Worthy causes are worth helping

2016 Recipients – $50,000

North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center($25,000)
The North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center was gifted $25,000 to assist in services they provide such as their 24-hour hotline, counseling, advocacy, their Sexual Assault Response Team, with a special emphasis on their most recent critical need which is to serve commercially sexually exploited children, an unfortunate growing problem locally. Accepting the award for them was their Executive Director, Ann McCarty. She compared the “giving circle” of the Women’s Fund of Northern SB County to the “healing circle” that they implement at their center, whereby each woman dealing with past abuse issues contributes and supports each other towards a common goal of healing.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) ($25,000)
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was awarded $25,000, as well, to assist specifically with two new programs. The first being “Best for Babies,” which concentrates on training advocates to best care for babies that are 0-3 months of age. Second is “Fostering Futures,” which assists adolescents and young adults aged 14-21 as they age out of the foster care system by providing life skills. CASA Executive Director, Kim Colby Davis, stated that a little more than 80% of their advocates are women, and that women here in North County are “getting things done” for our community, but the job is still far from over.

2015 Recipients – $75,450

Central Coast Literacy Council ($35,450)
Received $35,450 for its program to empower adults through English literacy. The organization serves communities from Guadalupe to the Santa Ynez Valley. The funds will be used to purchase literacy supplies and equipment for each of its six community-based learning centers. The funds will also pay for increased staffing for tutors.

Friends of the Los Alamos Public Library ($20,000)
Received $20,000 to fund start-up items for the newly re-opened library. The library closed in 1988 due to budget cuts. Supporters have worked diligently to raise $145,000 to re-open this much-needed facility.

Santa Maria Valley YMCA ($20,000)
Received $20,000 to fund a part-time position for a certified teacher to implement the Y-Reader program at Oakley Elementary School. Y Readers is a nationally-recognized literacy program that serves K-3 students who are reading below grade level.

2014 Recipients – $80,000

Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse ($15,000)
Program Title: Cannabis Youth Treatment Program
This is a short-term treatment program that includes individual, group and family counseling, as well as random drug testing. Its goal is to intervene at the early stages of marijuana use, preventing more serious addictions. Shorter-term intervention has been proven to be more effective with teens. Even teens mandated into treatment that were resistant or defiant were very responsive to this program.

Transitions-Mental Health Association ($25,000)
Program Title: Growing Grounds Gallery and Gifts
This funding was provided to expand their vocational advancement program with a retail store in a space provided by a development agreement between the Housing Authority and the City of Santa Maria in the Rancho Hermosa housing project. This project will create at least 3 retail jobs and will provide supplemental income to approximately 50 local artisans while building their self-confidence and self-worth.

Good Samaritan Shelter ($40,000)
Program Title: Perinatal Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program
This funding provided for the purchase of 2 8-passenger vans. These vans afford support services to pregnant and postpartum women who need substance abuse treatment. These women need to be transported to and from Lompoc and Santa Maria for Family Drug Court hearings, supervised visitation with their children, drug court, Proposition 36 hearings and to specialized doctor appointments.

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2013 Recipients – $80,000

North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center ($30,000)
Program Title: Intervention and Prevention
Unrestricted support for programs providing intervention and prevention services, including a 24-hour hotline assistance, advocacy, emotional support and case management, individual and support group counseling services, and accompaniment to a hospital. They are members of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and respond to assaults with law enforcement.
Target Area: Santa Maria, Lompoc

Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center ($25,000)
Program Title: Cuyama Valley Mature Adults
Under-served and geographically isolated. Senior citizens are 4 7% of population. Contributes to on-going program of monthly informational luncheons and once a week social events. These funds will expand home health screening and education, mid-day meal deliveries, and program hiring teens to visit with seniors and provide home maintenance services like window washing, house keeping and lawn mowing.
Target Area: Cuyama Valley

Santa Barbara County Catholic Charities ($25,000)
Program Title: North Santa Barbara County Services Program Food distribution: immediate allotment for families in crisis, five days a week in Santa Maria, weekly distribution to Guadalupe, three times a month to New Cuyama, USDA food distribution is available on cite once a month. Largest direct distributor of food to the poor in Northern Santa Barbara County.
Target Area: Santa Maria, Lompoc, Guadalupe, New Cuyama, Sisquoc

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2012 Recipients – $70,000

Child Abuse Listening and Mediation ($20,000) Great Beginnings Prevention/Early Intervention Program for home visitation and center-based services to parents with infants or young children, prenatal through age 5, who are at risk for poor mental health outcomes and/or abuse due to life stressors or other issues.

Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter ($20,000)Santa Maria Family Service Program to train and support caregivers of Alzheimer patients designed to alleviate chronic caregiver stress, teach caregivers to deal with the overwhelming workload, and provide caregivers with tailored skills, ongoing emotional support, and confident preparation for the extreme workload and inevitable pitfalls of Alzheimer caregiving.

Planned Parenthood ($10,000) Community Education Program to maintain and sustain Comprehensive Sexuality Education Series (which focuses on the prevention of teen pregnancy and STI’s) and Positively Speaking (which focues on HIV/AIDS prevention).

VTC Enterprises ($10,000) Sensory Integration Program to purchase specialized equipment to enhance sensory integration for individuals who have deficiencies in this area.

Community Partners in Caring ($10,000) Volunteer Program for mileage reimbursement for door to door transportation to low income seniors (75% are female head of household).

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2011 Recipients – $129,500

Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley ($24,000) Capital improvements at both the Santa Maria and Guadalupe sites.

Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara County – Lompoc ($26,000)Expansion of its tutoring program for middle school students.

Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse: Teen Court’s Young Women’s Leadership Group ($30,000) Full funding for pilot program on leadership for 125 young women.

Friends of the Lompoc Library ($14,000) Equipment and furnishings for the teen area as well as renewal of its film license.

Friends of the Santa Maria Library ($12,500) Purchase of materials and books for the youth and teen programs as well as renewal of its film license.

Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center ($23,000) Employment of two bilingual Master’s-level trainees in Marriage and Family Therapy to counsel children and their families, targeting children and youth ages 5-18 with serious mental health issues.

2010 Recpients – $120,000

Angels Foster Care ($40,000) Recruitment, training, and support of North County foster care providers who care for what are essentially homeless babies.

Community Action Commission (CAC) Front Porch Program ($20,000)Provision of community resources to the increasing number of families at risk of child abuse or neglect, a service that no other agency in the county provides.

Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (CHCC) Children’s Dental Program ($30,000) 300 free dental appointments for low-income children 6 months to18 years old without dental insurance.

Meals on Wheels ($30,000) The support of the Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valley Meals on Wheels and Santa Maria Valley FISH Meals on Wheels programs with home delivery of hot nutritious meals throughout North County.

2009 Recipients – $145,000

The Dorothy Jackson Family Resource Center in Lompoc ($25,000)Critical support services for children, women and families who face poverty, homelessness, and family violence.

Catholic Charities of Santa Barbara County ($25,000) New box truck with a tailgate/lift to facilitate the transportation of food from Santa Maria to the Lompoc Food Pantry.

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County ($20,000) The Protein Program and Produce Initiative.

Lompoc Housing Assistance Corporation ($25,000) Transitional housing for homeless women and children at Marks House.

North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center ($30,000) 24-hour support services to survivors of assault and child abuse.

Pacific Pride ($5,000) Necessities of Life Project Food Pantry that provides groceries and household supplies to 275 clients and dependents.

People Helping People ($15,000) Assistance for the increasing number of families requiring help with basic needs due to the economic downturn and increased unemployment.

2008 Recipients – $55,000

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) ($15,000) Train volunteers to serve as advocates for an additional 100 foster children in North County.

Catholic Charities ($15,000) Food, clothing, and other direct services for low income families in Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and Cuyama.

Good Samaritan Shelter’s Project PREMIE ($25,000) A new van for the Santa Maria program, allowing the staff to transfer the existing van to the new program in Lompoc.