VCCF and the County of Ventura Award More than $350,000 in Census Funding

VCCF and the County of Ventura recently awarded more than $350,000 to Community Based Organizations throughout the county. The purpose of this second round of funding is to support and provide outreach activities to hard-to-count populations as part of the 2020 Census for Ventura County.

Proposed activities range from creating educational materials, providing trainings, putting on language-specific plays, coordinating Census events, to hosting Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Questionnaire Action Kiosks at their facilities. The deadline for the next round of funding is February 29, 2020.

Applicants can apply here.


The grantees and amounts awarded are as follows:

Autism Society of Ventura County$1,000.00
Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo$3,700.00
Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley$11,100.00
California State University Channel Islands$57,150.00
Child Development Resources$25,590.00
City of Camarillo$11,000.00
City of Fillmore$6,000.00
City of Moorpark$1,250.00
City of Moorpark$5,600.00
Community Action of Ventura County$26,786.00
Conejo Valley Senior Concerns$5,000.00
Council on American-Islamic Relations$15,000.00
Diversity Collective$7,000.00
Food Share$21,500.00
La Hermandad Hank Lacayo Youth and Family Center$5,000.00
Matter Labs$22,500.00
Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project$25,000.00
Nueva Vista Media, Inc.$15,000.00
Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District$2,500.00
Promotoras y Promotores Foundation$3,055.00
Reiter Affiliated Companies$6,204.50
Ruben Castro Charities$5,000.00
Turning Point Foundation$40,000.00
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice – Ventura County$12,000.00
Ventura County Office of Education$27,724.22


February Somos Vecinos Newsletter

Next Complete Count Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 12, 9-11am

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Next Complete Count Meeting
lease join us at the next Ventura County 2020 Census Complete
Count Committee meeting on
Thursday, March 12 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
VCOE Conference and Educational Services Center
Salons A, B, and C
5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
~ Please note NEW LOCATION ~

Jan. 16 CCC Meeting Follow-Up

Thanks to all Complete Count Committee members for attending the meeting on January 16!
Here are a few items from that meeting:

Videos from Somos Vecinos

QAC/QAK Guidelines

Census Volunteer Website:

SwORD Activity Report

Save the Date! Census Kick-Off Event

Join us as we celebrate the official Census Day!

Date: Wednesday, April 1
Time: 5pm to 7:30pm
Location: The Palazzio Event Center,
814 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA


Third Round of Funding Applications Due Feb. 29

~ Two Ways to Apply ~

Click below to apply for funding for community-based organizations. Funding requests will also be considered for private businesses and individuals through this link. 
The deadline to apply is January 15.
The application for Subcommittees to apply for funding for their specific outreach efforts is now available online. Please click the button below to follow the link. 
The deadline to apply is January 15.

We are grateful for the work and commitment of our first and second round grantees!
Click here to read more.

Reminder: CBO Grantees Training Sessions

For all CBO Grantees, be sure to join us on March 11 at VCCF from 9am to 11 am for our next Coordination Meeting.

Resource Updates

First 5 Ventura County
Census Resources

First 5 Ventura County has created census materials
geared towards families with children age 0-5.

Census Toolkit
for Business Owners
ReadyNation created a toolkit for business owners to share information about the Census with their employees and customers.
View Small Business Toolkit Resources
(under Complete Count Committees)

Community Highlight: Animal Census Days at America's Teaching Zoo

On Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College and the City of Moorpark’s 2020
Census Complete Count Committee held Animal Census Days where children could learn about the U.S. Census by helping the zoo count its animals and learn why we all count!

Committee Member Spotlights

Somos Vecinos. We Are neighbors.

Natalie Harnandez, Chair of PR & Marketing Subcommittee, Assistant Public Information Officer, County of Ventura. Natalie Hernández is the Assistant Public Information Officer for the County of Ventura, specializing in bilingual communications that extend the County’s outreach into Spanish-speaking communities and supports the County’s overall public information program throughout its 25 agencies. Natalie manages communications with Latino media, as well as supports digital communications and key messaging to Spanish-speaking residents. She serves as the Public Relations & Marketing Sub-committee Chair for the Ventura County Complete County Committee and manages the marketing and awareness campaign for local Census outreach. 

Natalie has more than eight years of domestic and international marketing and public relations experience in the nonprofit and corporate sector, as well as over a decade of experience in translating, transcribing and interpreting from English to Spanish and vice versa. 

She holds a BA in Spanish from Azusa Pacific University and an MA in Latin American and Iberian studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ken Maryanski, Partnership Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau in Ventura County. Ken is a former longtime journalist now putting his communications skills to work on the 2020 Census. As a newspaper reporter and editor in the Bay Area, he covered the Loma Prieta earthquake, the Oakland Hills fire, and yes, the 1990 Census before landing an editing job 20 years ago at the Ventura County Star.

He led The Star’s coverage of breaking news, education, courts, business and just about everything else at various times. Most recently he served as the news organization’s opinion editor, writing editorials and the Pa Ventura column. When The Star downsized in 2019, he was grateful to land a job with the Census Bureau.

Journalism is, above all else, a public service that informs and educates the public, and Ken believes the same is true for his new job. Helping Ventura County understand the complex undertaking and importance of the 2020 Census is both challenging and rewarding for him. “Some people consider participating in the census as important as voting,” the Census Bureau wrote more than 20 years ago. “But, unlike voting, the census touches everyone living in the United States – regardless of age or citizenship status.”