November 2021
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

“What are the little things that make you feel grateful?” This is one of the questions our School Based Family Advocate, Miguel, uses to engage students in mindful conversation. One student replied, “When my parents come to my soccer games.” Of course! When we show up for our children, or our partner, or our friends, we communicate how much we value that person. When we are present, not only do we convey our esteem, we lessen our own stress. 

So, what are the little things that make YOU feel grateful?

I’ll share mine. I am grateful for the IVYP staff who continue to show up every day to care for our community. On Friday, we’re hosting a vaccine clinic. That’s an extraordinary effort, but so important in ensuring our collective health. I am grateful for my family. We play trivia games together and every evening we discuss questions and answers over the dinner table. It’s a great way to be present with one another. I am grateful to live as a member of such a caring and engaged Santa Barbara County community. Our nonprofit sector is remarkable, collaborative and effective.

And, I’m grateful for you, IVYP’s supporters, for your wisdom, your support and your belief in our organization.

Lori Goodman
Executive Director

Free Vaccine Clinic this Friday!
Join us on Friday, November 19, for a free mobile vaccine clinic hosted in partnership with Santa Barbara County Public Health. The clinic will be from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at Isla Vista Elementary School. COVID-19 and Flu vaccines will be available for children and adults.

To make an appointment please call Ana Maya, 805-869-3303
Lori Goodman Named Non-Profit Leader of the Year
IVYP’s Executive Director, Lori Goodman will be honored as the 2021 Nonprofit Leader of the Year at the upcoming Goleta’s Finest Gala hosted by the South Coast Chamber of Commerce. The 2021 award recipients will be honored with a formal celebration on, December 4th (5:30-9:00 pm), at the beautiful The Ritz-Carlton Bacara. The evening will include dinner followed by the awards ceremony. Please join all of us at IVYP in congratulating Lori on this incredible recognition of her leadership and vision. 
Click here to read about all the honorees and to purchase tickets.
Staff Spotlight - Serineh Vartani

"My first-grade teacher is my favorite teacher. I am Armenian, and I learned Armenian at home, and it was the only language that I knew. When I entered first grade, because of where I lived, I was introduced to Farsi. The teacher could not speak Farsi, but she was so friendly and caring that I did not care that we could not understand one another. I loved coming to the classroom. When I started working as a teacher, I had in my mind that even if this child is not understanding me, I must show my thoughts and emotions from my body language so they can also understand it."

Harvest of the Month

Each month we share a healthy, easy and affordable recipe to try that highlights ingredients you can get at our food distribution. This month we are highlighting lentils! Fun fact about lentils, they are actually seeds from the legume family! Lentils are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber. We love this recipe because it utilizes some of fall's best harvest and is a great option for an easy weeknight dinner.
Read the full recipe here
Get Involved with IVYP
IVYP needs your support as we work hard to support our community in the wake of COVID-19. We’ve stepped up and we need your help to continue. Please consider a donation to IVYP’s COVID-19 Response Fund to help us continue to provide the caring, proactive and flexible support our community needs. 
Be a diaper champion by sponsoring the cost of diapers for local families. Diapers are one of the most consistent requests from our families at our FRC. Disposable diapers can cost as much as $100 per month per baby so every contribution makes a big difference.
Did you know that many of our most vulnerable students don’t have a dedicated place at home to do their school work? IVYP will purchase and distribute folding desks to any GUSD student who has a need through our new Study Table Fund. To support this effort click here to donate.
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