Each year, the Ojai Women’s Fund makes substantial grants to local organizations that target critical needs in five focus areas. We are pleased to announce that this year’s member donations are providing grants to seven nonprofit organizations serving residents of the Ojai Valley. With the 2023 grants totaling $85,635, we will have bestowed nearly $700,000 since 2016.
Ojai Festivals received a grant to continue their Artists-in-Residence program, which aims to introduce students to quality live music, encourage listening skills, teach music traditions, and encourage personal music participation.
Performances to Grow On received a grant to extend to all school-age students their programs of educational, engaging, and artistic performances that encompass a diverse variety of artistic and cultural traditions.
Ojai Valley Youth Foundation received a grant to provide enrichment programs to Nordhoff students, including college campus tours, art instruction, music, cooking, improvisation, environmental activism, robotics, and visits to cultural institutions such as museums.
Secure Beginnings received a grant to expand their successful sliding scale/free 1:1 Parent/Caregiver Consultation Program addressing challenging life events and parenting/child development concerns for Spanish-speaking families.
Ventura Land Trust received a grant to provide more opportunities for children in low-income households in the Ojai Valley to enroll in the Ventura Wild program, which teaches how to engage with nature, learn about conservation, and develop a deeper connection to the local environment.
OjaiCARES received a grant to fund the Patient Navigation program, which helps people receive timely and appropriate medical care and psycho-social support to help reduce the stress of living with cancer.
HELP of Ojai received a grant for the Housing Assistance Fund Inclement Weather Program, which assists housing insecure and unhoused residents of the Ojai Valley in need of temporary shelter due to inclement weather conditions, health issues, and/or domestic violence.
"There’s something about this organization and its underlying values of equity and fairness that really speak to me. I see it in memberships, in the way also that we do the grants – we really want to make sure that everyone has a chance in an equal manner to participate."
"We are inspired by the work of the Ojai Valley nonprofits and delighted that our family can help OWF support their efforts with grants."
"This group shows you can have many people doing a little, which adds up to a LOT! By funding these programs, we are giving back in huge ways. I am so proud of this group!"