In an effort to help bring the community together and help the most vulnerable in the community, the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation has announced the creation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund to support the local nonprofit sector.

“So far, we have had $10,000 in donations, and we are making this process as fast and easy as possible because the need is now,” foundation Executive Director Anne Christensen said.

The foundation connected with longtime partners that have been providing these services for many years to understand what is needed and to provide relief funding.

In response, the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation’s Coronavirus Relief Fund was established to support the work of the nonprofit sector during this time.

“In these challenging times, we are all looking to help our neighbors in need. In Santa Ynez and Los Alamos, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the ability of many of our seniors and at-risk individuals and families to afford food, rent and basic care. It is clear that we must address not only the health ramifications of the virus itself, but the economic impact of business closures and work stoppages on the entire community as well,” Christensen said.

All donations to the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation’s Coronavirus Relief Fund will directly support these vulnerable groups. There is no deadline or application, just send an email to the foundation with a request, and its committee will review the reequest and send a response as soon as possible.

“What makes the valley so special are the people who live here,” said Hayley Firestone Jessup, president of the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation. “Time and time again, you see the community come together to extend a hand to those who need it most. At this time, please continue your support of the nonprofit sector in whatever capacity you see fit.”

All donations are tax deductible, and 100 percent of donations will be distributed to those in Santa Ynez and Los Alamos to meet basic needs during the pandemic, including rent, food and medical care, Christensen said.

Donations may be made on the foundation’s website at or by sending to 485 Alisal Road, Suite 272, Solvang, CA 93463.

For more information, contact Christensen at or 805.688.2991. 

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