February 4, 2022
Dear Members of Our Campus Community,
Since 1923, United Way of Santa Barbara County has been striving to make a difference in this community and working hard to ensure that our contributions help our local friends and neighbors in need.
United Way of Santa Barbara County serves thousands of residents every year, as evidenced most recently by the more than 4,750 households that have received direct COVID-19 assistance. Over $1.1 million has been awarded to residents in Isla Vista and Goleta, serving more than 130 households. In addition, United Way continues to help local K-12 students who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. That’s why programs like Fun in the Sun and the United Learning Center are needed now more than ever. Students are receiving much-needed academic support and enrichment, and meaningful connections with peers and educators after so many months of school closures and social distancing. To learn more about United Way’s resources and programs, please visit www.unitedwaysb.org.
Running the oldest United Way campaign in Santa Barbara County, UC Santa Barbara has been a proud long-time partner in raising resources and mobilizing volunteers to serve those most in need. This year, UC Santa Barbara will hold our annual United Way Campaign from February 4 through March 4, 2022. In line with our campaign theme of “Rebuilding for a Better Tomorrow,” we are committed to connecting with our community, recognizing individual needs, and lifting up and supporting those around us. For more information about our UC Santa Barbara United Way Campaign, including our sweet tradition of Candy Grams, please visit http://www.dia.ucsb.edu/unitedway.
I am inspired by our faculty, staff, students, and alumni who support the communities around us in so many ways. I encourage all of us to learn more about United Way of Santa Barbara County, and to invest in our community with a gift of service or financial support. No matter how you give, your gift makes a difference!
Henry T. Yang