How to Help

Posted online: January 2018

  • Shop locally. Support small businesses and restaurants who have suffered loss of business, been forced to temporarily close their doors, and are using their own resources to aid first responders and evacuees.
  • Axxess is selling gift certificates for businesses in Montecito and Summerland to provide immediate cash flow for the businesses. These certificates are available to everyone (not just Axxess Members).
  • Donate books. Montecito Union School has put together an Amazon wishlist for books that they will need in the coming weeks. MUS teachers and students are without regular classroom supplies.
  • Give money to the agencies directly involved in local relief efforts. The greatest need of organizations like Direct Relief, United Way, and the Unity Shoppe is cash donations.
  • Santa Barbara Helpers makes a direct connection between families’ needs, and families who can support those needs. They also link community resources such as: housing, temporary work, community events, lost and found, etc.
  • Connect those who are looking for work and those who are looking for employees in the Thomas Fire/Flood Temp Work Group.
  • Give blood. Make an appointment with United Blood Services.
  • Register yourself to volunteer on Red Cross website.
  • Volunteer at the Foodbank or Carpinteria Food Pantry, or collect non-perishable foods.
  • Give someone a ride who needs to take the ferry/train to or from Santa Barbara.

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  1. Camille Feinberg

    I am a frequent visitor to Jeanines on Coast Village Rd, The Montecito Inn.We often walk to the beach and so many places that seem to be in the worst of this tragic loss of life and disaster. I think about you there every day, and what a wonderful community it is. I know it will never be the same, but it will always be wonderful.

    January 20th, 2018 at 5:32 pm (Reply)

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