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SBCC Foundation Assistance to SBCC Students & Employees
(Updated as of March 21, 2018)

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Dear SBCC Community ~

As you may have seen referenced in a few recent emails, we at the SBCC Foundation are working to find ways to support our campus community through the recent disasters. The students, staff and faculty of our college are loved and supported by thousands of generous donors, and the SBCC Foundation is a resource for all members of the SBCC community. If you have personally suffered losses due to the Thomas Fire and/or Montecito Debris Flow or related disasters, or hear from anyone who has, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are able to provide some direct assistance, as well as links to other resources, and are happy to do so.

As of now, these are the three offers we can extend to SBCC students and employees:

Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow recovery for those who lost homes and/or vehicles
We are offering small emergency grants to any SBCC student or employee who lost their home or vehicle in the Thomas Fire or Montecito Debris Flow or related disasters. If you have personally suffered losses or hear from anyone who has, please contact us.

We are able to provide some immediate cash assistance, as well as links to other resources, and are happy to do so.

Please free to contact me directly via phone (805-730-4411) or email (green@sbccfoundation.org).

Reimbursement for out-of-pocket travel expenses above and beyond “normal” if roadways are closed due to these disasters 
For all SBCC students and employees, we can offer to reimburse you for your direct transportation (by ferry or train or the actual cost of gasoline) for as long as it is necessary (until the re-opening of roadways). We have created a simple form for this purpose, and you will find it at the top of this page.

Below you will find the websites for the various alternatives:

• Amtrack: http://pacificsurfliner.com/
• Condor Express: http://condorexpress.com/101-closure-emergency-ferry-service/
• Island Packers: http://islandpackers.com/ventura-santa-barbara-emergency-shuttle-information-page/

Reimbursement for temporary lodging expenses up to $50/night for those displaced by evacuations, flooding, or related disasters 
For all SBCC employees and students, we can offer to reimburse you for your additional lodging expenses for as long as it is necessary (until evacuations are lifted, or the re-opening of roadways). We appreciate how generous SBCC employees and students are in offering their places to stay, but if you find yourself in need of lodging that you must pay for, the Foundation can offer up to $50/night. Please save receipts and use the form at the top of this page to submit for reimbursement.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know how else we might be able to help.

Answers to questions:

Q: Can the Foundation provide assistance with fuel costs for employees who are securing temporary housing out of area and/or making the commute via I-5?
A: Yes. We are happy to reimburse for direct costs for fuel. We cannot reimburse on a mileage basis, however. Please save and submit fuel receipts, just as you would submit receipts for train or water taxi tickets.

Q: Who is this support being made available to (students? staff? faculty?)?
A: This support is being offered to all SBCC employees and students who need it regardless of status or job. We are offering the transportation and lodging  assistance, and emergency grants for losses due to the fire and flood, to all SBCC employees and students who need it. We will continue to assess the need as the situation develops

Q: Can the Foundation provide assistance with temporary lodging expenses?
A: Yes – for SBCC employees and students, the Foundation can offer up to $50/night for any lodging needed for those who live on the other side of the road closures or are displaced due to evacuations, flooding, or related disasters, until roadways re-open or evacuations are lifted.

Q: Will the Foundation also provide assistance with shuttle or ride sharing expenses between the harbor or train station and campus?
A: If it is needed, yes. However, the college has set up regular shuttle service for this purpose. If, however, a shuttle is for some reason unavailable, the Foundation will reimburse these expenses.

A constantly updated list of businesses of all types offering support may be found here: https://www.sbchamber.org/emergency-response-and-relief-information-for-montecito-and-santa-barbara/

Thank you all for your incredible commitment to our students and community.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or ideas on how else we might be able to help.

Thank you,

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Geoff Green, CEO

 

Author: Jen LeMay

 

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