Tag archives: disaster relief

Tacos and Tequila for a Cause 
By Richard Mineards   |   September 27, 2022

International locally-based charity ShelterBox raised around $250,000 from 175 guests at a Tacos and Tequila party at the Summerland estate of John McGovern, who also received this year’s Community Partnership Award from president Kerri Murray. The sunset soirée, an immersive experience of the charity’s lifesaving work, included interactive demonstrations of shelters and equipment, used in […]

ShelterBox Hosts Benefit Concert for Ukraine Efforts
By Montecito Journal   |   June 14, 2022

Local residents were in for a treat on Saturday afternoon when a group of renowned musicians played a backyard benefit to raise awareness for ShelterBox, a Santa Barbara-based global disaster relief organization, that is providing much needed help to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine. The audience picnicked on blankets and lawn chairs, relaxing […]

TPRC Wins National Award for Ring Net Project But Work to Shield Montecito from Future Disaster Has Only Begun
By Jerry Roberts   |   March 22, 2022

In a bittersweet ceremony, Montecito’s The Project for Resilient Communities (TPRC) on Sunday received a prestigious national award for the private-public project that installed protective ring nets in canyons where deadly torrents surged down in the 1/9 disaster. Three leaders of the Virginia-based ReadyCommunities Partnership, which spotlights and supports efforts across the nation demonstrating “resiliency […]

The Future We Fear is Here
By Gwyn Lurie   |   March 19, 2022

Remember the 2018 devastating debris flow that changed Montecito forever? Those of us who lived here at the time do. Like it happened yesterday, with all the pain and loss and destruction it brought. But for those who made Montecito their home post-debris flow (or PDF as I like to call it), the knowledge of […]

Santa Barbara: The Epicenter of (Direct) Relief
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 2, 2021

Direct Relief has been so efficient at serving as one of the country’s most effective humanitarian assistance organizations that it’s easy to overlook the scope and the scale of what the nonprofit achieves. Just last week alone, for example, Direct Relief airlifted a huge planeload of medical supplies and other equipment to Haiti after the […]

Changing Course: United Way Alters Path to Help Serve More
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 15, 2021

For a relatively large and well-established nonprofit organization in our community, United Way of Santa Barbara County over the last few years has demonstrated the ability to respond quickly to current circumstances — not so much as an about face or even a course correction, but more of an adapting to changing needs to meet […]

Shelter from the Storms
By Richard Mineards   |   November 19, 2020

ShelterBox, the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit dedicated to disaster relief, is currently dealing with the aftermath of super typhoon Goni, which made landfall in the Philippines. Known locally as Rolly, the typhoon is the latest in a series of violent storms to rip through the country with 140-mile-per-hour winds and torrential rainfall. It became the most […]

ShelterBox
By Lynda Millner   |   October 3, 2019

Every minute twenty people are forcibly displaced, driven by conflict to flee their homes.” There is an organization called ShelterBox located both here and Florida which since 2000 has sought to help. John McGovern opened his Summerland home and gardens to the group to promote and make local folks aware of their work. Tequila and […]

All Hands on Deck
By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2019

ShelterBox, the Santa Barbara-based charity, has had its hands full of late with a whole slew of global disasters, most recently in the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian. More than 250 guests turned out at the Summerland estate of John McGovern for a sunset fundraiser, which garnered around $250,000 for the 19-year-old nonprofit, which has responded […]

Show of Appreciation
By Richard Mineards   |   April 18, 2019

Popular Santa Barbara charity, the Unity Shoppe, hosted an appreciation lunch for more than 100 senior volunteers at La Casa Nichita, the historic Mission Canyon home of veteran supporter Barbara Tellefson. “Last year was a very trying time for us,” Barbara tells me. “Disaster relief cost us more than $300,000, which severely depleted our funds, […]

Rebuilding Montecito: A Focus on Partnership Solutions
By Bob Hazard   |   May 10, 2018

The Thomas Wildfire and the January 9 debris flow have presented the county with the most complex disaster recovery and preparedness scenarios in California history. The confluence of events leading to the twin disasters was unprecedented, the threat of a repeat disaster is still imminent, acceptable mitigation solutions are still amorphous, and their costs uncertain. […]

What Montecito Needs Now
By Montecito Journal   |   April 12, 2018

Going forward, Montecito home and business owners need to have continuing, affordable, comprehensive, insurance coverage. As a community, we need to speak with one voice in demanding that public officials ensure that such insurance remains in place.  Here are three of the issues that will have to be addressed by lawmakers, insurance regulators, and insurance […]

Montecito’s Recovery Store
By James Buckley   |   March 22, 2018

There are four women responsible for the attractive, busy, and critical resource center known as the Recovery Free Store, dedicated to victims and first responders of the Thomas Fire and Montecito debris slide. They are Berna Keiler, Cathy Link, Heather Sage, and Susan St. John. The store, currently parked directly across from Vons in the […]

Kerri & Camilla at Clarence
By Richard Mineards   |   February 15, 2018

Santa Barbara resident Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox USA, had lunch with Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, at her London home, Clarence House, last week. It was the second time the tony twosome had met, given the wife of Prince Charles also visited the charity’s new British HQ and visitors center in Truro, Cornwall, last […]