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CommUnify’s ‘Off the Record’ Fundraiser CommUnify

Anthony Edwards, who collected three SAG Awards and a Golden Globe for his role as Dr. Mark Greene on the […more…]

Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara

The Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday is still a month away, but the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of […more…]

Landon Pollack, Managing Partner of Ignite Venture Partners Joins Dream Foundation Dream Foundation

Pollack has joined the Board of Directors of the national dream-granting organization  Landon Pollack (Managing Partner of Ignite Venture Partners) […more…]

Hospice’s Light Up a Life Hospice of Santa Barbara

After two years lost to the pandemic, Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) is gearing up to once again brighten up […more…]

Unity Shoppe Unity Shoppe

The holiday season, as the Andy Williams song goes, is the most wonderful time of the year. But for some […more…]

Consider Redwings on Giving Tuesday, November 29 Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary is hoping for an inspiring GIVING TUESDAY for the horses.  Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as […more…]

Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, the Nation’s Top-Ranked Social Work Scholar in Aging and Expert in Long-Term Care Joins Dream Foundation Dream Foundation

Dr. Zimmerman has joined the National Board of Directors of the dream-granting organization Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of […more…]

Family Service Agency Family Service Agency

Across Santa Barbara County, as is true around the country, more children and adolescents are experiencing challenges to emotional well-being, […more…]

World Business Academy World Business Academy

To get a clear picture of what the World Business Academy does, it’s a good idea to zoom out far […more…]

12th Season Kicks Off for NatureTrack Field Trips: More than 60 Excursions Already Booked NatureTrack

Starting the 12th season off with a bang, more than 100 NatureTrack (NT) Field Trips have been scheduled already and […more…]

Dream Foundation Hosts Second Annual Twilight in the Garden Dream Foundation

Celebration acknowledges devoted supporters and the Dreams they bring to life Dream Foundation hosted its second annual Twilight in the […more…]

No Skeletons, Just Angels in VNA Health’s Loan Closet VNA Health — Serenity House

As five-year-old Sky finished a run down from the top of Mammoth Mountain on a recent December morning, an adult […more…]

STESA Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA)

The Winnie the Pooh characters Tigger and Eeyore normally wouldn’t come up in a conversation about sexual assault and consent. […more…]

Calling All Runners to Support NatureTrack! NatureTrack

5K and Fun Run Sponsored by NatureTrack Opens “A Day in the Country” Festival Get your Day in the Country off to […more…]

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Raises Over $30,000 for Student Literacy Santa Barbara Education Foundation

On Thursday, September 29, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation hosted the Love of Literacy Luncheon to highlight the need for […more…]

Redwings Horse Sanctuary to Partner With Humanity Wine Project  Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, an accredited 501(c)3 nonprofit horse rescue organization for over 30 years, is pleased to announce a new […more…]

Sansum Clinic Foundation Sansum Clinic

Sansum’s excellence in imaging stands out in October October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual effort to raise awareness […more…]

Community Health Needs Assessment Calls on Residents for Input Cottage Health

Findings will help identify population health concerns in Santa Barbara County Cottage Health and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, […more…]

12th Season Kicks Off for NatureTrack Field Trips: More than 60 Excursions Already Booked NatureTrack

Starting the 12th season off with a bang, more than 60 NatureTrack (NT) Field Trips have been scheduled already and […more…]

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Recognized as National Leader in Treating Sepsis Cottage Health

September is Sepsis Awareness month and there has never been a better time to discuss sepsis.  Sepsis is not an […more…]

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Volunteer Services Awards $27,000 in Scholarships Cottage Health

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) Volunteer Services has awarded nine $3,000 scholarships to local students who reside or work […more…]

Donna Ronzone Joins Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Board of Directors Santa Barbara Education Foundation

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation recently elected Donna Ronzone to its Board of Directors. Ronzone brings with her the experience […more…]

Celebrating National Library Card Sign Up Month Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation

The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation celebrated the Santa Barbara Public Library and National Library Card Sign Up Month at […more…]

McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic

There are a number of reading programs for students in Santa Barbara, including several administered by nonprofits. Tina Hansen McEnroe […more…]

Soiree at Sea! Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Join us for a 2-hour coastal cruise with live music aboard the Condor Express! Have a drink and enjoy the […more…]

White Buffalo Land Trust White Buffalo Land Trust

Regenerative agriculture has the potential to provide meaningful work and living wages to farmers while feeding millions of people, sequestering […more…]

Fired Up for Special Olympics Special Olympics

Not surprisingly, Special Olympics of Southern California (SOSC) took a little longer than most organizations to return to in-person activities, […more…]

Hillside Today & Tomorrow: A Fall Garden Party Hillside

Hillside looks forward to seeing you and your guests at Hillside Today & Tomorrow: A Fall Garden Party on Sunday […more…]

Santa Barbara Beautiful Santa Barbara Beautiful

Santa Barbara Beautiful plants trees. A lot of trees. Thirteen thousand of them in its 57-year history, so far. They […more…]

Retiring Vandenberg Horse Finds Sanctuary at Redwings    Redwings Horse Sanctuary

The military working horse unit at Vandenberg Space Force Base was retired in August. The program was established in 1996 […more…]

State Street Ballet State Street Ballet

It’s no accident that Rodney Gustafson landed in Santa Barbara to launch his State Street Ballet dance company almost three […more…]

Organic Soup Kitchen Upgrades Equipment to Reduce Carbon Footprint by 80% Organic Soup Kitchen

Thanks to a generous grant from the Williams-Corbett Foundation, Organic Soup Kitchen has upgraded equipment to increase the operation’s food […more…]

Eva Rhodes, Vice President and Banker of Santa Barbara’s J.P. Morgan Private Bank and Elizabeth Farnan Rodrigues, Founder and Principal of Elizabeth CPA, Inc. Join Dream Foundation Dream Foundation

Rhodes and Rodrigues to join the National Board of Directors of the dream-granting organization Local businesswomen and philanthropists, Eva Rhodes […more…]

Brill Family Grant Awards Future Bender Fellow to What is LOVE Santa Barbara Education Foundation

On Monday, August 22, the Brill Family Grant hosted a reception for What is LOVE, the recipient of their $20,000 […more…]

Santa Barbara Library Foundation Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation

The Santa Barbara Library Foundation’s director Lauren Trujillo is in a celebratory mood.  The foundation’s $5.4 million capital campaign to […more…]

AHA! for Teens After-School Fall Groups! Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

AHA!, a Santa Barbara nonprofit, is offering a by-donation 12-week teen program in person! Ally Group, AHA! Juniors, Creative, Girls Group, & Music […more…]

Viva La And Artist Meghan Hall To Support Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s September 18th Fundraiser Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Come to Redwing’s Block Party and 2ND Annual Fundraiser on Sunday, September 18, 2022!  The Event will feature live music, […more…]

Santa Barbara County Food Action Network Santa Barbara County Food Action Network

Everything seems to move quickly these days, but the speed of growth and expansion of the Santa Barbara County Food […more…]

Opioid Addiction and Fentanyl: Know the Early Signs and How to Get Help Cottage Health

Opioid addiction and fatal overdoses are rising at an alarming rate in the state and Santa Barbara County, fueled by […more…]

Organic Soup Kitchen Ditches Plastic  Organic Soup Kitchen

Announcing Immediate shift to 100% Recyclable SoupMeal Containers  Organic Soup Kitchen will now package its SoupMeals in earth friendly, 100% […more…]

Direct Relief’s Thomas Tighe Named to The NonProfit Times’ 2022 Power & Influence Top 50 Direct Relief

The NonProfit Times has named Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe to its 2022 Power & Influence Top 50 […more…]

Environmental Defense Center Environmental Defense Center

Exactly one month from this issue’s publication, the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) will be having a 45th anniversary celebration at […more…]

Storyteller Children’s Center Welcomes New Leadership Team  Storyteller Children’s Center

The therapeutic early childhood education program for children whose families face economic hardships onboards a dream leadership team with Executive […more…]

One805 Live! The Bash is Back One805 | Prepare • Equip • Support

One805’s original Kick Ash Bash was a legendary gathering that will forever be etched in the community’s consciousness. This huge […more…]

Santa Barbara Symphony Santa Barbara Symphony

The Santa Barbara Symphony is proud of its upcoming 2022-23 season, which marks the organization’s milestone 70th anniversary. Understandably so, […more…]

NatureTrack’s Annual Docent Appreciation Celebration on the Water This Year NatureTrack

A lovely, lighthearted day on Lake Cachuma greeted NatureTrack (NT) founder Sue Eisaguirre as she treated nearly 50 docents to a […more…]

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Welcomes Pedro Paz as Executive Director Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) is pleased to announce that Pedro Paz has been named Executive Director of the nonprofit […more…]

Family Service Agency Elects New Board Co-Presidents, Officers Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County announced that it has voted in a new slate of leadership for […more…]

Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara Sanctuary Centers

Sanctuary Centers has been around for 46 years, and while the nonprofit’s array of services and team of experienced clinical […more…]

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Opens Radiation Oncology Clinical Trial for Breast Cancer Patients The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center announced the opening of a radiation oncology clinical trial for breast cancer patients, and the enrollment of […more…]

Cottage Health Opens New Urgent Care in Port Hueneme Mandalay Village Cottage Health

On July 12, Cottage Health opened its newest Cottage Urgent Care Center at Port Hueneme Mandalay Village, with the goal […more…]

Community Health Needs Assessment Will Call on Residents for Input Cottage Health

Findings will help identify population health concerns in Santa Barbara County Cottage Health and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, […more…]

The Key Class The Key Class

John Daly was in his mid-60s and had already enjoyed a highly successful career as an international event producer who […more…]

Tom Reed to Retire after 20 Years  Unity Shoppe

“Having Served Unity Shoppe since 2002, and with the charity in a strong position, the time is right.” Tom Reed, […more…]

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County Legal Aid Foundation

Anyone who has ever watched a police drama on television in the last 50 years is familiar with the fact […more…]

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Recognized for Providing Gold-Plus Level Heart and Stroke Care Cottage Health

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has received two awards from the American Heart Association: the Get With The Guidelines®Stroke Gold Plus […more…]

Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp Returns Live for Week of Fun Cottage Health

The 2022 Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp returns in person at the UCSB Recreation Center after a two-year pause to welcome […more…]

WIN: White House Announces Phase Out of Single-Use Plastics in U.S. National Parks Plastic Pollution Coalition

The White House announced today that the Department of the Interior will reduce and eventually phase out the sale of […more…]

The Fund for Santa Barbara Fund for Santa Barbara

The Supreme Court ruling that reversed the half-century old landmark Roe v. Wade decision had been handed down only hours […more…]

The Elephant Project The Elephant Project

Estimates say that there are nearly 2,000 nonprofits in Santa Barbara County, each with a mission of supporting the local […more…]

Virtual Meet the Doctor: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of Brain Tumors Cottage Health

The Cottage Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute will present a free Virtual Meet the Doctor event on Thursday, June 30, from […more…]

Going Global: Abstract Art at Mid-Century, June 21 – September 25, 2022  Santa Barbara Museum of Art

For some, abstraction symbolized the improvements of modern life—the technological and industrial wonders transforming how humans lived. For others, abstraction […more…]

Hospice of Santa Barbara and Mi Vida, Mi Voz Spread the Word in English and Spanish Hospice of Santa Barbara

Get it Done SB! and Mi Regalo Initiatives Launched to Encourage SB Community to plan ahead by completing their Medical […more…]

The Riviera Ridge School The Riviera Ridge School

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” Shakespeare […more…]

2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Program Airing on TV Santa Barbara June 17 – 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Santa Barbara Committee (MLKSB) will present their all-new virtual celebratory program during the Juneteenth weekend […more…]

Plastic Pollution Coalition Plastic Pollution Coalition

In one of the funnier moments in the famous 1967 film The Graduate, a friend of Ben’s parents takes him […more…]

La Granja Más Pequeña Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Nueva sesión para La Granja Más Pequeña — ¡Regístrese ahora! Adolescentes: aprenden habilidades biodinámicas para manejar una granja, de una […more…]

Littlest Little Farm Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Summer sessions for Littlest Little Farm are ENROLLING NOW! Teens: Learn regenerative farming skills in a fun, supportive, caring community! PROGRAM […more…]

New Members and Chair Named for Cottage Health Board of Directors Cottage Health

Roberta L. Griffin, Dr. Robin Malone, and Dr. Wesley Schooler have joined the volunteer Board of Directors for Cottage Health, […more…]

Cottage Health Research Institute and Community Researchers Gather for 2022 Collaborative Research Symposium  Cottage Health

Physicians, nurses, UCSB scientists and other researchers gathered on April 22 for the 2022 Collaborative Research Symposium, hosted by the […more…]

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation Reaching Higher Together Cottage Health

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation announces the public phase of Reaching Higher Together: The Cottage Campaign for Excellence with $15M […more…]

Clay Studio Clay Studio

Clay Studio Founder and Executive Director Patrick Hall credits working with clay for a dramatic shift in his life from […more…]

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Serves up Music, Tech, and Culinary Delights for Students this Summer Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) has been well-known for the opportunities it provides Santa Barbara Unified students throughout the school […more…]

 El Capitan Canyon  Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Camp 1: Sunday, June 19th, 4 pm-Wednesday, June 22nd, 12 noon Camp 2: Wednesday, June 22nd, 4 pm-Saturday, June 25th, 12 […more…]

Cañón del Capitán Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Campamento 1: domingo 19 de junio, 16 horas-miércoles 22 de junio, 12 del mediodía;Campamento 2: miércoles 22 de junio, 16 […more…]

Santa Barbara RiteCare Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

When we connected last week, Santa Barbara RiteCare center director and speech-language pathologist Julie DeAngelis was particularly excited to talk […more…]

SB Unified Superintendent and Students Present at the State of Our Schools  Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Speaking to community members at the Elings Park Amphitheater, Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Hilda Maldonado and students […more…]

Freedom 4 Youth  Freedom 4 Youth

Freedom 4 Youth Development Director Dylan Griffith likes to toss out a quote his mentor once told him that sticks […more…]

Dream Foundation’s Annual Flower Empower Luncheon Returns  Dream Foundation

Over $140,000 was raised to support Santa Barbara program that brings joy with floral bouquets. Following a two-year hiatus enforced […more…]

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Less than three weeks after this issue of the MJ hits newsstands, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute will mark an incredible […more…]

Introducing Children’s Outdoor Clay Camp! Clay Studio

Clay Studio is excited to announce that registration is now live for our Children’s Outdoor Clay Camp! Our camp will […more…]

Experience Freedom Trax with NatureTrack NatureTrack

Sunday, May 15 @ Goleta Beach Park On Sunday, May 15, from 12 noon to 4pm, NatureTrack will be at […more…]

Abby Pickens Named New Program Manager for NatureTrack NatureTrack

NatureTrack brings on Abby Pickens to be the new Program Manager for their “Fostering a Lifelong Fascination with Nature” outdoor […more…]

Mission Scholars Nabs Its Second Gates Scholar in Three Years Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Last month, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation selected Santa Barbara High School senior Larry Bermudez as a recipient of […more…]

An Opportunity for Collective Impact  Fund for Santa Barbara

At The Fund for Santa Barbara, our mission is to advance progressive change by strengthening movements for Economic, Environmental, Political, […more…]

“Taste of Santa Barbara”Announces Complete Lineup of Events, Including Farm Tours, Cooking Classes, Panels, Pop-Ups & More! Santa Barbara County Food Action Network

A variety of new events have been added to the culinary celebration, presented by the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience in […more…]

Save the Date for Redwings!  Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary is excited to announce their 2nd Annual Block Party Fundraising Event, to be held on Sunday, September […more…]

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Brings Hope to Students by Raising $150,000 Santa Barbara Education Foundation

On Thursday, April 28, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation hosted the Hope Awards to celebrate individuals and programs supporting students […more…]

CommUnify and Head Start at 55 CommUnify

Head Start, the federal early childhood education program, was established in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on […more…]

Light Up Green for Mental Health Month Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency Advocates for Mental Wellness May is the time to raise awareness of those living with mental or […more…]

Library Friends: They’ll Be There for You Friends of the Montecito Library

It’s not hard to get a clear picture of the breadth of the age range served by the Montecito Library. […more…]

The Elephant Project X Chantecaille in Support Of African Elephants The Elephant Project

Inspiring the Next Generation of Young Conservationists In honor of Earth Day, April 22nd, 2022, The Elephant Project and Chantecaille […more…]

Organic Soup Kitchen Awarded $2,500 Matching Grant from The Jessica and Kevin Brine Foundation and The Giving List Organic Soup Kitchen

Organic Soup Kitchen has been named a recipient of The Jessica and Kevin Brine Foundation and The Giving List’s $2,500 […more…]

Hospice of Santa Barbara Hospice of Santa Barbara

Lots of people in Santa Barbara might have only become more aware of Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) over the […more…]

Hillside Announces New Director of Nursing Hillside

Residents, Staff, and Board Welcome Nonye Ogoamaka Hillside is happy to announce the selection of Nonye Ogoamaka, RN, BSc, MA, […more…]

Return of AHA! Sing It Out! Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

It’s that time of the year! Tickets for our favorite event are on sale at the Lobero Theatre box office. Following […more…]

Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley Fighting Back Santa Maria

Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley (FBSMV) does some very important and impactful work. Since its founding in 2003 as a […more…]

Family Service Agency Event Brings Awareness to Youth Mental Health Needs Family Service Agency

Virtual and In-Person Presentations on Thursday, May 12 Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Family Service Agency (FSA) […more…]

After 12 years of Leadership, Santa Barbara Education’s Executive Director will Step Aside Santa Barbara Education Foundation

After stewarding the Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s steady growth for more than a decade, Executive Director Margie Yahyavi plans to […more…]

The Power of the Match The Power of the Match

A tried-and-true method to attract new donors and catalyze existing ones are matching funds. As an example of the efficacy […more…]

Hillside House Hillside

Back in 1955, Hillside House relocated to what was then a state-of-the-art facility capable of housing and caring for children […more…]

Redwings’ Latest Rescues: Snickers and Humphrey Bogart  Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary has two brand new rescue horses, Snickers and Humphrey Bogart!  Snickers, a Shetland pony, was first rescued […more…]

NatureTrack’s Documentary “The Accessible Outdoors” Chosen for SLO Film Festival Program April 26 – May 1, 2022 NatureTrack

“We’re thrilled beyond belief to have our film screen so close to the home base of NatureTrack in Los Olivos,” […more…]

Sculpting a Legacy Clay Studio

In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Clay Studio is honored to present “Sculpting a Legacy,” on display at their gallery […more…]

What Dreams May Come Dream Foundation

In the quarter-century since its founding, Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization serving terminally-ill adults, has provided end-of-life Dreams […more…]

Hospice of Santa Barbara Virtual illuminate Speaker Series Presents Amanda Kloots on April 20, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm PDT Hospice of Santa Barbara

Since 2020, Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) has adjusted to the new realities that come with COVID-19 by creating their […more…]

Calling All Nature-Loving Wheelchair Users! Explore and Experience Freedom Trax at Pismo State Beach NatureTrack

On Sunday, April 3, from noon to 4pm, NatureTrack will be at Pismo State Beach  to introduce those who use […more…]

NatureTrack/Explore Ecology/Freedom Trax Take the Beach at Hendry’s  NatureTrack

On Sunday, NatureTrack (NT) provided the super power of navigating the great outdoors independently to wheelchair users with the Freedom […more…]

NatureTrack NatureTrack

You’d be hard-pressed to find nonprofits with an origin story more organic and homespun than NatureTrack. The organization was founded […more…]

Turo Doubles Its Commitment to Making End-of-Life Dreams Come True Dream Foundation

The world’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace and Dream Foundation will fulfill twice the number of final Dreams for terminally-ill […more…]

Redwings Horse Sanctuary Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Back in 2006, the year before horse slaughter in the U.S. ceased for good, the last three such stateside slaughterhouse […more…]

Chocolate 101 Clay Studio

Clay Studio is excited to present Chocolate 101: a unique Chocolate tasting workshop with Dr. Eric & Cassandra of Figs […more…]

Casa Del Herrero News Casa del Herrero

Casa del Herrero – Montecito’s National Historic Landmark – announced last week that an art exhibition at the property, Channing […more…]

A Global Plastics Treaty to “Turn Off the Tap” Wins Support at UNEA Plastic Pollution Coalition

In what is being heralded as a historic win for advocates working to tackle the plastic pollution crisis, parties to […more…]

Explore Ecology Explore Ecology

It’s a big honor for Explore Ecology to be receiving Santa Barbara Permaculture Network’s Local Food Hero Award at the […more…]

AHA! Peace Builders Mid-Year Conference: Approaching Injustice with Grace Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

AHA! Peace Builders Junior High, High School, and Alumni are Welcome – Get community service hours for attending– Pizza lunch […more…]

AHA! Offers Adult Programs – 6 free sessions Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

AHA!, a non-profit agency with a 23-year history in the Santa Barbara area, is offering six FREE sessions of supportive […more…]

Keep the Beat Instrument Drive Brings in Over 140 Instruments for School Music Programs Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Last month, 99.9 KTYD dedicated all of February to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Keep the Beat Instrument Drive. The […more…]

Calling All Nature-Loving Wheelchair Users! NatureTrack

Explore Gaviota Beach Using Freedom Trax On Sunday, March 13, from noon to 4pm, NatureTrack will be at Gaviota State […more…]

California State University Channel Islands CSU Channel Islands

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) has served as a landing spot for underrepresented minorities and/or the economically disadvantaged since […more…]

Brain Lab Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

In 2012, we launched an after-school literacy program called Brain Lab. This program is designed for students in first grade […more…]

Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Beloved Bear Program OffersComforting Remembrance During a Time of Grief Hospice of Santa Barbara

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB)’s Beloved Bear Program offers a soft comforting remembrance during a time of grief by making […more…]

Introducing Little Bit of Stardust Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Little Bit of Stardust, or Little Bit, is technically a miniature horse, although he usually gets called a pony. He […more…]

CommUnify CommUnify

If the name CommUnify doesn’t ring a bell, Patricia Keelean, the nonprofit’s chief executive officer, thinks she knows why.  “We […more…]

Mentors 4 College Kicks Off “Diversity 1000” Expansion Program Mentors 4 College

Mentors 4 College, a unique, one-to-one college mentoring program for high school students and their parents, announced today that it […more…]

89-Year-Old Santa Rosa Woman’s Last Dance Dream Foundation

National dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults to help host 90th birthday dance party Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization […more…]

Legal Aid Assists Struggling Homeowners with Foreclosure Prevention and Mortgage Relief  Legal Aid Foundation

Across the county, financial hardships have either been created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For homeowners who experienced reductions […more…]

Community Counseling and Education Center Community Counseling and Education Center

“What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours,” Dinah Washington sang in 1959. “What a difference a day made, […more…]

Clay Studio Art & Raku Giveaway! Clay Studio

This February Clay Studio is giving away a piece of art by celebrated ceramicist Patrick Hall, as well as free […more…]

Brandon Battle Appointed AHA! Director of Programs Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Santa Barbara’s leading social and emotional intelligence program, AHA!, has announced the appointment of Brandon Battle as Director of Programs, […more…]

Melissa Lowenstein, M.Ed., has been promoted to Director of Training at AHA!. Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Melissa has been foundational in the evolution of AHA!, having started with the organization in 2011 and contributed as grant […more…]

Experience Freedom Trax with NatureTrack This Sunday at Goleta Beach Park NatureTrack

This coming Sunday Feb. 13, from 10am to 1pm, NatureTrack will be at Goleta Beach Park to introduce those who […more…]

Gilead Sciences, Inc. to Help Dream Foundation Fulfill the Final Dreams of More Than 85 Terminally-Ill Adults Dream Foundation

Grant funding will bring inspiration, comfort and closure to those facing the end of life.  Dream Foundation is announcing the […more…]

Clean Coalition: Finding Creative Solutions to Renewables-Driven Energy Resilience Clean Coalition

Last summer, just a couple of months before Montecito Journal’s 2nd annual The Giving List book was published, Clean Coalition’s […more…]

Learning Reflections of Participating Youth in our Maritime Literacies Program McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic

Community Based Literacies in the Schools This video is a multimodal, melodic synthesis of a reflection activity that our Harding […more…]

Share the Love for Redwings Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit horse rescue in Paso Robles, is having a special event during the month of […more…]

The Ugly Side of Beauty: The Cosmetics Industry’s Plastic Packaging Problem Plastic Pollution Coalition

The cosmetics industry generates approximately US$ 341.1 billion annually—and 120 billion units of plastic packaging, most of which are not […more…]

Feeding the Flock Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary

The COVID crisis has been quite a challenge for nearly everyone in the world. But for Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary […more…]

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…]

Preserving a Piece of Montecito History Casa del Herrero

Laura Bridley comes by her affinity for Casa del Herrero honestly. A native of Montecito, Bridley has a lot of […more…]

Hospice of Santa Barbara Virtual illuminate Speaker Series Returns with Sharon Salzberg on February 16, 2022 from 6 to 7 pm PDT. Hospice of Santa Barbara

Since 2020, Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) has adjusted to the new realities that come with COVID-19 by creating their […more…]

Love and Care Work Miracles at Redwings Redwings Horse Sanctuary

William was found by Tulare Animal Services tied on a 30-foot chain in the middle of a field in the […more…]

Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Cancer Care The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara was founded 73 years ago based on the simple concept that a city that […more…]

Camp Chit Chat Applications Are Open! Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYRM7gLiADn6ICahwDOG7eR8m7WKuzj4daAe0R8Vpy9-E0qg/viewform?usp=sf_link Applications due April 15th! What are the camp dates?June 6th to July 28th.  All children […more…]

The Elephant Project Expands to Protect Big Cats, Introduces Oba The Elephant Project

100% of Net Proceeds From The Elephant Project’s Charitable Gift Line Goes Directly to Wildlife Rescue Organizations The Elephant Project, […more…]

Clay Studio Ceramics Class Instagram Giveaway! Clay Studio

Looking for a new creative endeavor in the New Year? Clay Studio is giving away a spot in one of […more…]

Bucket Brigade: Building a Foundation for Local Resilience Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

The Santa Barbara coastal region has largely escaped any major disasters in the past year, save, of course, for the […more…]

Riviera Ridge Students Raise Funds for CALM to Prevent Childhood Trauma The Riviera Ridge School

Members of The Riviera Ridge School’s Service Brigade elective are hosting a fall Bedtime Drive to support the local non-profit […more…]

Riviera Ridge School Celebrates Innovative Teaching and Learning at Genius Night The Riviera Ridge School

The Riviera Ridge School welcomed families to campus in December for an evening of teacher presentations, workshops, and interactive experiences […more…]

Racial Equity Fund of Santa Barbara County in partnership with The Fund for Santa Barbara Fund for Santa Barbara

On Tuesday January 11th, 2022, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved moving forward with Racial Equity Fund of […more…]

Tina McEnroe Appointed to UC Santa Barbara Foundation Board of Trustees McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic

For over 15 years the Gevirtz School has been chronicling the ever-growing accomplishments of Tina McEnroe, M.A., L.H.D. (h.c.). She […more…]

Charles Fenzi, CEO/CMO of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, to Retire Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Dr. Charles Fenzi has served as Chief Medical Officer for the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) for nearly a decade, […more…]

NatureTrack Demonstrates How Wheelchair Users Can Get Back to Nature with Freedom Trax – Giving All Access on the Beach a New Look NatureTrack

On the second Sunday of every month, NatureTrack, whose mission is to connect kids to nature is collaborating with Explore […more…]

Awards Coming in for NatureTrack New Documentary “The Accessible Outdoors” NatureTrack

The Accessible Outdoors, the new short live action documentary presented by Golden Cage Films and NatureTrack Foundation is taking on […more…]

Alzheimer’s Association: Providing Care, Support, and Research for Patients and Caregivers The Alzheimer’s Association

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