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Nonprofit Town Hall

Assemblymember Steve Bennett, in partnership with Ventura County Community Foundation and Center for Nonprofit Leadership CLU, hosted nonprofit organizations to a town hall to discuss state budget updates and its impact on the nonprofit community.

Asm. Bennett honored his 2023 Nonprofit of the Year, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), at the event.

Asm. Bennett honoring a CAUSE representative with an Assembly Resolution

CAUSE honored as AD-38's Nonprofit of the Year at Sacramento Luncheon

Invitees heard from a panel of experienced nonprofit leaders who will take questions, address challenges, and share ways to strengthen partnerships throughout the county.

Panelist Organizations:

  • Central Coast Climate Justice Network
  • Interface Children & Family Services
  • Westminster Free Clinic
  • Women's Economic Ventures (WEV)

The panel was moderated by Dena Jenson, Director of Center for Nonprofit Leadership CLU.

Nonprofit Town Hall Slideshow

California Nonprofit Equity Initiative Legislation

AB-885 Public contracts: nonprofit organizations; Introduced by Assembly Member Luz Rivas. (2023-2024)

AB-590 State-funded assistance grants and contracts: advance payments; Introduced by Assemblymember Gregg Hart. (2023-2024)

AB-696 State agency grants and contracts. Introduced by Assembly Member Josh Lowenthal (2023-2024)

AB-860 Grant programs: administration. Introduced by Assembly Member Avelino Valencia. (2023-2024)

AB-619 State government: emergency services: nonprofit service providers. Introduced by Assembly Member Vince Fong. (2023-2024)

SB-336 State grant programs: negotiated indirect cost rates. Introduced by Senator Umberg. (2023-2024)

SB-557 California Prompt Payment Act: nonprofit organizations. Introduced by Senator Monique Limón. (2023-2024)

Partner/Panelist Bios (View PDF)

Partners

  • Dena Jenson, Director, CLU Center for Nonprofit Leadership
  • Mike Silacci, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Ventura County Community Foundation

Panelists

Resources

  • CalNonprofits: https://calnonprofits.org
    The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve.

Oxnard - Coffee and Conversation with Asm. Steve Bennett

Enjoy a cup of coffee and join Assemblymember Steve Bennett for an in-person conversation.

We will be discussing state, local and current legislation impacting our communities.

Come share your thoughts and learn about available services and programs near you.

Saturday, May 13
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Oxnard Public Library-Main Branch
Meeting Room B
251 S A St. 
Oxnard, CA 93030

If you have any questions, please contact me at Assemblymember.Bennett@assembly.ca.gov or call my District Office at (805) 485-4745.

Port Hueneme - Coffee and Conversation with Asm. Steve Bennett

Enjoy a cup of coffee and join Assemblymember Steve Bennett for an in-person conversation.

We will be discussing state, local and current legislation impacting our communities.

Come share your thoughts and learn about available services and programs near you.

Saturday, April 15
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

La Playa Soul Kitchen
419 E Port Hueneme Rd.
Port Hueneme, CA 93041

If you have any questions, please contact me at Assemblymember.Bennett@assembly.ca.gov or call my District Office at (805) 485-4745.

Camarillo Senior Scam Stopper

Assemblymember Steve Bennett, in conjunction with the Contractors State License Board, California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation and other local partners, invites you, your loved ones or seniors under your care to attend a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar.

Come learn how to protect yourself from fraud. Discuss legislation and topics relating to scams concerning construction, identity theft, email/texting, foreign lotteries, insurance, and mail fraud. Please RSVP online or by calling (805) 485-4745.

Thursday, April 6
10 - 11:30 a.m.

Camarillo Public Library
4101 Las Posas Rd.
Camarillo, CA 93010

City of Camarillo - Coffee and Conversation with Asm. Steve Bennett

Enjoy a cup of coffee and join Assemblymember Steve Bennett for an in-person conversation on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

We will be discussing state, local and current legislation impacting our communities.

Come share your thoughts and learn about available services and programs near you.

Saturday, March 18
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tree Lounge Coffee
2364 Ventura Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010

If you have any questions, please contact me at Assemblymember.Bennett@assembly.ca.gov or call my Capitol Office at (916) 319-2038.

Trail Talks

Assemblymember Steve Bennett, in partnership with Los Padres ForestWatch, invites you to join a scenic nature walk to discuss wildfire ecology and safety.

Wildfire season is becoming longer and posing more of a threat to local communities. Learn from subject matter experts on the ecological impacts of wildfires and get tips on how to protect yourself and your community.

Saturday, September 24
10 a.m. - Noon

North Fork Matilija Creek Trail
Matilija Canyon Road
Ojai, CA

Come prepared with:

  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking/hiking attire
  • Optional: Bug spray, snacks, sunglasses

The Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

Join me and the Surfrider Foundation - Ventura County Chapter for The Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day!

Protecting the environment and tackling waste production has never been more important. Come with friends and family to clean up the beach, discuss relevant legislation and give back to our public lands. Assemblymember Steve Bennett and Surfrider Foundation-Ventura County Chapter will be cleaning the Ventura Promenade area. For more information, visit this cleanup website or call (805) 641-3700. Find your nearest Ventura County Coastal Cleanup location.

Saturday, September 17
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ventura Beach Promenade

Learn more about Coastal Cleanup Day.

Parking & Meeting Place: Where to park at California Street
You will check in at the Surfrider Foundation - Ventura County tent. Check in is located where California Street meets the Promenade. The Crowne Plaza Hotel has graciously offered free parking for volunteers in their valet lot! Please mention Surfrider beach cleanup when you arrive and tip when you leave.

There is additional parking available in the multi-level parking structure, but they charge and neither my office or Surfrider validate. Additionally, there are various free parking options within a short walk, including parking on Paseo De Playa (fills up quickly) or free parking off Front Street, with access to the walking bridge over the freeway to the promenade. View a map of the area.

It is requested that you fill out these two waivers to participate:

  1. Surfrider Foundation of Ventura County
  2. City of Ventura

Waivers may be submitted online, or at the check-in desk on the day of.

For all beach cleanups, please wear/bring:

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Masks (if transmission levels are still ranked high in Ventura County and the pre-registration link requires masks)
  • Reusable water bottle

Surfrider Foundation - Ventura County will supply buckets, grabbers, and gloves.

Forum on Ventura County's Water Crisis & California's Drought

California's current drought conditions underscore the need to responsibly manage our water supply. As conditions worsen, it is critical that we work together to implement effective water conservation practices and establish long-term water sustainability solutions.

Join Assemblymember Bennet, Senator Monique Limón, and the County of Ventura, along with local water experts, to learn about the threats of the extreme drought conditions our state is facing and the impacts it will have in our communities. We will discuss state and local agencies' response to build water resiliency and the steps you can take to conserve water.

Thursday, September 8
5:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Ventura County Government Center
Hall of Administration; Board of Supervisors Hearing Room

800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009

RSVP online or at 805-641-3700. Questions can be submitted beforehand at Assemblymember.Bennett@assembly.ca.gov

This event will be in-person and virtual. Remote access information will be emailed the day before the event to those that RSVP.

Help Clear the Shelters!

Join Assemblymember Steve Bennett and Ventura County Animal Services in Clearing the Shelters!

Ventura County's biggest adoption event is taking place on Saturday, August 27 from 11am - 6 p.m. Come prepared to discover and bring home your newest family member!

Fee- Waived Pet Adoptions!!!

Saturday, August 27
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Camarillo Animal Shelter
600 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010

View Flyer

Ventura County Animal Services links:

  1. Learn about the Adoption Process at VCAS
  2. View all shelter animals

*Promotions do not guarantee the adoption of a shelter pet. All interested parties must participate in the full adoption process to ensure the best possible matches are made. Promotions do not include the cost of a pet license if applicable.


Desocupar los Albergues de Animales

Acompaña a Ventura County Animal Services y al asambleísta Steve Bennett en desocupar los albergues de animales.

El evento de adopción más grande del condado de ventura se llevará a cabo el sábado 27 de agosto de 11am-6pm. Venga preparado para descubrir y traer a case su nuevo miembro de la familia.

Sin costo del cargo de adopción

Sábado, 27 de agosto
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Camarillo Animal Shelter
600 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010

Más información de Ventura County Animal Services acerca del proceso:

  1. Conozca mas sobre el proceso de adopciones de VCAS
  2. Ver todos los animales del albergue

Las promociones no garantizan la adopción de una mascota del albergue. Todos aquellos interesados deben participar en el proceso de adopción completo para garantizar que se realicen las mejores circunstancias posibles. Las promociones no incluyen el costo de la licencia de una mascota si corresponde.

Universal Transitional Kindergarten Virtual Town Hall

I hope you'll join me, along with Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Dr. César Morales, and a distinguished panel, for a back to school virtual town hall to discuss California's new Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) program.

Confirmed participants:

  • Dr. César Morales, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools
  • Alicia McFarland, Director for Early Childhood Programs, Ventura County Office of Education
  • Jack Hinojosa, CEO, Child Development Resources
  • Petra Puls, Executive Director, First 5 Ventura County
  • Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendent, Santa Paula Unified School District

Questions can be submitted beforehand to:
Assemblymember.Bennett@assembly.ca.gov or by calling my Ventura District Office at (805) 641-3700.

Friday, August 26
10 - 11:30 a.m.

This event will be hosted through Zoom. You can also dial-in. Link and call-in information will be sent the day before to those who RSVP.


Ayuntamiento Virtual Sobre Kínder de Transición Universal

Acompáñeme junto con el Superintendente de Escuelas del Condado de Ventura, Dr. César Morales, y un grupo de expertos, para un ayuntamiento virtual de regreso a la escuela para discutir el nuevo programa de Kindergarten de Transición Universal en California.

Invitados:

  • Dr. César Morales, Superintendente de Escuelas del Condado de Ventura
  • Alicia McFarland, Directora, Early Childhood Programs Oficina de Educación del Condado de Ventura
  • Jack Hinojosa, Director Ejecutivo, Child Development Resources
  • Petra Puls, Directora Ejecutiva, First 5 del Condado de Ventura
  • Jeffrey Weinstein, Superintendente, Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Paula

Viernes, 26 de agosto
10 - 11:30 a.m.

Este evento virtual se llevará por medio de Zoom. El link de Zoom se enviará a aquellos que confirmen su asistencia el día antes del evento.

*Evento ofrecerá interprete en español simultáneamente

Si tiene preguntas sobre el evento o para nuestros invitados, envíelas antes a Assemblymember.Bennett@assembly.ca.gov o llámenos al 805-641-3700.