The Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF), United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC), and the Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide funders’ collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable. This COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County will provide over $2 million in assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively assisting members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we will provide financial support to address the needs of individuals and families in Santa Barbara County as well as the nonprofits who serve them.
COVID-19 Joint Response Effort is working with local government and nonprofit organizations to monitor the situation and stay informed with the most current health and safety information. We encourage all of our partners to stay informed about COVID-19. Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has COVID-19 resources at publichealthsbc.org. The Foundation has provided resources for the community and nonprofit on our COVID-19 Nonprofit Resource page and UWSBC has provided resources for community members (individuals) on their COVID-19 Resources. We have also provided the Ways to Help webpage that directly connects those with resources (food, supplies, or volunteer time) to organizations in need. We want to help in any way we can.
On 3/19/2020, Governor Newsom issued a Stay at Home Order for Californians. Below is what California Assemblymember, Monique Limon, has shared about the Stay at Home Order:
In response to Governor Newsom’s Stay at Home Order, the Santa Barbara Foundation is doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our physical offices are closed, but our business operations are in full swing as our team is working remotely. We are here to serve. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything. You can reach us on our regular office numbers and emails.
As your community foundation, I want you to know that we are hard at work at the confluence of philanthropy and community. These are trying times, indeed. Never have we been challenged to work harder to mobilize philanthropic capital and collective wisdom for the benefit our Santa Barbara County. We are humbled by the tremendous outpouring of care and compassion from our donors, community and corporate leaders, nonprofit partners, and colleagues in philanthropy. We are honored to work with each of you. We will get through this together.
With gratitude and wishes for comfort and good health,
Jackie Carrera, President & CEO, Santa Barbara Foundation