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Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

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(805) 568-9700
Co-founder and CEO: John Abraham Powell


The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade was created to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and community crises through volunteer training, coordination, and deployment.

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

During a crisis, the Bucket Brigade turns helplessness into helping by enabling the community to lead its own recovery effort. The inclusive, welcoming approach gives ordinary people a chance to become neighborhood heroes in a time of need. This is something every community needs right now.

Greg Tebbe

The Membership Drive

Over 90 percent of Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade’s funding comes from individual donations. The organization focuses on its membership drive and sponsorship to support its ongoing operations, including volunteer training, Walk Montecito, the Growing Community Project, and the Bucket Brigade Academy, which teaches volunteer leadership and deployment skills to high school students. Co-Founder Abe Powell says the goal is to reach 10,000 members and 50 major sponsors to support Santa Barbara County with ongoing community uplift and a volunteer-driven disaster response team.

Key Supporters

Greg and Daphne Tebbe
Geoff Slaff and Dale Zurawski
Michael Smith
David Jackson
Sharon and David Bradford
Heather and Tom Sturgess
Cindy Pitzer and William Howard
Anne Towbes
Gerd and Pete Jordano
Cliff and Crystal Wyatt
Joan and Robert Hollman
Kathleen Lavidge
Edward J. McKinley
Sherri Ball
The Santa Barbara Foundation
The Zegar Family Foundation
The Manitou Fund
The J.S. Bower Foundation
The Montecito Community Foundation
The Hutton Parker Foundation