Youth, immigrants, and people with disabilities have been speaking out at school board meetings, at rallies, and throughout the region on how laws and services can better meet their needs. The McCune Foundation recognizes their vital role in civic engagement and is awarding $417,000 in grants to nonprofit groups who support residents in lifting their voices to promote beneficial changes in their c
Campaigns to boost educational opportunities, create safer streets, and improve working conditions for farm workers will all get a hand up with $340,000 in grants from the McCune Foundation. Fifteen groups in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties received grants in November to empower teams of parents, immigrants, youth, and other activists in promoting beneficial changes in the community. As the Fou
The McCune Foundation awarded $360,000 for community organizing projects in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Fifteen groups received grants in November to support teams of parents, immigrants, teens, and other concerned residents in promoting beneficial changes in their neighborhoods. “Citizens working together are making streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, while others have led c
The McCune Foundation awarded $330,000 for community organizing projects in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Twelve groups received grants in June to support teams of parents, grandparents, immigrants, teens and other concerned residents in creating beneficial changes in their communities. Grant dollars provided by the Foundation will pay for salaries for community organizers, trainings, and ot
The McCune Foundation and the Ventura County Housing Trust Fund (VCHTF) are pleased to announce a partnership between the two organizations in support of their mutual missions. The McCune Foundation is providing a $100,000 loan to VCHTF to help finance affordable housing developments in Ventura County. The Housing Trust Fund’s $4 million Revolving Loan Fund makes below-market rate loans for the
When community members who do not speak English can use their native language to express their concerns and ideas, their voices can be powerful levers of change. But first, their messages must be interpreted accurately in settings that are inclusive by design.
"It’s a powerful moment when people recognize the potential they have within. You notice how Council members zoom in and pay attention to what [people] have to say. It makes me very proud,” says Miguel Rodriguez, community organizer with CAUSE.
"When I think about community organizing, anyone can list issues such as affordable housing or saving a bus route,” says Hazel Davalos, CAUSE Community Organizer. “Getting the bus back isn’t the only measurable goal. It’s also how many leaders you build in the process.”