• CommUnify Named ''2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit'' by GreatNonprofits

    Prestigious Award is Based on Community Recommendations
    CommUnify and GreatNonprofits are pleased to announce that the Santa Barbara County-based nonprofit organization has been named a “2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading website for community recommendations of charities and nonprofits. 
    CommUnify (formerly CAC/Community Action Commission) provides 16 programs and services to the community throughout all of Santa Barbara County, including 23 Head Start/Early Start programs, energy and utility bill payment assistance, home weatherization services, financial literacy and family self-sufficiency programs, a variety of prevention and intervention services for youth, and Santa Barbara
    County’s 2-1-1 information and referral helpline. CommUnify serves between 7,000 -10,000 low-income members of our community per year, and often represents the difference in living between uncertainty and stability. CommUnify works in partnership with other nonprofit and government agencies to find innovative and sustainable solutions for Santa Barbara County residents, so they may improve their health, resilience, and financial security. “We are honored to be named a 2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” says Patricia Keelean, Chief Executive Officer for CommUnify. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including other top recognitions such as our Charity
    Navigator “100 out of 100” rating, and the fact that we have just celebrated our 55th year of serving Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable residents.”
    The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that CommUnify has received from volunteers, donors, and aid recipients. “CommUnify’s Head Start program permitted me to go back to school and continue my college education, by knowing that I can have my children in a safe and fun childcare environment at no cost. I am grateful to CommUnify and their donors for making this possible,” said Gracie H., a Head Start parent in a review of the organization.
    “CommUnify is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but of the tremendous accolades they’ve been given by those they serve, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they received from people who have direct experience working with CommUnify.”  
    GreatNonprofits is the largest donation website for nonprofits, where people share stories about their personal experiences with more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers, and recipients of aid.  The complete list of 2022 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found at:
    For a complete description of CommUnify’s programs and services please visit www.CommUnifySB.org. Please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager for CommUnify at 805-964-8857 ext. #1109 or via email jkelly@CommUnifySB.org for more information about this prestigious award, or to arrange interviews with Patricia Keelean, Chief Executive Officer of CommUnify or Perla Ni, Chief Executive Officer of GreatNonprofits.
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    About CommUnify:
    CommUnify (formerly CAC/Community Action Commission) was formed in 1964 as a 15-member Community Action Committee appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to address the causes and conditions of poverty within the entirety of Santa Barbara County. It became a 501c(3) nonprofit organization in 1967. The organization is committed to taking a leadership position in alleviating poverty, and surrounding residents with the stability they need to build stronger lives and become healthy, educated, working, self-sufficient members of our community. As one of the largest nonprofits in Santa Barbara County, CommUnify employs about 300 staff, including health, education, and social service workers who oversee 16 programs.  The nonprofit supports families and individuals through health and human service programs, including Seniors Safe at Home, Head Start, Weatherization, Utility Payment and Energy Assistance, Family & Youth Services, and the Santa Barbara County 2-1-1 Help Line, and serve more than 7,500 people throughout the county each year. CommUnify is a private nonprofit agency that is sustained by support from individuals, family and corporate foundations, and government grants. More information is available at: www.CommUnifySB.org.
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