Andrew Salazar served as Lompoc’s first elected mayor, today, the 81 year old is showing that he can still gather his community.
After being inspired and receiving some support from Lompoc high school students, Salazar assembled a group of high profile community members to help him launch Lompoc Cares, a campaign that aims to raise money for South County residents — particularly those in the Santa Barbara and Montecito areas — who were displaced or otherwise negatively impacted by the recent fires, storms and mudslides in the area.
Salazar said he knew he wanted to do something after reading about how the Lompoc and Cabrillo high school student bodies joined forces to raise $1,000, which they donated last month to Santa Barbara High School.
Money was given to help those and their families recover from the devastation caused by last year’s historic Thomas fire and the Jan. 9 debris flow triggered by a winter rainstorm that ravaged Montecito.
“That was very noble of those high school kids to do that, so it occurred to me that the city of Lompoc — citywide — should be able to do something similar,” Salazar said. “So, that was the genesis of the whole idea.”
Through the campaign, the Lompoc Cares supporters are asking city residents to donate whatever they can to aid the South County recovery effort. Donations are asked to be made to the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization.
At the end of the month, all the money collected will then be turned over to the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Community Disaster Relief Fund, which is being used to assist those residents and families who are still trying to recover.
Checks, which should include Lompoc Cares in the memo section, can be mailed to Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization, P.O. Box 368, Lompoc CA 93438 or they can be dropped off at 1593 E. Chestnut Ave. All donations, which are requested by March 30, are tax-deductible and receipts will be provided.