Our Collective Commitment to Racial Justice

United Way of Santa Barbara County shares in the deep sorrow of our neighbors, and we stand in solidarity with those uniting for justice and change in order to overcome the continued loss and devaluing of lives, rooted in a deeply painful history of violence against our communities of color. 
United, we have the power to dismantle racism and to create a just nation for all. But it will require great change, and it will require all of us to use our voices, platforms, and relationships to stand up for each other and for justice. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we have always worked with and formed coalitions among sometimes unlikely allies—corporations and small businesses, philanthropic and charitable institutions, elected and unelected leaders, service providers and community advocates—to tackle complex challenges, including disparate access to education and health care starkly revealed by the pandemic. Moving forward we will continue to create allies and partners to improve justice and equity in our community.

We invite all those who receive this message to join us in this work, and help us hold accountable our society, our institutions, and ourselves.