$100,000 Challenge benefiting Ventura County non-profits

Game on: Zindagi Games Inc. encourages community to partake in $100, cialis 000 Challenge benefiting Ventura County non-profits

Video gaming company will match up to $50, nurse 000 in monetary donations throughout December

Zindagi Games Inc., a Camarillo-based video gaming company, has challenged three local charities, FOOD Share, Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo and RAIN Transitional Living Center, to collectively raise $50,000 before Dec. 31 as part of its 2015 Zindagi $100,000 Challenge. In addition, Zindagi is encouraging other businesses to join the challenge in an effort to rally Ventura County employers and their employees to “give where they live.”

Umrao Mayer and George Simmons, the principals of Zindagi Games, have agreed to match dollar for dollar raised—up to $50,000—by the three Ventura County nonprofits between now and the end of December. Zindagi has historically supported each charity individually, but chose to collaborate with the three agencies for the first time last year in an effort to make a bigger impact and achieve greater results.

In addition to creating popular titles for the PlayStation®4 video gaming system, Zindagi is committed to influencing positive change within Ventura County. Zindagi’s hope is that its annual donation challenge will encourage other corporations to support local non-profits and ultimately, create a year-round cycle of generosity and giving.

“We are so grateful for Zindagi’s continuous support and their philanthropic leadership,” said Bonnie Atmore, FOOD Share President and CEO. “We invite all Ventura County residents and businesses to be a part of the Zindagi $100,000 Challenge and know that by working together, we can make our community a better place to live.”

Donations to these charities for the Zindagi $100,000 Challenge can be made at http://www.foodshare.com/

About the Zindagi $100,000 Challenge nonprofits:

FoodShare-150x109About FOOD Share:

More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 10 million pounds of food annually from its distribution site; more than 160 partner agencies, which include neighborhood and church food distributions and soup kitchens; as well as hunger assistance programs. FOOD Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families and seniors, which include: KIDS Share, SENIOR Share, Nutrition Education, Community Market, SoCal Gas CARE Program, ART Share and more. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. For more information about FOOD Share, visit www.foodshare.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

boys.and.girls.clubAbout the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo

Founded in 1967, the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide programs for young people between the ages of 6 and 21 that will inspire them to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  Since we first opened our doors more than 40 years ago, the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo has continued to offer local children and youth a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; and life-enhancing programs, and character-development experiences.

Serving over 400 children per day, our wide range of programs and services promote and enhance the development of children and youth by instilling a sense of competence and belonging. Our programs encompass the following three focus areas: academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. www.bgccam.org

rain.orgAbout RAIN Transitional Living Center

RAIN Transitional Living Center has successfully served thousands of homeless Ventura County residents, almost half of them children, over the last decade in a safe, home-like environment.  RAIN TLC provides a full range of services such as meals, job search assistance, counseling, tutoring, transportation, and other vital services families need to attain permanent housing and long-term self-sufficiency. It is a harsh reality, in these troubled economic times, that full-time employment does not insure against the possibility of homelessness, but over and over the story has been repeated – give someone a hand up and they will do the rest. To learn more about RAIN TLC, visit www.raincommunities.org, find us on Facebook, or call (805) 389-3308.

zindagiAbout Zindagi Games

Zindagi Games is a video game development studio located in Camarillo, CA. They have created titles for the PS3 Move such as “Sports Champions” and “Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest.” At Zindagi, they are greatly aware of the current needs in the community and throughout the world; they strive to confront these struggles and produce change, starting with where they live. It is Zindagi’s hope to engage and encourage more corporations to become involved with local charities and non-profits, thereby creating a cycle of generosity and giving that truly endures. www.zindagigames.com.

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