creating volunteer opportunities for Home For Good Santa Barbara County. 

At the United Way we believe great ways to get involved are to give, advocate and volunteer. In this email we have opportunities for you to do just that. 



Dear Santa Barbara Volunteers and Supporters, Dear Friends, 

We hope this email finds you safe and healthy. At this time of crisis, our community means more than ever. Many of you have asked how you can help people living outside and those who have been put at increased risk by the virus and resulting economic shifts.

United Way/Home For Good Santa Barbara County is on the frontlines of COVID-19 Response. Our Home For Good Santa Barbara County/AmeriCorps Partnership Street Outreach continues to meet people where they are and provide them with critical public health information, hygiene kits and non-perishable food.

Right now we are in need of additional Street Outreach items such as non-perishable food, hygiene items, ponchos, etc. Please give today to meet this immediate need. Thank you for supporting our most vulnerable neighbors and supporting each other in this time of uncertainty.

We also want to let you know that the United Way of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can provide financial support to address the needs of individuals and families in Santa Barbara County as well as the nonprofits who serve them. Learn more about how you can donate and get help.


FOOD DONATIONS:

We've started assembling brown bag lunches for our unhoused neighbors.
Many of the local Day Centers and Meal Shares are no longer operational.
We have access to Salvation Army Kitchens in North and South Santa Barbara County and are working with the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County - but could still use the following types of food items:


VOLUNTEER NEEDS:


Safer in Shelter - Santa Maria 
Santa Maria High School Gymnasium, Gate 12 off of Stowell Rd.
The County of Santa Barbara is seeking volunteers who are comfortable working with persons experiencing homelessness to assist with shelter operations under the direction and oversight of County staff. The contact for volunteers to respond to is Ernesto Diaz e.diaz2@sbcsocialserv.org

For Additional countywide volunteer needs visit www.commongroundsbc.org (COVID-19 Volunteer Needs


COMMUNITY RESOURCES


Santa Barbara County Public Health Department COVID-19 Information Portal
Department of Public Health COVID-19 Updates
Foodbank SB Food Distribution Locations
211 Helpline
Foundation Nonprofit Resources


Everyone can be part of the solution. Together, we will overcome this pandemic by making sure the most vulnerable among us are protected. Stay safe. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

Sincerely,

The Common Ground Santa Barbara County Team 

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Home For Good Santa Barbara County supports a Coordinated Entry System , a no-wrong door, countywide system that engages and connects individuals and families experiencing homelessness to the optimal resources for their needs.  We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home for good. 
  
in collaboration with the United Way of Santa Barbara County and cross-sector partners.