, 2022                                                 

Contact: Dan La Berge

Executive Director

(805) 705-6675



Santa BarbaraMothers’ Helpers is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2022 California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Monique Limòn.

Mothers’ Helpers is one of more than one hundred nonprofits that will be honored by their state senators and assemblymembers for their outstanding contributions to the communities they serve.

Mothers’ Helpers has served Santa Barbara County since 2009 providing for mothers at their most vulnerable time. In 2021 volunteers provided 376 families with all the necessary essentials to bring a new baby into the world. In addition, Mothers’ Helpers primarily utilizes gently used, donated gear to support families, which helps it from prematurely finding it’s way into landfills. Looking forward, mentorship will become instrumental to connect low-income families with the myriad of services in our community that can further support them towards a stable future for their family.

“As a grassroots organization we aren’t accustomed to accolades, but this recognition by Senator Monique Limòn validates all the amazing effort by our tremendous volunteers. We hope that this will provide continued energy to support our mission. Mothers’ Helpers strives to improve the future by addressing the needs of mothers and their infants today.” said Founder Robin Unander-La Berge


“Nonprofit organizations play such a critical role in our communities, and the last two years of the pandemic have only served to highlight that.” noted Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), which serves as a partner for this awards program. “California Nonprofit of the Year gives elected officials the opportunity to shine a light on the important work nonprofits are doing in their districts and for everyone to appreciate the collective impact of nonprofits in our communities.”


Additional Background

California Nonprofits Day is now in its seventh year. Each year legislators from across California choose a Nonprofit of the Year in their district.

Honorees and legislators are invited by CalNonprofits, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Senator Monique Limón (Santa Barbara), and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Assemblymember Luz Rivas to a celebratory luncheon on California Nonprofits Day – Jun 8, 2022.

According to “Causes Count,” a 2019 report commissioned by CalNonprofits, the nonprofit sector is the 4th largest industry in the state, employing more than 1.2 million people. Each year, California nonprofits generate more than $273 billion in revenue and bring in $40 billion in revenue from outside of California. The unpaid labor contributed by volunteers at nonprofits is equivalent to 330,000 full-time jobs every year.

Do you have additional questions, or need some help with this? Lauren Kay, Director of Communications & Marketing at CalNonprofits, would love to help! Contact her at or call 213-552-1768.



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