Our mission

Santa Barbara-Patras Sister Cities exists to create people-to-people relationships between the residents of Santa Barbara and its sister city Patras, Greece through commercial, educational, cultural and artistic exchange programs and events that create and sustain global, long-term, international partnerships and business opportunities for the citizens of Santa Barbara.


Medical Initiative
Youth Ambassador Initiative
Social Initiative
Economic Relations Initiative

Here is a video from a 2019 fundraising event

"The art of citizen diplomacy, the extension of respect and compassion between nations...….the warmth of people to people relationships...….hands across the water...!!"
"Love what Sister Cities has and is doing to connect globally and thrive locally."

Get Involved

With the help of volunteers, and the generosity of sponsors, donors and partners who support our work, Santa Barbara – Patras Sister Cities is an organization that relies on community involvement. There are many ways to join us in accomplishing our mission.