The City of Goleta has put together a page on our website dedicated to COVID-19 information and resources (local and national): www.cityofgoleta.org/covid19. The page is being kept updated as new resources and information become available. On the webpage you can find out about City services and closures, as well as updates from other local agencies including Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, MTD, SCE, SoCalGas, Cox Communications, and MarBorg. There are also resources for businesses and employees. Below are some of the newest updates from local organizations.
- Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is hosting additional food distributions in order to meet the growing need in the community caused by COVID-19. The food at these sites is prepared and distributed in a way that utilized social distancing and followed CDC recommendations. Many locations offer a drive-thru option to minimize contact, and others are scheduling food pick-up appointments for individuals to prevent crowds. You may be asked to wear provided hygienic gloves. No documentation/registration required. Everyone is welcome. View a full list of locations here. For more information visit FoodbankSBC.org.
Please DIAL 211 for after-hours support, senior home delivery or other questions. Or visit the County of Santa Barbara’s 211 website.
Zoomers to Boomers: A group of local San Marcos High School students came up with a great way help by delivering groceries to neighbors who are elderly or immunocompromised. Zoomers to Boomers is an online site where seniors can submit a grocery list and a staff of high schoolers will head out to do the shopping and deliver to their homes. There are no tips or additional payments necessary. Any tips included by customers will be donated to those in need in the Santa Barbara community. Zoomers to Boomers chapters, started in Santa Barbara, are now popping up all over the country.
- SoCalGas customers who have recently become unemployed or are facing financial hardship may qualify for a 20% discount on their natural gas bill, through the CARE program or be eligible for another assistance programs. For more information, please visit com/Care or call 1-800-427-2200. Everyone at SoCalGas want to do everything they can to support the communities they serve during this time.
- Through June 30, Cox extends its pledge to: not terminate internet or telephone service to any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; waive any internet or telephone late fees that any residential or small business customer incurs because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and keep open its Cox WiFi hotspots to help keep the public connected in this time of need.
In addition, Cox is offering the services below through July 15. Go to cox.com for more information.
- Free Connect2Compete service, Cox’s low-cost internet product for families with school-aged children who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs. Customers must sign up before May 15 to qualify. All new customers that have enrolled since March 13 will receive free service through July 15.
- Upgraded speeds of 50 Mbps download for residential customers in the company’s Starter, StraightUp Internet and Connect2Compete packages.
- For those tiers, free Cox Complete Care phone and remote desktop support for residential customers providing assistance for loading new applications they may need to use during this time like online classroom support applications and web conferencing services.
Please click here for more COVID-19 resources and information for the community.