- Volunteers (and Socks) Needed for the Point In Time Count tonight, Thursday, January 26
- The League of Women Voters Santa Maria Valley is inviting members of the public to a meeting on Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to noon.
- Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR for a special SBCAN event on working together in this new era, Sunday, March 12 in Santa Barbara from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We'll give you more details later.
Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR with the new date for the 2017 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner: Sunday, June 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Santa Maria
1. Volunteers (and Socks) Needed for the Point In Time Count, Thursday, January 26, 2017
Sign up and more information is available at www.commongroundsb.org.
If you'd like, bring socks and other supplies for persons experiencing homeless. They'll be given out during the survey. See below.
From 3pm-7:00pm socks and other supplies can be dropped off at the volunteer check in locations on Thursday, January 26.
Volunteer Check-In Locations
Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Rd, Carpinteria
Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Avenue
Pescadero Lofts, 761 Camino Pescadero
Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 500 E North Ave
Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara St
Centro Christiano Vida Abundante, 125 W Alvin St
Thank your for your interest in helping!
All the best
2. The League of Women Voters Santa Maria Valley is inviting members of the public to a meeting on Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to noon.
As LWVSMV President Lisa Thornhill wrote in the Santa Maria Times January 25:
Thank you for the editorials on many of our local and national issues. If readers would like to get more involved with educating themselves and others on the important issues of our time, consider joining the League of Women Voters Santa Maria Valley.
The mission of this non-partisan organization is to educate and advocate on issues local, state and nation.
Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon a free meeting will be held at the historic Coca Cola Building, 715 S. McClelland Street, for members to discuss and decide on what we in Santa Maria feel are key issues to send to the state LWV as study topics for the coming two years. The state studies lead to advocacy for laws, never candidates.
The meeting will also offer time to nominate and discuss local issues for our LWVSMV to consider studying. All interested persons are invited to attend, pick up information on LWV and observe.
Isn’t it time to get more involved?
3. Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR for a special SBCAN event on working together in this new era, Sunday, March 12 in Santa Barbara from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We'll give you more details later.
4. Please MARK YOUR CALENDAR with the new date for the 2017 North County "Looking Forward" Awards Dinner: Sunday, June 11 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria.
We will recognize five outstanding individuals or organizations from the North County during our annual dinner in Santa Maria. Send us your nominations by January 27 to [email protected].
Criteria for Awards
• Open to individuals, local businesses and community organizations located or working in northern and central Santa Barbara County (Santa Maria, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Guadalupe areas.)
• Must have demonstrated commitment to social equity, diversity, social and economic justice, or environmental protection.
1. Social Justice Award – For promoting fairness, tolerance, equality, respect and compassion for all people in our community.
2. Environmental Protection and Sustainability Award – For valuing, protecting, and preserving our natural resources and environment.
3. Giving Back to the Community Award – For giving back selflessly to the community through volunteer activities and community projects.
4. Working Families Award - For helping working families to obtain affordable health care, housing, educational and job opportunities; or to improve wages, benefits, working conditions, and worker rights.
5. “Looking Forward” Award – For strong leadership and vision in community building, civic engagement, and improving the quality of life in our community.
Download the Awards Criteria and Nomination Form here, or just answer the following questions in an email and send to us by January 27.
If you haven't renewed your membership, or you haven't been a member before, please read the following letter from SBCAN President Margaret Connell and renew, or sign up, now:
Now, more than ever before, given this new and challenging national political climate, is the time to nurture our strong local network of progressive folks to create bridges between environmental and social justice activism.
For fifteen years Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) has been the preeminent non-profit organization working on both sustainability and social justice issues throughout the county. We have many partner organizations, to be sure, but we always strive to be countywide and working on a wide range of progressive issues—especially looking for issues that might fall through the cracks otherwise.
On January 14, 2017 we will convene a Membership Meeting and I urge you to participate. Our newly elected county supervisors, Joan Hartmann and Das Williams, will be our guest speakers. We will discuss recent successes and challenges for 2017 (preview below). The meeting and social time will be a great chance to renew friendships and continue building the networks that support all of our issues.
With increasing competition for foundation support, we are all the more reliant on our members, major donors, and fundraisers. Therefore, we hope that you will make a membership donation that suits your budget and helps SBCAN continue its educational and advocacy role.
If you can, please consider becoming a major donor with a contribution of $500 or more.
It is easy to contribute here.
If you prefer to mail a check, please send it payable to SBCAN, P.O. Box 6174, Santa Maria, CA 93456. Please see Membership Application below or click here for a pdf version.
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on January 14.
Margaret Connell, President