United Way has undergone great change as an organization, with growth in programs and partnerships. UWSBC has expanded their impact and model for leadership—uniting and strengthening communities behind common goals, strategies, and outcomes—each year achieving significant, measurable results. They focus on preparing children for academic success, empowering families to be financially stable, and leading efforts that help our communities recover in times of crisis. To learn more, please visit www.unitedwaysb.org

Through its long history as a partner with United Way of Santa Barbara County, UC Santa Barbara has worked to make a difference in the lives of children, families and seniors in our local community. United Way's special focus on education is an extension of our own mission to provide opportunities and access for the next generation of students. Our annual United Way Campaign, “United for our Community” gives university employees an opportunity to contribute their time, talents and/or financial resources.

The UCSB United Way Committee stands with you, United for our Community.

Key Dates

Stay tuned for more information on events and opportunities to get involved.

2023 Campaign Dates: January 18 - March 3, 2023

January 18 | Campaign Kickoff & Payroll Deduction Signups Begin
January 18 | Campus Store Round-Up Begins
January 30 | Candy Gram Sales Open Online
February 1 | Annual Bean Bag Tournament
February 14 | Candy Gram Sales Close
February 27 - March 3 | Dining at The Club Fundraiser
March 1 - March 3 | Candy Gram Distribution
March 3 | Campus Store Round-Up Ends, Payroll Deduction Signups Close, Campaign Ends

Letter From Chancellor Yang

Dear Members of Our Campus Community,

Since 1923, United Way of Santa Barbara County has been striving to make a difference in this community, and working hard to ensure that our contributions help our local friends and neighbors in need.

Running the oldest United Way campaign in Santa Barbara County, UC Santa Barbara has been a proud long-time partner in raising resources and mobilizing volunteers to serve those most in need. This year, UC Santa Barbara will hold our annual United Way Campaign, “United for Our Community,” January 18 through March 3, 2023. In line with our campaign theme, we are standing together to connect with our community, recognize individual needs, and support and uplift those around us. We will come together with the return of our annual Bean Bag Tournament, and will finish our campaign with the sweet gift of candy grams. For more information about our UC Santa Barbara United Way Campaign, please visit www.dia.ucsb.edu/unitedway.

For the last century, United Way has been a key leader in local efforts to empower children, families, and communities through its own unique collaborative programs and initiatives, partnership convening efforts, volunteer development, and funding. Throughout its three focus areas, Academic Achievement, Financial Empowerment, and Crisis Response and Recovery, the organization continues to make an impact on thousands of individuals each year. Programs like United Way’s Fun in the Sun summer learning program, the United Learning Center tutoring program, and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program provide a comprehensive spectrum of resources and tools to help children and families build stronger foundations for future success. To learn more about United Way’s resources and programs, please visit www.unitedwaysb.org.

As we join United Way in celebrating its 100th year of service, we are all inspired by our faculty, staff, students, and alumni who support the communities around us in so many ways. I encourage all of us to learn more about United Way of Santa Barbara County, and to invest in our community with a gift of service or financial support. No matter how you give, your gift makes a difference! And your gift is deeply appreciated!



Henry T. Yang

Contact Information


UC Santa Barbara Contact
Emily Schroeder
Events Director
(805) 893-7382

United Way Representative
Kevin Muto
United Way of Santa Barbara County
(805) 965-8591 (ext. 113)
United Way of Santa Barbara County