From the website: CommUnify (formerly the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County) 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. In May 1967, CommUnify was incorporated as a private nonprofit organization providing Head Start early education services, followed by a senior support program in October of the same year. In 1969, an adult job-training program was added to our menu of services. CommUnify has gradually expanded to include a wide array of programs focused on addressing the causes and conditions of poverty.

CommUnify is now one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara County, employing more than 300 staff and operating 16 programs and services in the community, including Head Start/Early Head Start programs, energy assistance, home weatherization services, financial literacy and family self-sufficiency supportive services, a variety of prevention and intervention services for youth, and 2-1-1 information and referral helpline. CommUnify prides itself on its sound fiscal practices and strong financial status as a growing nonprofit organization. The organization’s foundation is the tripartite Board structure, made up of one-third low-income (or representatives); one-third elected officials (or representatives); and one-third private or business representatives.

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