Tag archives: CommUnify

Unifying Force
By Richard Mineards   |   August 15, 2023

Jennifer Macdonald is CommUnify’s new director of Children’s Services following the retirement of Lorraine Neenan, who served the organization for more than 20 years. Effective immediately, she will oversee 23 head-start and early head-start campuses, and the 200-plus staff who work at the locations throughout Santa Barbara County. Macdonald has worked in the field of […]

CommUnify’s Champions
By Richard Mineards   |   June 20, 2023

To the charming town of Solvang for CommUnify’s 17th Annual Champions Dinner at the Alisal Inn’s River Grill restaurant, which attracted 200 guests and raised $216,000, including a matching grant from CenCal Health of Santa Barbara. The 56-year-old organization, formerly the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, serves 8,000 members of the community to […]

Off the Record with Cady Huffman, Anthony Edwards, and Dante Di Loreto
By Joanne A Calitri   |   February 14, 2023

At her “Off the Record” event on Feb. 4 at the El Encanto Hotel, Julie Weiner, Chief Development Officer of CommUnify, stated that she hopes it will be an annual fundraiser. The event is a novel approach by the organization – this speaker engagement series features some of our town’s finest top stars with an […]

Champions Dinner
By Lynda Millner   |   June 28, 2022

CommUnify (formerly CAC/Community Action Commission) just held its 55th Anniversary dinner at Alisal Ranch & Resort on the River Grill patio. CEO Pat Keelean welcomed the group and asked them to celebrate the local champions who do so much to improve the quality of life for all of Santa Barbara County’s residents. As Pat said, […]

CommUnify and Head Start at 55
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 10, 2022

Head Start, the federal early childhood education program, was established in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty with a goal of promoting school readiness to young children from low-income families through providing health, educational, nutritional, and social services. Two years later, Community Action Commission, or CAC, incorporated as a nonprofit to […]

By Steven Libowitz   |   February 24, 2022

If the name CommUnify doesn’t ring a bell, Patricia Keelean, the nonprofit’s chief executive officer, thinks she knows why.  “We are our own best-kept secret,” Keelean said. There’s a good reason for that – CommUnify is actually the new DBA for what used to be called the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County – […]

CommUnify Embraces Urgent Needs of Santa Barbara County
By Nick Masuda   |   December 14, 2021

Tea was served in copious amounts as CommUnify invited dozens to an outdoor event at the gorgeous Santa Barbara Club on December 2. Good thing, because one simple statement was quite sobering. Santa Barbara County is essentially tied for first in California for highest poverty rate. With the sale of countless multi-million-dollar homes in the […]

Community, Comfort Food, and CommUnify Rebranding
By Lynda Millner   |   November 12, 2020

The Community Action Commission has just rebranded itself CommUnify and they do many things. Their dinner event at Firestone Vineyard had to be changed because of the pandemic. It was replaced by “The Good Ole Days” or a blast from the past – the 1950s. The location was the West Wind Drive-In movie theatre on […]