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While Santa Barbara County is among the country’s top agricultural producers, not everyone who lives here has access to fresh local food. This is particularly true for many individuals and families residing in Lompoc.
“There is a deficiency in the country, but specifically here in Santa Maria, in primary care physicians. We saw a few years ago that a lot of our family practitioners were getting ready to retire. So the mission was to grow our own residents to replace them,” said Dr. Chuck Merrill, Chief Medical Officer and Designated Institutional Official, DIO, at Marian Regional Medical Center.
The Santa Barbara Foundation provided a $5,000 grant towards the renovation of Guadalupe's LeRoy Park, the oldest community park in Santa Barbara County. As of mid-May 2021 the campaign had raised $460,000 (approximately 78 percent of the goal) with donations still coming in. The renovations are set to be completed in September 2021.
Formally launching in June 2021, the Santa Barbara County Veterans Collaborative serves as a forum to foster greater communication and build collaborative relationships among public and private veteran-serving organizations.
Valley Art Gallery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose goals are to provide local artists with a venue to exhibit, provide education and encourage art in the Santa Maria community.
In light of the pandemic and shifting community needs, the Santa Maria Arts Council decided to restructure their grantmaking strategy in order to provide more support for school arts programs and teachers.
With COVID-19 vaccine distribution picking up for Santa Barbara County residents, hope is finally on the horizon – but the consequences of the pandemic are far from over. The Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) remains committed to assisting those hit hardest by the pandemic, including small businesses.