Humanitarian & Health
Ventura County Community Foundation
The Ventura County Community Foundation builds and manages philanthropic support in the region and addresses community needs for the benefit of al...
United Way of Ventura County was established in 1945 to provide residents with crucial health and human services. Since then, the organization's work has been driven by a compelling mission: to mobilize the community's power and resources to improve the lives of all residents. This mission is fulfilled through volunteer-based and community-designed programs focused on education, financial stability, and health. In addition to these direct service programs, United Way of Ventura County played a crucial role in establishing 2-1-1, the county's information and referral social services call center.
As Southern California has fallen victim to increasingly- destructive wildfire seasons, United Way of Ventura County has expanded its poverty reduction programming to include disaster relief. In 2017, the Thomas Fire, California's largest ever wildfire at the time, scorched more than 281,000 acres of land in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. In January of 2018, heavy rains induced massive mudslides and flash floods in recently burned areas, further endangering residents and residences. In the wake of these disasters, United Way of Ventura County established The Thomas Fire and Flood Fund to provide direct aid for the victims of the fire and floods. The fund raised and distributed more than $4.5 million to individuals and families living in Ventura County. Through GRoW @ Annenberg, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten joined forces with his fellow trustees at the Annenberg Foundation in providing much-needed support to assist in wildfire recovery efforts for the region.
Disaster Relief - The Thomas Fire Fund