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What Can We Do?

As we all adapt to our ever-changing climate,  Leading From Within focuses its efforts in supporting its community of social sector leaders during this transition. Please explore this page to see what resources will best support you at this time.

Adaptive Peer Offerings

Listen, Experiment, Learn and Adapt

Through a facilitated process, Leading From Within is seeking to support its leaders in providing peer offerings in collaboration and to learn from each offering. In adapting based on what we learn, Leading From Within hopes to better meet the needs of our leaders, and to further clarify the most powerful ways to serve and activate our Leading From Within network. Learn more on how to participate and offer your ideas.


Our network of social sector leaders, from program participants to alumni and stakeholders, have shared their need for self-care during this difficult time. Leading From Within has adapted to share particular practices and methods on self-care in order to support our network during this pandemic. Explore self-care practices.

LFW Virtual Gatherings

  • Guided MeditationEvery Wednesday at 8:30 am
  • Transcendental MeditationRegister for a one-week training to learn how you might expand your meditation and/or self-care practices.
  • Program Alumni Events | Keep a look-out for emails on upcoming events specific to program alumni.

Support Each Other – We encourage program alumni to reconnect virtually through your Leaders Circles (a.k.a. Peer Learning Circles) and  Alumni Groups. Follow the button to get connected.

  • Show up as fully as if you were in person with us. Don’t multi-task, if at all possible. Give your full presence to the gathering and to your fellow participants.
  • Please mute your audio when you are not speaking. This will help us hear whoever is speaking and limit background noise. If you can mute notifications on your devices this also helps.
  • Turn on your camera and sit close to the screen so we can see you. Do your best not to sit with the window behind you as sometimes the lighting might make you too backlit. A little effort on lighting goes a very long way.

Community Resources

Many local organizations are actively working to support the needs of our community. Please visit the various posts for more information and resources available to all, including:

SBC Arts & Culture

COVID-19 RESOURCES 805 INSPIRES Please enjoy these 15-minute family friendly videos from museums and cultural institutions highlighting our incredible region of Santa Barbara. Utilizing the knowledge, expertise and physical collections of participating organizations, the project hopes to expand access with…


COVID-19 RESOURCES Working from Home with Kids? Many of us are currently trying to balance working from home and taking care of the kids full time. Here are some tips to make this phase of life more manageable. Read more…

Community Environmental Council

COVID-19 RESOURCES Help Build A Stronger Food Rescue Network CEC is compiling and managing a centralized database that identifies all the players in charitable food distribution, as well as gaps in service. Among other purposes, this hub is being used to…


COVID-19 RESOURCES Querencia has made the choice to pivot our efforts during this pandemic to directly support the families we know and love in the community who have been negatively impacted. Many parents have lost their jobs and are struggling…

The Fund for Santa Barbara

COVID-19 Resources Emerging Needs Grants offer rapid assistance financial assistance of up to $5,000 to projects due to unforeseen extraordinary circumstances. Projects that need immediate financial assistance due to extraordinary, unforeseen circumstances may be eligible for this grant. The Fund…

Peace Literacy

COVID-19 RESOURCES The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation published a new three-part curriculum called "Navigating Crisis, Uncertainty, and Technology in a Global Pandemic." This series of three lessons is designed to help middle school teachers and parents address many of the…


COVID-19 RESOURCES YouthWell is focused on improving prevention, education, and early intervention outreach in Santa Barbara County, in order to connect youth, ages 12-25, and their families to mental health support before the crisis. We are committed to mobilizing community…


COVID-19 RESOURCES Playworks helps kids to stay active and build valuable life skills through play. They have created a “Playbook” for children and families to use and share while schools are closed and social distancing is required (it’s safe!). Download the…

Carpinteria’s Children’s Project

COVID-19 RESOURCES Connecting Carpinterians to Economic Support CCP staff are meeting virtually with individuals and verifying applications from Carpinterians seeking economic support from the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County and the 805undocuFund. As always, we will continue to…

Prison Yoga SB

COVID-19 RESOURCES Virtual Yoga Sign Up | Join free yoga classes with Prison Yoga SB! Click the link above to enter your name and email address, and we’ll send you a free link to join us for virtual yoga sessions…

Mental Wellness Center

COVID-19 RESOURCES While the Mental Wellness Center Fellowship Club is currently closed, we are still continuing to serve lunch to our members and every day, we safely serve 100+ lunches. The Fellowship Club continues to offer social and emotional support to…

Wilderness Youth Project

COVID-19 RESOURCES  Connect to Nature | Research and Publications as to why nature makes us smarter, healthier and happier. If you are looking for ideas about places to spend time in nature here in Santa Barbara, you can check out the…

Cal Nonprofits

COVID-19 RESOURCES Accessing government crisis funds, helping nonprofit staff, and what to advocate for now There are increasingly good resources for how nonprofits can access federal funds and other federal-level resources, from organizations such as the National Council of Nonprofits,…

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

COVID-19 RESOURCES Neighborhood Cooperation in a Pandemic Webinar | How to help our community Video de nuestro seminario web | Sobre comunicación vecina y comunitaria en una pandemia

Nonprofit Resource Network

COVID-19 RESOURCES Nonprofit Sector Needs and Resources | Support in finding the resources that fits your needs, or send you personal inquires; find more information in the following: Food Inventory and Pantries Government Aid Volunteers and Supplies Consulting Services

Santa Barbara Foundation

COVID-19 Resources Nonprofit Resource Page | COVID-19 response grants and webinars COVID-19 “Ways to Help” | Connecting community members looking to help, with organizations in need of food, supplies, volunteers, and additional funding. Organizations can submit requests for food and supply…

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