Community Partners in Caring is being celebrated as the Nonprofit of the Year for Assembly District 37, said District 7 Assemblymember Steve Bennett.

In response to the COVID pandemic, Community Partners in Caring created programming, based on their established services, to assist seniors during that time of need. This included food and other essentials delivery, assistance getting to doctor appointments, friendly phone calls, and health check calls.

Their work created some sense of community and normalcy for seniors who would have otherwise been isolated in their homes without assistance to get to essential places.

“Community Partners in Caring has provided valuable services to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bennett. “The services they provided acted as an extended family for so many. And this is not the only time they have stepped up for seniors.

“Community Partners in Caring have been a resource for seniors in Santa Barbara County for 25 years. Many seniors would be in much worse shape without their help, and I want to thank them for the work they do for our community.”

The organization has been a resource for seniors in Santa Barbara County since 1997 through volunteer support services that allow local seniors to live independently while maintaining dignity, respect, and quality of life, through social activities, workshops, free direct assistance, and referral services.

Services include door-to-door transportation, friendly visits/reassurance calls, shopping/errands, yard work, light house cleaning, minor home repairs, technology training, and referrals to community resources.

To watch the video of Vilma Contreras, Community Partners in Caring’s executive director, accept the group’s recognition as Nonprofit of the Year, visit California Nonprofits Association website