Uffizi Order is involved in many initiatives affecting differing populations of Santa Barbara.
Pershing park meal sharing
Since 2006, Uffizi Order has hosted a meal-sharing at Pershing Park for Friends without Houses. Anywhere between 80 and 200 people gather weekly for a warm meal provided by the faith communities of Santa Barbara. Medical care is provided by Doctors without Walls, and volunteers come to sit and build relationships with people on the streets.
Westside church collaborative
In 2013, seven churches from varying backgrounds in Santa Barbara came together to form the Westside Church Collaborative (WSCC). The goal of the Christ-centered collaborative has been to foster a thriving Westside whose youth are supported and cared for holistically and who, in turn, take responsibility to lead and nurture others. The WSCC focuses on an empowerment model engaging local residents in tutoring, mentoring, and program coordination.
Exploitation and trafficking is a real, felt issue in Santa Barbara County. In this coming year, Uffizi aims to further develop a coordinated collaboration between the non-profits, government agencies, and faith communities involved with fighting issues of local exploitation. Prevention efforts are focused around awareness, particularly with youth that are already at-risk.