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California Strong Distributes Third Round of Grant Money to Woolsey Fire Victims

California Strong Distributes Third Round of Grant Money to Woolsey Fire Victims

Westlake Village, Calif. (Date)—Nearly 2 1/2 years after the Woolsey Fire destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California, many families are still impacted by the fire. On March 2, $332,000 in gift cards was distributed to 88 families as they continue to recover from the fire. The funds were granted to the Southeast Ventura County […]

Casa Pacifica receives $140,000 in emergency grants

Casa Pacifica receives $140,000 in emergency grants

Camarillo, CA –  Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families received $140,000 in emergency grants for costs related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Grantors included: Gene Haas ($100,000), Ventura County Community Foundation ($30,000), Montecito Bank & Trust ($5,000), and The Towbes Foundation ($5,000). The COVID-19 pandemic has strict requirements for residential facilities like Casa Pacifica. […]

Oxnard Council- Short Term Rental Rules Debated; State of Region Summarized; Aaron Starr Initiatives Moved Along

Oxnard Council- Short Term Rental Rules Debated; State of Region Summarized; Aaron Starr Initiatives Moved Along

By George Miller On 11-5-19, The Oxnard City Council debated proposed rules for short term rentals, amid a background of passionate pleas from pro and anti-short-term rental stakeholders. This debate has been very strong statewide, especially in beach areas- like Oxnard. Evolving legislation and court rulings, as well as the Coastal Commission pressure to provide […]

Assemblymember Irwin names Ventura County Community Foundation as the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year

Assemblymember Irwin names Ventura County Community Foundation as the  2019 Nonprofit of the Year

SACRAMENTO – Each year, members of the California State Assembly are asked to name an outstanding nonprofit to recognize during a ceremony on the floor of the California State Assembly. This year, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) selected Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) as her Nonprofit of the Year.  “VCCF truly served as a beacon […]

VCCF Awards $500,000 to Partnership Providing Help to Undocumented Immigrants Recovering from Thomas Fire and Mudslides

VCCF Awards $500,000 to Partnership Providing Help to Undocumented Immigrants Recovering from Thomas Fire and Mudslides

CAMARILLO, Calif. — With the full effects of the Thomas Fire’s devastation still emerging, the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) has awarded a $500,000 grant to a community-based partnership providing relief and recovery support to undocumented immigrants. The 805 UndocuFund is a partnership among Mixteco/ Indigenous Community Organizing Project (MICOP), Central Coast United for a […]

More than $1 Million in Scholarships Awarded by Ventura County Community Foundation

More than $1 Million in Scholarships Awarded by Ventura County Community Foundation

Hundreds of local students have been awarded a total of $1,165,750 in scholarships in the 2018 Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) scholarship program, which is now in its 25th year. The 352 scholarships are provided by scholarship funds established by a variety of donors whose generosity helps make a college education more affordable for deserving […]

Ventura County Community Foundation Receives $200,000 from Amgen Foundation for Thomas Fire Relief

Ventura County Community Foundation Receives $200,000 from Amgen Foundation for Thomas Fire Relief

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The Amgen Foundation recently granted $200,000 to the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund, which helps support mid- and long-term relief and rebuilding efforts. “The Thomas Fire has deeply impacted our community and Amgen staff members,” said Eduardo Cetlin, president of the Amgen Foundation. “As part of the $500,000 committed by […]

A Garden Path to Mental Health Recovery — Join to Create Program to Grow Plants for Healing and Job Training

A Garden Path to Mental Health Recovery — Join to Create Program to Grow Plants for Healing and Job Training

VENTURA COUNTY, CA –The Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved moving forward on a novel job training program.  The program will create a drought tolerant plant nursery called “Growing Works” that will act as a training grounds and jobs program for people with mental illness. The combination of horticultural therapy which provides a […]

Nonprofits Affected by Fires Can Apply for Ventura County Community Foundation Funds

Nonprofits Affected by Fires Can Apply for Ventura County Community Foundation Funds

CAMARILLO, Calif. — Ventura County nonprofits who have been immediately affected by the fires and are assisting those in urgent need can apply for relief funding through the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Sudden and Urgent Need Fund for grants of up to $5,000. “Disaster response relies tremendously on the nonprofit community, and while they provide […]

Ventura County Community Foundation Gives $477,000 to Support Those Affected by Fires, Launches Fund for Long Term Relief Efforts

Ventura County Community Foundation Gives $477,000 to Support Those Affected by Fires,  Launches Fund for Long Term Relief Efforts

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The Ventura County Community Foundation awarded a total of $477,000 to two vital service providers providing immediate relief efforts to those impacted by the Thomas Fire–the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.  The grants awarded to these organizations will help fund their overall relief efforts including staffing of disaster shelters and the […]

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