Our team has returned from our 3rd annual fall break trip to San Francisco's Tenderloin - partnering with local urban service organizations and ministries to learn from and support the underserved there. Stay tuned for photo snapshots!
ui service & ministry programs | santa barbara
BREAD OF LIFE is a meal sharing program at Alameda Park where Westmont students are able to weekly engage in relationship and serve our friends without homes in Santa Barbara. We meet at 6:00 PM on Thursdays in the KSC parking lot above the DC and travel together. Join us this week!
FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT: Scott Myrvold and/or Elizabeth Cormode
email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
CONVERSATION CAFE' Conversation Cafe' works to build relationships with the international students in Santa Barbara by providing a safe space for intercultural, interfaith, and interpersonal dialogue at the Adobe Center in downtown Santa Barbara. We meet every Thursday from 4:30-6:30 at 11 E. Carrillo Street - not far from the Paseo shuttle stop! Join us this week!
FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT: Aleah Bond
EAST SIDE KIDS CLUB Kids Club is a weekly faith-based after-school program where children from the Eastside’s low-income Latino community experience God’s love through being cared for, empowered, and mentored by volunteer leaders. We meet at 5:15 on Thursdays in the DC parking lot and serve from 5:30-7:30 at the Gils’ house in the Eastside for games, Bible stories, and pizza!
FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT: Jessica LeGault
WEST SIDE MINISTRY West Side Ministry provides Westmont students with various opportunities to engage with youth and their families on Santa Barbara's West Side, form meaningful mentoring relationships, and address the challenges of the community's unique context. We meet Monday's at 3:45 in the DC parking lot. Email Amanda Sutter in advance so adequeate travel arrangements can be made.
FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT: Amanda Sutter
STREET HEALTH OUTREACH
Details coming soon!
spring break in the city | near immersion teams (Mar 8-14)
Los Angeles & San Francisco - For over a decade, Spring Break in the City (SBIC) teams have dispatched students to the colorful and eclectic inner-cities of both Los Angeles and San Francisco -- partnering with local organizations on the street that minister directly to the underserved populations there. Through this week-long intensive and transformative experience, SBIC participants actively seek to both understand urban issues and, in turn, assist long-term workers in purposefully addressing the many challenges of life in the city - to the glory of God.
Santa Barbara - In the past four years, Spring Break in the City Santa Barbara has equipped and sent students into our own community. Partnering with churches and local missions organizations such as The Turner Foundation and the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, SBIC Santa Barbara has sent over 170 students into the city to discover what loving our neighbors can look like. Their experience serves as a “spring board” for students into lifelong ministry and service as they are disciplined daily through morning devotionals given by experienced ministers in the city and mentored by small group leaders. In a week's span, students have been transformed and renewed in their understanding of the West Side, East Side, and friends without homes.
local volunteer opportunities
FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
VITA represents the largest component of United Way's Financial Empowerment Partnership. Running every tax season from February to April, VITA volunteers prepare tax returns for families that earn less than $53,000 per year. It's a great program where all volunteers receive tax preparation training and become certified by the IRS. The VITA program is offered for free to all qualifying families in Santa Barbara County.
Thursday, September 19 2:00-3:00 PM
or Tuesday, September 24 2:00-3:00 PM
320 East Gutierrez Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
For more information, contact Sarah Beveridge at email@example.com
SERVE HOMELESS & UNEMPLOYED VETERANS
Santa Barbara County Stand Down 2013 will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 9am-3pm at the Santa Maria Fairpark. Stand Downs are part of the Department of Veterans Affairs effort to provide services to homeless veterans. The first Veterans Stand Down in Santa Barbara County was modeled after other communities which have successfully served homeless and unemployed veterans. Outreach will happen during the months of September and October; with countywide canvass on September 25.
Outreach Training For Volunteers
Santa Barbara: Thursday, Sept 19, 6-7:30pm
Board of Supervisors Hearing Rm, 4th Floor, 105 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara
For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-451-5604.
community education programs
More opportunities coming soon!
support urban initiative
1. This ministry is funded solely through the generosity of people like you. If you would like to support Urban Initiative, please go to the giving site and click on "Urban Initiative " when prompted.
2. Pre-order flowers and/or chocolates for Valentine's Day through " Operation Valentine". Place a secure online order form by clicking the following link. All proceeds will go to support the ministry of the Urban Initiative.
Thank you so much for supporting our students in this way!
Core Team :
Phone: 805-565-6800 (office)
Assistant Director of Campus Life
for Mission & Ministries (Global Outreach & Community Engagement)