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Post date: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 14:20

Pictured: Britt Ortiz (center, right) with UCSB's EAOP team.

     With the deadline for filing taxes fast approaching, UWSBC, the UCSB Office of Financial Aid, and UCSB's Early Academic Outreach Program are partnering to provide Financial Aid Workshops and Filing Assistance for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The bilingual workshops will review financial aid information, and allow applicants to complete the FAFSA with assistance from trained partners. 

     Financial aid workshops will take...

Post date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 09:24

   One of United for Literacy’s newest expansions, the Goleta Literacy Partnership, has garnered strong support from local community members, including those who attended Red Feather Ball, as well as other businesses and individuals.

   Thanks to the support of 20 organizations and individuals, we have raised over $150,000 in financial support to launch the Goleta Literacy Partnership. The Goleta Literacy Partnership is a first of its kind partnership between Goleta Union School District (GUSD) and UWSBC to provide three-year district-wide literacy improvement in GUSD. This...

Post date: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 11:08
United Way of Santa Barbara County recently sat down with two of our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers from UCSB, Emily Tsai and Andres Gomez, to talk with them about their personal perspective of the program, their experience as volunteers, and the decision that led them to partner up with VITA this year.    1. How have you seen Individuals/Families Impacted by VITA?   Emily Tsai: "A lot of our clients that come have simple returns, but they can wind up spending more than they need to if they have their taxes prepared elsewhere. I am always happy to show our community that...
Post date: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 11:45
Interview with Veronica Binkley, Principal of Harding Elementary School   Q: How have you been personally connected to United Way?        My personal relationship with United Way began when I started at Harding Elementary School in 2014. They supported us with [implementation of] Lexia and Reading Plus, which is a large component of our balanced literacy plan. UWSBC and Harding also provide a Kindergarten Success Institute, which smooths the transition into school for our little learners. UWSBC also offers Fun in the Sun, which is an engaging and enriching summer learning program hosted at...
Post date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 11:32

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Post date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 11:05

    The Charitable Foundation, a unique arm of Berkshire Hathaway, recently donated $2,000 to United Way of Santa Barbara County to help support the Goleta Literacy Partnership, which provides literacy tools and techniques to students in every school in Goleta Union School District.

    In partnership with the District, UWSBC is providing students with an individualized, internet-based, adaptive program that moves students forward at their own pace. Also provided: specialized training for teachers, who can give each student individual attention as needed.   

Post date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 10:57

     Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a free tax preparation service for individuals and families in Santa Barbara County. Tax returns are prepared and completed by IRS-certified volunteers each year from February through April throughout southern Santa Barbara County.        Manuela, portfolio manager at Montecito Bank and Trust, moved to Santa Barbara from Austria three years ago. Her husband came here to do research and they both began the journey of getting to know a new place. Manuela decided to attend UCSB and after finishing her degree joined the Montecito Bank...
Post date: Monday, November 7, 2016 - 16:52
        This month, Brianne Aguilar, General Manager of Atlantic Aviation, presented a $2,000 corporate gift to United Way of Santa Barbara County. Brianne stated, "Active involvement in the communities we serve is a priority, and giving back is more than a commitment. It's part of our DNA. Atlantic is honored to contribute to the United Way of Santa Barbara County. United Way's focus to identify and resolve community issues and make measureable changes in those communities is truly inspiring."
       Atlantic Aviation is a chain of Fixed-Base Operators (FBO's) that offers ground...
Post date: Monday, November 7, 2016 - 16:50
"Fun in the Sun has impacted me; I feel like I am making a difference. It has also made me a better teacher." - Lynne Vargas
  Lynne Vargas is a vibrant, enthusiastic, and passionate 4th grade teacher at Oak Hill Elementary School. After 20 years of teaching, Lynne has had the privilege of working with a variety of students, many of whom she has seen excel and move on to higher education. 
  In the summer of 2014 when Lynne received the letter regarding United Way of Santa Barbara County's summer program Fun in the Sun (FITS), she had no idea of the great impact it would have in her...