VCDSA continued its proud tradition of charitable donations during the 2014 calendar year by donating over $59,000 to many worthy causes.
Once again, VCDSA was able to provide financial support to over 100 different groups that provide a broad-range of assistance and essential programs, activities and services, most of them for citizens right here in Ventura County.
VCDSA members have a right to be proud about their Association’s charitable activities, which are reflected in a combined total of over $750,000 donated back to the community in the last 14 years. VCDSA charitable giving is another way we help demonstrate that the men and women of this Association truly care about the communities in which they work and the citizens whom they serve. VCDSA’s 2014 charitable donations fell into the following general categories:
SUPPORT OF YOUTH IN THE COMMUNITY: As a reflection of VCDSA’s longstanding commitment to help local youth by supporting safe and healthy youth activities, and critical relief programs where young people need it most, the largest single charity fund segment of over $32,000 was donated to numerous groups that support kids in our area. VCDSA provided financial assistance to programs for youth sports, academics, music, grad-nights, Scouting, summer-work, at-risk youth and school-related groups county-wide, and a substantial sum to help our regional Boys & Girls Clubs that serve kids from the area’s most needy communities.
AID FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS AND VICTIMS OF ILLNESS AND INURY: The second largest portion of VCDSA’s charitable contributions, over $21,000, went to assist organizations that help those suffering from illness, disease, injury, and disability, and also to local groups that aid victims of crime, provide food and/or shelter for the underprivileged and work to enhance medical care and services for local seniors, families and children. Donations to such groups included the National Charities League Juniors to help make children’s cancer treatment more accessible in Ventura County, the Rescue Mission, FoodShare, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Firefighters’ Quest for Burn Survivors, Casa Pacifica, Camarillo Hospice and many others.
ASSISTANCE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT GROUPS: Support for groups that assist the cause of law enforcement and those on the front lines is near-and-dear to VCDSA, which is why the Trustees of the VCDSA Charitable Trust donated more than $8,700 to worthwhile organizations that provide law enforcement training, survivor assistance and other support for critical public safety services. Assistance was given to the Thousand Oaks Police Volunteer program, Citizens Patrol groups, police K-9s, police memorial foundations and other public safety charities and non-profits.
MEMORIAL DONATIONS AND SUPPORT: When grave illness, serious injury or death strikes public safety officers from around the state, the VCDSA Charitable Trust routinely tries to provide a measure of financial assistance and support for the injured officers, and for their survivors and loved ones. In 2014, VCDSA donated more than $7,000 for those efforts, including donations directly to the stricken and their families.
Every year we feel very fortunate to be able to help those in need and give back to our community. You can partner with us by becoming a supporter of the VCDSA Charitable Trust.