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NPRN: Giving Tuesday Provides $25,000 Holiday Surprise for Hospice of Santa Barbara

NPRN: Giving Tuesday Provides $25,000 Holiday Surprise for Hospice of Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara, CA, December 10, 2014— Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) happily joined the chorus of nonprofits asking for donations during this year’s Giving Tuesday – a global day dedicated to giving back. The organization never dreamed that the day of giving – this year on December 2 – would produce such results with medium to smaller donations totaling nearly $25,000. Hospice of Santa Barbara has, itself, been giving back to the community for 40 years with its free, professional grief counseling services in Santa Barbara County.


“We had a solid social media campaign going into the event which I believed would bring positive attention to Hospice of Santa Barbara,” said Tina Fanucchi-Frontado, Acting CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “However, I did not really have high expectations in terms of generating funds. It is a testament to both the generosity of people in Santa Barbara and the continued recognition of what Hospice of Santa Barbara does for our community.”


Last year, more than 10,000 organizations in 46 countries came together to celebrate and participate in Giving Tuesday.


About Hospice of Santa Barbara


Hospice of Santa Barbara “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services to more than 600 children and adults every month who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on local middle and high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org. Find Hospice of Santa Barbara on Facebook and Twitter.




Peoples’ Self-Help Housing: Hard work pays off for new homeowners

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing: Hard work pays off for new homeowners

Atascadero news

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014
BY: Allyson Oken

People have new home peoples self help housingPhotos by Allyson Oken of the Atascadero News The Foster family, Dan, Amy, Riley and Kyle, turn the key to their new home on Atalaya Street in Atascadero.


It has been the practice of many throughout history to construct a home to be passed down through the generation. Here, thanks to the efforts of the People’s Self Help Housing, 12 families are keeping this tradition alive.

The families constructed their homes and officially received the keys in a ceremony at the new housing development on Thursday, Dec. 4.

For the complete article see the 12-10-2014 issue.




NPRN: Women’s Economic Ventures Encourages Shoppers to Buy Gifts from Local Businesses this Holiday Season

NPRN: Women’s Economic Ventures Encourages Shoppers to Buy Gifts from Local Businesses this Holiday Season


 As the holidays are approaching, many are thinking of the right gift to give friends and family members. Many people plan to head to the mall or department stores to purchase this season’s hottest items, but Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) encourages holiday gift givers to do a little something different this year and purchase a gift from a local business. Purchasing gifts from local businesses not only provides loved ones with a unique gift, but also stimulates the region’s economy.

“By making a 10% shift in your buying habits from big chains to locally-owned businesses, you can make an enormous difference in increased economic output and local jobs,” said Marsha Bailey, WEV Founder and CEO. “We hope you will support our local WEV clients and other local businesses this season.”

Here is a list of some WEV client businesses that offer treats and treasures your loved ones are sure to enjoy!

In Santa Barbara County:

C’est Cheese: Cheese lovers will enjoy platters and baskets from local gourmet food and cheese store, C’est Cheese. C’est cheese offers an assortment of cheese platters, cheese and wine classes and a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads and breakfast pastries from their cafe. The cheese platters will also serve as a great appetizer for holiday parties.

Chocolats du Calibressan: Chocolate lovers will enjoy French chocolates from Chef Jean- Michel. Chocolats du Calibressan sells a variety of gift boxes full of as truffles, bonbons, and soft caramels, as well as individual chocolates.

  • Located at: 1114 State Street, #25 in Santa Barbara and 4193 Carpinteria Avenue, Ste #4.chococalibressan.com

Whistle Club: Whistle Club offers east coast style clothing for women from a selection of emerging designers and industry favorites.

  • Located at: 819 State Street in Santa Barbara. For more information, visit whistleclub.com

Carlyle Salon: This old Hollywood style salon offers a blow dry style bar, makeup, ponies and braids to get one ready for any occasion. Gift cards are also available!

  • The salon is located at 350 Chapala Street #101 in Santa Barbara. www.carlylesalon.com

Goodland Kitchen: Give a gift basket full of artisan snacks and treats from grab and go eatery, Goodland Kitchen. Goodland Kitchen offers local, delicious, artisanal, simple, and affordable food, such as herbs from Ojai, avocados & lemons from Goleta, walnuts from Patterson Avenue, and lettuce from Santa Barbara.

Isabella Gourmet Foods: Isabella Gourmet Food is the only boutique artisan grocery in downtown Santa Barbara. This grocery store serves baked goods, sandwiches, soups, salads, quiches, and pies from Goodland Kitchen, Simply Pies, and Rustico Foods. It also carries Sugar & Salt Creamery raw almond sorbets, Freezer Monkeys dessert bars, as well as a wide selection of gluten-free and vegan options. Gift baskets are also available.

Maison K: Help loved ones decorate their homes with a gift from Maison K. Maison K. offers a collection of home décor, furnishings, clothing and accessories from around the world, including antique shell mirrors from Syria, ceramics from Florence, hand blown glass from Italy and vintage tea trays from Morocco.

Viva Oliva: Purchase premium oils, balsamic vinegars and gourmet food from Viva Oliva this holiday seasons. Viva Oliva offers over 40 flavors of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars including, Honey Ginger Balsamic, Chipotle Olive Oil and Black Truffle Oil. Sets and culinary products are also available.


Mac’s Holiday Turkey Pies Help the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Mac’s Holiday Turkey Pies Help the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County


A donation from each pie sold in December will support food for the needy

John Palminteri, KEYT – KCOY – KKFX Senior Reporter


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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Buying a traditional holiday pie this month will help feed those in need as well.

Mac’s Fish and Chip Shop in Santa Barbara is now making pies that are like a complete turkey dinner.

Each one is loaded with mixed vegetables, roasted turkey, stuffing and topped with parsnip mashed potatoes.

They cost $7.50 each with $5.00 of that going directly to theFoodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Owner Grant MacNaughton says it’s “deceptively filling.”   Each pie weighs in at over a pound, “and it contains everything I associate with a Thanksgiving meal here in the U.S. or a Christmas meal back in London,” he said.

The Foodbank’s Misha Karbelnig says, “It ties in well with our focus on health. The pie has some much delicious produce in it. Half of what we put out last year had fresh produce in it.  It is a unique opportunity to showcase what we do and how Mac’s and others are huge supporters of us.”

The holiday pies can be enjoyed at the restaurant, and  also taken cooked or uncooked – to go – for home parties.
Mac’s is at 503 State St. near Haley.



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