VENTURA COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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Ventura County Rapid Response Fund

VENTURA COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Dear Ventura County Community Foundation Family,

The Ventura County Community Foundation, in coordination with the County of Ventura, Amgen Foundation, Southeast Ventura County YMCA, Give An Hour, and the Economic Development Collaborative, has launched the Ventura County Rapid Response Fund to support nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of individuals and families with food and housing support, childcare, wage replacement, mental health care, and more.

The purpose of the Ventura County Rapid Response Fund is to support those organizations providing basic human needs to individuals, families, and small business in Ventura County.

VCCF is proud to partner with direct service providers, including:

  • Southeast Ventura County YMCA where individuals and families throughout Ventura County can apply for direct financial assistance.
  • Give An Hour is available to help support mental health and emotional wellness needs in our community as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Economic Development Collaborative and its Small Business Development Center will remain open throughout this crisis, providing direct business advising to help firms navigate through the economic slowdown and connecting businesses with the full range of resources available, including low cost capital.

Organizations providing basic human needs to individuals, families and small business owners throughout Ventura County are invited to apply for funding to support their unrestricted operating expenses ensuring that these nonprofits may continue to fulfill their missions and serve Ventura County. Funding will also be available to these organization to provide cash assistance to those they serve, which can allow for families to stay in their homes or address other essential needs.

VCCF will not take any administrative fees from this fund, 100% of donations will be awarded based on the criteria of the fund.

Best,

Vanessa Bechtel
President & CEO

Grants from the Rapid Response Fund will support organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through the efforts of these organizations residents of Ventura County will be provided with food, supplies, childcare, supportive services, shelter, housing assistance, mental health care and direct support.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley – $25,000
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard & Port Hueneme – $10,000
  • Boys & Girls Club of Moorpark & Simi Valley – $10,000
  • CAREGIVERS – $18,750
  • Casa Pacifica – $30,000
  • Catholic Charities – $25,000
  • Economic Development Collaborative – $50,000
  • FOOD Share – $100,000
  • Future Leaders of America – $27,002
  • Give An Hour – $25,000
  • Habitat for Humanity – $3,800
  • Harbor House – $5,000
  • Lockwood Animal Rescue Center – $5,000
  • Lutheran Social Services of Southern California – $10,000
  • Mercy House Living Centers – $25,000
  • Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project – $40,000
  • Nyland Promise – $5,000
  • Safe Passage Youth – $11,775
  • Secure Beginnings – $10,000
  • Senior Concerns – $25,000
  • The Kingdom Center (Gabriel’s House) – $2,500
  • Turning Point Foundation – $15,000
  • Ventura County Family Justice Center Foundation – $25,000
  • Villa Esperanza – $10,000
  • Westminster Free Clinic – $75,00
  • Women of Substance Men of Honor – $5,000
  • Women’s Economic Ventures – $75,000

The following $1,883,804 dollars in grants have been awarded as of May 15, 2020 to support the incredibly urgent needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis in Ventura County.  Many of these grants are made possible through the Ventura County Rapid Response Fund.  Others are directly from VCCF donor-clients to help address gaps in our social safety net during this time.  The funding for Future Leaders of America is to directly support the 805 UndocuFund COVID-19 and the thousands of undocumented and mixed-status families struggling at this time.

  • Adelante Comunidad Conejo — $5,000
  • Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation — $5,000
  • California Lutheran University —$5,300
  • Channel Islands YMCA: Ventura Family Branch — $10,000
  • Conejo Valley Senior Concerns — $28,000
  • Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County — $95,000
  • FOOD Share — $210,000
  • Future Leaders of America —$265,000
  • Give An Hour — $25,000
  • Gold Coast Veterans Foundation — $21,000.
  • Help of Ojai — $15,000
  • Humane Society of the United States — $5,000
  • Interface Children and Family Services — $25,000
  • Manna Conejo Valley Food Distribution Center — $11,000
  • Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) — $40,000
  • Nyland Promise — $5,000
  • Project Understanding — $28,000
  • Rescue Mission Alliance — $5,000
  • Safe Passage Youth Foundation — $10,050
  • Santa Barbara Foundation — $37,500
  • Spirit of Santa Paula — $28,000
  • Women’s Economic Venutres — $125,000
  • Southeast Ventura County YMCA — $145,000
  • Personal Protective Equipment for Hospitals — $734,954

Updated as of August 21, 2020

  • Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation – $20,000 – For financial support for individuals and families; school supplies and snacks for children; cleaning and sanitation products.
  • Conejo Community Outreach – $5,000 – To provide diapers for the families they support.
  • Conejo Free Clinic – $10,000 – To provide medical tests, screenings, dental supplies, and personal protective equipment.
  • Community Solutions, Inc. – $2,000 – To provide PPE, food, prepaid phone cards and program materials.
  • FOOD Share – $19,000- To provide food and distribution supplies.
  • Future Leaders of America – $15,000 – To cover staffing expenses as they oversee the 805 UndocuFund.
  • Gold Coast Veterans Foundation – $15,008 – To cover staffing expenses as they provide outreach to veterans in Ventura County.
  • Habitat for Humanity – $8,750 – To cover mortgage payments for Habitat homeowners.
  • Harbor House – $10,000 – To provide food and rental assistance for their clients and cover motel expenses to house families.
  • Mercy House Living Centers – $5,000 – To cover expenses associated with staffing, supplies and client transportation for the homeless population they serve.
  • Project Understanding of San Buenaventura – $15,000 – To cover expenses for staffing and provide food and assistance for rent and utility bills for their clients.
  • Senior Concerns – $10,000 – To cover expenses for staffing and provide food, delivery of food and pharmacy orders, and telephonic and online support for the seniors they serve.
  • Ventura County Rescue Mission – $5,000- To provide food for the population they serve.

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