Residents will come together across the state on Sunday to support the California Community Colleges system in a Hands Across America event. For 10 minutes at 2 p.m., thousands of people will join hands to show the impact of an affordable education.
There will also be events Sunday afternoon at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival in Alameda Park.
The event will raise money for the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment, and contributions can be made by texting HANDS to 27722 for a $10 donation.
The Bernard Osher Foundation will donate a 50 percent match to all contributions, working toward the goal of fundraising $100 million in scholarships.
Last year, the 112 state community colleges served 2.76 million students, nearly 90 percent of whom are in need of financial aid.