On January 9, 2018, our community was ravished by a devastating natural disaster. The Montecito Mudflow claimed the lives of 23 of our community members and hundreds of homes were destroyed. Already exhausted from battling the Thomas fire for weeks on end, our First Responders, collaborated as never before, to rescue those they could from the sudden devastation.
In the aftermath of the fire and mudslides, we wanted to thank First Responders and show them how much their efforts were appreciated. To that end, a new organization, “One805” was created, hosting the largest non-profit event in Santa Barbara History – The Kick Ash Bash! It brought together actors, entertainers, singers, performers, and most of all, our community in a spirit of healing. First Responders and their families were treated to an amazing day where we were able to put the tragedy behind us. Thanks to your efforts, over $2 million was raised to purchase essential equipment for, to provide counseling to First Responders, and directly support victims of this terrible tragedy.
Today, One805 is a permanent 501(c)(3) corporation, raising funds for all three First Responder groups – Fire, Police, and Sheriff – purchasing equipment, counseling & taking care of those who take care of us.
It is the only organization that allows you to help all of our First Responders with one donation. There are so many things they all need that cannot be provided from their State budgets, so community support has long been the only way they can get their hands on un-budgeted safety items or equipment for which immediate funding is required. We also help fund the critical “At Ease” program that provides PTSD counseling for First Responders.
Our First Responders don’t only need our support in the aftermath of a disaster, they need it year in, year out. Be it flood, fire or earthquake, natural disasters are inevitable in California, so as we remember the past, and prepare for the future, consider giving generously to One805.