Ventura College Launches Thomas Fire Victim Relief Collection Drive

To help fire relief efforts, Ventura College and its Foundation have launched a victim relief collection drive for donations of cash and items needed by many of the faculty, staff, students and neighbors who have suffered loss due to the devastating Thomas Fire. Donations will be accepted in two locations on the Ventura College campus, and a third location at the Ventura County Community College District office in Camarillo, Dec. 11–13.

Items needed include personal care products, new and gently-used clothing and shoes, blankets and linens, pantry food items, baby items, paper goods and gift cards to grocery stores, Target, Walmart, gas cards, etc.

“We have many students in need of essentials so that they can stay in school, and employees who lost everything and need assistance so that they can continue to teach and support our students,” said Anne King, executive director, Ventura College Foundation.

The drop-off locations and hours are as follows:

  • Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura in Guthrie Hall, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Ventura College Foundation, 71 Day Road (Day Road Center), Ventura, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For questions on the donation drive or to volunteer, contact Rick Trevino at (805) 289-6155 or by email at rtrevino@vcccd.edu.

Cash contributions can be made on mobile devices by texting VCFIRE to 41444. Online giving is at www.VCgiving.org. Checks should be mailed and made out to: Ventura College Foundation, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 90004. Please designate “VC Emergency Fire Fund” on your gift.

For more information on making a donation, please call (805) 289-6503 or email gpantoja@vcccd.edu. For more information on supply donations, visit www.venturacollege.edu.

Established in 1983, the Ventura College Foundation provides financial support to the students and the programs of Ventura College to facilitate student success and grow the impact and legacy of Ventura College as a vital community asset. The Foundation also hosts the Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, an outdoor shopping experience held every weekend on the Ventura College campus east parking lot. For more information, contact Anne King at (805) 289-6160 or aking@vcccd.edu. Or visit www.venturacollege.edu/foundation.