COVID19 - What You Can Do

MARCH 24, 2020

When you feel helpless, you still have the power to do the most good. As we continue social distancing and self-quarantine, it’s natural to feel isolated. Fortunately, even in isolation, we can still help the most vulnerable among us.

Here are five things you can do to help in the face of COVID-19:


Season of Giving


Lynda’s four grandchildren (for whom she is their legal guardian) recently made a large move from Santa Maria to Santa Ynez to be closer to work and cut down on travel expenses, but this large one cost did not allow her to reserve money for purchasing Christmas presents. Lynda’s grandchildren were Fun in the Sun students in Santa Ynez and had a transformative experience with the program, staff, and volunteers!

YLS-6 Years of Volunteerism, Professional Development & Networking


Young Leaders Society (YLS) was inaugurated 6 years ago as an effort to galvanize the young professionals in Santa Barbara County toward leadership and engagement in the local community. Societies and cities are strongest when leadership is being continuously renewed. When a city lacks a strong emergent group of leaders, it eventually suffers from a “leadership vacuum” that slows and stifles the momentum put towards solving community issues and civic growth.

Partner Spotlight- Errett Fisher Foundation


United Way of Santa Barbara County is ecstatic to announce a $120,000 grant from the Errett Fisher Foundation to support the newly-established Santa Ynez Valley site of Fun in the Sun for the next three years!

The grant ensures that United Way has seed funding that will guarantee this additional site through 2018 and beyond to serve dozens of Santa Ynez Valley’s disadvantaged children and families each summer.