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Local nonprofit changes name to be more accessible to Santa Barbara County

Scott Sheahen / KEYT

LOMPOC, Calif. -- Since 1964 Community Action Commission, or CAC, has served Santa Barbara County. The nonprofit helps with early childhood education programs, supports lower-income families, delivers meals to seniors and supplies educational tools for kids and adults.

Now the group has a new name, CommUnify.

CommUnify CEO Patrica Keelean said they changed their name to make the organization more accessible and welcoming to all of Santa Barbara County. She added CommUnify will offer the same services with the same people, just under a new name.

CommUnify delivers free lunches to people over 60 years of age in nine areas of the county including: Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, New Cuyama, Orcutt, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Keelean said CommUnify has delivered 60% more food to seniors than it did in the previous year.

The greater demand in Santa Barbara County means they're looking for more volunteers and donations. The next project they're working on is offering more digital access for students learning remotely.

For a list of services CommUnify offer visit their website here. Or to make a donation or volunteer visit here.

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