Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation

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(805) 895-7896
President: Aaron Briner

Mission

The Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation is based in Montecito, California. It was created by members of the Montecito Firefighters’ Association in 2006 as a mechanism for providing assistance to members of our firefighting family and community. Our board members are active duty firefighters dedicated to serving our community in all ways possible.

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Well-Earned Trust

The beauty of our foundation is we don’t have anybody to pay,” says Secretary Shawn Whilt in explaining that the Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation is entirely volunteer-driven with low overhead of $15,000 per year.
The nonprofit welcomes the generosity of the community to support firefighters who put themselves on the line for all kinds of emergencies. In the same way that you can trust Montecito’s firefighters with your life, you can also trust the foundation with your donations.

Key Supporters

Bob and Joan Hollman
Robert Kemp and Melinda Goodman-Kemp
Kind World Foundation
Connie Frank
Diane Boss
Sally Jordan
Merryl and Chuck Zegar
Julianna and Tom Dain
Jeffrey C. Barbakow and Margo Baker Barbakow
Lillian Lovelace
John and Coco Marsala
Peter and Gerd Jordano
Richard and Connie Kennelly
Beverlye and Bob Fead
Jeffrey and Hollye Jacobs
Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick
Family Foundation
Wood-Claeyssens Foundation

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