2-1-1 Community Day Celebration Features Live Entertainment, Health Screenings, Kids’ Activities | Homes & Lifestyle

Timed to coincide with National 2-1-1 Day, CommUnify (formerly Community Action Commission) will debut the 2-1-1 Community Day Celebration 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Dick DeWees Community Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave., Lompoc.

Sponsored by the nonprofit’s Energy Services program, the event is free to attend and features some 50 booths of community organizations, including:

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, First Five, Community Health Centers, and Community Partners in Education, to name a few; and several Santa Barbara County Departments such as Social Services, ReadySBC, Behavioral Wellness, and Office of Emergency Management.

The nonprofits will be on hand to provide information and giveaways as well as no-cost vaccines and health screenings for children and adults.

Live entertainment includes a radio broadcast with Sandy Silva, from 95.7 The Beat’s morning show, along with music from West Coast folk/rock duo Gates & Goodell, and Lompoc’s own rockers Whose House Is This?

Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann and Lompoc Mayor Janelle Osborne will speak at the event.

Other highlights are kids activities and door prizes. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks The Birria Boyz and Oak & Smoke BBQ.

“CommUnify’s Energy Services program is so excited to sponsor this event for the Santa Barbara County community, which highlights the amazing work of 2-1-1’s agency partners and the vast array of the free and low-cost services they provide,” said Kemba Lawrence, CommUnify community services director.

“This has been in the works for a long time, and it is our hope to make this an annual celebration and alternate the host location each year giving residents countywide the opportunity to learn more about these organizations and connect them to resources which will improve their lives,” said Elisa Pardo, program manager of CommUnify’s 2-1-1 HelpLine.

Also on the day’s agenda: CommUnify’s Childrens Services program will provide free hearing screenings; Savie Health will do blood pressure checks and mental health assessments, all at no cost. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket and will be entered to win door prizes.

“It is our hope that this year’s 2-1-1 Community Day Celebration is the first of many more to come,” said Patricia Keelean, CommUnify CEO.

“With so many Santa Barbara County organizations on our 2-1-1 HelpLine’s referral list, an event like this shines a bright spotlight on the vital work they do for residents countywide, and in a sense brings the ‘call center to the community’, providing face-to-face contact with these valuable resources available to them,” she said.

For more about CommUnify’s programs and services, visit www.CommUnifySB.org.

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