Santa Barbara Education Foundation and Adam’s Angels Partner to Provide Essential Supplies to Students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District for the “We Care” Campaign

By Giving List Staff   |   May 11, 2022

Santa Barbara Education Foundation has worked to support the needs of students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District since 1985. One recent focus of the organization is the “We Care” campaign, a drive focused on “caring” for all staff members, students, and families in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

Phase one of the “We Care” campaign has been to thank all SBUSD staff members for  their dedication to our community throughout the pandemic by fulfilling “wish” gifts with a value up to $25. Staff members were able to submit requests for items such as gifts cards to restaurants and stores, personal items, or supplies for their classrooms. SBEF also partnered with Jersey Mike’s, which generously donated lunches at each school site and at the district office for all staff as an additional way of saying thank you.

Phase two of the “We Care” campaign will fulfill student and family needs as identified by the district’s Family Liaison team in an ongoing capacity. SBEF is now partnering with Adam’s Angels, a local volunteer non-profit group that gathers donations from neighbors and distributes food, clothing and toiletries to those experiencing hardship in our community. Adam’s Angels campaign “Kits4Kids” will create hundreds of hygiene kits for students in our district. Adam’s Angels sponsored 200 kits for immediate release, and the project will depend on community financial support to continue on an ongoing basis. The hygiene kits will be placed into “We Care” closets at each school site, along with additional items that students may need such as clothing, bus passes, grocery gift cards, and other essential items. The “We Care” closets will be replenished as supplies run low, by both SBEF and Adam’s Angels.

Individuals interested in making financial gifts to Adam’s Angels “Kits4Kids” campaign can donate online on their website ( To contribute towards all other aspects of the “We Care” campaign, please contact Eryn Shugart (, Donor Advisement Officer at Santa Barbara Education Foundation ( 

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Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) provides and supports programs that enrich the academic, artistic, and personal development of all students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

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SBEF has been an incredible resource for the music educators in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Through their yearly instrument drive, we have been able to put more instruments in the hands of our students. This year, funds from Keep the Beat allowed us to purchase the necessary supplies to provide each elementary student with a take-home music kit for remote learning. Students have been very excited to explore music via Zoom with their egg shakers, rhythm sticks, recorders, and drumsticks!
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Adams Elementary School Music Teacher

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Great schools don’t just happen! Support from community members like you creates equitable access to high-quality programs for over 13,000 students attending Santa Barbara Unified School District schools. 

When you give to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, your support ensures students who need scholarships can explore engineering and arts during the summer. Your donated used instruments go directly into the hands of young musicians after some necessary maintenance and cleaning. Your gift provides much-needed classroom supplies and innovative teaching tools for our students.

There are so many needs for today’s students, and we need your help! Would you consider investing in public education today to provide the building blocks for a stronger Santa Barbara in the future?

An Opportunity to Advance Literacy

With less than half of students reading at or above grade level, according to test scores, the Santa Barbara Unified School District has identified literacy as one of its top three priorities. As part of its wide efforts to improve literacy, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has launched the Fisher & Frey Professional Development Program that utilizes methods championed by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, two experts in literacy instruction. The Fisher & Frey method has had great success nationwide with students from low-income families and English as a second language. The foundation has undertaken a fundraising campaign to attract $200,000 per year for a program that will last three years.

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