Ways You Can Help

This pandemmic is a terrible difficulty for many people and Our Lord is the Comforter. This is an opportunity to be salt and light while introducing the community at large to our Wonderful Lord and Savior by being a help in this trouble! Here are some needs being circulated by the Ventura area community:

If you'd like to volunteer anywhere in the county during this lockdown, you must fill out this packet in order to be compliant.

~ Make some masks for your fellow humans. DIY Mask Instructions can be found here.
~ Contact the Vagabond Inn in Oxnard and Ventura, or the Oxnard Shelter to sign up for volunteer shifts. You will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will maintain a social distance of 6ft. 

~ Can you sew and have fabric on hand? Ventura County health care professionals need 3000 masks! We’ve gotten their specific mask instructions and they need people with fabric on-hand, people who can sew, and people who can drive to connect the two and drop off finished work. Go here.

~ Check your garage! There might be something that can help save a life! Healthcare workers need:
  • Baby Monitors: This has been upgraded to a “NEED!” “When we are through this pandemic, we will sterilize them and offer to MediCal patients that deliver and need a monitor for their newborn. Nurses are relieved these are coming in for monitoring patients in overflow rooms. Please prepare the unit by:
    • Sanitizing the entire unit including the cords,
    • If it takes batteries and you have extra, please include extras. Put this in a ziplock or plastic bag with your name, email, cell and address on it for a future thank you note.
  • Temporal infrared thermometers: Temporal infrared thermometers are sold out everywhere.  If anyone has any extras, that is another current need.  
  • All other “Personal Protective Gear”: We are still seeking all PPE, isolation gowns, N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, goggles.”  
~ This week, the Ventura County Office of Emergency Services began accepting donations at three drop-off locations: Assembly member Jacqui Irwin’s offices in Oxnard and Camarillo and the Ventura County Community Foundation in Camarillo. The county is requesting new and unused surgical masks, N-95 masks, procedure masks, isolation gowns, medical goggles, dracon culture swabs and Tyvek suits.

Send an email to Amy here if you can help or need delivery assistance. Drop off mask or other donations to 765 Saratoga, Ventura.

~ Feed healthcare workers!  From Amy Towner:  “Our BIGGEST challenge is going to be feeding our healthcare workers… For 300 workers at Ventura County Medical Center and 100 at Santa Paula Hospital, that’s 400 x $10/day in food x 7 = $28,000 x 8 weeks = $224,000. 

Donors…Please be creative, think outside the box and lean in for ideas and connections…  Feeding our workforce is the most beautiful expression of how we can nurture healthcare workers as they care for our community, alongside protecting them with masks. To make a tax-deductible donation, go here.

~ Gofundme for protective Gear for Medical Staff at VCMC & SPH

We are the healthcare professionals and staff of Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital, and we need your help. We choose to work at our hospitals because we believe that everyone deserves quality medical care. We are the county’s safety net, and we are going to be here for our community throughout the coronavirus crisis.

While our hospital leadership and staff have done a remarkable job of preparation in the face of the COVID pandemic, in light of the severe shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE) that have affected every hospital hit hard by COVID so far, we recognize the need for innovative approaches that will allow us to safely care for patients and conserve valuable PPE.

A donation of any size will allow us to continue protecting ourselves and our families, so that we can continue caring for you and yours. Please help if you can.”

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~ United Way of Ventura County needs help too!

United Way of Ventura County is recruiting people to help in the 211 volunteer corps, which can be done remotely from home. Ventura County’s social services hotline has been inundated with calls over the past couple of weeks. Some have questions related to COVID-19 and others need support.

On a typical day, the center would get 150 calls. Now, the call volume is in the thousands, said Mitchel Sloan, United Way vice president.

The 211 line needs 48 volunteers a day. Volunteers must be at least 18. and need a laptop and headset.If they don’t have their own, the organization will provide them. People answer calls on four-hour or eight-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. People can  volunteer on-site at a temporary call center in Camarillo or do so remotely from home. For both options, however, on-site training in Camarillo is required.

To sign up or get more information, go to http://www.volunteerventuracounty.org/.

~ Ventura County Area Agency on Aging seeks volunteers.

Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (info here) is seeking volunteers to make food deliveries or work in the agency’s senior nutrition garden to help harvest produce, which is given to area residents. Contact lois.vcaaa@ventura.org with your name, phone number, and cities where they can volunteer.

~ Food Share seeks volunteers.

Food Share needs volunteers to help sort donations, pack boxes and help out pantries. The need is critical now. The organization is trying to double how much food it can provide as needs increase.

~ Do you have some computer skills? 

If you have high tech skills to volunteer – join the “Design to Combat COVID-19 Community.

  • We are a community of volunteers who refuse to sit on the sidelines.
  • We want to virtually assist where we can, and want to take action now.
  • We are community of designers, engineers and creatives who want to remotely volunteer their skills and help create innovative solutions to support others affected by the pandemic.
  • We have the virtual resources, with the passion to help get involved, and can assist those affected by helping the best way we know how.

~ The Ventura Shelter needs donations

Fresh fruit, snacks, surgical masks, coffee, hand sanitizer, dawn dish soap, laundry detergent, bleach, paper towels and non-dairy milk. Let Jim Duran jimduran@me.com if you can offer any.

~ Do you have an RV you can loan to a healthcare worker?

“A spontaneous idea by a Dallas-area woman for keeping her doctor husband quarantined from the rest of the family when he is off duty during the coronavirus crisis has blossomed into ad hoc, national volunteer service to match medical personnel with people willing to donate an RV or camper. The idea, launched a week ago, is simple: Provide a cheap way for medical personnel to remain near their families without risking infecting them...

Her one requirement: the whole process must be entirely free.”No dollars are to be exchanged,” she said. “It is completely and totally donations.” – USAtoday.com