The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade was born in the wake of the catastrophic Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow in the winter of 2017-18. With disaster relief services stretched to the limit and the need for assistance at an all-time high, five community members stepped up to organize a neighborhood relief response, aligning with public agencies to dig out homes damaged by the debris flow. Right away, more friends and strangers showed up to help. Empathy and compassion surged in response to this opportunity for community members to directly engage to help their neighbors in a safe and organized way. The Bucket Brigade rapidly grew and evolved to safely deploy more than 3,000 volunteers in the largest local spontaneous volunteer deployment in generations. This work continues today as the Bucket Brigade helps neighborhoods prepare for and respond to natural disasters and community crises through volunteer training, coordination, and deployment.