Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Digs Out Montecito

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Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Digs Out Montecito
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Volunteers helping to clear out the Chapel at La Casa de Maria (Photo: Facebook)

Larry Nimmer created a short film about the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, volunteers who help dig mud out of Montecito homes.

John Palminteri reported on this nonprofit earlier, but below is a video that shows the amazing work they're accomplishing. One volunteer even found out about it through edhat! 

Volunteers can join the Bucket Brigade by clicking here.

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a-1545021943 Feb 07, 2018 03:19 PM
Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Digs Out Montecito

Plenty of us who live in Montecito are not wealthy and are nowhere near wealthy. We are officially low income. And besides, disasters are equal opportunity servers, do the wealthy deserve less compassion for their losses? Suffering is suffering, no matter what the income level. If we can't be there for one another, what's the point? These people are doing amazing, selfless service. Bravo to them! Just the sight of people showing up with no other motive than to help those in need goes a long way to heal our community.

Roger Feb 06, 2018 02:23 PM
Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Digs Out Montecito

I know someone I referred to the county because of MRTRUMPS information my friend is a very hard worker who is unemployed and in need of rent and food cash so I'm grateful for MRTRUMPS info....

Roger Feb 06, 2018 03:02 PM
Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Digs Out Montecito

I volunteered to dig out a house on the Westside in the 90's when I was able I'm not being critical I'm just grateful because otherwise my friend could end up sleeping in my yard.

horsegirl Feb 06, 2018 02:57 PM
Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Digs Out Montecito

Don’t get me wrong, if someone is unemployed this is a great place to get a probably relatively well paying job to help get yourself ahead in life. But I think it’s terribly short sighted and a bit rude to imply that volunteers are unnecessary because all of montecito can afford to pay to clean up. The people who can afford to pay are likely hiring private contractors. I can tell you that the houses I was working on this weekend were not mansions and the homeowners were in tears because they were so grateful for the help

mrtrump Feb 06, 2018 12:41 PM
Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Digs Out Montecito

Contractors are hiring people to shovel mud. No need to volunteer. Insurance is paying for a lot of this, so is the government. Many of the very wealthy property owners ( 90% are in the top 1%) are paying out of pocket.

horsegirl Feb 06, 2018 01:44 PM
Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Digs Out Montecito

And just the other day werent you saying it was disrespectful for all the businesses in Montecito to be up and running again? That they should be helping to dig people out? So why are you telling people that they shouldn’t volunteer but should try to make some money off of it?

horsegirl Feb 06, 2018 01:34 PM
Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Digs Out Montecito

I volunteered to help dig this weekend. Many insurance companies are giving people some grief, and will not cover some damage that occurs after the fact, like mold, unless the homeowner takes extra steps, like clearing the mud away from the home’s walls. This is backbreaking work and needs to be done immediately. Some of these people are elderly and cannot do it themselves. Some are poor. Yes, I said it. There are poor people in montecito. Some who inherited homes, some who bought many years ago when it was cheaper. Not everyone here has the means to pay people to clean. Those that do, have been hiring private contractors to come and clean. The volunteers are for the people who have asked for help because *they need it*. Get off your stinking high horse

Flicka Feb 06, 2018 11:17 AM
Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Digs Out Montecito

They are doing wonderful work. I think we all felt so helpless when this disaster hit, it feels good to be able to pitch in and help. Habitat for Humanity had 75 volunteers out Sunday in the Montecito Oaks development. The Bucket Brigade was there also.

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