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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER s you travel around the Central Coast, the spirit of holiday giving is everywhere. It is truly a magical time. What you may not see is the wide range of important service organizations that are providing much needed help to children, families and individuals from all walks of life.

Central Coast neighbors have been looking out for each other for nearly 150 years, and we are blessed that the commitment to provide services to our community continues. Our local non-profits are steadfast in their mission to make a difference in the lives they serve. Inside the pages of Community of Giving, you will find a compelling look at our local non-profits and the range of important services they provide our region, and how they enhance the quality of life in our communities. We hope you enjoy reading this section and are sure you will recognize the helping hands described on its pages. Consider taking time this busy holiday season to discover the rewarding volunteer opportunities which exist for all ages. On behalf of the Lee Central Coast Newspapers staff, we wish you the happiest of holidays, and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Cynthia Schur, President and Publisher Lee Central Coast Newspapers

ADVERTISER INDEX Allan Hancock College Foundation Court Appointed Special Advocates Family Service Agency

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Food Bank of Santa Barbara County

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Kirk & Simas


Solvang Friendship House


Meals on Wheels Santa Maria Valley


The Salvation Army


People Helping People


Veggie Rescue


VTC Enterprises


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SOME OF OUR LOCAL NON-PROFITS ACCORDING TO THE CALIFORNIA FRANCHISE TAX BOARD Buellton‌ 7Trails Foundation Apprentice & Journeymen Training Trust Fund of the Southern California Plumbing & Piping Industry—Santa Barbara Chapter 15 Buellton Community Educational Foundation Buellton Historical Society Buellton Rotary Club Foundation C A R E 4 Paws Inc California Highway Patrol Explorer Program—Post #9755 Catholic Daughters Of The Americas—Santa Barbara Chapter #293 Central Coast Sports Foundation Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC) of the Santa Ynez Valley Church At The Crossroads Coalition Of Community Advancement Friends Of Tavarua George Washington Carver Scholarship Club Inc Growing Agricultural Awareness Through Education Foundation Inc Happy Kids International Humanity In Need Jonata Oak Valley PTSA Paws Parks Of Santa Ynez Valley Inc Pirate Youth Football League Syv S G Foundation Santa Barbara Dragon Boat Association Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation Santa Ynez High School Mountain Bike Club Boosters Santa Ynez Valley Bocce Foundation Inc Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden Foundation Inc Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society Santa Ynez Valley Senior Citizens Foundation Sunburst Church Of Self Realization Total Life Fitness Inc Valleys Fountain Church Visible Light Santa Barbara Gallery Of Photography & Contemporary Arts Wheels N Windmills Car Show Inc Wildlife In Need Wonderfully Made Youth Sports Imua Zaca Center Preschool Zaca Center Preschool Parent Association

Guadalupe‌ Calvary Chapel Of Guadalupe Inc Club Deportivo Tala Coastal Recovery Project Cross Of Peace Inc El Padrecito Ministries First Baptist Church Of Guadalupe Friends Of The Guadalupe Public Library Gods Grace Christian Fellowship Guadalupe Buddhist Church Guadalupe Community Church Guadalupe Educational Technology Association Guadalupe Firefighters Association Incorporated Guadalupe Foursquare Church Guadalupe Hispanic Foursquare Church Guadalupe Kids Come First Foundation Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes Center Guadalupe Sports Hall Of Fame Inc Guadalupe Wrestling Club Kermit Mckenzie PTSA Little House By The Park Mary Buren Elementary PTA Our Lady Of Guadalupe Rancho De Guadalupe Historical Society Womens Aglow Fellowship—Santa Maria Spanish Chapter 1317

Lompoc‌ Abundant Life Fellowship And Ministries AFCEA Educational Foundation—Central Coast Chapter Affordable Housing Key Partners Agape House Air Force Association—Robert F Travis Chapter #113 Air Force Association—Robert H. Goddard Chapter #266 Alano Club Of Lompoc Incorporated American GI Forum Education Foundation Of Lompoc American Volkssport Association Inc— Central Coast Peregrine Pathfinders Chapter #876 Are You Ready Ministries Art Of Peace Imagine Arthur Hapgood Elementary PTA Arts & Crafts Humanities Transformations Inc Bahais Of Lompoc Chapter 9113 Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church Of Lompoc Blue Star Mothers Of America Inc—Central Coast Chapter Brice Fabing Memorial Bikes 4 Kids Buena Vista Elementary PTA Cabrillo Football Boosters Cabrillo High PTSA Cabrillo High School Alumni Association Cabrillo High School Athleticbooster Club Cabrillo Instrumental Music Foundation Cabrillo Wrestling Boosters Cabrillo Youth Basketball Association

California Federation Of Womens Clubs— Alpha Literary & Improvement Club Calvary Chapel Of Lompoc Catholic Daughters Of The Americas—La Purisima Chapter #1267 Central Coast All-Stars Track Club Central Coast Firefighters Central Coast Indian Cultural Center Central Coast Streetrods Inc Central Pacific Coast Hmong Alliance Church Of The C&Ma Certain Sparks Music Foundation Childrens Montessori School Of Lompoc Inc Christian Science Society of Lompoc Church At Lompoc Church In Lompoc Church Of God Of Prophecy—Lompoc Chapter 232 Civil Air Patrol—Central Coast Group 4 Civil Air Patrol Chapter 4158—Vanderberg Cadet Squadron Clarence Ruth Elementary PTA Clear Promise Lutheran Church Coasthills Community Foundation Companion Animal Placement Assistance Cords Foundation Cornerstone Church Of Lompoc Inc Court Kings Basketball Academy Crestview Elementary PTA E-Eshora CCCC El Camino Middle School PTSA El Concilio De Lompoc Faithful Apostolic Church Find Empowerment Through Canine Helpmates Aka Fetch Firefighters For Christ International—Santa Barbara County Chapter First Apostolic Church Of Lompoc First Assembly Of God First Baptist Church of Vandenberg Village— Calvary Baptist Church First Christian Church Of Lompoc First Church Of God Friends Of The Family Friends Of The Lompoc Public Library System Generations United Church Of God Gospel Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church Halleluya From The Nations Inc Healing Heart Sanctuary Horizon Ministries Iglesia Bautista La Palabra De Dios Santa Barbara California Iglesia Bautista La Roca De Vida Lompoc California Iglesia De Jesucristo Palabra Miel Iglesia Los Del Camino Iglesia Monte Sion Assembly Of God Buellton Iglesia Puerta Del Cielo International Pentecostal Council Inc International Reading Association Inc—TriValley Council #5965 Islamic Center Of Lompoc James C Page Charities James Shaw Memorial Scholarship Fund Jim S Closet Incorporated La Canada Elementary PTA La Honda Elementary PTA La Purisima Audubon Society La Purisima Conception Ladies Recovery 4 Life Leonora Fillmore Elementary PTA Life Options Vocational And Resource Center Lompoc Basketball Academy Lompoc Bombers Softball Lompoc Boxing And Training Lompoc California Concert Association Inc Lompoc Civic Theatre Inc Lompoc Cooperative Development Project Lompoc Council Of PTAs Lompoc Crisis Pregnancy Center Lompoc District Libraries Foundation Lompoc Family Youth And Infant Foundation Lompoc Firefighters Foundation Lompoc Football Boosters Lompoc Foursquare Church Lompoc Gardens Inc Lompoc Girls Softball Association Lompoc Gloryland Faith Center Assembly Of God Lompoc Health Awarness Lompoc High PTSA Lompoc High School Alumni Association Lompoc Hispanic Foursquare Church Lompoc Homeless Shelter Lompoc Hospital District Foundation Lompoc Little League Inc Lompoc Mural And Public Arts Coalition Lompoc Museum Associates Inc Lompoc Music Association Lompoc Police Activities League Lompoc Police Foundation Lompoc Police Foundation Organization Lompoc Pops Orchestra Lompoc School District Community Education Foundation Lompoc Theatre Project Corporation Lompoc Tsunami Aquatics Lompoc Valley 4H Club Lompoc Valley Agriculture Youth Booster Club

Lompoc Valley Art Association Lompoc Valley Chamber Of Commerce Community Development Foundation Lompoc Valley Community Health Organization Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization Lompoc Valley Festival Foundation Lompoc Valley Historical Society Inc Lompoc Valley Master Chorale Lompoc Valley Middle PTSA Lompoc Valley Of Flowers Toastmasters #1003144 Lompoc Valley Parks Recreation & Pool Foundation Inc Lompoc Valley Toastmasters Club 8815 Lompoc Valley Visionary Foundation For Community Betterment Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building Foundation Los Berros Elementary PTA Los Padres Elementary PTA Lucky Paw All Animal Rescue Manzanita PTA Manzanita Public Charter School Meals On Wheels Finance Committee Of Lompoc California Micah Mission Inc Miguelito Elementary PTA Ministerios Lion De Juda Lion Of Juda Ministries Missle Heritage Foundation Moms Club—Lompoc Chapter National Association Of Church Musicians Inc National Society Colonial Dames Xvii Century—Judge John Pike Chapter National Society Of The Children Of The American Revolution—Stephen Eastin National Society Of The Daughters Of The American Revolution—Rancho Purisima New Beginnings Missionary Church Inc North Avenue Baptist Church North County Rape Crisis And Child Protection Center Northern Santa Barbara Neighborhood Safety Alliance Operation Kids Christmas Opportunities For Training Pediatric Therapists Inc Our Lady Queen Of Angles Peacehenge Inc Prelado De Los Tesoros De La Purisima Providence Landing Park Association Rainbow Plaza Inc Redwood Family Institute Return To Freedom Inc Rivers Of Living Water Ministries Road Runners Club Of America—Lompoc Valley Distance Club #1020 Robert Gamol Knewstub Memorial Fund Russell Rescue Ca Inc Santa Barbara United States Bowling Congress 82202 Santa Ynez Valley Center For Metaphysical Studies Satellite Amateur Radio Club Inc Shadows Fund Incorporated Society Of American Military Engineers— Vandenberg Post Society Of Women Engineers—Central Coast Section Solutions For People Inc Soroptimist International Of The Americas Inc—Lompoc Chapter Space Information Laboratories Inc St Marys Episcopal Church St Timothys Orthodox Church Surf Development Company Inc The Clan Chattan Of The United States The First Baptist Church The Lompoc Valley Arts Council The Rock Christian Fellowship The Village Chapel Thunderbird Autism Assistance Foundation Inc Toastmasters International—Titan Club 6904 Toastmasters International—Voices Of Vandenberg #6911397 Tops Club of Lompoc 1625 True Vine Bible Fellowship Vafb Jets Booster Club Valley Dance And Arts Alliance Valley Haven Valley Of Flowers Half-Century Club Vandenberg Middle School PTSA Vandenberg Spouses Club Welfare Fund Vandenberg Village Park & Playground Coalition Vandenberg Village Youth Football Association Vanderberg Military Wives Thrift Victory Outreach of Lompoc Village Farmers Market Association Village Hills Little League Viva Volunteers For Inter-Valley Animals Wanda T Toro Charitable Foundation Water From The Rock Christian Church Of God Womens Aglow Fellowship—Lompoc Chapter 1226 Womens International Bowling Congress Inc Word Of Grace Christian Centre

Los Alamos‌ Central Coast Reining Horse Association

Cowboys Kickin Cancer Inc Creative Arts Education Fund Equine Podiatry Education Foundation Four Leaf Clover Foundation Friends Of The Los Alamos Public Library Los Alamos Foundation Los Alamos School District Educational Foundation Corporation Los Alamos Valley Senior Citizen Inc Olga Reed PTSA Olga Reed School Ptf Orcutt Academy PTSA Project Uplift Swimming Pool For Los Alamos Sunshine Happiness Tawzer Powerlifting The Los Alamos Valley Mens Club

Los Olivos‌ Alamo Pintado Equine Research Arts Outreach Berean Baptist Church Of Los Olivos Calif Brander Museum Of Folk Art California High School Rodeo Association Inc—District 7 Dunn School La Cuadrilla Foundation Los Olivos PTA Los Olivos Rotary Club Foundation Los Olivos School Districtfoundation Midland School Corporation National Society Of The Daughters Of The American Revolution—Refugio Del Cielo Nature Track Foundation Polo Park Foundation Inc Santa Barbara Special Enforcement Team Support Foundation Inc Santa Ynez Valley Academic Booster Club Plus Santa Ynez Valley Arts Association Inc Santa Ynez Valley Coalition Education Fund Santa Ynez Valley Family School Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society United Voluntary Services—Santa Ynez Vineyard Valley Theatre Company

New Cuyama‌ Blue Sky Sustainable Living Center Cuyama Christian Academy Cuyama First Southern Baptist Church Cuyama Joint Unified School District Foundation Cuyama Valley Bible Chapel Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center Cuyama Valley Football Foundation Cuyama Valley Scholarship Foundation Inc

Santa Maria‌ 805 Baseball Club 80Fire Meds Inc A Spiritual Abode Incorporated Abc Center For Women Inc Abilities For Kids Inc Abundant Grace Fellowship Inc Aglow International—Santa Maria Community Aglow International—Santa Maria Cornerstone Aglow International—Santa Maria Spanish Community Alice Shaw Elementary PTA All America City Quilt Guild All For Christ The Central Coast Fellowship Of Grace Communion Int Allan Hancock College Auxiliary Programs Corporation Allan Hancock College Foundation Allan Hancock College Viticulture & Enology Foundation Alliance For Pharmaceutical Access Incorporated Alpha Pi Charitable Organization Alternative Neurological Solutions Inc Altrusa Club Of The Central Coast Foundation Altrusa International Foundation Of Golden Valley Altrusa International Foundation Of Santa Maria American Bowling Congress Inc—North Santa Barbara County Bowling Chapter #05439 American Dream Career Museum Company American GI Forum Education Foundation Of Santa Maria American Guild Of Organists (AGO)—Central Coast Chapter #934 American Region Of The Josephite Fathers Charitable Trust American Volkssport Association—Central Coast Beach Boardwalkers Angel Gowns For Dignity Animali Farm Apostolic Retreat Centers Inc Arroyo Grande Rotary Foundation As You Go Ministries Inc Asociacion Cultural Latino Ameraicana Athena Girls Wrestling Club Awakenings Institute Balanced Connections Adaptive Equestrian Program Inc Bangladesh Street Kids Aid Beginning Experience International Ministry Center—Santa Barbara Chapter #772 Benjamin Foxen Days Association Berakah Foundation

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Beta Lambda Of Santa Maria Valley Bethel Lutheran Church Bible Educator Blaine Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament Inc Blochman PTA Boys & Girls Club Of Santa Maria Valley Inc Brandon L Harper Foundation Inc Brandon L Harper Memorial Scholarship Breanna Nicole Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship Foundation Buddies Of Blochman Inc Burt E & Anne L Fugate Educational Foundation Inc Butterfly Palace Inc Cahuayaxi International Benefit Organization Inc Cal Hoops Elite Basketball Academy Caleb Kruse Foundation Cali Life Church California Association For The Education Of Young Children California Cougars Basketball Academy California Garden Clubs Inc—Central Coast Cactus & Succulent So California Hwy Patrol Explorer Program— Santa Maria Explorer Post #750 California Space Port Institute Inc California State Foster Parents Association— Centeral Coast Capter #50 Calvary Chapel Of Santa Maria Casa Of Hope Inc Catholic Center Of Formation Catholic Daughters Of The Americas—Santa Maria Chapter #1079 Ccspca Inc Ccsw Booster Club Center For Human Understanding And Growth Centers For Spiritual Living—Inner Coast Teaching Chapter Central Cal Hoops Central Church Of Christ Of Santa Maria Central City Soccer League Inc Central Coast Church Inc Central Coast Commission For Senior Citizerns Central Coast Community Education Program Central Coast Express Inc Central Coast Film Society Central Coast Future Leaders Inc Central Coast Headway Inc Central Coast Islamic Center Central Coast Literacy Council Central Coast Marksmanship Center Inc Central Coast Ministries And Community Services Inc Central Coast Missionary Baptist Church Central Coast Pregnancy & Resourse Center—Care Net Pregnancy & Resource Center Central Coast Senior Citizens Foundation Central Coast Soccer Foundation Central Coast United States Bowling Congress 82221 Central Coast Venom Inc Central Coast Wine Growers Association Foundation Inc Central Valley Kings Foundation Inc A California Nonprofit Public Bene Centro Cristiano Pan De Vida Centro Cristiano Vida Abundante Centro De Adoracion Sion Inc Changing Faces Inc Chc Qalicb Inc Child Evangelism Fellowship Inc—North Santa Barbara County Chapter Christian Family Church Of God #5782 Church For Life Church Of Jesus Christ Life Center Inc Citizens Research For A Modern Society International City Of Praise Assembly Of God City Slickers Toastmasters #5870754 Civil Air Patrol—Vandenberg Composite Squadron 101 Coast Valley Pony Club Coast Valley Substance Abuse Treatm Coastal Valley Soccer Club Coastal Voices Comite Quelaguetza Community Health Centers Foundation Inc Community Of Prayer Inc Community Partners In Caring Computer Using Educators—Santa Barbara Chapter Costa De Oro Power Squadron Court Appointed Special Advocates Of Santa Barbara County Cova Family Foundation Craig And Susan Smith Mine Reclamation Inc Crestwood Christian Fellowship Inc Crosspoint Community Church Crosspoint Community Church Inc Crosspointe Church Of Santa Maria Crucified Life Church Crusaders Futbol Club David Mission Association Dean Brown Leadership Foundation Demolay International—Santa Maria Chapter 5196 Djdk Memorial Fund Inc Don Juan Bautista Arrellanes Elem PTA Downs Syndrome Parents Teachers & Friends Inc

Dreams Of The Heartland Foundation Echo Group Economic Alliance Foundation Ed Boasso Ministries Educational Excellence Foundation Element Christian Church Eleventh Hour Prayer Network Embroiderers Guild Of America Inc—Bishops Peak Chapter Eric Okerblom Foundation Ernest Righetti High PTSA Faith Bible Church Family Resource Educational Servicehelp Incorporated Farm Care Inc Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley First Christian Church Of Santa Maria First Church Of God First Mexican Baptist Church Of Santa Maria Forever Faithful Ministries International Fostering Love Incorporated Free Full Gospel Chruch Inc Freedom Crusade Friends Of The Orcutt Library Friends Of The Santa Maria Public Library Friends Of The Santa Maria Valley Railroad Inc Friends Of Waller Park Inc Fulton Foundation Future Business Leaders Of America Phi Beta Lambda Inc—California Phi Beta Lambda Inc Future Leaders Of America—Santa Barbara County Chapter Garza & Rodriquez Family Services Gate Vineyard Fellowship Gathering At Santa Maria Genspan Foundation George Washington Battles PTA Get Out Stay Out Glad Tidings Assembly Of God Glenn H Robinson Charitable Foundation Good Samaritan Shelter Grace Baptist Church Grace Brethren Church Of Santa Maria California Grace Lutheran Church Grace Lutheran Preschool Great Expectations Inc Habitat For Humanity International Inc— Northern Santa Barbara County Chapter Halsell Foundation A California Public Benefit Corporation Hancock College Boosters Inc Harbor & Royal Family Kids Of Santa Maria Hargus Family Ministries Internat- Ional Inc Harvest Community Center Inc Hd Support & Care Network Incorporated Healing Rooms Of Santa Maria Valley Heritage Evangelical Presbyterian Church Hesed Christian Ministries Inc Hezekiah Incorporated Historical Railway Museum Of Santa Maria Hope Community Church Of Santa Maria Inc Hope For Santa Maria House Of Healing Inc House Of Pride And Equality (HOPE) House Of Restoration Huskies Hyperion Historical Alliance Ian M Hassett Foundation Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor Iglesia Cristiana Restauracion Iglesia Cristiana Restauracion De Las Asambleas De Dios Iglesia De Dios El Cuerpo De Cristo Iglesia De Jesucristo De Las Americas Inc En Santa Maria Ca Iglesia De Jesucristo El Templo Monte Horeb Iglesia De Jesucristo En Santamaria Ca Templo Iglesia Internacional Casa De Dios Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz Independent Assemblies Of God—Who So Ever Will Miss Jamaica Chapter #426 Inlight Connection Institute Of Management Accountants Inc— Central Coast Chapter 403 Intercity Church Of Santa Maria International Apostolic Ministry—Christian Life Center Ivy S Pregozen Memorial Scholarship Trust Japanese American Citizens League—Santa Maria Chapter Jeff Eggers Ministries Jimenez Elementary Ptc Joe Nightingale Elementary PTA Johnson Temple Church Of God In Christ Joseph B Hernandez Memorial Food Drive Joy Center Juan Pacifico Ontiveros Elementary Kincares Inc Kingdom Impact Equipping Church Kiwanis Club Of Santa Maria Valley Foundation Inc Kmklink Ministries Inc Korean American Association Of Central Coast Kundaria Family Resource Institute La Graciosa 4-H La Luz Del Mundo Iglesia Del Dios Vivo Columna Y Apoyo De La Lags Recovery Centers Inc Lakeview Jr High PTSA

Latin American Social Organization Latina Leadership Network Of The California Community Colleges Inc Liberty Baptist Church Of Santa Maria Liberty PTA Light Of The World Aid International Lm Toastmaster Los Padres Artists Guild Lotus Resource Group LSCFSM Inc—Santa Maria Lutheran Church Of Our Saviour Santa Maria Machine Shop Wrestling Club Make Us One Ministries Mantle Of Elisha Ministries Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation Mark A Henbury Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc Mark And Dorothy Smith Familyfoundation Marthas Meals Inc Marvel Wrestling Academy Marynn Vilarino Photography Foundation May Grisham Elementary PTA Melfred Borzall Foundation Mending Broken Vessels Inc Metro Bridging The Gap Inc Mexican Ladies Social Club Of Santa Maria Inc Mid-Coast Veterans Alliance Inc A California Nonprofit Corporation Minerva Club Building Preservation Fund Inc Minerva Club Trust Fund Inc Miyb California Inc Moms Club—Orcutt Oak Knolls Chapter Moms Club—Santa Maria Chapter Nanum Church Of Santa Maria National Society Of The Daughters Of The American Revolution—Captain Henry Sweetser National Society United States Daughters Of 1812—Uss Constitution Chapter Natural History Museum Santa Maria California New Covenant Presbyterian Church Newlove Christian Church Nina Toastmasters Club 80 Nipomo Bible Church Nipomo Foursquare Gospel Church Noor Omid Inc Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Roundtable Inc Northern Santa Barbara County United Way Inc Northwest Health Center Oasis Inc Old Town Orcutt Revitalization Association Inc Olive Grove Charter Schools Inc One Community Action Open Heavens Miranda Ranch Operation Rescue Inc Operation Webs Women Empowered Build Strong Orctt Foursquare Church Orcutt Academy High School Athletic Booster Club Inc Orcutt Academy High School PTSA Orcutt American Little League Orcutt Aquacenter Inc Orcutt Babe Ruth League Inc Orcutt Childrens Art Foundation Inc Orcutt Christian Church Orcutt Community Theater Orcutt Historical Society Orcutt Jr High PTSA Orcutt Lc Community Foundation Inc Orcutt National Little League Inc Orcutt Polo Association Orcutt Presbyterian Church Orcutt United Soccer League Orcutt Youth Football League Inc Orcutt Youth Lacrosse Association Orthodox Church Of The Annunciation Our Lady Of The Most Blessed Sacrament Magnificat Chapter Pacific Riptides Volleyball Club Inc Partnership Schools Of The Central Coast Patterson Road Elementary PTA Paul Cain Ministries Inc Pcpa Foundation A California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corp People For Leisure And Youth Inc People Of Action People Patch Preschool Inc Peter B Fitzgerald Community School PTA Phoenix Rising Catholic Foundation Pine Grove PTA Pinta Club Toastmasters #585189 Pioneer Park Foundation Inc Pioneer Valley High School Boosters Power Of God Christian Ctr Pratt Charitable Foundation Inc Project Lexi Brown Foundation Ralph Dunlap Elementary PTA Ray Anderson Rise And Achieve Youth Sports Parks And Recreation Reap The Harvest Rebuilding Educatonal Systems Through Our Raised Efforts Inc Red Oak Soccer Referee Association Redeemer Presbyterian Church Rejoice Inc Renuevo Fmc Rice Elementary PTA

Righetti Football Boosters Righetti High School Band Boosters Inc Robert Bruce Elementary PTC Rocketeer Rollers Incorporated Roy & Ida Eagle Foundation S M O O T H Inc Saddleback Valley Vineyard Saint Andrew Academy Of Music Saints Football Boosters Samaritans Compass International San Francisco Stage & Film San Ramon Chapel Preservation Committee Santa Barbara County Action Network Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation Inc Santa Barbara County Energy Coalition Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center Santa Barbara County United States Bowling Congress Youth 86019 Santa Barbara Family Care Center Santa Maria Anchor Of Life Discipleship Church Santa Maria Arts Council Inc Santa Maria Association For The Retarded Foundation Santa Maria Bethel Korean United Methodist Church Santa Maria Boys And Girls Club Foundation Inc Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Foundation Inc Santa Maria Church Science Of Mind Santa Maria Civic Theatre Santa Maria Cornerstone Church Santa Maria Covenant Church Santa Maria Fairpark Foundation Inc Santa Maria Fellowship Santa Maria FFA Santa Maria FFA Boosters Santa Maria Firefighters Benevolent Foundation Santa Maria Foursquare Church Santa Maria Foursquare Church Santa Maria Girls Softball Inc Santa Maria High School Santa Maria Japanese Community Center Santa Maria Kiwanis For Kids Inc Santa Maria Korean Church Santa Maria Korean Presbyterian Church Santa Maria Museum Of Flight Inc Santa Maria Northside Little League Santa Maria Pacific Christian Center Santa Maria Philharmonic Society Santa Maria Police Council Inc Santa Maria Police Officers Benevolent Foundation Inc Santa Maria Public Library Foundation Santa Maria Rescue Mission Santa Maria Rotary Foundation Santa Maria Southside Little League Santa Maria Swim Club Inc Santa Maria Thunder And Lightning Soccer Association Santa Maria Toastmasters Club 89 Santa Maria Valley Bike Run Santa Maria Valley Community Foundation Santa Maria Valley Council PTA Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Santa Maria Valley Fish Santa Maria Valley Foursquare Church Santa Maria Valley Historical Society Santa Maria Valley Humane Society Santa Maria Valley Open Space Santa Maria Valley Quilt Guild Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum Santa Maria Valley Sportsman Association Santa Maria Valley Young Mens Christian Association Santa Maria Ymca Foundation Inc Santa Maria Youth Football League Serve Santa Maria Inc Service Corps Of Retired Executives Association—Central Coast Chapter #491 Set Free Christian Fellowship Santa Maria Shaa Dann International Benefit Organization Shekinah Christian Fellowship Inc Shoes For Students Sign Post Byway Inc Sisters Of St Francis-Mt Alvernomarian Residence Social Advocates For Youth-Santa Maria Valley Youth & Fam Center Sojourn Inc Solid Rock Foundation For Children Inc South Santa Maria Rotary Foundation Southwest Section Of The Ninety-Nines Inc— Santa Maria Valley Chapter Soutni St John Neumann St Joseph High School St Louis De Montfort Church St Marys Church A Corp St Paul Missionary Baptist Church Of Santa Maria Incorporated Star Of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Supporting Orcutt Academys Academic Resources Foundation Inc Sweet Adelines International—Tri City Sound Swoosh Basketball Club Taylor Elementary School Teal Journey Ovarian Cancer Foundation


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SOME OF OUR LOCAL NON-PROFITS ACCORDING TO THE CALFORNIA FRANCHISE TAX BOARD Templo Cristiano El Salvador De Las Asambleas De Dios Templo El Salvador De Las Asamblaes De Dios Templo El Salvador De Las Asambleas The Bible Translation & Exegesis Institute Of America The Congregation Of The Hands Of Christ Inc The Ellis Hickman Rice Memorial Masonic Scholarship Trust Theosophical Book Association For The Blind Threshold Ministries Inc Toastmasters International—Biz Masters #7078912 Toastmasters International—Valle De Santa Maria #6972729 Tops Club of Santa Maria 295 Transitional Resourse Unification Support Technology Tree Amigos Of Orcutt Tunnell Elementary School PTA Two Trees Ministries Union Plaza United Ostomy Association of Santa MariaLompoc Unity Chapel Of Light V O I C E To My World Project Valley Art Gallery Victory Outreach of Santa Maria Vineyard 4-H Vineyard Christian Fellowship Of Santa Maria Valley Vtc Enterprises Walsh Ministries Warrior Boosters Club Of Righetti High School Western Baptist Home Mission Winners Of Off-Leash Freedom Inc Wonheart Word Of Hope Ministries World To You Write Young American Bowling Alliance—Santa Barbara County Chapter 5463

Santa Ynez‌ American Charities Foundation American Inns Of Court Foundation—Rodney S Melville Chapter #30390 Artist Advocacy Foundation Inc Blackbird Foundation Brownfields Foundation Inc Bruce Porter Fund For Student Resilience California Golden State Trapshooters Association California Native American Curriculum Foundation

California Welcome Initiative Carpinteria Boys And Girls Club Foundation Inc Chumash Museum And Cultural Education Foundation Chumash Toastmasters #950438 Cloverlane Foundation Cultural Research Solutions For Development Every 7Th Galway Ministries Global Leadership Connection Inc Goleta Valley Toastmasters #878 H E A R T Works Center Inc Hidden Wings Higgins-Trapnell Family Foundation Katherine Estes Rogers Foundation Inc Kenneth Jonsson Family Foundation Kingdom Kids Intl Liberty Cap Foundation Los Adobes De Los Rancheros Los Olivos Community Organization Inc Mechapirates Team 5136 Miltons Mutts Inc Mooney Foundation Inc National Charity League Inc Santa Ynez Chapter National Reined Cow Horse Foundation Inc Netlink Church Consulting Inc One Vision One World Qued Up Foundation Robert And Carol Jackson Charitable Foundation Rona Barrett Foundation Safi For Kids San Lorenzo Foundation Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Aerosquadron Santa Ynez Fellowship Church Inc Santa Ynez High Boosters Inc Santa Ynez Valley Airport Authority Santa Ynez Valley Boys Baseball League Inc Santa Ynez Valley Charter School Inc Santa Ynez Valley Chorale Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy Santa Ynez Valley Community Aquatics Foundation Santa Ynez Valley Education Foundation Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Association Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community Santa Ynez Valley Music Boosters Santa Ynez Valley Opportunity Shop Santa Ynez Valley Pony Club Santa Ynez Valley Union High PTSA Santa Ynez Valley Youth Tennis

Shalom Shalom Shepherd Of The Valley Lutheran Church Sy Wildcats Basketball Club Syv Fruit & Vegetable Rescue The Janet Langdon Handtmann Family Foundation The@Bert R Cohen Family Foundation Vest Christian Ministries Inc We Support The Troops Inc Wilczak Family Foundation Williams Foundation Zaca Charitable Foundation Inc Zaca Lake Foundation Inc

Solvang‌ Act II Valley Community Theatre Animal Rescue Team Inc Atterdag At Home Inc B4T9 Womens Cycling Team Ballard PTA Bricklayers & Allied Crftsmn 41 Lo Un 11 Of Ca Apprntchp Tr Fund California Organization For Public Safety Carob Tree Foundation Central Coast Economic Forecast Clyde & Mary Lou Porter Foundation Community Robotics Learning Foundation Craig Bellamy Foundation Cupcakes For Cancer District Export Council Of Southern California Eco Angel Enterprises Endowment For Youth Committee Endowment Fund Of The Solvang Lutheran Home Finlandia Foundation National Inc Finlandia Foundation Trust Finnish Lutheran Ministry Friends Of The Library Of Santa Ynez Valley Inc Geoffrey Claflin & Alison Wrigley Rusack Family Foundation Gilbert And Bertha Saarloos Family Foundation Golden Trout Natural History Workshop Hacienda Oholland Animal Care Foundation Inc Happy Endings Animal Rescue Sanctuary Healthy Child Healthy World Inc Heavens Healing Touch Ministries Inc Hope4Marriages Inspired Works Join-Up International Inc Kei Lin Foundation Kei Lin Foundation Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation

Lambert Foundation Inc Lil Orphan Hammies Little Village Foundation Magic Light Foundation National Council Of Teachers Of English— Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning Old Mission Santa Ines Rancho Santa Ynez Christian School Rios Promise Rosario Curletti Trust 113086 Ryan Oshaughnessy Memorial Foundation Sant Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation Santa Ynez Bandits Santa Ynez Valley Christian Fellowship Santa Ynez Valley Foundation Santa Ynez Valley Foursquare Church Santa Ynez Valley Girls Softball Association Santa Ynez Valley Outreach Center Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club Foundation Santa Ynez Valley Senior Advisory Council Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program Santa Ynez Valley Wind Ensemble Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation Santa Ynez Valley Youth Sports Foundation Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha Inc Sci Research Advancement Simply Aloha Solvang Danish Days Foundation Solvang Friendship House Solvang Friendship House Foundation Solvang Heritage Associates Solvang Lutheran Home Inc Solvang Parent Teacher Organization Solvang Rotary Club Foundation Solvang School Education Foundation Solvang Theaterfest Soul Survivor Central Coast Sports Fund Inc Strength Behind Stars Students With Hearts Inc The Brumley Guinan Gunter Foundatio N The Ranch—A Calvary Chapel Church The Wildling Museum Touch The Future Inc Trinity Baptist Church Of The Santa Ynez Valley Ugly Duckling Foundation Inc Viking Charities Inc Womens Environmental Watch Youth Empowered Sports Club

For over 60 years, Kirk & Simas has served major industries, Guadalupe Beach Cleanup – September 21, 2019 preeminent business enterprises, and the families that operate As part of Coastal Cleanup Day, the Kirk & Simas Team picked and support these enterprises across the Central Coast. The Firm’s up 60 lbs. of trash along the shore of Guadalupe Beach. attorneys are leaders and experts in their fields providing creative, exceptional and personalized legal representation across a diverse range of practices. As a full service law firm, Kirk & Simas emphasizes Business and Real Estate, Employment Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Civil Litigation, Oil and Gas Law and Landlord Tenant Law. Alex Simas and Karen O’Neil, senior attorneys, lead our team of associate attorneys: Matthew Nash, Anthony Principe, Maribel Aguilera and Christian Salgado. This exceptional group of attorneys is supported by a team of skilled legal professionals and our administration team. We are here to serve our community – to build a place we can be proud of, to do meaningful work, and to share the success with our families, neighbors and friends. The work that we do for our clients is enhanced, because Kirk & Simas serves our community through volunteerism. It is important to the entire Kirk & Simas Team that we make a difference in the Central Coast Community, and we seek opportunities to participate in various charities and events that add value to us, our families and our neighbors. Here are some of the events we have participated in this year:

Farm Day – September 28, 2019

This special Day helped us all become aware of many and various ways agriculture plays a significant role in our community.

Mental Health Walk – April 27, 2019

This event raised awareness surrounding the mental health issues that affect families and communities locally, and around the state of California.

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HOW TO GET THEM INVOLVED ‌According to a review published in 2014 by the Institute for Volunteering Research, teen volunteers demonstrate higher levels of well-being, personal development and social connectedness than their non-volunteer peers. This evidence suggests that getting your own teen involved in volunteering will provide them not only a chance to fill out their resumes, but also the opportunity to become happier, more well-rounded individuals.

efits that volunteer work affords them. Research reported on in the 2014 review indicates that teens that do volunteer work have higher self-esteem and resilience than those that don’t.

How to encourage teens to volunteer

One of the best ways to get teens to volunteer is to lead by example. This can mean volunteering yourself when you get the chance, or doing volunteer activities as a family, which has Why teens should the added advantage of promoting bonding and mutual respect volunteer between the family members Volunteering can promote involved. various aptitudes in teens such as leadership and communica- Where teens should tion skills, which will serve them volunteer well in their educational pursuits and on the job market. However, It’s most motivating for young there are also psychological ben- people when they can select vol-

unteer opportunities that align with their passions, interests and ambitions. There are a large number of potential places where teens can volunteer, including: „„ Seniors’ residences „„ Animal shelters „„ Libraries „„ Food banks „„ Community centers It’s worth pointing out that not all volunteering opportunities require a long-term, ongoing commitment. Charity fundraisers like run-for-thecause events and community occasions like the town’s Easter parade often require volunteers for only one or two days. Volunteer experience invariably strengthens a young person’s resume; however, the real value of volunteering is emphatically the positive impact it has on others as well as on the volunteer.

Volunteering opportunities for seniors ‌Studies have shown that volunteering has a positive effect on seniors’ well-being and can even help stave off neurological problems associated with old age, including depression and dementia. If you’re a retiree looking to volunteer your time and skills, here are some ways you can give back to your community: 1. Offer pro bono services. One way to volunteer during your retirement is to use your professional skills to help people in need for free. For instance, if you used to be an accountant, you can volunteer to help low-income families or recent immigrants prepare their tax returns. If you used to be a lawyer, you can offer free legal assistance to groups in need. 2. Support causes you’re passionate about. Take advantage of your retirement years to get involved with activist movements that inspire you. Whether it’s campaigning for political candidates or writing letters advocating legislative changes, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to further the causes you’re passionate about.

3. Mentor children. One of the best ways to contribute to your community is to volunteer to tutor or mentor kids—especially those who may not receive the academic and emotional support they need at home—through local schools and educational programs. Working with children can be a great way to bridge the generation gap while making a substantial difference in a young person’s life. 4. Work with immigrant communities. Volunteer to help recent immigrants acclimatize to life in the United States. You can do things like help with job applications, child care and English language learning, or simply offer support and companionship as families adjust to their new country. For further volunteer opportunities, you can get involved with Senior Corps, a network of national service programs for Americans 55 and older. Find out more by visiting programs/senior-corps/whatsenior-corps.

your flowers are so pretty and from your garden and you picked them for me oh, they’re not for me for your friend how nice

It just feels right… It’s apparent in the small things; warm smiles and first-name hellos, family photos and handmade artwork on the walls. It’s present in the homey touches: cozy furnishings, tranquil gardens and resident dog Chloe ready to greet visitors and cat Leo, cuddling up on a residents lap. This is Friendship House, providing residential care to elders and those with Alzheimer’s for over 40 years. Friendship House continues to operate with founder, Dr. Lou Netzer’s, vision in mind by providing personalized attention and the continuity of care that residents and families have come to expect and appreciate. Friendship House is a certified Eden Alternative Home with expanded services including a Life Enrichment Day Program and overnight respite room to the community on an as need basis.

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Come take a look at the new generation of Friendship House. Stop by for a tour, visit a friend living here, attend an Alzheimer’s support group or educational workshop, or volunteer your talents. For additional information on Friendship House please visit

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We have several lovely gardens where our residents can walk or enjoy sitting areas. And yes, pick the flowers. Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care since 1978 880 Friendship Lane • Solvang, CA 93464 805.688.8748


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Hancock Promise Campaign Passes $3.5 Million in Donations In only two years, the Allan Hancock College Foundation has secured over $3.5 million in cash and pledges to the Hancock Promise Fund, a permanent endowment ensuring the viability of the Hancock Promise scholarship program at the college. The total campaign goal is $10 million, which will ensure that firstyear tuition and fees are covered for local high school students in perpetuity. The Hancock Promise program guarantees that northern Santa Barbara County students can attend the college free of charge their first year immediately following their completion of high school. In the second incoming class in fall 2019, over 1,500 local students took advantage of the program—a 60 percent increase in high school graduates from northern Santa Barbara County coming to Hancock College over the last two years. “The faculty and staff at Allan Hancock College reject the idea that college attainment should be reserved for a select few, based on their family’s ability to pay tuition,”says Allan Hancock College Superintendent/ President Kevin G. Walthers.“We believe that we are changing the odds for our community by offering pathways into careers that allows young people to support themselves and a family on the Central Coast.” “The Hancock Promise is free for students but not for the college,”says Executive Director of College Advancement Jon Hooten.“So, we are raising funds from the communities we serve— from Santa Maria to Santa Ynez—to help fill the gaps and cover the costs of this important commitment to the young people in our region.” Nearly 200 local individuals, companies, foundations, and community organizations such as Rotary and Kiwanas clubs have contributed to the Hancock Promise Fund, including a $1 million commitment from Mechanics Bank (formerly Rabobank). The campaign is on-going as the college’s centennial year approaches in 2020-21. Major contributors to the campaign (with commitments over $30,000) include the Bartlett Family Foundation, the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, the Mark and Dorothy Smith Family Foundation, PG&E Corporation Foundation, Mary and Ron Nanning, and the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation. Contributors with gifts over $15,000 include AERA Energy, PG&E Company, the Roy and Ida Eagle Foundation, Santa Maria Kiwanas 4 Kids, the Murphy Family Foundation, and Union Bank. To make a gift to support the Hancock Promise, contact the Allan Hancock College Foundation at 805-925-2004 or go to

Hancock Promise Breaking Enrollment Records from Local Schools over 900 students in 2017. In total, fifty-three percent of high school graduates in northern Santa Barbara County this past year enrolled at Hancock College in fall 2019. Enrollments of Hispanic, low income, and first generation students are also up significantly over the last two years.

For the second straight year, the popular Hancock Promise scholarship program attracted over half of the graduates from top local high schools to Allan Hancock College as they take advantage of the

“First Year Free at AHC.” This fall, more than 1,500 graduates from northern Santa Barbara County high schools enrolled in the Hancock Promise—a sixty percent increase from just

Nearly all local high schools showed increased enrollment at Hancock in the fall 2019 semester. Enrollments from Pioneer Valley and Ernest Righetti high schools increased for the second straight year, and Santa Maria High School maintained its

Promise Student Seeks to Serve Santa Maria Community Lupita Ríos has a big heart for her community, and she’s attending Hancock College to find solutions to the social problems she has experienced firsthand. The Allan Hancock College student was born and raised in northern Santa Maria, and her life followed a path familiar to many families in the area. She attended Robert Bruce Elementary and participated in the Boys and Girls Club after-school programs across the street. As a junior high student, Lupita had an important role model—her oldest sister—who demonstrated by example that college was a possibility for her younger siblings. Witnessing this put Lupita’s life on a new trajectory. Lupita developed into a leader among her 2,700 peers at Pioneer Valley High School. She was elected president of the Future Leaders of America student government organization and helped organize a student leadership conference. She also became an advocate for solutions to social problems facing Santa Maria’s disadvantaged communities. After the 2018

enrollment jump from last year. Additionally, Lompoc and Cabrillo high schools, as well as Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, all saw enrollment jumps this year. “In only two years, the Hancock Promise has thrown open the doors and provided amazing opportunities for hundreds more local students,”says Executive Director of College Advancement Jon Hooten. “As we talk to these inspiring young people, we’re learning that many would not have attended college at all if the Hancock Promise were not available.” First-year student John

When Lupita first heard about the Hancock Promise program and that she could begin college without the burden of paying tuition and fees, she was interested. She signed up for Hancock’s summer classes after high school graduation. She loved the experience so much that she registered as a full-time Hancock Promise student in fall 2018 to major in political science. It didn’t take long for her leadership abilities to emerge at Hancock as well. She is active in student government and serves in leadership positions via various student clubs. Lupita is also becoming

more involved in offcampus leadership. Last spring, she was a volunteer coordinator for the successful launch of the Santa Maria Open Streets festival, and currently serves on the board of Corazon del Pueblo, the new cultural and arts center on west Main Street in Santa Maria. She also worked on the successful city council campaign of Gloria Soto and honored by the Santa Barbara County Action Network for her outstanding contributions to the community.

and providing hope for individual students and their families,”Hooten says. “We must ensure that this promise is permanent and, regardless of the whims of state funding, that our community can continue this promise forever.”

According to second-year student Staci Tilley, the Hancock Promise is saving her thousands of dollars in student debt while she prepares to transfer to a four-year university and study neuropsychology.

To qualify for the Hancock Promise, students are required to have graduated from a local high school, enroll at Hancock for at least 12 units (including a math or English course), complete their financial aid forms, and submit an educational plan to the college.

“Clearly, the funding provided by the Hancock Promise is changing the odds in our community

Major Gift to Benefit Hancock Nursing Programs Allan Hancock College received a generous gift from the estate of the late Barbara Andrastek, a Santa Maria resident who bequeathed $380,000 to the college’s nursing programs.

school shooting in Parkland, Fla., she spoke out at a rally against gun violence, telling the stories of how she too had friends and family members affected by local shootings.

Tonascia is one such student.“If the Hancock Promise scholarship wasn’t available, I’d still be flipping burgers,”he said.“Now, I’m studying psychology and want to be a professional therapist one day.”

“We are always deeply moved when a member of the community leaves a gift for Hancock students in their estate plans,”said Executive Director of College Advancement Jon Hooten. “Mrs. Andrastek was never a student at Hancock, but her legacy will live on through generations of nursing students here.” Andrastek passed away at the age of 84 on March

23, 2018. The gift from her estate was placed in a permanent endowment that will benefit Hancock’s nursing programs into perpetuity. The college’s nursing programs currently plan to use the funds to further develop skills simulation and clinical support for students in Hancock’s Licensed Vocation Nursing (LVN), Certified Nursing Assisting (CNA) and Registered Nurs ing (RN) programs. “The generous donation to our nursing programs will be thoughtfully used to promote and support

clinical student learning in the skills lab setting,”said Hancock LVN Program Director and Instructor Bonny Friedrich.“This has been an area of significant need, and the gift will enable the faculty to address this important aspect of student learning.” Hancock’s nursing programs are fully approved and accredited by the State of California and allow graduates to pursue careers in hospitals, clinics, physicians’offices, research study programs, and more.

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The Campaign for the Hancock Promise Fund To ensure the Hancock Promise is an enduring commitment in our community, Allan Hancock College Foundation is raising $10 million to establish the Hancock Promise Fund—a permanent endowment that will remove financial barriers to college entrance for local high school graduates. Join us as we change the odds for generations to come. For more information and to make a gift visit or call 1-805-925-2004.

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HELPING BUILD STRONG FAMILIES More than 1,250 families

in Lompoc and the Santa Maria Valley received intensive case management, mental health counseling, and educational programs for parenting, healthy relationships, and other life skills through Family Service Agency (FSA) and Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center (SMVYFC) last year. In addition, FSA-SMVYFC provided more than 8,500 families with information and referrals to community resources.

DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS? Lompoc’s Dorothy Jackson Family Resource Center Relocates To better accommodate the needs of families, Family Service Agency’s (FSA) well-known Dorothy Jackson Family Resource Center (DJFRC) has moved to a larger facility at 646 North H Street in Lompoc. “The Dorothy Jackson Center has been a community resource for over 25 years,” said Program Manager, Ashleigh Erving. “Our new location offers improved facilities for our parenting and healthy relationship classes as well as an opportunity to collaborate with other local agencies.” The DJFRC is the only program of its kind in Lompoc that advocates for families and individuals who face poverty, homelessness, family violence, substance abuse, and unemployment. Through outreach, basic needs support, education, and counseling services, the program empowers at-risk individuals and families to attain self-sufficiency. Santa Maria Youth & Family Center Undergoes Needed Improvements Thanks to funding from the City of Santa Maria, the Youth & Family Center located at 105 North Lincoln Boulevard will get needed facility upgrades, including a new roof and HVAC units. “We are extremely grateful for the city’s assistance,” said Steve DeLira, Deputy Executive Director. “This building has become a trusted community resource for mental health and family support services. These improvements will enhance our ability to serve Santa Maria families.” The Center will remain open through the improvements, which are expected to run through the end of the year.

Ana and her children are managing on their own thanks to assistance from Family Service Agency.

One’s Family’s Story of Resiliency family advocate also connected her to Domestic Violence Solutions and employment resources. After a few months, Ana’s depression decreased and her self-esteem improved as she moved forward with positive actions for herself and her family. FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES include case management, parent education and leadership development. Family-centered, strengths-based case management helps families attain self-sufficiency. TRAUMA-INFORMED

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING is one-onone therapy that includes crisis intervention as well as treatment for unresolved trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, and self-harming behavior. GUADALUPE PARENT ACADEMY at the Little House by the Park focuses on parent involvement. Research shows that when parents are engaged in their education and community, children’s success rates soar, and the overall conditions of the community improve.

For more information about Family Service Agency, Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center, and Little House by the Park, visit

FSA services are provided at multiple locations Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center 105 North Lincoln Street Lompoc Dorothy Jackson Family Resource Center 646 North H Street Lompoc Office 101 South B Street Guadalupe Little House By The Park 4681 11th Street

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Ana, a mother of three young children, recently separated from her husband due to domestic violence. Alone for the first time since she was married, Ana wasn’t sure how her family was going to make it financially. FSA’s family advocate talked with Ana about her needs and assessed her for post-partum depression. The advocate helped Ana sign up for health insurance and access other basic needs like food and heating assistance. Ana was referred to mental health counseling for her post-partum depression. The

FSA and Guadalupe’s Little House by the Park Merge In July FSA merged operations with the Little House by the Park. “Little House by the Park’s name, identify, vision, and good work in the community will continue uninterrupted,” said Sam Duarte, Director, Little House by the Park. “Bringing the strengths of both organizations together creates the opportunity for increased services in Guadalupe as well as greater stability and organizational efficiency.”

Last year, we provided basic needs support and mental health counseling to more than 24,000 vulnerable children, families, and seniors countywide. Join us in Strengthening our Community. Volunteer or Donate at


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Volunteer at VtC enterprises! We are grateful to the people and organizations who volunteer their time and resources to teach new skills and offer fresh experiences to the individuals at VTC. We so value their involvement with us! Thank you to the Ian M. Hassett Foundation for providing high quality, inspiring art classes taught by local working artists; to Love on a Leash Central Coast for bringing the kind of love, acceptance and wordless communication unique to dogs; to Christopher L. Diaz, Professor of Music at Allan Hancock College, for bringing the gift of musical expression through voice and percussion instruction; and to the countless supporters who have helped us with events and fundraising. Would you like to join our team of volunteers too? Just a bit of your time can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in our community. It takes a lot to keep things humming along at VTC, and there are a variety of ways your time and experience would be much appreciated. Whether behind the scenes or face-to-face, all of these volunteer opportunities are important to our mission of assisting the individuals we serve in meeting their life goals. Both groups and individual volunteers are welcome! Please contact us if any of the following areas of need would be of interest to you! Help with the upkeep of our facilities, vehicles and equipment: • Paint and patch touch-ups • Minor repairs • Weeding/planting/caring for garden areas • Cleaning classrooms and training spaces • Small engine repair/tune ups • Vehicle detailing/cleaning Assist individuals with enrichment activities: • Swim class • Music class • Art class • Individualized community based activities • Exercise program in Lompoc • Computer lab Offer other skills and talents: • Thrift store merchandising • Greeters (Customer Service) • Fundraising events (Golf Tournament, Elks Rodeo Queen Campaign, Open House, Parade, Spring Fling)

Please consider joining our amazing team of volunteer drivers. Being a MOW volunteer is a very rewarding experience. Not only does our client receive a hot meal but also has social contact with our driver, which can often be the high point of their day. You may choose to drive once a week or every other week. Meals are picked up at 11:00 am and your deliveries are completed by 12:30 pm. Meals on Wheels - Santa Maria Valley founded in 1971, is an independent community-based nonprofit powered by volunteers. We are not affiliated with any other local organization that provides home delivered meals to seniors.


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About us

Veggie Rescue collects excess produce from local farms, backyards then distributes it directly farmers markets and backyar to schools and organizations serving those in need, at no cost to the recipient. We accept donations.


In late 2010 – armed with a pickup truck – a small but dedicated group of volunteer gleaners and a handful of farmers willing to open their fields filled the first boxes of rescued veggies. By the end of 2011, Santa Ynez Valley Fruit & Vegetable Rescue, or Veggie Rescue as it has come to be known, was officially a Nonprofit Corporation, and had delivered 50,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.


As the or organization has grown, Veggie Rescue has nurtured our community in countless other ways. Collaborating with NatureTrack, Veggie Rescue developed Farm Track, where children can get their hands dirty gleaning, learning about how their food grows and how agriculture depends on a healthy environment.


Veggie Rescue has a long-standing and popular “Reach in for Nutrition” program at two local Senior Centers. Reach-in coolers were installed at each location and they are stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, ensuring nutritious food is available to those with limited budgets.

Produce delivered since we sprouted through September, 2019: 945,720 POUNDS! Food Budget Savings: $1,515,544.00

The mission of Veggie Rescue is to improve the nutrition and quality of life for community members who are struggling with food insecurity by providing them with healthy, local produce and high quality prepared food, and to work with farmers and local businesses to reduce food waste. To carry out this mission, Veggie Rescue collects fresh fruits, vegetables and prepared food from local farms, farmers markets, backyards and businesses, then delivers this food directly to nonprofit recipient organizations and schools feeding community members in need.


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Volunteer as a Christmas Ambassador With

The Salvation Army Santa Maria Bell Ringing is great for ALL AGES Ring with your family, friends, co-workers, and community organizations! Bell Ringing season is Mid-November until Christmas Your help goes a long way for people in need! Services include: • Christmas Programs • Homeless Assistance • Disaster Response • Youth Services • Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation • HIV/AIDS Advocacy • Food Assistance

Wherever there is a need in Santa Maria

you’ll find The Salvation Army. Find out how you can help.

Cure Hunger

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Help Us Do The Most Good. Our programs are made possible because of generous donors that give back to their communities in a variety of ways. Text2Give and use our zip code 93454 to keep your donation local.

Our motto of “heart to God, hand to man” is put into action every day as we change lives and transform communities.

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HOPE NEEDS A HELPING HAND Serving children in crisis Children who have experienced abuse or neglect face a frightening, profound unknown. Courtrooms. Foster care. New schools. A revolving door of wellmeaning professionals. All while dealing with the trauma of abuse or neglect. At CASA of Santa Barbara County, we make sure these children don’t face the dependency court and foster care system alone. Addressing an urgent need Children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect are among the most vulnerable populations in America. A child in foster care may have faced physical, psychological or emotional trauma and years of uncertainty as they wait to go home, be adopted or simply see what happens next. All that chaos has long-term effects. Young people who have spent time in foster care are more likely to face incarceration, homelessness, and unemployment. They are less likely to graduate high school and more likely to be victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Changing a child’s story During a child’s time in the foster care system, he or she might have dozens of social workers, attorneys, therapists, teachers, and caregivers—but will have only one CASA volunteer. For many, their CASA volunteer is the one consistent person in their life.

P: (805) 739-9102 W: SBCASA.ORG SOCIAL MEDIA sbcasa SB_CASA sbcasa casa-of-santa-barbara-county MISSION The Mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is to assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system.

Our highly-trained court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers get to know the child they are assigned to and are by their side, advocating for their best interests in the courtroom and the community. CASA volunteers make sure each child’s individual needs remain a priority in an overburdened child welfare system.


Helping one child at a time CASA volunteers are appointed by the juvenile court judge to advocate for a child’s best interests. They stay with the child until their case is closed and they reach a safe, permanent home. Volunteers work with legal and child welfare professionals, educators and others to ensure that judges have all the information they need to make potentially life-changing decisions for each child. The power of one caring adult

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285 CASA volunteers donated a total of 23,629 hours to change the lives of 510 children SUPPORT CASA Become a CASA volunteer Sponsor a Child $2,500 a year Join the Circle of Hope $20 monthly donation Christmas Gift Drive

CASA volunteers are there to change lives at the most challenging time in a child’s life, and they do. Multiple studies have shown that children who have experienced abuse or neglect fare better with a CASA volunteer by their side. They are more likely to find a safe, permanent home, more likely to succeed in school, and half as likely to re-enter the foster care system. Every month, there are more children entering the foster care system who still need the powerful advocacy of a CASA volunteer. With your help, we can recruit, train and support more volunteers to reach more children in need.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS CASA Ducky Derby: April 26, 2020 Fall Gala: September 2020

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There’s no place like hope. CASA volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Every year, more than 500 children in our community depend on a CASA volunteer to speak up for their best interests. Every child deserves to find a safe, permanent, and nurturing home. Learn how you can support CASA of Santa Barbara County, and change a child’s story.


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Healthy Food for All! The Foodbank provides those facing hunger in Santa Barbara County with 10 million pounds of healthy food - 1/2 of which is fresh produce. The Foodbank also steps up when unexpected needs for food arise, such as natural disasters, government shutdowns, or when children in immigrant families are afraid to visit summer lunch sites. Education The Foodbank provides healthy food and education to children from pre-school to high school. Toddlers explore and taste seasonal fruits and veggies. Bigger kids learn to cook, from apple-race cars to tofu breakfast scrambles and ratatouille. Food as Medicine brings nutrition knowledge to the larger community through live events, podcasts and newsletters. Disaster preparedness The Foodbank is building plans to keep all of us healthy when disaster strikes -- disaster food boxes, a preparedness conference, and a county-wide feeding plan are building a more resilient community. Foodbank Gifts! High-quality, environmentally responsible water bottles, organic cotton aprons, tees and hoodies, hats, pins and totes make great holiday gifts and let you sport your support of the Foodbank in style and make great holiday gifts! Content provided by Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

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Provides 10 million pounds of healthy groceries ½ is fresh produce! 75% of people who receive food from the Foodbank live in North County!

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Who & What is People Helping People? People Helping People is a certified 501-c3 non-profit agency. It is the principal organization on the Central Coast, from Gaviota to Los Alamos and the San Marcos Pass to the Lompoc Valley, furnishing essential human services to feed the hungry, prevent homelessness, deliver health care to the uninsured, keep families safe from domestic violence, and much more. People Helping People provides a hand-up with the goal of developing self-sufficiency. And, all of this is accomplished due to the generous donations and thousands of volunteer hours of community members. For more information: Our Programs & Services: BaSic NeedS Food Utility Assistance Homelessness Prevention HealtH care ServiceS Community Health Access Children and Adult Dental Funds Counseling Intern Program Family SuPPOrt ServiceS Family Strengthening Advocacy Domestic Violence Prevention Parent Education Child Abuse Prevention Christmas Fulfill-A-Wish cHildreN aNd yOutH ServiceS Los Alamos Youth Program Youth Coalition Scholarships Mental Health Wellness Student Drug Action Network (SPAN) Mentoring

Help us Help Others! donate a turkey this thanksgiving

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Thank You at This Special Time of Year! The Santa Ynez Valley is a special place to live because of the caring, compassionate, and giving people that donate their time, energy, and money to helping those who are less fortunate than themselves. This Community and People Helping People would be a different place without the many donors and volunteers who step up each year to make a positive difference in the lives of their neighbors. A 27 YEAR LEGACY OF “CHANGING LIVES FOR THE BETTER” 00 1

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Oscar Velasco and Victoria Juarez, president and CEO of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Meet Oscar Velasco. A Santa Maria native, Oscar is the first person in his family to earn a college degree. He plans to become a teacher. Oscar was able to attend college because he received financial aid advice and scholarships from the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. In 2019, 1,451 of our scholarship recipients were from northern Santa Barbara County, and thanks to the generosity of our donors, they received more than $4 million in scholarship awards.


good for families, good for businesses, and good for our community. Please support our important work with your tax-deductible donation today. For more information or to encourage someone you know to apply for a scholarship, contact us at: SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION of SANTA BARBARA P.O. Box 3620, Santa Barbara, CA 93130 (805) 687-6065 •

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