Opening eyes at Oxnard’s DreamFest
Aera Ambassadors volunteered to serve Oxnard’s migrant families at DreamFest Aug. 24.
Held at Hueneme High School, the annual one-day event serves and honors the local farmworker community, giving families access to food, resources and free family fun.
“Aera Ambassadors shared information about career opportunities that can provide welcome stability for area families, regardless of education level,” said Michele Newell, Aera public affairs representative.
The average annual wage for oil and gas industry employees is around $80,500 – something few other local industries offer.
Many community members also were surprised to learn that oil and gas provide more than gasoline for their cars, Newell added.
“They’re always amazed how oil touches their lives, from their eyeglasses and cell phones, to pharmaceuticals and flame-retardant clothing,” she said.
Aera also gave out 3,000 reusable water bottles for more than 2,000 event attendees and volunteers.