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Post date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 9:39am

Donors from Women United, L3 Harris, Northern Trust, Cottage Hospital, AGIA Affinity, and attendees of the United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Seasons of Giving and Holiday Market events spread holiday cheer to 153 adopted children and families. These donors purchased and distributed over 500 gifts to Harding Elementary, Franklin Elementary, La Patera Elementary, Isla Vista Youth Projects, and the general community throughout Santa Barbara County.

Seasons of Giving Event Chair, Shari Liu, and her daughter help  distribute over 500 gifts to children...
Post date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:18pm

Megan* was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant.

The Santa Barbara School District did such an amazing job of supplying her with the social and academic resources she needed during the school year, but when summer came around, she would lose some of the strides that she made during the year because of the long break. Her mother then learned at a United Way presentation at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust (now Union Bank) about United Way’s United for Literacy initiative that provides students 24/7 access to practice and enhance literacy skills through online Power Reading software...

Post date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:06pm

For many of Santa Barbara’s littlest learners without preschool experience, the transition to kindergarten can be a difficult adjustment. Kindergarten will be their very first exposure to classroom learning and can reveal that they are behind their peers. These students often are afraid to be away from home and family for the first time; have very limited knowledge of letters, numbers, shapes, and colors; may not have learned classroom behaviors like sitting quietly, raising their hands, or sharing; and some may not know their own name.

During Kindergarten Success Institutes (KSI),...