SBCC Foundation Assistance to SBCC Students & Employees
(Updated as of January 15, 2018)
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 Flood 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 two offers we can extend to SBCC students and employees:
Thomas Fire and Flood 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 Flood. 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 (email@example.com).
Transportation assistance while US 101 and all routes through Montecito are closed
For all SBCC students and employees who are traveling from south/east of the Montecito road closures, we can offer to reimburse you for your additional transportation expenses via the water taxis or train service for as long as it is necessary (until the re-opening of the 101 or an alternate route through Montecito). 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/
For SBCC employees, we can also provide lodging assistance:
Lodging assistance for employees while US 101 and all routes through Montecito are closed
For all SBCC employees who are traveling from south/east of the Montecito road closures in order to work at SBCC, we can offer to reimburse you for your additional lodging expenses for as long as it is necessary (until the re-opening of the 101 or an alternate route through Montecito). We appreciate how generous SBCC employees are in offering places to stay to their co-workers, 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 attached form for employees that is also provided above.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know how else we might be able to help.
With the decision to move the SBCC academic calendar back a week [classes now start on January 22], and in response to many of your excellent questions and suggestions (thank you!), here is some additional information about assistance the SBCC Foundation is able to provide for our campus community through the current disasters.
Answers to recent 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 who need it regardless of status or job. We are also offering the transportation assistance and emergency grants for losses due to the fire and flood to all SBCC students who need it. We will continue to assess the need as the situation develops
Q: With the change in the start date of the spring semester, I no longer need the tickets I’ve already purchased for the week of Jan 15-19. Will the Foundation still reimburse me for them?
A: If it is needed, yes. The Foundation will honor its commitment to reimbursing all employees for alternative transportation tickets, but we ask that you first attempt to get the tickets refunded by the vendor. In most cases, they will do so
Q: Can the Foundation also provide assistance with alternative lodging expenses?
A: Yes – for SBCC employees, the Foundation can offer up to $50/night for any lodging needed for employees who live on the other side of the road closures until a path for vehicles is made available through the slide area. See the details above.
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.
Geoff Green, CEO
Author: Jen LeMay