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OUSD FAMILY FUND
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 170 bikes given to families in need through five Bike Giveaway Days since October of 2019
Clothing, Shoes, Backpacks and School Supplies
Six Clothing Closet events held in 2019 and 2020
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
Field trip funds (Catalina Island Marine Institute and more)
Sports/Athletic Team Funds
uniforms and other requirements
Devices/Internet and Tech Tutoring
short-term internet service provided for families in areas where hotspots are not reliable options
Over $7,100 in gift cards distributed to families in need through Holiday Family Tree, more here
Resources for Distance Learning
Provide devices and hotspots for families to ensure their children are able to participate in distance learning. Although we were able to provide 1:1 devices - chromebooks and laptops - through previous grants, our district ordered and delivered over 70 hotspots for at-home internet access for our families who didn't previously internet access. We've provided information on free or low-cost internet service to our families ( more information here ) and have provided free wifi service to FRL-eligible families who live in areas where a hotspot is not the best option for bandwidth. We have elected to pay the cost of internet for these FRL-eligible families.
Beginning in August of 2020, we've begun providing another resource for our students/families; "Tech Tutoring" :
*Helping students login to their device/chromebook.
*Helping students navigate to Canvas, and to their classes and assignments within Canvas.
*Providing guidance on where to find help for both technology and access issues.
For information on district support of other tech issues, such as tech support and devices, click here
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
Family Fund Partners
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 and The Center for Spiritual Living and Thacher School's Honors Contemporary Ethical Issues (student Tyler Vondriska, teacher Jason Carney) 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
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