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 of musical riches that would normally be beyond the means for such a small community.  It helps that it all started more than a century ago, when the newly-formed Civic Music Committee celebrated the end of World War I by [...more...]

Granada, the Great

It’s purely coincidence that this week’s Montecito Journal hits newsstands the same day the Granada Theatre officially unveils Plaza Granada, a new pathway to the theater and the historic arts district in downtown Santa Barbara [...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…]

A Century of Service United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) marks its 100-year anniversary in 2023. As the organization celebrates this century of […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…]

A Place for Art Lovers of All Ages Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has distinguished itself through its track record of informative and fascinating exhibitions and programs […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…]

Senior and Speciality Compassion Care

Hillside’s 6th Annual Shining Light on Abilities Hillside

Just about everything Hillside does is for its residents, the 59 people who live at the facility that have developmental […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…]

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…]

Nourishment

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…]

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…]

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

Celebrating 100 Years of Lifesaving Insulin Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Dr. William Sansum, renowned diabetes specialist and Sansum Diabetes Research Institute’s (SDRI) founder, was the first U.S. physician to manufacture […more…]

101 Years of Groundbreaking Medical Excellence Sansum Clinic

Take a look at any person in front or back of you in line at the grocery store, and chances […more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Giving Paws

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…]

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…]

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…]

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

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…]

A Century of Helping the Most Underserved Family Service Agency

Marialena, 73, suffered an incredible loss when her husband passed away several years ago. She spoke little English, had little […more…]

“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…]

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…]

Together We Can Make Oceans of Difference Marine Conservation Network

This year, with more than 11 billion snow crabs disappearing from the sea floor, the Alaskan snow crab fishing season […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 Welcomes Nina Dunbar as Donor Advisement Officer Santa Barbara Education Foundation

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Nina Dunbar to serve as Donor Advisement Officer. […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…]

NatureTrack’s Award-winning Documentary “The Accessible Outdoors” Now available on Vimeo for free NatureTrack

In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is celebrated annually on December 3rd, NatureTrack Film Festival’s award-winning […more…]

Community Resilience

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…]

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…]

Advocacy

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…]

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…]