One short day in the Emerald City, one day to meet our staff!
This Halloween, we are dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz to celebrate our program Home for Good Santa Barbara County. Just as Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion found the strengths in the Emerald City, we guide individuals and families experiencing homelessness, children struggling to read, and low income members of our community to the services, support, courage, abilities, and friendship they need to strive. And, just like Glinda did for Dorothy, we sometimes work a little bit of magic to get people into a home, permanently.
Continue reading after this break to see what the staff picked to be!
At United Way, we fight for the education, financial stability, and health of our community. While sometimes it may seem like two of those pillars take the main stage in our organization, don't be fooled. They are equally important at all times, and all three will fail if just one falls behind.
Images have arrived from our donations to two Guadalupe schools! We are proud to provide children in need with the supplies they need most at Kermit McKenzie Intermediate School and Mary Buren Elementary School.
If your child needs supplies, reach out to their teachers or administrative professionals to see how they can receive the donations that Stuffed the Bus in August!
Read more here.
Homelessness is an epidemic. It often seems impossible to stop, impossible to fix, and impossible to even think about addressing.
There are so many people in need, and there are so few resources that are given to them. A recent story by KSBY highlighted this issue by shedding light on the 10,000 homeless students in Santa Maria Valley schools. Our three day event that will be taking place this weekend, Stuff the Bus, will help only a small portion of those students gain access to resources they need to succeed in school. Every bit helps, but there is so much to be done.
It's not homelessness. It's houselessness.
This journey began when Seyenna Cavazos opened the doors for us. She opened the doors so that she could walk into our lives and so that we could walk out into hers.
Seyenna, who graduated from St. Joseph High School two days ago, has been with us for the past seven weeks as we have sponsored her campaign to become the next Elks Rodeo Queen. If you don't know about this campaign, you definitely haven't been in Santa Maria, because it truly is everywhere.
Seyenna came to us because of our programs Mission United and Home for Good, which work to provide permanent housing and supportive services for our most vulnerable local individuals and families, with an emphasis on those that are veterans.
Hello, and happy Tuesday!
The numbers have come in, and we are happy to announce that...
46 VITA Tax Preparers volunteered for a total of......
1,721 hours in February and March to provide....
603 local families with free tax preparation!
We are very proud of the work that has been put in this year to support the financial stability of our community.
Our online services are still available. Find out if you qualify by going to www.MyFreeTaxes.com. Also, please consider filing your 2018 taxes with us next year -- we are here to help.
In Santa Barbara County, we LIVE UNITED AGAINST POVERTY.
Below are photos from our celebration to thank our Volunteers after they finished helping our last clients with their free taxes. We had a wonderful turn out this year, and our community thrives because of these generous individuals.
As you may know, United Way NSBC has been lassoed into the Elk's Rodeo Queen Campaign this year! We are supporting a lovely candidate, whose identity will be revealed on April 14th -- just 10 days from now. We have found a lot of support from the community so far, but we are still searching for more leading up to the 75th Santa Maria Elk's Rodeo starting May 31st.
If you would like to get involved with the campaign, view our website by following this link to see your options. You can donate, buy tickets, sponsor, and volunteer!
While you're here, please like us on Facebook and follow our Instagram for fun updates.
This campaign supports Home for Good and Mission United as they work to support veterans and house homeless individuals and families in our community.
As March 2018 comes to a close in the coming weeks, so does our 2018 VITA program. Over the five Saturdays in February and March that we have hosted this free tax service, we have helped nearly five hundred local individuals and families file their taxes for free thanks to our incredible volunteers who have taken time out of their Saturdays to support our community.
Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) addresses the obstacles preventing hard-working families and individuals from getting ahead financially. The online My Free Taxes program is available to local residents who had household incomes of $66,000 or less in 2017. To join the almost five hundred people that have received in-person assistance this year through VITA, that income must have been less than $54,000.
If you would like to take advantage of this program, make an appointment online by following this link, or call our VITA hotline at (805) 922-0329 extension 103. Learn more about the program on our financial stability page.
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions not addressed in this post. We look forward to fighting for our community to be a better place. As always, we live United.