#6. Solar Power & Light for the Homeless with Megan Birney, Sofia & Mike Tognotti.
By Tony Miller
Air date 9/4/19. Homelessness is part of our national and local discourse. We all do our part by donating resources like food, clothes, time or money. The highest impact occurs through extra effort to connect and learn about individual circumstances. Mike and Sofia Tognotti are a Santa Barbara father and daughter duo who set out on a mission to make a deeper connection and in doing so learned there is a large percentage of homeless who are chronically unsheltered, recently or currently employed and lack the income necessary to obtain affordable housing, so they live in their cars. All remain connected or try to stay connected to society and services, and many have families. The New Beginning Counseling Center Safe Parking Program provides 150 spaces - from Santa Barbara to Goleta - for homeless living in cars to rest safely overnight. The Tognotti’s are sponsoring and administering the donation of solar powered lights and battery kits made by Unite to Light, a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to manufacture and distribute efficient, durable, low cost solar lamps to people without access to electricity. Unite to Light was founded by a UCSB professor, is Santa Barbara based and employs the buy one, donate one model. Support the Tognotti - Unite to Light - Safe Parking Program community partnership by donating to their Solar Light & Power for Homeless campaign: http://www.unitetolight.org/Donate/Homeless Unite to Light is currently running it’s Fall Fundraising Challenge. No matter where you are, it’s super easy to help bring light to the world and raise funds for your favorite project in your community: http://www.unitetolight.org/Fundraise