Since 1923, United Way of Santa Barbara County has been a key leader in local efforts to empower children, families, and communities. Today, United Way now serves Santa Barbara through its own unique collaborative programs, initiatives, and partnerships. Together with its dedicated network of partners, United Way focuses 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

Throughout its years of service, UC Santa Barbara has been a key partner with United Way, helping to build brighter futures for local students and families through United Way’s direct services and programs like the United Learning Center and the Fun in the Sun summer learning program. In line with UC Santa Barbara’s own commitment to building stronger foundations for academic success, the organization works alongside United Way to create opportunities and expand access for the next generation of students here in our own community. UC Santa Barbara’s annual campaign “United for Education” gives university employees the opportunity to further this mission through the work of United Way by contributing their time, talents, and/or financial support.

The UCSB United Way Committee stands with you, United for Education.

Key Dates

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

Campaign Dates: January 17 - March 1, 2024

  • January
    • 17 | Payroll Deduction Sign-Ups Open
    • 29 | Candy Gram Sales Open Online
  • February
    • 5 - 16 | Campus Store Round-Up
    • 13 | Candy Gram Sales Close
    • 26 - March 1 | The Club & Guest House Fundraiser
    • 27 - 28 | Candy Gram Distribution
  • March
    • 1 | Payroll Deductions Close, Campaign Fundraising Ends
    • 6 | Bean Bag Toss Tournament (rescheduled!)

Letter From Chancellor Yang

Dear Members of Our Campus Community,

For over 100 years, United Way of Santa Barbara County has been partnering in our local community to support our friends and neighbors, and working hard to ensure our contributions build a stronger community.

Running the oldest United Way Campaign in Santa Barbara County, UC Santa Barbara has been a proud 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 Education,” from January 17 through March 1, 2024. In line with our campaign theme, we are recognizing and amplifying the importance of education and academic success, especially in promoting literacy among our youth. We will come together for our annual Bean Bag Toss 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

Throughout its three focus areas, Academic Achievement, Financial Empowerment, and Crisis Response and Recovery, United Way continues to make an impact on thousands of individuals each year. Programs like the Fun in the Sun summer learning program, United Learning Center tutoring program, and Volunteer Individual Tax Assistance 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

As we join United Way in its mission to enrich the lives of children and families in our community, 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 is deeply appreciated!



Henry T. Yang

We gratefully acknowledge the following campus and community businesses for supporting our 2024 campaign.

  • Blenders in the Grass
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Chaucers Books
  • Clevr Blends
  • Granada Theatre
  • Ice In Paradise
  • Jersey Mikes
  • Kyle’s Kitchen
  • Moxi Science Museum
  • Nite Moves Santa Barbara
  • Richie’s Barber Shop
  • S.B. Museum of Natural History & Sea Center
  • Swell Athletic Clubs
  • Trader Joe’s
  • UCSB Alumni Affairs
  • UCSB Campus Store
  • UCSB Department of Recreation

Important Resources

United Way is ready to help. Find out more.


The following resources are available to download at Box folder:

  • Department Rep Quick Start Guide
  • UWSBC Annual Campaign Gift Designation Policy
  • Your Local Impact
  • Campaign Poster
  • Pledge Form

Contact Information


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

United Way Representative
Rose Levy
United Way of Santa Barbara County
(805) 882-0511 (Direct) | (805) 965-8591 (Office)
United Way of Santa Barbara County