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Aera in the Community Apr 16, 2020

Ventura County nonprofit partners with Aera Energy and others to meet the community’s unprecedented need

The funds are helping those hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis – and more is needed

The Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) has partnered with Aera Energy and other local organizations to deliver much-needed funds to individuals, families and small businesses hit hard by the negative effects of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Through its Ventura County Rapid Response Fund, VCCF had donated more than $500,000 directly to its nonprofit partners by April 9 to help them provide food, housing and economic and health-care assistance to the community.

The need is unprecedented,” said Vanessa Bechtel, president and CEO of Ventura County Community Foundation. “We have received millions in requests for support and will do all we can to help. It will take all of us collaborating together, which is why VCCF is not assessing any administrative fees and 100% of funds contributed will help those who need it most.”

Bechtel said VCCF was actively fundraising for additional dollars and would award funding to local nonprofit organizations rapidly as additional contributions are received.

In March, Aera donated $50,000 to VCCF and created a community challenge to help generate additional funds in response to the COVID-19 crises.

Camarillo-based VCCF has been promoting and enabling philanthropy to improve the Ventura County community since 1987.

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