Welcome to Community Corner, a library of some of the projects undertaken by local organizations using grants received from the Ojai Women’s Fund. Check back often as the list of projects will continue to grow!
Special thanks to OWF member Gillian McManus (Caring for Ojai) for her work on grantee writeups.
Mira Monte Garden of Knowledge (2017 Grantee)
Mira Monte Elementary School opened its new Garden of Knowledge on May 15. Parents and staff worked hard to help bring to life this drought-tolerant garden, which is open to students and the community to read and access the internet.
Little Free Libraries (2017 Grantee)
The grant from the Ojai Women’s Fund has enabled the Ojai Valley Library Friends & Foundation (OVLFF) to install nine additional Little Free Libraries throughout the Ojai Valley. There are now Little Free Libraries at all OUSD campuses and these additional libraries bring the total number in the Ojai Valley to 25.
Mariachi Ojai (2017 Grantee)
This grant from the OWF made Ojai’s first Mariachi Camp possible. Held during the summer of 2018, 22 10-17 year-old Ojai students came together for a free, two-week camp to traditional instruments and a selection of songs. The camp culminated in a community performance for friends and family.
OjaiCARES (2017 Grantee)
Supporting cancer patients in the Ojai Valley through personal patient support and tailored resources, OWF’s grant enabled OjaiCARES to provide 200 extra hours of patient navigation.
Food For Thought (2017 Grantee)
A longtime presence in Ojai’s public schools, Food For Thought improves food awareness in local elementary schools, teaching gardening and agriculture and tying these hands-on experiences with students’ academic skills.
Ojai Storytelling Festival (2017 Grantee)
We all have stories to tell. But the sign of a great storyteller is the ability to take a small story and make it universal. For 18 years, the Ojai Storytelling Festival has showcased talented storytellers from around the world.
Nordhoff Dance Alliance (2017 Grantee)
Last year, the Nordhoff Dance Alliance applied for a grant from the Ojai Women’s Fund. The Dance Alliance was awarded just under $3,000 and this money helped director Kim Hoj to buy new tap shoes and costumes for her dancers - specifically for the performance of “Searching the Skyline,” the 2018 Spring Dance Concert.