Since 1923, United Way of Santa Barbara County has advanced the common good by creating opportunities for a better life. You first knew United Way as Santa Barbara's community fundraiser. Today United Way is that and so much more.
Today United Way also provides direct life-changing research-based services to 25,000 children and adults annually. We strive to address local needs like literacy. 59% of 3rd graders in Santa Barbara County read below grade level.
Reading deficits are at all socioeconomic levels and contribute to high dropout rates, absenteeism and low achievement.
Our donors make the critical difference for children and families to begin building better futures.
United for Literacy's multi-pronged strategy improves reading abilities every day, creating a community of life-long readers prepared for success. Over 7,000 students improve reading skills daily. Many students move from below grade level reading to above grade level reading in a single school year or summer. 13,000 books are distributed annually to toddlers with limited access to age appropriate books. 200 children with no preschool experience learn pre-reading and classroom skills.
Multi-pronged solutions to big issues like literacy require financial stability.
Our legacy society, the Heritage Club, was established in 1982 to create that stability. Through wisely planned gifts, members change lives for generations to come. Under the guidance of a premier group of volunteer estate and financial planning professionals, United Way offers a variety of techniques which are individually tailored to meet the philanthropic desires of our donors. Gifts come in many forms: Bequests, Retirement Account, Life Insurance, Charitable Gift Annuities and more.
Thank you Heritage Club members, for your commitment to creating brighter futures.