By Raiza Giorgi


The Santa Ynez Valley Star was the recent recipient of a Facebook Journalism Project grant, which provided much needed funding to our local publication, that supports the community in covering all news.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic that has stopped life as we know it from schools switching to distance learning, businesses to close their doors and events which are essential to local nonprofits raise the majority of their operating revenues. The streets of the Santa Ynez Valley are empty, at a time usually filled with people from families to groups of friends enjoying the area for Spring Break and leading into summer. 

“I suspect that we will look back at this time in our lives with great heartache, grieving for those we have lost, people who have suffered and businesses that have closed (hopefully not forever). I also suspect we will also remember how our community has stepped up, as we always do, to help our fellow residents get through this,” said Raiza Giorgi, publisher of the Star. 

Yes the streets are empty, but the love of the community is full. Full of people, organizations, businesses, all who have come together to get people essential items. 

We want to thank everyone who has given either their time, donation or financial contributions to local organizations that are working every day to provide essentials to those who are hurting the most. 

The Star will continue to document this situation, and please if you know of someone who is in need don’t hesitate to reach out and we can connect them with a resource or service. Email

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