Moving quickly in the early stages of the coronavirus crisis, Carpinteria community leaders banded together to create the 93013 Fund. Spearheaded by Father and Daughter duo, Hans and Hanna Brand, both long time members of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Sunset and now an integral part of this fundraising initiative to help those most in need in the 93013 community.
The 93013 Fund has been gathering resources and efficiently distributing them to local community-serving organizations during the COVID-19 disruption. This is a program that is managed by an advisory board of local non-profits which include GIRLS Inc.,United Boys and Girls Club, Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main and the Food Bank of Santa Barbara. They ensure funds and aid remain in the community to help those most in need.
Already more than $100,000 has been raised and more funding is coming in each week.
100 percent of funds raised go into the community and into these important programs.
We know the need is going to be huge, so the pressure is to make sure we have enough funds to go deep into the community..
So far the 93013Fund has been integral in helping the following:
o Curating and packing over 1000 Weekend Food Boxes which are chock full of organic produce, rice, beans, tortillas, bread and snacks which provide meals to those most in need every Friday. This Friday the number will jump to 410 boxes and continue to grow with need.
o Creating a Senior Sunday Suppers Program who supply over 300 meals through 2 local restaurants and around 35 volunteers to deliver these meals. These Sunday Suppers provide much needed hope and joy to those most isolated during this pandemic.
o Sourcing and hand delivering 500 home school supply packages to Carpinteria Unified School District students in Elementary and Middle School who were without supplies. Now they can finish the school year off strong.
o And donating over $17,000 thus far to local non-profits to ensure they keep their lights on and have the tools to support their families who are in need.
Hans and Hanna volunteer at the SAFE Food Net Distribution in Carpinteria where 600 boxes of food are distributed each week!
In Hans’ wise words, “Come on let’s get together and put our shoulders under this community and make sure these restaurants and little shops can keep their lights on so they have a business they can come back to and then we have a town that, later on, we come back and say we tried something and have helped some people.”
To join the movement please visit : www.93013fund.org.
For more information about this Rotary group go to: Rotary Club of Carpinteria Sunset Charitable Foundation, https://rotarydistrict5240.org/clubinfo/carpinteria-sunset