BOARD OF DIRECTORS
In 2000, as a result of local advocacy, the Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center was established with one employee as a family advocate agency. In 2005, Santa Barbara County, through the Department of Social Services and First 5, initiated a public-private partnership with the CVFRC, supporting the center’s growth and development with funds and in-kind services. In 2011, the CVFRC obtained 501(c)(3) status as an independent nonprofit. The resulting public-private partnership thrives because it is based in a shared commitment to strengthening the Cuyama Valley community. This commitment has produced a broad array of services, support and referrals for low-income families, individuals, youth and seniors, including individual case management, emergency food distribution, education programs, health fairs and donation programs.
As the only agency in the region delivering social services and developing programs that serve community identified needs, the CVFRC directs particular focus and resources to programs that encourage community leadership. The CVFRC regularly facilitates workshops and training programs that allow local leaders to emerge and find their voice. This process also provides a welcoming framework in which issues critical to the community are identified, discussed and prioritized. From developing an active cross-cultural Board of Directors to empowering parents and caregivers to activating a network of local volunteers, the CVFRC serves as the center of leadership development and community advocacy in the Cuyama Valley.
At the end of 2013, the CVFRC crossed a significant threshold—both literally and figuratively—and moved into its own dedicated building, the result of a successful 3-year public-private capital campaign. This highly visible step allowed the CVFRC to expand its presence and efficacy as the region’s access point for vital services, a hub of community engagement and center for positive change in the Cuyama Valley.
The CVFRC facility is available for use as a meeting space. Please see the CVFRC Facilities Use Policy and Reservation Form for details. Please call (661) 766-2369 or email Martha Yepez at M.Yepez@sbcsocialserv.org.