Ventura County Nonprofits Receive $50,000 in Grants to Strengthen Their Community Impact

The philanthropic arm of a local credit union awarded $50,000 in grants last month to 10 Ventura County nonprofits.

The VCCU Foundation, a nonprofit created by the Ventura County Credit Union in 2015, has provided more than $250,000 in grants to nonprofits serving Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

“Their efforts are changing countless lives,” Alma Medina, president of the foundation, said in a statement announcing the latest awards. “We know this grant will help them continue to make a meaningful impact here in Ventura County.”

Beneficiaries include the Turning Point Foundation, which helps those struggling with mental illness or homelessness, DRAGG, an afterschool automotive program for youth, Brain Injury Center, Casa Pacifica, which provides services for teens and families , Women’s Economic Ventures, which provides training services for women, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Westminster Free Clinic & Community Care Center, House Farm Workers!, BikeVentura and the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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Each agency received $5,000. Representatives of grant winners shared their stories at a virtual celebration in March.

Samah Yasin, head of marketing for Turning Point, said in an interview that the grant funds will be used to employ approximately 30 clients with mental health issues at the organization’s Growing Works nursery in Camarillo. The wholesale nursery, which grows native and drought-tolerant plants, provides vocational training and horticultural therapy to Turning Point customers.

“We thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Yasin said.

VCCU Foundation grants focus on three main categories: helping the underserved, environmental preservation, and regional well-being.

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Cytlalli Salgado is a breaking news reporter for the Ventura County Star. She can be reached by calling 805-437-0257 or emailing [email protected]

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