To provide equities in access to education and ensure that students and families have the resources they need to learn and participate in school, OUSD launched its Family Fund initiative in the fall of 2019.
Family Fund is the central point to provide support for the ongoing wellness needs of our students, providing resources to our families, such as:
Bikes and other transportation (bus tokens)
Over 220 bikes given to families in need since October , 2019
Clothing, Shoes, Backpacks and School Supplies
Eight Clothing Closet events held since 2019
Project Prom Closet, 2022
Individual appointments for families in need, scheduled as requested
Ordered each semester based on teacher list of required supplies. Since August of 2020, over 1,100 student packets have been assembled and distributed.
After-school care funding
Extended day fee waiver for all qualified families
After-school enrichment programs
After-School Mountain Biking Club, Matilija Middle School
Field trip funds
Catalina Island Marine Institute (5th grade students)
Anaheim Heritage Music Festival (Nordhoff Music students)
Sports/Athletic Team Fees
uniforms, shoes, gear and other requirements
Devices/Internet and Tech Tutoring
short-term internet service provided for families in areas where hotspots are not reliable options
Over $17,000 in gift cards distributed to families in need through 2021 Holiday Family Tree
Housing and Other Basic Needs
This year, Family Fund has identified FRL-eligible families who, for many reasons, were unable to pay their outstanding cafeteria balance at the end of 2019/20 school year. Family Fund has elected to donate the funds for these families' accounts to clear any outstanding debt. Additionally, we worked to identify our families who have the most need. We created a Help Form (here) and discerned that a homeless family was struggling to find county or city housing. We were able to provide funding for short-term housing, giving these families time to connect with community agencies to find a more sustainable solution. For more information on short-term and long-term housing help, and tools to avoid homelessness, please click here
In 2020, to support local families in need, OUSD Family Fund launched a Gift Card Giving Tree program to help famlies to provide a holiday meal (grocery gift cards), purchase gifts for children (Visa gift cards) or prepare for a family trip to visit family (gas gift cards). The results of our 1st Holiday Family Tree far exceeded expectations, with over $7,000 in gift cards going to more than 100 local families in need. During our 2nd Annual Holiday Family Tree, we were able to distribute over $17,000 in gift cards to our families.
To help a family in need, community members can donate:
*prepaid gift cards, or
*directly to Family Fund here or
*by check, written out to “OUSD Family Fund”
Gift cards or checks may be dropped off at the Ojai Unified District Office, located at 414 E. Ojai Avenue, during regular business hours. The deadline for dr
OUSD families who need extra help during the holidays - gifts for your children or preparing a holiday meal for your family - please register here.
We appreciate our community and local partner organizations such as Ojai Womens Fund, Rotary Club of Ojai, Rotary Club of Ojai West , Ojai Valley Lion's Club, The Optimists Club of Ojai. Ojai Valley Library Friends and Foundation, The Ojai Presbyterian Church, Project Bicycle Love , James Storehouse, The Center for Spiritual Living , Thacher School's Honors Contemporary Ethical Issues (student Tyler Vondriska, teacher Jason Carney) and The William J. Reid Foundation for donations and grants that continue to drive our efforts to support our most at-risk families. As we can see an increased need in Ojai Valley due to ramifications from coronavirus, we want to ensure our community has a platform to support our efforts, and checks can be mailed to OUSD Family Fund, PO Box 878, Ojai CA 93024. Any funds donated to OUSD’s Family Fund will provide for our families in need, and are tax deductible.
For more information on OUSD's Family Fund, please emailOUSDFamilyFund@gmail.com
OUSD Family Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organized under IRC Section 170, and donations may be tax deductible. Please check with your tax advisor to confirm, as each individual’s situation is different.