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Animal Instincts

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…]

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…]

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…]

Caretakers

Lifting the Burden on the Elderly and Disabled Easy Lift Transportation

Ernesto Paredes, the longtime executive director of the transportation service Easy Lift, was 16 years old when he got his […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…]

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…]

Centers of Peace and Preservation

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…]

The Rebirth of La Casa de Maria La Casa de Maria

Cindy Faith Swain, Director of La Casa de Maria, has vivid memories of the day a Santa Barbara treasure was […more…]

Preserving Santa Barbara’s History Casa del Herrero

On the day of the great 1925 earthquake, George Fox Steedman was visiting Santa Barbara from St. Louis, Missouri, reviewing […more…]

College Access and Higher Education

Blockbuster Gifts Can Change the Game for California Community Colleges SBCC Foundation

Geoff Green knows that Dan Pritzker and MacKenzie Scott are on to something. That is, Green believes that community colleges […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…]

All Access to a Higher Education CSU Channel Islands

It’s a sunny August morning, just a couple days before California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) starts its 2021-22 school […more…]

Community Action

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…]

Beyond Christmas Unity: No Off-Season for Food and Services Unity Shoppe

It might seem like bad timing to be writing about Unity Shoppe in the last week of the year, considering […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…]

Community Resources

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

The statistics on Alzheimer’s Disease are staggering. Someone in the United States develops the devastating disease every 65 seconds. More […more…]

With a Little Help From My Friends (at the Montecito Library) Friends of the Montecito Library

Libraries across America enjoy the support of friend groups for funding support, whether it’s for a reading room, an embellished […more…]

Standing Together to End Sexual Assault Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA)

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual campaign aimed at raising public consciousness to consider sexual assault […more…]

End of Life

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…]

A Human-Centered Approach Hospice of Santa Barbara

The modern hospice movement was born in 1967 in a leafy neighborhood of southeast London when a nurse named Dame […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…]

Environment

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…]

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…]

The Environment’s Advocate Environmental Defense Center

In 1969, a major blowout at Union Oil’s Platform A caused an estimated four million gallons of crude to pour […more…]

Food

Beyond Christmas Unity: No Off-Season for Food and Services Unity Shoppe

It might seem like bad timing to be writing about Unity Shoppe in the last week of the year, considering […more…]

Deckers Brands 12 Days of Giving Benefits Organic Soup Kitchen Organic Soup Kitchen

Shop Deckers Brand Showcase on December 22rd and 40% Will Support Organic Soup Kitchen  Organic Soup Kitchen has been named […more…]

Organic Soup Kitchen Crab Boil Fundraiser Raises $30,000 Organic Soup Kitchen

Funds move low-income cancer patients, seniors, and chronically ill off waiting list    Organic Soup Kitchen hosted a Crab Boil […more…]

Housing

Where the Fullest Lives are Lived Hillside House

During its 76-year history, Hillside House, a residential facility for people with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, has […more…]

A PATH Home PATH

It’s the middle of August in 2021 and the number of people experiencing homelessness across Santa Barbara County has reached […more…]

Hillside House Hillside House

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

International

On a Mission to Address the Vulnerable ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox’s reason for being is because human displacement is one of the biggest issues plaguing our planet, one that’s increasing […more…]

Confronting Crises When They Hit Home Direct Relief

Hurricane Katrina was a major turning point in the history of Direct Relief. Until then, the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit that […more…]

Leading the Way

A Teenager Steps Up to Save Lives Brady | United Against Gun Violence

Like many teens, 15-year-old Stephan Abrams was devastated by the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. […more…]

Looking to Create “Positive Change” Leading From Within

In its short 13-year history, Leading From Within — which was founded in 2008 as the Courage to Lead program […more…]

A “Think & Do” Tank Ahead of Its Time World Business Academy

In 2007, a group of authors published “Freedom from Mid-East Oil,” a lengthy treatise on energy, national security, and global […more…]

Mental Wellness and Family Ties

A Place to Be (and Become) Mental Wellness Center

On any given weekday, as many as 100 community members living with mental illness enter through the blue doors and […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…]

Stemming Santa Barbara’s Mental Health Crisis Community Counseling and Education Center

Mariela Marin gets anxious any time they look at the waitlist of people seeking mental health services. On a typical […more…]

Performing Arts

Granada, the Great The Granada Theatre

It’s purely coincidence that this week’s Montecito Journal hits newsstands the same day the Granada Theatre officially unveils Plaza Granada, […more…]

In Harmony With the Community Santa Barbara Symphony

Over the last two years, Santa Barbara Symphony President & CEO Kathryn R. Martin has noticed a marked change in […more…]

Reaching Beyond Ourselves

A Legacy Comes Full Circle Special Olympics

Soon after taking office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced intellectual disabilities would become one of his administration’s priorities. […more…]

Speciality Health

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…]

The Return on Generosity The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara

When Lillian Taylor Converse was diagnosed with cancer in 1948, she knew the odds of a recovery were long, but […more…]

Diabetes Research Takes on a Greater Urgency Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) was established 77 years ago by Dr. William Sansum, the first U.S. physician to manufacture […more…]

Teach Our Children Well

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…]

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…]

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…]

To Your Health

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…]

100 Years of Medical Excellence Sansum Clinic

For 100 years, Sansum Clinic has been improving the overall health of its patients by providing the latest innovations in […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…]

Visual and Educational Arts

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…]

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…]

Working For Our Most Vulnerable

Uniting Santa Barbara Against Poverty CommUnify

People in the nonprofit world often talk about “A Tale of Two Santa Barbaras” to describe the county’s gaping wealth […more…]

Right at Home Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County

Estefany Can was eight years old when social workers removed her and her brothers from their home. Her mother was […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…]

Youth Empowerment

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…]

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…]

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…]