Santa Ynez Valley Rotary clubs of Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang this month united in contributing $33,500 to 10 local nonprofit organizations helping fellow community members who are struggling to meet basic needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The nonprofits selected are feeding hundreds of people daily with prepared meals and produce bags, including homebound seniors as well as children who are out of school, according to Rotary District 5240. In addition to prepared meals, those nonprofits are helping with medications deliveries, mask sewing and other basic needs.
"Our nonprofits are doing an incredible job by collaborating to be sure there is no gap in service to our community," a district spokesperson said.
The 10 nonprofits receiving funding from the combined Rotary clubs include Atterdag at Home, Bethania Lutheran Church, Buellton Senior Center, Los Alamos Senior Center, Ranch Church, Recovery Outreach, Solvang School PTO, Solvang Senior Center, SYV People Helping People, and United Boys and Girls Club.
For more information, go to www.rotarydistrict5240.org
Nine of 10 United Boys & Girls Clubs sites in Santa Barbara County remain closed due to a financial slowdown caused by COVID-19 that has forced cancellation of fundraising events that support daily operations of the nonprofit agency.
The annual tournament, which serves as the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit foundation, was initially planned for May 15, but was rescheduled to Oct. 23 in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak. This week, however, the decision was made by the foundation’s Special Events Committee to completely call it off.