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Resources for Helping Our Community

Posted by Jon Gilkeson on January 19, 2018
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The devastation of the recent events has affected us all and created an overwhelming need for those who are able, to give what they can. 
Please take a moment to review the ways in which you can assist those who have lost so much. Anything you are willing to give makes a significant difference in the effort to support and rebuild an amazing and resilient community. 
A colleague of mine, Jeff Boschler, put together a thoughtful list of things we can do to strengthen the community moving forward. One by one, the little things that are done individually can compound into greater things that will change the lives of those in Santa Barbara.
  1. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner out at your favorite locally owned restaurants.  Keep them a float until more normal times can return.  Enjoy each bite knowing you’re holding up your community with your dollars. 
  2. Decide on a budget and spend that amount of money in your favorite, locally owned shops in town.  If it is a national chain, they’ll survive, the same can’t be said about your favorite, local retailer. 
  3. Buy gifts for those that have lost their homes from a local retailer.  Give them the card now.  Give them the gift once they return to a long-standing home. 
  4. Find out if there are any retirees on your street that have deferred maintenance on their home or car.  Spend a Saturday getting their home or car back to good standing. 
  5. Write a poem or column about your experience of these disasters and share it on social media. 
  6. Get out the paints or pastels and create an artistic piece representing your experience. 
  7. While our favorite beaches and trails are inaccessible, consider driving up to El Refugio for the beach or heading up Jesusita or Elings Park for trails. 
  8. If you clean your own home, seek out a housekeeper that is out of work due to these tragedies.  Have them over for an hour to clean your home. 
  9. If you have an extra bedroom, let your community know that you can house those out of their home for however long is reasonable for you. 
  10. If you love pets, let your community know you are willing to house a cat, dog or whichever pets you’re willing to take in while those are out of their home.  It’s easy to find homes to stay in.  It’s hard to find homes that allow and/or like pets.    
  11. Offer up your extra pairs of workout clothes and shows to friends out of their homes.  They likely didn’t evacuate thinking they’d have time for workouts.
Additional Resources

If you or someone you know is in need of a place to rent, has added a a red “Furnished Rental” button on the homepage.

  • Pam at the Beach House Inn has a limited number of rooms with kitchens available. She can be contacted directly at 966-1126.
  • Any Emergency Personnel (nurses, doctors, etc.) that are unable to make it to the Santa Barbara due to road closures, may contact Shawn Sullivan with Above All Aviation at 805-455-9565, as they are offering free flights for emergency personnel. 
  • Currently, monetary donations are the best way to assist the Red Cross in their efforts to help those in need. 
  • Donations may be accepted by the Red Cross via these means: 
    • Personal Check made payable to American Red Cross and mailed to 2707 State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (it you’d prefer your donation applied to a specific event, you may indicate either “Thomas Fire” or “Montecito Mudslide” in the memo line. 
    • Credit Card donations may be made over the phone by calling 805-687-1331.
    • You can donate $10 by texting Red Cross to 91999.
    • You can also donate via the website: and select your local chapter from the drop down box. 
  • You may apply to volunteer with the Red Cross via these means: 
    • Go to
    • Create a profile completing all required information 
    • Agree to policies and background check
    • Once submitted, a representative will contact you as soon as possible
    • Please remember to be patient, the representatives are extremely busy! 

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