Girls Inc. equips girls-particularly girls from low-income communities and girls of color — to succeed and lead while advocating for an end to inequity and discrimination. We feel passionate that we wouldn’t be able to do this work without the support of our local partnerships with companies like Amazon.
We’d like to share with you a bit more about our relationship with Amazon and the ways that we work together to push forward the mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.
“It’s important for us to leverage the desire, experience, and skill set of Amazon Santa Barbara employees to support our surrounding community,” said Women at Amazon Santa Barbara’s Community Lead, Isabella Ramos. “We live and work in this beautiful corner of the world and understand we can make meaningful impact for local organizations like Girls Inc., whose mission aligns so closely to our own.”
Women at Amazon Santa Barbara is a satellite chapter of the Women at Amazon affinity group for employees based out of Santa Barbara. They’re a group of Amazon employees working toward the recruitment, development, and retention of women. Their Community Committee not only supports diversity, equity, and inclusion related to the office, but extends this to support women and girls in our Santa Barbara community.
“Girls Inc. creates such a special environment for girls to support each other and grow together,” said Ramos. “We’ve seen how much the organization’s programs mean to both Girls Inc. members and alumnae, and we love it! Many of us wish we were part of such a community when we were growing up.”
Leading up to the 2021 She.is.Beautiful Santa Barbara Run, Women at Amazon Santa Barbara rallied a team together and organized an office fundraiser in support of Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara.
“We loved it so much that we returned for the 2022 She.is.Beautiful Run with a much bigger team,” said Ramos. “During the pandemic, we were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to rally our office around urgent causes the same way we had done pre-pandemic. But we were wrong!”
Women at Santa Barbara also drove a fundraiser in support of Girls Inc.‘s Teen Mentorship Program, specifically providing teen mentees stipends for their micro-internships.
“All-in-all, we hope that our efforts continue to support Girls Inc. on its mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold,” said Ramos.
To learn more about Amazon in Santa Barbara, check out their website here. Find future donor and alumni stories at https://girlsincsb.org/impact_stories/