Westlake Women’s Club Serves Community

Founded in 1968, Westlake Women’s Club celebrated 51 years of service in 2019! A member of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, in 1971, Westlake Women’s Club joined the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Up Close with Powerhouse Sanyika “The Firestarter”

“We live in a world where the narrative drives the action and the attention—nowadays the story we tell ourselves and the stories we tell the world are the most valuable forms of currency,” says Sanyika, a resident of Westlake Village and founder of The Firestarter Nation.

Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute

It all started with the dream of 5-year-old boy living in St. Louis, Missouri. He wanted to save animals and he loved the water! Sam was also a smart, curious and adventurous kid with an easy smile and gregarious laugh. As Sam grew up so did his passion for making a difference and love of life. He worked hard to…

Social Justice Fund Creates Change in Ventura County

 Social Justice Fund Creates Change in Ventura County  By Kateri Wozny  There’s a nonprofit in town fighting for social justice issues in Ventura County.

Covered 6: Lending a Hand to Our Veterans

An Army Reservist for 14 years, Margurie Evans discovered Covered 6 while working at the post office and looking to utilize her specialized skill set she learned in the military.

Walk 3to9 & the Dr. Susan Love Foundation:

The Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research—the largest national breast cancer charity based in Los Angeles—believes that ending breast cancer lies at the intersection of research and innovative partnerships.

Reach for the Stars Gala Celebrates YMCA

The Reach for the Stars 3rd Annual Gala on Sept. 21 will raise money for two signature programs offered by the Southeast Ventura County YMCA—Find My Genius and Safety Around Water.

Charity Karaoke Singing for a Good Cause

At this month’s Charity Karaoke: Sing for a Cause event, 20 local nonprofit representatives will compete on stage with a live band at The Canyon, Agoura Hills on August 11, each vying to win “Best Performance” and a $1,000 prize for their charity. Before the on-stage event, contestants are collecting donations for their nonprofits, with the aim of winning the…

United Way of Ventura County:

A local nonprofit is setting the bar by focusing on education, financial stability and health for the well-being of Ventura County residents.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County: Mentoring Potential

Across Ventura County, youth are facing more adversity than ever before.


Women’s Economic Ventures—also known as WEV—is a nonprofit organization, serving Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which provides business training, consulting and loans to help entrepreneurs start, grow and thrive in business.

Social Services Agency Provides Relief for Wildfire Victims

A nonprofit social services agency is helping wildfire victims of the Hill and Woolsey fires find comfort and hope by providing useful information for the long-term recovery process.

Nonprofit Donations to Benefit Borderline Shooting, Hill/Woolsey Fire Victims

A local nonprofit has dedicated its time and energy by focusing on preserving Ventura County and giving back to its residents who were affected by two recent tragedies.

Pepperdine Law Students Host Disaster Relief Clinic

In the wake of recent natural disasters in California, the Clinical Education Program at Pepperdine University School of Law launched the Disaster Relief Clinic, which provides pro bono legal services to those harmed by wildfires in Southern California in 2018.

A Big Thank You

When disasters like devastating wildfires strike in our community, an outpouring of support, relief and rescue efforts follows close behind. Such was the case during the recent wildfires that ravaged the local area last November. First responders from in and out of state, including sheriff’s offices, fire departments, police departments and paramedics, flooded in to ensure the safety and well-being…

“The Greatest Show” Featured at Interface’s Hope & Light Benefit

During a recent fall evening at Sherwood Country Club, some 350 philanthropic community members, businesses and county leaders enjoyed “The Greatest Show,” performed by Rage Entertainment to net more than $425,000 at Interface Children & Family Services’ 5th annual “Hope & Light” Community Benefit, presented by SAGE Publishing. Event proceeds will fund programs and services to help heal and protect at-risk community members…

Cal Lutheran Joins with Community to Feed Hungry College Students

Cal Lutheran is taking care of its own by ensuring that students don’t go a day without a full stomach.

Real Men Wear Pink Unite to Fight Breast Cancer

Pink is in the air this month, as dozens of local men sport the color every day in October in support of breast cancer awareness. Members of the Real Men Wear Pink Ventura County campaign for the American Cancer Society join thousands of men throughout the country who have stepped up to help raise funds and awareness in the fight…

ACT Today!

 Article Alicia Doyle  ACT Today!—Autism Care and Treatment—is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to raise awareness and provide services and support to families to help children with autism achieve their full potential.  “What makes us unique is that parents apply for the treatment they feel their child needs, as they are the best qualified to determine that need,”…

Interact Club Teens Embrace Service Above Self

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  The largest club on campus at Newbury Park High School, the Interact Club helps students develop leadership skills through community service. Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18, some 20,372 Interact Clubs exist in 159 countries.  “Interact clubs provide students with opportunities to help their local community and collaborate with other Interact Club…

Bicyclists Honor Military, Veterans During Red Cross Ride

 Article Kateri Wozny | Photography Provided  "After riding in a combination of over 70 centuries and double centuries I was delighted to find a ride close to my home in Ventura. Little did I realize when signing up that it would be one of the best organized riding events I have ever been part of. The people were cordial, helpful and full…

Power in Numbers: 100 Men Who Give a Damn

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Jeff Landau    Thanks to more than 100 local men who “give a damn,” thousands of abused and neglected children will receive assistance, including mentoring and legal help, through the nonprofit RaisingHOPE.

National Charity League

 Article Alicia Doyle  With 250+ active members, the Conejo Valley Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. offers mothers the opportunity to work with their daughters and teach them the importance of giving back.  “This is a crucial time in our daughters’ lives, where they may not want to spend a lot of time with their moms—we all are encouraged to…

Conejo Open Space Foundation:

Conejo Valley’s natural beauty and ample open space include 151 miles of multi-use trails and thousands of acres where native plants and animals thrive. With about a third of the Conejo Valley designated as permanent open space, owned and managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA), the nonprofit Conejo Open Space Foundation plays a vital role in ensuring…

The Little Angels Project: Saving Grace for Animals

Found in a shelter with a severely damaged eye, Pirate the cat was given the very minimum dose of painkillers while waiting to be euthanized. But when The Little Angels Project heard about Pirate’s plight, he was pulled from the shelter and given the veterinary care he needed—ultimately saving his life.

6th Annual Military Tribute Gala: Showing Soldiers “We Care”

In honor of the millions of Afghanistan War veterans and all the brave veterans who have served our country with honor, the 6th Annual Military Tribute Gala takes place this month, Feb. 24, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Angel Flight West: 
Giving Hope Wings

It was Halloween day, and 4-year-old Tito had just undergone audiology treatment at UCLA Medical Center. Tired after a long day of treatment and travel, Tito and his mother arrived at the airport where their Angel Flight West pilot met them to fly them home to Santa Barbara County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Brighten Spirits with Holiday Angels Program

Many of the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County live in economically challenging situations, making the holiday season an especially difficult time for these youngsters and their families.

Surfing Sparks Sea Change for Special-Needs Kids

A Walk On Water provides children with special needs the chance to do exactly that—walk on water.

Cancer Support Community Paints the Town Pink

Serving about 3,000 individuals affected by cancer each year, the Cancer Support Community thrives on the belief that no one has to face cancer alone. “There is no other organization like us in this area,” says Kayo Matsumoto, program director of the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara.

PathPoint: “Learning. Living. Building Communities Since 1964”

For five decades and counting, nonprofit organization PathPoint has thrived on the belief that all individuals—especially those with disabilities or disadvantages—can achieve self-sufficiency and dignity when the proper supports are in place.

Vocationally Speaking: Segue Career Mentors Share Working Knowledge with Students

With many problems to be solved in today’s society, leaders of a local nonprofit believe solutions can be found in real-world career perspectives provided to local youth in their classrooms. Segue Career Mentors, a charitable effort headquartered in Ventura, brings career speakers into local classrooms and generates workplace invitations for student internships, job shadows and workplace tours.

Many Mansions Builds a Firm Foundation for Community

In 1979, community members of Thousand Oaks came together in response to the housing crisis plaguing their neighbors, especially those who were becoming homeless or being forced to live in overcrowded, run-down, and crime-ridden housing. These individuals represented a wide segment of Thousand Oaks, including the faith community, social services agencies, businesses, local government and concerned citizens.

“Service Above Self” Defines Rotarians

Rotary Clubs throughout the world operate on the common foundation: Service Above Self. For local Rotarians, this service has made a tremendous positive impact as members dedicate their lives to making a difference in their communities throughout the Conejo Valley. The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, for example, continually supports the local food pantry, Manna, and is working on a…

AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

In celebration of Women’s History Month, five young ladies portrayed five women who have earned a reputation for leading their lives with conviction—including a marine biologist, politician, author, ballet dancer and shark expert. The portrayals were part of this year’s Women in History Project, presented by the Thousand Oaks chapter of the American Association of University Women. The presentations took…

Conejo Valley Guild Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Isa Brente-Shekter knows firsthand the devastation of losing loved ones to cancer. Her husband, father and two cousins died from the dreaded disease. Brente-Shekter found her calling when, 14 years ago, her friend Margarita Horwitz introduced her to the Conejo Valley Guild, the local chapter of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. She wholeheartedly adopted its mission to provide financial support…

The Little Angels Project:

When a little kitten named Pirate came down with an eye infection, a Los Angeles shelter placed it on the “red list” to be euthanized. Lucky for Pirate, animal rescue organization FixNation saved the suffering kitten just in time, calling on Darlene Geekie, RVT, and Dr. Gary Latos, DVM, at Veterinary Angels Medical Center in Agoura Hills to help treat…

Ventura County Arts Council

Award-winning art education programs, an official Poet Laureate and a gallery viewed by thousands of people a month—the arts are thriving in Ventura County, thanks to the Ventura County Arts Council! Marking its 20th anniversary this year, the VCAC is committed to enriching cultural life in Ventura County and increasing public awareness of its work.

Conejo Seniors Volunteer to Connect & Care

Becky Degn was frustrated—she wanted to give back to the community but had found several volunteer organizations to be “disorganized and chaotic.” Then she met Rick Tanaka, director of the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program, who “cut out all the frustration” for her.

Westminster Free Clinic:

Founded 21 years ago, the Westminster Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks is considered “a medical home” that provides health care to those who wouldn’t have help otherwise. “That’s our purpose: to give people a medical home that don’t have one,” says Lisa Safaeinili, the clinic’s executive director. “Sometimes this is the only time they access health care. So that’s why…

Court Appointed Special Advocates Speak up for Children

Children in the foster system depend on Court Appointed Special Advocates to serve as their voice and ensure their best interests. These volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ventura County also provide reassurance, guidance, comfort, representation and advocacy in times of extreme uncertainty for foster children ages 0-21.

Court Appointed Special Advocates Speak up for Children

Children in the foster system depend on Court Appointed Special Advocates to serve as their voice and ensure their best interests. These volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ventura County also provide reassurance, guidance, comfort, representation and advocacy in times of extreme uncertainty for foster children ages 0-21.  

Local Ladies Pay it Forward

This year, thanks to the National Charity League, Inc., (NCL) Conejo Valley Chapter, you can get a jump on your holiday shopping while contributing to a good cause. The NCL Day of Giving holiday shopping event takes place Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court in Agoura Hills, from 10 a.m. to 5…

Sherwood Cares for the Community

Pristine and picturesque, the Sherwood Country Club sits nestled at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, serving as a premier golf and gathering site for several hundred members. Its world-class golf course has hosted nationally ranked players and professional tournaments, including the PGA TOUR, and its grounds have been the setting for movies, including “Tarzan,” “Birth of a Nation,”…

Involve, Ignite & Inspire:

Thanks in large part to the fundraising efforts of the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club, money is no longer an obstacle for local women in need of a mammogram. The Junior’s recent $17,500 donation to the Conejo Free Clinic directly supports the Free Mammogram Fund, which allows women in the Conejo Valley to receive a free mammogram if they can’t…

For the Love of Horses

The community turned out in full force to support animals and share a day full of fun at the 6th Annual There’s No Place Like Hope Family Picnic & Hoedown, presented by Rosemary Allison, Estates Director for Coldwell Banker.

The BumbleBee Foundation

In 2016, an estimated 10,000 children under 15 years of age in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer and about 12% will most likely die from the disease. Sadly, about 60% of the survivors will probably suffer subsequent medical issues later in their lives, such as heart failure, infertility and secondary cancers.

Interface Children & Family Services

Comedienne and Empowerment Speaker and Writer Amy Ashton will deliver an inspiring message and present a new perspective and Commander Monica McGrath of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and Camarillo Chief of Police will address the epidemic of domestic violence.

Operation Blankets of Love

In 2003, Eileen and Brad Smulson adopted a 4-month-old poodle terrier mix named Ginger from a rescue group. Ginger is doing great and still acts like a pup. Five years later during a cold windy day in January, Eileen went with a friend to a newly built multimillion dollar shelter and saw dogs shivering on the cement floor. Eileen couldn't…

Healthy Body, Healthy Eyes

More than 20 million Americans have trouble seeing, even with glasses, and that number is expected to more than double by the year 2050, says the National Eye Institute. Aging, poor diet, and lack of exercise are taking their toll on our eyesight, but there is hope in improving our vision of tomorrow. Dr. Stuart Stoll, noted ophthalmologist and chairman…