“Why should there by hunger and privation in any land, at any table when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?” – Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964
Updated 11/23/2020 – We will continue to update with new opportunities as they come in…
BLM-VC Canned Food Drive – thru Mid-December.
Collecting until mid-December, Cajun County Cafe (665 S Ventura Voad, Oxnard) & Ray’s Exclusive Cuts (1051 Patterson Rd., Oxnard), or call 818-641-2396 to arrange pick up. Organized by @blmventuracounty
NEW! The organizers also need donations of personal hygiene items, as they would like to give out care packs to the unhoused people who come. Socks, masks, toothbrush, toilet paper, wet wipes, feminine hygiene products, etc…
COVID testing information
Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian that needs it. Appointments are required. (CA state website here with locations and registration information.)
Need to talk to someone?
- You DON’T have health insurance: The state has just created a new “Medi-Nurse” line for Medi-Cal patients without a health plan (fee for service) and uninsured Califonians. The line – 1-877-409-9052 is available 24/7 for COVID-19 concerns or general medical issues.
- You DO have health insurance: Visit covid19.ca.gov and use the zip doe finder to access your health insurance plan’s telehealth and nurse help lines.
Friends of Fieldworkers, Inc.
“We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on helping the families of Ventura County’s farm workers. We receive contributions of cash and in-kind gifts (clothing, bedding, books, household items, toys, furniture, etc.), sponsor activities for children, and provide assistance with such matters as healthcare, childcare, education and housing.
We purchased and delivered rice, beans, flour, and over 4,000 masks to farm workers and their families. The masks were all made by friends and volunteers.
Each month we deliver hundreds of donated and purchased diapers and rolls of toilet paper to farm worker families with infants.
Whether you help through cash donations, in-kind donations, vounteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you! We couldn’t accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.”
LEGO for Friends
Facebook link here. Their mission is to reclaim used LEGO to gift to kids in need. Donations of used & new LEGO, DUPLO, Mega Bloks, K’Nex and other interlocking bricks are cleaned, sorted and turned into sets so disadvantaged kids can experience the fun of building with bricks. They are working with Friends of Fieldworkers, Inc. If you have some of these toys looking for kids to play with them again, contact them through the message link on their page.
Foodshare – Ventura County
- Need food? Find a pantry here. Download their app here.
- Can you donate? Click here. (Food Share is a 501(c)3 charity)
- Can you volunteer? Click here or contact: Christina Forino, Director of Volunteer Services at (805) 983-7100 ext. 104 or at email@example.com
Pop-up pantries, community markets, temporary pantry closures and emergency volunteer opportunities.
Pop-up Pantries for the week of November 30
Distributions are limited to residents of Ventura County. Proof of residence/address within Ventura County is required at all distributions. AG card is OK. All distribution locations are primarily drive-thru with walk-ups being accommodated as able at each site. Food boxes are limited to one box per ID on a first-come, first-served basis. *Boxes will be distributed at each site until supplies run out. Use their new app to find the nearest pantry, meal or drive-thru distribution open NOW with the Find Food Now map. This schedule is easy to find on twitter.
12/1-10 – CAMARILLO – “New Blanket Drive for Farm Workers” LULAC de Camarillo (business hours)
(https://friendsoffieldworkers.org/) This holiday season, let’s help our farm working community with the immediate need of providing new warm blankets to these families!
If you are unable to purchase a blanket, but you would like to help, you can make a tax deductible contribution to Friends of Fieldworkers, Inc.,
Ventura County – “Lift Up Your Voice to End Homelessness”
LUYV’s Moving in project has been going since May. We have done: 35 separate move-ins and 55 people moved in to those spaces. If you have a donation of gently used furniture or supply boxes, please email Kathy Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of the item you want to donate.
Most of the furniture is gently used donations:
- side tables
- night stands
- coffee tables
- kitchenette sets
- smaller couches & chairs
- newer model tvs
- beds or sheet sets (clean, in bags, mark the size of the bed.)
This is truly an interfaith volunteer effort
- Judy’s team Orchard church donated 20 kitchen supply boxes
- Norm from Center for Spiritual Living has a team who picks up the used furniture and moves the stuff to a storage unit or the client’s apartment.
- Scott’s team from Foothill Church helps organize the storage units & do a run to the dump
- Ruth & Kappy from UUCV continue to create bathroom supply boxes & office supply, respectively.
- UUCV donors subsidize the program via the plate collections.
- Several anonymous donors paid for storage rental units.
Read more here.
Saturday – 12/12 – OXNARD – “Channel Islands Harbor Holiday Food & Toy Drive” (10:00 – 5:00 pm PST)
The Ventura County Harbor Department is teaming up with the Harbor & Beach Community Alliance (HBCA) to spread holiday cheer this season by hosting the first Holiday Food & Toy Drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 12, 2020 at Fisherman’s Wharf.The Holiday Food & Toy Drive will benefit Food Share of Ventura County and the Spark of Love Toy Drive.
Learn more here: https://www.channelislandsharbor.org/event/holiday-food-toy-drive/
3rd Annual Homeless Purse Drive
Goal is 100 purses filled with women hygiene toothpaste, toothbrush, lotion, kotex, panty liners, wipes, hand sanitizer, soap, brush, nail clippers,chap sticks, socks etc…
Drop off location in Ventura: 1500 Palma Dr. #229 Ventura.
Monday- Friday 9am-5pm
All due one week before Christmas
Volunteer Ventura County.
This is a collaborative effort between many different Ventura County agencies. Check out their “current needs” page here.
“Please also be advised during the crisis, some of our partners do not have the capacity to list their volunteer needs directly on this site.
If you are interested in being notified of other COVID-19 related service opportunities we invite you to register as a Disaster Spontaneous Volunteer at http://www.volunteerventuracounty.org/need/detail/?need_id=311201. We will push out notifications to this group periodically with new needs and opportunities.“
Thank you for your support of our community.”
Attn: CALL OUT TO ARTISTS!
#FreeTheChildren ATTN: CALL OUT TO ARTISTS!!!FREE THE CHILDREN is taking artist submissions for shareable art to keep the plight of separated children in the public eye.
Thanks to Edel Rodriquez for sending freethechildrenus.org another one of his excellent graphics available for all to share on This one is the second of 2. Feel free to copy and share this banner graphic to keep the travesty of separated children in the public eye.
You can download other banners by Edel, as well as other artists and share freely at the link below.
If you’re and artist who wants to create some art for other’s to freely share on our site, visit here to get more info on how to submit to Free the Children!
If we’ve missed an important volunteer opportunity to help our community in this time of crisis, tell us. Send emails here: email@example.com. We will be updating this post.