Did you know? SESLOC was formed in 1942 with just $500 in assets. Because of the support from our members and community, we have grown to more than a billion in assets over the last 80 years. To honor this achievement, we’re giving $500 to 80 local nonprofits by the end of 2022 — funds may help support programs or simply offer lunch or a little treat for all of the hard-working staff and volunteers.
We’ve asked our incredible staff to nominate their favorite 501-(c)(3)-designated organizations. Here are the eight groups we’ve selected for November:
The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria
Established in 1996, the Natural History Museum of Santa Maria showcases exhibits, education and the opportunity for research in the Santa Maria Valley to inspire a respect for nature and the environment.
ECHO Group Band of Brothers is a project to support our local veterans by raising awareness of veterans’ issues in the community, operating a transitional home, competitive sports, and more.
Since its founding in 1995, PCPA Foundation has been wholly dedicated to the raising of funds to support PCPA and stage productions to the Central Coast. The Foundation board is made up of dedicated professionals and philanthropists who work throughout the year supporting PCPA.
OASIS Senior Center
Officially becoming a non-profit in 1984, OASIS is an acronym for “Orcutt Area Seniors In Service”. OASIS is a local volunteer-driven, membership-oriented organization founded by local seniors to serve other seniors in Northern Santa Barbara County. OASIS has become a home away from home for thousands of local seniors throughout our community.
Orcutt Kids Bike Club
Orcutt Kids Bike Club is a grassroots nonprofit encouraging local youth to cycle in a fun, and safe group.
Since 2009, C.A.R.E.4Paws has worked directly in the community to provide critical services for pets of low-income, senior, disabled and unsheltered community members. Our goal is to ensure that animals stay healthy and with their families for life, through programs such as mobile clinics that provide free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and veterinary care.
Along Comes Hope
Along Comes Hope is a nonprofit that inspires HOPE and healing by keeping families together. They provide support through financial assistance with travel for treatment, creative emotional support programs and advocacy to promote policy changes, awareness and education. They work in coordination with the physicians, care coordinators and those involved with the treatment journey of children with cancer.
The Zozu project is a homegrown nonprofit that works to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness by partnering with local African leaders to provide hope, education and economic opportunity for those living in a remote village in a remote village called Arua, Uganda.
Please consider donating to these worthy organizations. You can check out the organizations we selected in October here, and stay tuned to learn about the next eight nonprofits nominated by our staff in honor of our 80th anniversary.