Montecito Strong

Montecito Strong is more than just a hashtag; it is how the community has chosen to face adversity. Neighbors and friends suffered the tragic loss of life and dispelled morale during this time. Together, our tranquil village has come together to help our fellow neighbors in need.

Home sales continue to close in the area, which tells us that people are ready to move forward. It is a positive note, as we know Montecito will persevere and continue to grow and prosper.

How Can I Help Those in My Community?

The list below offers a set of merchants and providers that can assist in various ways. Through the donation, county assistance, or actual removal of mud from homes.

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

A bucket brigade is a group of volunteers helping people clean up their properties of mud and debris. In addition to field volunteers, the Bucket Brigade is in need of financial support.
Email or call at [ai_phone href=”1.805.969.2026″ extension=”08″]805.969.2026[/ai_phone] if you need help or wish to volunteer.

Recovery Project Sb: Recovery Free Store

Exclusively for victims of the Thomas fire / Montecito debris flow

Montecito Country Mart – 1016 Coast Village Road | When: March 3-31 | Hours: 11-7 Daily

Founded by the Recovery Project “Neighbors for Neighbors” Supported by the Organic Soup Kitchen “Serving Community Health” will be serving wholesome, organic soup all month. Inquiries [ai_phone href=”1.928.380.3088″ extension=”08″]928.380.3088[/ai_phone]

Donations And Volunteers Welcome.

Santa Barbara County maps, disaster preparedness, and Montecito recovery and rebuilding. Check out their FAQ page for useful information.

Montecito Association

The Montecito Association offers current information on maps, road closures and openings, clean up tips and resources, future evacuations, etc.

The proceeds from this site support hourly wage workers in Montecito that were impacted by the This site was established to support local workers and families in Montecito whose regular employment have been impacted by the Thomas Fire and debris flow. Recipients of 93108 fund grants are hourly wage earners who were unable to work due to the closures in Montecito: shop-keepers, clerks, food service employees, gas station attendants, small store employees, caregivers, and many others who were impacted by the recent disaster.

The American Red Cross: Offering disaster mental health services.

(800) REDCROSS or [ai_phone href=”1.805.687.1331″ extension=”08″](805) 687-1331[/ai_phone]

Hospice of Santa Barbara: Offering grief therapy for all ages

[ai_phone href=”1.805.563.8820″ extension=”08″](805) 563-8820[/ai_phone]

Santa Barbara Response Network: Offering psychological first aid (PSA)

[ai_phone href=”1.805.699.5608″ extension=”08″](805) 699-5608[/ai_phone]

The Stars Shine Bright in Santa Barbara

Jack Johnson & Friends -Benefit for Community

March 18 | Santa Barbara Bowl

100% of net proceeds will be directed to the United Way Thomas Fire & Flood Fund, and to local non-profits working on relief & recovery efforts in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties including Direct Relief, Santa Barbara Foundation, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, FOOD Share, Search Dog Foundation, Greater Goods, and Habitat for Humanity. To make a direct donation to any of these non-profit organizations, visit:

Santa Barbara Welcomes – The 2nd Responders – Brad Paisley & Friends

SPECIAL GUEST: Ellen DeGeneres
DATE: Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Santa Barbara Bowl

Country music superstar Brad Paisley will host a benefit concert to be held on Saturday, May 12 at the Santa Barbara Bowl, in Santa Barbara, CA. The show has been dubbed “The 2nd Responders,” in reference and honor to those who were on the front lines, the first responders, at the recent Southern California wildfires and mudslides. Paisley, friends and special guest Ellen DeGeneres will come together to celebrate the resurgence of the Montecito and Santa Barbara area. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the community and service workers through local organizations. The region was devastated but has miraculously begun revitalization and the majority of the businesses are back up and running – ready for visitors.

Witness: Coming Home – Katy Perry

DATE: Saturday, May 19, 2018 | Santa Barbara Bowl
TICKETS RANGE FROM: $204.50 – $64.50
Katy Perry, a Santa Barbara native is “coming home” to the Santa Barbara Bowl on May 19th. Sales from the concert will benefit those still recovering from the fire and debris flow. Locals-only pre-sale starts at 11am on 3/15 and in person at the Santa Barbara Bowl box office, with general admission at 7pm.

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