Community Partners in Caring chosen as a 2021 Nonprofit of the Year Honored by Steve Bennett

Community Partners in Caring is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year by the California Association of Nonprofits and Assemblymember Steve Bennett. 

Community Partners in Caring is one of more than one hundred nonprofits that will be honored by their state senators and assemblymembers for their tremendous contributions to the communities they serve. 

Community Partners in Caring provides transportation to both medical and nonmedical appointments, food delivery, wellness check-ins, friendly visits, and more to seniors aged 62 or older in Santa Barbara County. Through volunteer support, they are able to serve the senior population in a way that allows them to live independently while maintaining dignity, respect, and quality of life. Within Santa Barbara county, there are already more than 800 seniors receiving services, and as the number continues to grow, Community Partners in Caring rises to meet them.

Staff and volunteers at Community Partners in Caring transform the lives of homebound seniors every day, and we are deeply humbled to be recognized by Steve Bennett as a 2021 Nonprofit of the Year,” comments Vilma Contreras, Executive Director.

 “The pandemic and shelter-in-place orders of the past year and a half have put nonprofits  – usually hidden in plain sight – in the spotlight,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofit of the Year is an opportunity for our elected officials to celebrate the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and for everyone to appreciate the collective impact of nonprofits in our communities.”



Additional Background

California Nonprofits Day, now in its sixth year, was formally recognized by 2021 Assembly Concurrent Resolution 80, authored by Assemblymember Luz Rivas, and co-authored by Senator Monique Limón. Each year legislators from across California have chosen a Nonprofit of the Year in their district. 


Traditionally, honorees and legislators are invited by CalNonprofits, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Senator Monique Limón (Santa Barbara), and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Assemblymember Luz Rivas to a celebratory luncheon on California Nonprofits Day. This year, like 2020, the luncheon was canceled in response to pandemic restrictions, but legislators moved forward with honoring nonprofits doing great work in their districts. 


According to “Causes Count,” a 2019 report commissioned by CalNonprofits, the nonprofit sector is the 4th largest industry in the state, employing more than 1.2 million people. Each year, California nonprofits generate more than $273 billion in revenue and bring in $40 billion in revenue from outside of California. The unpaid labor contributed by volunteers at nonprofits is equivalent to 330,000 full-time jobs every year.