Community Impact Spotlight
Honoring. Celebrating. Impacting.
That’s a lot of impact. Of the three California Strawberry Festival legacies, it is the impact on our communities that we are most proud of. And we couldn’t have done it without you.
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.
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.
These are just a few of our nonprofit partners
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), services the communities of deaf, hard of hearing, and people with hearing degrees in the tri-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.
Their fundraising efforts through the nine years they have been with the CSF has yielded $12,000.
“The Festival is an excellent opportunity to earn funds while developing leadership and high self-esteem within our communities and exposing our language and culture to the public.”
In partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and with the help of the California Strawberry Festival, XI Kappa Omega Chapter has been able to provide scholarship support to graduating African American high school students in Ventura County for their higher education over the past six years. The $12,000 proceeds to date earned by the SSAFE/XKO booth enables the organization to provide a minimum of two scholarships each year. The students chosen have high scholastic abilities and show financial need.
“These SSAFE students are our future. This is why SSAFE/XKO Sorority works so hard at the Festival to give them an opportunity for higher education.”
The Oxnard Police Department Explorer Post #9286 provides an opportunity youths ages 14-21 to experience firsthand what it takes to get started in a challenging law enforcement career. The Oxnard Police Explorer Program is affiliated with the Boys Scouts of America. Exploring provides the law enforcement profession an opportunity to further an investment in its own future through constructive relationships with young adults contemplating a career in the field of criminal justice. The Oxnard Police Explorers have raised approximately $300,000 over its 15 years of fund raising at the California Strawberry Festival.
“The Oxnard Police Explorers depend on the California Strawberry Festival as the primary source of our fundraising efforts. The Festival provides us the opportunity to raise funds for our program while serving the Oxnard Community.”
Soroptimist International of Oxnard is a nonprofit service organization whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Their programs provide access to education through their “Live Your Dream Education and Training Awards” to women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families and their “Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls,” which focuses on girls in high school who face obstacles to their future success. They have volunteered with the Festival from its inception raising about $40,000.
“We enjoy volunteering whenever possible at the California Strawberry Festival because it’s a great way to give back to the community, support the festival, and have fun doing it.”
More Profiles Coming Soon
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. To date, the Festival has awarded approximately $74,000 in scholarship funds to Oxnard Unified School District students transitioning from high school to college. Submission deadline is April 20, 2018.
The Festival has funded a $25,000 endowment to support students at California State University Channel Islands via scholarships in perpetuity. Interest from the endowment has allowed CSUCI to award approximately $9,000 in scholarships since 2003.
The Festival is proud to continue its yearly contribution to the California Strawberry Growers’ Scholarship Fund, administered by the California Strawberry Commission, created just for the children of California’s strawberry fieldworkers.
The fund has awarded more than $2 million dollars towards hundreds of hard-working students’ higher education since its inception. To date, the Festival has contributed approximately $85,000 to their fund.
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
Come see how impacting community builds community and allow us the opportunity to thank you personally for helping us – just by enjoying all things strawberry.
It all happens at our Community Connections Exhibit centrally located within the Festival grounds. Displays, special appearances, and chances to “spin to win” for prizes await you in the exhibit that showcases the multitude of ways the proceeds of the Festival benefit so many lives in our communities.