Community Impact Spotlight:
Did you know that every one of our nonprofit organizations’ food booths reap 100 percent of sales to benefit their causes? Yes, they do.
So, with every delicious strawberry bite, you’re helping them raise much-needed funds that turn into services, programs, and goods to those in need in their communities.
Additional nonprofit organizations help us to bring the best experience possible during the two days by staffing our beverage booths and our strawberry shortcake tent. Our parking lot attendants, our police reserves who walk the festival, our cleanup crew, our sign placement, and even the high school band you hear throughout the festival, are all volunteers from the nonprofit organization they represent.
Each nonprofit organization receives a stipend or grant. It adds up to over $127,000 given out by the Festival each year! Over the last 35 years, the California Strawberry Festival has raised more than $4.65 million dollars to help others throughout the communities.
From upgraded computers to new sports uniforms, buses for field trip outings, repairs, new construction, research, after school music programs, and more, revenues from two days of celebrating impact the lives of others beyond measure.
Pacific Camp Family Resources, Inc., Camarillo, has been one of the Festival’s nonprofit food vendors since 2011. The $70,000 net they’ve raised in the past seven years serving up chili dogs, strawberry pizza, fried dough, corn dogs, and strawberry lemonade has helped their efforts to provide child care scholarships to qualifying families attending their programs at significantly reduced rates.
Why do they look to the Festival to help raise funds? “The Festival represents the community at large in its values and sense of community celebration. Plus, it’s enormously fun!”
Tri-County GLAD (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness based in Ventura), a private nonprofit organization founded in 1988, has been servicing the communities of deaf, hard of hearing, and people with hearing degrees in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Their services are essential to empowering these communities through communication services, advocacy, peer counseling, independent living skills, information and referral, job development, and community education. They are proud to announce their new endeavor, Ventura County Children’s Summer Camp.
Their fundraising efforts through the nine years they have been a nonprofit food vendor has yielded $12,000 selling strawberry popcorn, strawberry lemonade and lemonade. And their involvement offers more than a monetary yield each year. It’s developed leadership and high self-esteem within their communities and exposed their language and culture to the general public.
“The Festival is an excellent fundraising opportunity for Tri-County GLAD so we can make our services more accessible to deaf/hard of hearing people.”
The Festival contributes to the California Strawberry Growers’ Scholarship Fund, administered by the California Strawberry Commission. These statewide scholarships benefit the children of strawberry farm workers in their pursuit of continuing post-secondary education.
Established to honor the memory of Dr. Kato and his contribution as founder and chairman of the original Festival, the Festival funds the Dr. Tsujio Kato Memorial Scholarship, awarded to Oxnard Unified School District students transitioning from high school to college. The submission deadline is April 6, 2018.
The Festival has funded a $25,000 endowment to support students at California State University Channel Islands via scholarships in perpetuity.
20th Century Onyx Club
Black American Political Association of California, Inc. (BAPAC)
Boy Scouts of America Ventura County Council
Buena High School Music Association
Calvary Nexus Church
Camarillo Roadrunner Youth Football Inc.
Citizens Advisory Committee, Community Bible Mission
Messiah Fellowship Center
National Latinos Peace Officers Association
Our Lady of Guadalupe School
Oxnard Buddhist Temple
Oxnard Calvary Chapel
Oxnard High School Band Boosters
Oxnard Kiwanis Club
Oxnard Panthers Youth Football & Cheer League
Oxnard Police Activities League
Oxnard Police Explorers Post 9286
Oxnard Police Reserves
Oxnard United Soccer Club
Oxnard Waves Youth Soccer U16
Pacific Camp Family Resource, Inc.
Pacifica Triton Athletic Booster Club
Rotary Club of Oxnard
Rotary Club of Oxnard Sunrise
Santa Clara High School Athletics
Santa Clara High School Girls Basketball Team
SEIU Local 721 City of Oxnard Chapter
Soroptimist International of Oxnard
Students Securing and Achieving their Future Through Education (SSAFE)
The Salvation Army
Trinity Community Baptist Church
United Way of Ventura County
Ventura County Alumnae Chapter of DST, Inc.
Ventura County Chapter Blacks in Government (BIG)
Ventura County Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
Ventura High School Wrestling Booster Club
Ventura Teen Challenge
The Berry Best Community Connections Exhibit
Presented by KTLA
Discover how benefiting others is the sweetest way the California Strawberry Festival serves the community. Centrally located within the Festival grounds with displays, special appearances, and chances to “spin to win” for prizes, the exhibit showcases the multitude of ways the celebration contributes toward enhancing lives.