Living in Ojai: What Works, What Doesn’t

Ojai Women’s Fund hosts illuminating speakers’ forum

The Ojai Women’s Fund (OWF) drew another impressive crowd to its second community gathering on Tuesday, March 29th, at the Ojai Presbyterian Church.  Area experts shared personal concerns and professional insights with over 100 Ojai Valley women, spotlighting overlooked problems and underfunded programs in local arts, education, environment, healthcare and social services.

 Guest speakers at OWF's 3-29 community forum (l-r): Rebecca Benard; Deborah Pendrey; Jena Collins; Michael Addison; Karen Kaminsky; Haady Lashkari.

Guest speakers at OWF's 3-29 community forum (l-r): Rebecca Benard; Deborah Pendrey; Jena Collins; Michael Addison; Karen Kaminsky; Haady Lashkari.

Speakers included Michael Addison, Chair, City of Ojai Arts Commission; Jena Collins, Ed Therapist & Founder/Dir, The Literacy Room; Deborah Pendrey, Prog Dir/Treas, OV Green Coalition; Haady Lashkari, Chief Admin, Ojai Valley Comm Hospital; and Karen Kaminsky, Prog Dir, CAP, HELP of Ojai, Inc.

Ojai resident Rebecca Benard, Dir of Foundation/Corp Relations, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, introduced the speakers after sharing ideas on how Ojai could best serve its own:  “Particularly through programs like the Ojai Women’s Fund, because it draws together passionate, compassionate people … smart, concerned and responsive.  (Together) we make a difference.”

OWF membership donations fund the annual grants awarded to area nonprofits. Deadline to submit a 2016 Ojai Women’s Fund Grant Application is May 13. For more information please call (805) 746-3096 or write info@ojaiwomensfund.org.