United Way of Ventura County — There for those who need us most

September 8, 2017

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President’s Message
Dear Friends, 

Hurricane Harvey reminds us of the need to prepare and the critical role that United Way plays, along with our partners, in disaster preparation. One of the challenges after a catastrophe strikes is mobilizing caring citizens so they can effectively help their neighbors and neighborhoods. In order to best engage spontaneous volunteers during a disaster, United Way, the Red Cross, and the Sheriff’s Department are collaborating so that community members can volunteer easily and be directed to the City and County departments or community-based organizations where their volunteering will have the most impact.
In the aftermath of a disaster, United Way’s Ventura County Volunteer Center will serve as an online, call, and walk-in center for spontaneous volunteers. The Volunteer Center will register volunteers and coordinate with the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services to place them where they can do the most good for the community.  2-1-1 Ventura County will also be available 24/7 to register volunteers, answer questions, and connect those in need with the resources to help them.
We are so proud of the generosity of our network towards the local United Ways affected throughout Texas and Louisiana and the generous United Way donors from across the nation who have supported the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. Please consider joining them to help these United Ways meet the storm-related needs and rebuild their communities. 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas. Please consider giving a donation to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund in addition to your annual gift to United Way of Ventura County. Together, united, we are there for those who need us most today,  tomorrow, and whenever we’re called to be of service.
In service,
Eric Harrison 
President & CEO 
United Way of Ventura County




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