Santa Barbara’s African American Youth Making the case for Community Success

In the 36 years since the Endowment for Youth Community (EYC) was founded, Santa Barbara’s Black community has shrunk from 3% of the population to about 1%. During that time, the EYC has tightened its focus to not only uplift the next generation of local Black civic leaders, but also unify the community as a whole.  “Community is a verb and it requires active participation from those who claim to be a part of that [...more...]

CAMA

Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara, aka CAMA, is deservedly well-known and cherished for its commitment and ability to bring the finest classical musicians from around the world to Santa Barbara, a cultural coup [...more...]

 

Giving List Matching Challenges

 

Youth Development

Giving Young Gearheads the Green Light to a Better Future The Community Hot Rod Project, Inc.

Santa Barbara native Kevin Haeberle has been a self-described “gearhead” ever since his dad taught him how to work on […more…]

Building Peace, One Teen at a Time Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

In our divided and bellicose world, peace can seem like an amorphous and unattainable concept. AHA! Peace Builders serves as […more…]

Santa Barbara’s African American Youth Making the case for Community Success Endowment for Youth Community

In the 36 years since the Endowment for Youth Community (EYC) was founded, Santa Barbara’s Black community has shrunk from […more…]

The Arts

A Classical Tradition CAMA (Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara, Inc.)

Considering the caliber of classical music concerts they attract every year to the Granada Theatre and Lobero Theatre, you might […more…]

Southern California Public Radio Is What Democracy Sounds Like in Santa Barbara Southern California Public Radio

When Herb Scannell took the helm at Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) nearly four years ago, he found himself scribbling […more…]

The Granada Gets Its Groove Back The Granada Gets Its Groove Back

When The Granada Theatre reopened its doors in October 2021 after a long, dark 18-month closure, did the audiences rush […more…]

Senior and Speciality Compassion Care

A Place to Call Home for Struggling Seniors The Rona Barrett Foundation

Long before entertainment news trailblazer Rona Barrett interviewed everyone from Raquel Welch to Tom Cruise, she was a young girl […more…]

All Are Welcome Through December 31, 2022 to Hillside’s 6th Annual Shining Light on Abilities Hillside

The Hillside 6th Annual Shining Light on Abilities is open! All are welcome to visit and experience the festive display […more…]

Providing Compassionate Care in a Loving Community Hillside

If ever a well-known Latin phrase epitomized a venerable Santa Barbara organization, “in loco parentis” (“in place of a parent”) […more…]

Nourishment

Soup-ing up the Holidays Organic Soup Kitchen

For a decade, the Organic Soup Kitchen (OSK) hosted community meals on Christmas Day at the Veterans Memorial Building on […more…]

Nutrition to Thrive During Cancer Organic Soup Kitchen

Malnutrition is one of the most common – and most serious – side effects of cancer and its treatment. It […more…]

Organic Soup Kitchen’s First Annual Holiday SouperMarket and Soup Tasting Party on December 10th from 9–5pm Organic Soup Kitchen

Organic Soup Kitchen is hosting its first annual Holiday SouperMarket and Soup Tasting Party on December 10th. The event will […more…]

Homelessness & Housing

Ending the Crisis of Our Time PATH

When your mission is to end homelessness in California, watching the number of unsheltered people continue to climb across the […more…]

Safety for Those Who Need It Most New Beginnings

New Beginnings Executive Director Kristine Schwarz swung into action after learning that a nursing home was about to release one […more…]

Healthcare

Providing Healthcare to the World’s Most Vulnerable Communities World Telehealth Initiative

Esperanza was 19 years old and living in Malawi when she faced a serious health crisis. While giving birth to […more…]

The Road to Serenity Continues VNA Health — Serenity House

For nearly three decades, VNA Health has operated Serenity House, the largest nonprofit facility of its kind in California providing […more…]

Keeping Its Doors Open for Everyone… No Matter What Planned Parenthood California Central Coast

Jenna Tosh watched the erosion of reproductive rights in America for years and knew Roe vs. Wade would one day […more…]

Global Reach

Repairing the World, Helping the Unsheltered, and Building a Community Campus – Congregation B’nai B’rith Congregation B’nai B’rith

Tikkun olam, translated as “repairing the world,” is one of the most important social justice concepts of contemporary Judaism. The […more…]

Global Aid in Time of Global Crisis Direct Relief

In 1945, William Zimdin, an Estonian immigrant who had fled fascism to California, dedicated his fortune to sending relief parcels […more…]

A Watchful Eye on the Crises of Our Time Human Rights Watch

Don’t ever ask Director of Human Rights Watch Santa Barbara Lis Leader to pit one human rights crisis against another. […more…]

Giving Paws

From the Tragedy of the Oklahoma City Bombing Was Born a Human-Canine Bond That Relentlessly Saves Lives National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

When two children got lost during a hike in rural New York with oncoming rain commingling with the darkening night, […more…]

A Pawsitive Impact for Pets C.A.R.E.4Paws

While shelters along California’s Central Coast do their best to provide care for abandoned dogs and cats, the facilities can […more…]

C.A.R.E.4Paws C.A.R.E.4Paws

Back in 2009 when Isabelle Gullö co-founded C.A.R.E.4Paws, she knew there was a desperate need locally for programs that reduce […more…]

For the Children

Meet the Unprecedented Needs for Children in Foster Care Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County

While statewide data lags, it is clear that the number of children entering foster care in Santa Barbara County has […more…]

Giving Children the Power to Speak Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Julie DeAngelis helps children to speak clearly. Even those who still want to wear COVID-19 masks to hide their language […more…]

Family Well-Being

“Littles” and “Middles” Need Special Care when Going through Grief Hospice of Santa Barbara

Many people think of “hospice” purely as end-of-life medical care. In fact, hospice care is so much more. Hospice of […more…]

Local Nonprofit Celebrates Unity in Our Community Unity Shoppe

Santa Barbara came together to celebrate Unity in Our Community at the Annual Unity Telethon. This 36-year tradition entertains, warms […more…]

Horse Sense: Polo Players Help People Helping People Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People

When the seemingly endless series of atmospheric river rainstorms drenched the area last month, people from Santa Barbara, Lompoc, or […more…]

Environment

School Gardens Help Children Grow Explore Ecology

It’s a typical school day and time for an Explore Ecology garden class. Children line up to head outside. When […more…]

Reversing the Threat of the Climate Crisis Community Environmental Council

Our climate is in crisis. Record-setting heat waves. Larger and more destructive wildfires. An historic megadrought, hotter and drier than […more…]

A Living Laboratory for Regenerative Agriculture White Buffalo Land Trust

White Buffalo Land Trust has a vital purpose: to restore the ecosystem through agriculture and in the process directly address […more…]

Education

Santa Barbara Education Foundation and 99.9 KTYD continue to Keep the Beat for Local Students Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Since 2003, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has kept the beat for school music programs by raising funds to pay […more…]

Making College Degrees
Affordable and Accessible
SBCC Foundation

While serving a 13-year prison sentence, Alberto “Berto” Lule started to draw cartoons as an escape. That led to reading […more…]

Saying Yes to Students Who Need a Supportive School Community Dunn School

“Ne Tentes Aut Perfice.”  This is the Latin motto that students and faculty at Dunn School, a private co-ed college […more…]

Community Resilience

No Burden Is Too Heavy if We All Lift Together Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

The origin story of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade is the stuff of legend – and for good reason. In […more…]

We Need to Talk Common Table Foundation

Almost everyone is aware that America’s current cultural climate is perhaps more polarized than at any time since the Civil […more…]

St. Vincent’s: A Place Where Lives Change for the Better St. Vincent’s

St. Vincent’s is not just a place or an institution. It is Santa Barbara’s longest-running social services organization, woven into […more…]

Advocacy

Keeping Its Doors Open for Everyone… No Matter What Planned Parenthood California Central Coast

Jenna Tosh watched the erosion of reproductive rights in America for years and knew Roe vs. Wade would one day […more…]

Seeding a Brighter, Fairer Future for Santa Barbara Fund for Santa Barbara

The Fund for Santa Barbara, founded in 1980, has always drawn together diverse communities and organizations with the goal of […more…]

Closing the Justice Gap Legal Aid Foundation

Civil legal representation is expensive. Even basic legal services cost thousands of dollars. If you are struggling to pay rent, […more…]