Funds Set Up to Help Families of Thousand Oaks Shooting and Two Fires

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The Ventura County Community Foundation has set up two funds to help people impacted by the Thousand Oaks mass shooting, as well as the Hill and Woolsey fires.

Separately, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the United Way of Ventura County and United Ways of California have formed a fund to help low-income people and families impacted by the fires. The Southern California Disaster Relief Fund is geared at the long-term efforts at helping the most vulnerable rebuild their lives.

Twelve people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill late Wednesday, during college night at the country-western club. The shooter then turned the gun on himself.

Among the dead are a 21-year-old art major attending Moorpark College; a 22-year-old about to join the Army; a 27-year-old Navy veteran who survived the Las Vegas shooting; and Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was among the first to respond to the violence at the Thousand Oaks club.

VCCF is working with the Conrad N. Hilton FoundationAmgen FoundationCalifornia Community Foundation and the city of Thousand Oaks to collect donations for families, law enforcement and organizations providing support.

“We are at a loss for words but not actions…We share our deepest condolences for the families who have lost loved ones,” VCCF Board Chair Scott Hansen said in a news release.

“Our hearts are broken but our resolve is strong to offer our support to the short- and long-term needs of the community,” California Community Foundation’s Antonia Hernández said.

To donate to this fund, go to or call Bonnie Giles at 805-330-6681.

A separate fund has been set up to help the tens of thousands of people impacted by the Hills and Woolsey fires, which began Thursday and spread quickly through Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

To donate to this fund, go to or call Stephanie Bertsch-Merbach at 805-330-6667.

The United Way’s Southern California Disaster Relief Fund can be found at or by texting UWVC to 41444.

“For low-income individuals and families, a wildfire can mean the difference between staying housed and becoming homeless,” Elise Buik, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, said in a news release.

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