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Community Corner: Local nonprofits shine at Chumash foundation event


Five local organizations known for giving recently received gifts of their own from The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation. The Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center, Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation, Friends of the Library of Santa Ynez Valley, the American Heart Association, and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum were honored with $5,000 service awards at a ceremony at The Willows on Nov. 14. 

According to the foundation, Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center was honored for its service to the “diverse, underserved, and geographically isolated area in Northern Santa Barbara County.” Center officials plan to soon unveil Cuyama Valley Community Center, a hub for such vital services as literacy, family support, and adult education.

Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation was recognized for helping to raise money to pay for the vast majority of recreational fields in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Friends of the Library of Santa Ynez Valley were honored for their ongoing efforts to make the community aware of the services and needs of the Santa Ynez Public Library.

The American Heart Association, whose Central Coast division is based in Santa Barbara, was honored “for its continued efforts to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” foundation officials said in a press release.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum received the Native American Award in recognition of its preservation and celebration of maritime heritage on the Central Coast. It has developed interactive exhibits and displays that include Chumash people and their maritime traditions.

The foundation has donated more than $18 million to hundreds of groups, organizations, and schools in the community. To find out more, visit


Managing Editor Amy Asman compiled this week’s Community Corner. Information should be sent to the Sun via e-mail, mail, or fax.

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