Giving back in a big way.
As our business has grown in the past 30 years, we’ve made Isla Vista our home. We were looking for a significant way to give back to the community that means so much to us, and realized that we didn’t need to look any further than right across the street.
While building Campus 880, our flagship property, we saw how much the community depended on the Youth Center, a service of the YMCA. Since then, we have developed the St. George Youth Center, a new and improved state of the art place for teens, to help the YMCA better serve the community. This new facility in the heart of Isla Vista will also provide our residents opportunities to volunteer and engage in the community. We are honored that our business has allowed us to make an impact at the local level.
St. George Youth Center offers:
- Tutoring programs
- Homework groups
- Recreation and enrichment
- Mentoring relationships
- Community service/leadership opportunities
- Parent exercise classes
- Free summer lunches
- Access to computers, printers, the internet, etc.
St. George Youth Center Collaborators:
- Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District
- Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
- Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center
- Isla Vista Tenants Union
- Future Leaders of America
- UCSB programs and student groups
- Local elementary
St. George Community Church
St. George Community Church was established in 2019 by local developer and philanthropist Ed St. George, as a gathering place for the community and to provide for those that are in need. The guiding principle of the church is to foster community and religious development through workshops, fundraisers, faith-based services, neighborhood meetings, and community forums.
St. George Community Church located at 1032 E. Mason St. in Santa Barbara. During these extraordinary times, the St. George Community Church has helped by giving away food to those in need and caring for the children of local medical professionals who are on the front lines battling the coronavirus pandemic.
St George Church offers free food on a first-come, first-serve basis. The free food bags are distributed outside the church after 11 am Sunday morning services – from 12:30 till 2 p.m. or as long as supplies last.
With properties in Isla Vista and Santa Barbara, housing hundreds of students at both SBCC and UCSB every year, St. George and Associates has remained dedicated to helping students navigate the most important years of their lives. We offer our tenants the best accommodations possible and provide them with opportunities to become engaged and active in the community. One of those opportunities is with our Ambassador Program, which allows tenants to earn credit toward their rent by volunteering in the area. This could be by spending a few hours a week at nursing homes, food banks, or at the St. George Teen Center down in Isla Vista. However students decide to volunteer, they are credited hourly with a cap of $200 per month off their rent. Through this program, many ambassadors have gone on to have successful lives outside our company, and within!