OXNARD, CA, March 28, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Gene Haas Foundation donated more than $600,000 in grants during the last half of 2013 to Ventura County charities. This brings total donations to Ventura County nonprofits to $851,151 for the year, aiding 46 Ventura County human service and education-based nonprofit organizations.
In 2013, the Gene Haas Foundation donated nearly $3 million nationally.
The funds benefit a variety of programs, large and small, with a focus on educational scholarships, youth development and helping organizations that serve the most needy. Included in the recent grant cycle were Ventura College Foundation for scholarships; the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme to help fund club services; Casa Pacifica for education services; Ventura County Rescue Mission for program support; FOOD Share; and Catholic Charities Ventura County, among other nonprofits.
Since its founding in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has helped more than 800 organizations nationwide, in support of local communities. "These organizations and charities in Ventura County are making great strides in bettering our local community. Our goal is to help sustain and broaden these organizations' reach so that they can continue to make a positive impact on the individuals and families that they serve," said Peter Zierhut, director of the Gene Haas Foundation.
Founded by Gene Haas in 1999, the foundation has awarded more than $15 million to deserving charities. It was formed to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities. Of special importance to the foundation are children's charities and organizations that feed the poor, especially within the local community of Ventura County. In addition, the foundation provides scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs.
Gene Haas founded Haas Automation, Inc., in 1983 to manufacture economical and reliable machine tools. Today, Haas Automation is the largest machine tool builder in the western world. On its Oxnard campus, it employs some 1,500 workers with above-average wages and generous benefits.
Dedicated to creating and innovating efficient tools for the manufacturing and machining industries, Haas Automation strives to educate and employ a sustainable workforce. All Haas products are manufactured at the company's expansive facility in Oxnard, California - the largest, most modern machine tool manufacturing operation in the United States.
Ventura County Organizations
ACE Charter High School
American Cancer Society
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo
Boys & Girls Club of Moorpark
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley
California State University Channel Islands Foundation
Camarillo Fiesta Association
Catholic Charities Ventura County
City of Oxnard Multicultural Festival
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
El Centrito Family Learning Center
Experimental Aircraft Association
Garden Acres Santa Claus Inc. (Santa to the Sea Half Marathon)
Knights of Columbus, Oxnard Council 750
Las Colinas Middle School
Lighthouse for Women & Children
Los Primeros School of Sciences and Arts
Meadowlark Service League
Newbury Park High School
Oxnard High School Baseball
Oxnard High Band Boosters
Pleasant Valley Education Foundation
RAIN Transitional Living Center
Rio Mesa High School
Rio Mesa Scholarship Foundation
Rod McCarty Memorial Scholarship Fund
Shoes That Fit
Simi Valley Kiwanis
Society of St. Vincent De Paul
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
Thousand Oaks High School Baseball Boosters
Turning Point Foundation
Ventura College Foundation
Ventura County Community Foundation
Ventura County Jewish Family Services
Ventura County Office of Education
Ventura County Rescue Mission
Ventura County Sheriff Search & Rescue
Young Life Camarillo
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