Every year, the Packaging Distributors Of America’s annual meeting brings together industry professionals for networking and collaboration. However, it’s not just about business. The event also serves as an opportunity to give back to the community by supporting a local charity.
This year, the chosen charity is the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade. In this blog post, we’ll explore the inspiring work of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade and how their dedication to community resilience and volunteerism has made a significant impact in times of natural disasters and community crises.
Responding to Tragedy: The Birth of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade
The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade came into existence in response to the devastating debris flow that struck Montecito in Santa Barbara County, CA, on January 9, 2018. With lives lost, homes destroyed, and the community shattered, the Bucket Brigade emerged as a beacon of hope and support. Their mission was clear: to help their neighbors during this immediate time of need.
The Bucket Brigade believes in proactive preparedness. They work tirelessly to ensure that the community is ready to face future disasters and crises head-on. They offer resources, training, and coordination to equip individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to handle emergencies safely.
The Power of Volunteers: A Backbone of Resilience
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade. Their dedication and willingness to lend a hand contribute significantly to community resilience. By signing up as a volunteer, individuals become part of a collective effort to make a difference. The Brigade organizes regular volunteer events and workdays, fostering a strong sense of unity and collaboration.
Current Projects and Initiatives
The Bucket Brigade is involved in various projects that aim to strengthen community resilience. These initiatives include the Bucket Brigade Humanitarian Garden, which focuses on deployment and training, as well as the Bucket Brigade Academy, providing essential training for volunteers. Additionally, Walk Montecito serves as an organizational and training platform, bringing the community together in preparation for emergencies.
The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade operates based on the principles of care, cooperation, and organization. They recognize that a united community is the foundation of resilience. By empowering local knowledge, taking swift and collaborative action, and sustaining efforts over time, they create a community safety net that supports individuals during difficult times.
The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade’s dedication to preparedness, volunteerism, and community resilience is truly remarkable. Through their proactive approach, they ensure that Santa Barbara County is better equipped to handle future disasters and crises.
By supporting the Bucket Brigade as the selected charity at the Packaging Distributors Of America’s annual meeting, attendees contribute to a cause that directly impacts the lives of community members in times of need. Together, we can make a difference and build a stronger, more resilient community for the future.