Local Family Donates $35,000 to Support Housing and Education Programs

Local Family Donates $35,000 to Support Housing and Education Programs

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VENTURA COUNTY, CA – In a recent announcement, the Merewether Family Community Fund has awarded $35,000 in funding through the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) to support various nonprofit organizations that focus on housing and educational services for Ventura County residents.

“Ventura County has been our home for many years and we would like give back to further affordable housing development, to support the arts and to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of people in our community,” said Loretta and Mike Merewether.

The Merewether Family Community Fund awarded grants to six organizations including:

  • $10,000 to the Rescue Mission Alliance to be used towards emergency shelter, residential housing and vocational training
  • $5,000 to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families for the vocational education program for foster youth
  • $5,000 to Interface Children and Family Services for general support of their crisis intervention, recovery, and violence prevention services
  • $5,000 to MarriageWell, Inc. for general support for a new administrator
  • $5,000 to People’s Self-Help Housing for general support to provide housing construction, educational programs, and case management in Ventura County
  • $5,000 to Ventura County Community Development Corporation for education and counseling for first-time home buyers

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Merewether Family for their contributions to our community,” said Scott Hansen, Board Chair of VCCF. “These funds come at a critical time and will greatly impact vulnerable members of our community while helping increase the capacity of these worthy nonprofits to provide vital local services.”

Established in 1987, the Ventura County Community Foundation builds philanthropy in the region by stewarding legacies through careful management of charitable capital. The foundation honors donor intent by protecting endowments. The nonprofit specializes in connecting philanthropic resources with community needs for the benefit of all. The organization also serves the community through scholarships, grant making and collaborative partnerships. For more information, please visit www.vccf.org.

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