In the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and Debris Flow, the Bucket Brigade emerged from the mud, leading an army of caring volunteers to dig out neighbor’s homes, clear and restore open spaces, restore trails and to reconnect the community. We learned, first-hand, that disasters don’t care about the things that divide us. We also learned that no burden is too heavy when we all lift together.
In the face of even larger wildfires and natural disasters, the Bucket Brigade continues our work, building a more resilient community and helping to prepare the next generation for life in a changed world. Each volunteer project since 2018 has organized, trained, and deployed volunteers in response to community needs. We are building a network of experienced volunteer leaders throughout Santa Barbara County so that we can be more prepared to face the challenges of climate change. In the wake of larger and more frequent disasters, just wanting to help our neighbors is no longer enough. We all need to become good at helping.
Now is the time to reconnect with the Bucket Brigade community. Your donations help fund our grassroots, humanitarian campaigns like the Alisal Fire Assistance project this spring. Membership also helps kick-start Community Uplift Projects in neighborhoods all across the community, from Santa Ynez to Elings Park, from the Montecito Debris Flow to wildfire relief. Membership helps to provide the safety equipment, tools, materials, and leadership that allow for year-round community action, not just to respond to crises, but to help prevent them.
In order to become better at helping, we have to practice helping. Our grassroots, community resilience programs put our words into action. We train to restore the community after a disaster, by restoring part of the community each week. This is a virtuous cycle of training, uplift and renewal that everyone is welcome to participate in.
ORGANIZE: Our Community Uplift Projects organize neighbors to take cooperative action to make their community better and safer for everyone.
TRAIN: Bucket Brigade Academy is a resilience leadership program where we field-train and certify students in life safety skills and teach advanced volunteer leadership techniques through Community Uplift Projects
DEPLOY: Relief efforts, like the Alisal Fire Assistance Project, deploy volunteers in response to natural disasters and community crises to help neighbors in a time of need, healing the community with organized, helping hands.
An unrestricted donation of any size helps to provide the safety equipment, materials, and leadership that allows for year-round community resilience action.