The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $610,000 to 14 local non-profit organizations providing remote and in-person services to youth and adolescents during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Grants ranged from $10,000 to $100,000, and were allocated as follows:
- $25,000 in Target and Burlington clothing vouchers for elementary, middle, and high school children from low-income, foster, and homeless families in the Conejo Valley, Moorpark, and Simi Valley by the Assistance League of Conejo Valley
- $50,000 for therapeutic interventions for preschool children displaying significant speech and language development delays by the Assistance League of Ventura County
- $50,000 for Neuroblastoma research and clinical trials by Band of Parents
- $75,000 for onsite and virtual health and wellbeing classes, including health education, nutritional counseling, social/emotional wellness strategies, physical fitness activities, leadership training, and community service by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura
- $100,000 for youth development programs (Power Hour, STEM (Science, Technology, English, and Math), workforce development, teen leadership, and civic engagement) by the Boys and Girls Club of Moorpark & Simi Valley, Inc.
- $75,000 for blended on-site and virtual programming (i.e., homework tutoring, art lessons, story time with guest readers, STEM (Science, Technology, English and Math) demonstrations, nutrition education, cooking lessons, virtual hikes, and career exploration) by the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley
- $25,000 to fund a supervising therapist and therapist interns providing mental health services to Ojai youth suffering from grief, loss, substance abuse, eating or social disorders by HELP of Ojai, Inc.
- $10,000 for on-site and virtual counseling for Westlake and Thousand Oaks High School students suffering from grief or loss, including COVID-19 loss (loss of friends, school, activities, normalcy) by Hospice of the Conejo
- $25,000 for in-person and virtual social activities (i.e., weekly yoga, dance sessions, science experiments, story time, Friday Friend Day, and Teen Club) provided by licensed teachers of the deaf for economically-disadvantaged deaf students by No Limits for Deaf Children
- $30,000 for virtual job skills training, mentoring appointments, homework help, and college application assistance programming; and online LGBTQ+ support groups for Fillmore and Santa Clara River Valley teens by One Step a la Vez
- $17,000 for eight monthly horse therapy sessions for incarcerated youth at the Ventura County Juvenile Facilities by Reins of HOPE
- $20,000 for housing and school support services (i.e., tutoring, mentoring, play therapy, and group activities) for homeless families and children by Rescue Mission Alliance
- $88,000 for the purchase of Radiant Warmers for the Labor & Delivery and NICU units of St. John’s Hospital by the St. John’s Healthcare Foundation. The warmers provide heat to newborn infants, an Integrated Resuscitation System, pulse/oxygen monitoring system, and weighing capability.
- $20,000 for after-school program supplies (i.e., non-shared school supplies, exercise and sports equipment, art supplies, hand sanitizers, wipes, gloves, and masks) by Ventura Police Activities League, Inc.
Grants are awarded in the spring and fall of each year. The deadline for letters of interest for spring 2021 grants is September 30, 2020. For more information about the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation, including instructions on how to apply for a grant, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.samuelssonfoundation.org.
The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation was established in 2005 upon the death of Harriet H. Samuelsson, an Oxnard philanthropist, at age 96. The Foundation awards over $1 million in grants each year to organizations providing services for the health, education, guidance, or welfare of children under the age of 18 residing in Ventura County, or to organizations conducting cancer research.