CommUnify, a Santa Barbara County-based nonprofit, has been named a 2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits, a website for community recommendations of charities and nonprofits. The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews CommUnify has received from volunteers, donors, and aid recipients.

CommUnify (formerly CAC/Community Action Commission) provides 16 programs and services to the community throughout Santa Barbara County, including 23 Head Start/Early Start programs; energy and utility bill payment assistance; home weatherization services; financial literacy and family self-sufficiency programs; a variety of prevention and intervention services for youth; and Santa Barbara County’s 2-1-1 information and referral helpline.

CommUnify serves 7,000-10,000 low-income members of the community per year, and often represents the difference in living between uncertainty and stability.

CommUnify works in partnership with other nonprofit and government agencies to find innovative and sustainable solutions for Santa Barbara County residents, so they may improve their health, resilience, and financial security.

“We are honored to be named a 2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” said Patricia Keelean, CommUnify CEO. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including other top recognitions such as our Charity Navigator “100 out of 100” rating, and the fact that we have just celebrated our 55th year of serving Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable residents.”

In a review of the organization, Gracie H., a Head Start parent said, “CommUnify’s Head Start program permitted me to go back to school and continue my college education, by knowing that I can have my children in a safe and fun childcare environment at no cost. I am grateful to CommUnify and their donors for making this possible.”

“CommUnify is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but of the tremendous accolades they’ve been given by those they serve, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they received from people who have direct experience working with CommUnify.”

GreatNonprofits is the largest donation website for nonprofits, where people share stories about their personal experiences with more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities, as donors, volunteers, and aid recipients.

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