The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County (LCSLO) is a local nonprofit land trust working to protect and restore local landscapes for the benefit of people and wildlife. The land trust’s efforts help protect drinking water sources, prevent poorly planned development, restore wildlife habitat and promote family farmlands and ranches in our region. For over 30 years, LCSLO has led collaborative efforts to permanently protect more than 15,200 acres of land in San Luis Obispo County. The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County works cooperatively with both landowners and government agencies to find positive, mutually beneficial solutions. Through strategic partnerships, we gather resources to buy historic & scenic lands, critical habitats, and cultural enclaves. We also work with private landowners to conserve their land and heritage while keeping it in family ownership. Another focus is repairing broken landscapes and healing streams & wetlands that are struggling under years of abuse. Through it all, we provide opportunities that bond people to the heritage, wonder and bounty of our vital lands. The LCSLO staff and board have a respected reputation in the community for our work keeping San Luis Obispo county the unique place that it is. Together, we save, protect, and restore the special open spaces on the Central Coast!
The Women’s Shelter Program is a safe haven where intimate partner violence victims and their children can find safety from abuse and receive emotional support and resources. This program is a place where adult and child victims can begin to discover they are not alone and that there is a community of people who are ready to help them establish abuse-free lives. Our resources include a 24-hour Crisis Line, Emergency Shelter (Safe House), Counseling for adults and children, Transitional Housing, Latina Services, Legal Assistance and advocacy, as well as outreach and community education.
The Women’s Shelter Program is committed to recognizing and responding to our community’s need for intimate partner violence and child abuse intervention services. We understand that violence impacts primary victims, family, society and future generations. It is our goal to stop the cycle of violence by providing crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy, treatment, prevention and education.
For more information please go to wspslo.org or call our 24 hour Crisis Line at 805-781-6400.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County is a local, volunteer and donor supported, non-profit agency serving youth in our County through our School Based and Community Based mentorship programs. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Serve as a youth mentor, or “Big,” in order to give back to our community. The commitment is just 6 hours a month for at least one year and involves forming a meaningful relationship with a child, or “Little,” in your region who is facing adversity and has requested support. Mentors and children are strategically matched and professionally supported throughout the length of their relationship.
Visit: slobigs.org or call: 805-781-3226 for more information.
The San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation (“SLOLAF’s”) mission since 1992 is to provide legal access to justice for low and moderate income SLO County residents. Today, SLOLAF runs three programs: (1) Senior Legal Services Project, SLOLAF’s largest program, provides direct legal assistance, advice, referrals and community education and outreach to approximately 1,200 SLO County seniors in need annually; (2) the Veterans Assistance Program provides free direct legal assistance to eligible veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless; and (3) the Government Benefits Program provides free legal assistance to seniors and disabled adults who are at risk of losing vital government benefits and need help working through the administrative law process.
SLOLAF is the only agency in the County providing free legal assistance specifically for the senior, veteran and disabled adult populations. SLOLAF helps clients who are dealing with elder abuse, evictions, loss of government benefits, creditor problems, powers of attorney and advance health care directives, among other things.
The senior population, while living longer, is very vulnerable to fraud and often the target of scams and abuse. According to California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, 1 in 10 seniors are victims of elder abuse. For every case of reported physical abuse, 23 cases go unreported. For every case of financial abuse, it is estimated that 44 cases go unreported. Senior Legal Services Project is committed to helping keep seniors safe, housed and independent for as long as possible.
Past Nonprofit Partners
San Luis Obispo County YMCA
Family Care Network, Inc.
Central Coast Grown
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)
Woods Humane Society
SLO Children’s Museum
Food Bank Coalition of SLO County