SANTA BARBARA The United Way of Santa Barbara County held its Alexis de Tocqueville and Leadership Circle reception June 12 at Hope Ranch, the organization announced in a news release.
The event honored volunteers and philanthropists who supported United Way and its programs. The Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Leadership Circle also honored “philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions” who have “devoted time, talent and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our communities’ most serious issues,” according to the news release.
United Way recognized Mike and Betty Noling as Outstanding Volunteer of Time, Talent and Treasure. The Alexis de Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy Award went to Mike and Dale Nisseson.
The reception also showcased the “new expanded and enhanced partnership with Carpinteria Unified School District” to provide “early educational opportunities and literacy development curriculum to Pre-K- to 5th-grade students.”
“United Way and CUSD’s primary shared goal is to help more Carpinteria students reach critical 3rd grade reading benchmarks when ‘learning to read’ becomes ‘reading to learn,’ ” Steve Ortiz, United Way of Santa Barbara County president & CEO said in the news release.
“Carpinteria Unified School District students will have more access to early education programming and online reading improvement tools to ensure that they are on track to graduate high school on time.”