We have partnered with several local charities that are doing great things in our community whether it is maintaining our Pier, saving our animals, helping kids with cancer, or helping those with autism.
Since it's original construction in 1872, the Ventura Pier has stood as a symbol of the region's rich history and natural resources. Today the Pier is a favorite attraction for fishing, picnics, sunset strolls and beautiful views of Ventura Country's coastline and the Channel Islands. Community leaders established Pier into the Future, a non-profit, to establish a $1 million endowment fund to preserve and enhance this treasured resource for future generations to enjoy. Since reaching their goal in 2007, Pier into the Future has provided over $500,000 to the City of Ventura to fund Pier repairs and enhancements. Their signature fundraising event is Pier Under the Stars- Ventura's premier food and wine tasting event held the first Saturday in October. www.pierintothefuture.org
The Humane Society of Ventura County is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1932. We receive no direct financial assistance from city, county, state agencies or National Animal Welfare Organizations such as The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA. Fundraising events,grants, bequests, investments, supporters and your very important donations are our only sources of income. We truly appreciate your love, concern and support for our Shelter animals and the community outreach services the Humane Society provides. Approximately 95 percent of the contributions we receive are spent on programs and services that directly benefit animals.
When animals need a safe haven, we are here for them.
Our Mission is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, welfare, compassionate care and protection of all animals through education and community outreach programs. www.humanesocietyvc.org
To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer. Description-Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $75 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 375 research projects nationally. There is also the Team Lemon training program which benefits Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
The mission of the Autism Society Ventura County is to improve the lives of all affected by Autism. We work to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum and their families to be fully included members of the community. We achieve this through education, advocacy, the promotion of research, increasing public awareness, and collaboration with other agencies. ASVC’s annual charity race “Aut2Run!” attracts over a thousand competitive runners and walkers each April during Autism Awareness month. Aut2Run is the only competitive race held at the beautiful CSU Channel Islands campus with a 10K trail run, 5K walk, or entry in both races which is known as the 15K Hero Run. www.Aut2Run.org
The mission of MCF is threefold. First it seeks to fund research to attempt to find cures for the various forms of childhood cancers and to discover less toxic treatments for the disease in children. As part of that portion of its mission, it is helping to fund an Immune Cell Therapy Laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Second, MCF established Roar Beyond Barriers, a program to financially assist low income and military families with a child battling cancer. Through monthly gift cards, families are able to purchase food and other necessities. Since the program’s inception, 78 families in 12 states being treated in 21 hospitals have been helped. There are 50 families currently receiving assistance. The third mission is advocacy to increase government funding for childhood cancer research. As part of its advocacy mission, MCF was in the forefront of the #SaveJosh campaign and it’s Vice Chairman, Richard Plotkin, has been invited to serve on a committee consisting of a limited number of childhood cancer advocates dealing with the White House. http://maxcurefoundation.org/