Local Partners

ACTION exists to share the love of Christ through acts of service that change lives and strengthen our communities. We accomplish this by mobilizing volunteers, churches, businesses and agencies to profoundly impact lives, families and communities with hope.

Acting as a catalyst to help raise awareness of needs in our communities, ACTION serves a network of over 80 churches and dozens of participating agencies and schools to meet needs.

Through four primary programs: Serve Day, Serve Every Day, ActionLink, and Community Christmas Shoppe, ACTION volunteers serve under-resourced families, seniors, veterans, and at-risk youth.

Putting our faith in action is our chance to share the gospel with our sleeves rolled up!

For more information, visit www.actionvc.org

The mission of Children's Hunger Fund is to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry. Over 1 billion people in the world live on less than $1.25 a day. Most lack access to one or more basic human needs: sufficient food, safe drinking water or adequate shelter. 

For over 25 years, CHF has provided nourishing food for hungry kids across America and across the world. They distribute Food Paks and other aid through local churches so they can share hope to children and families in their communities. While nutritious food provides temporary relief of physical hunger, the life-giving truth of the gospel provides eternal hope and relief from spiritual poverty.

For more information, visit www.childrenshungerfund.org

International Students Inc. exists to share Christ's love with international college students by training volunteers to meet, befriend and help them adjust to American culture. One of the ways they do this is through an outreach called Conversation Cafe.

Here in the Conejo Valley, Conversation Cafe is held on Monday afternoons at a local park or house for international students who attend the English Language School (ELS) at Cal Luthern University. Volunteers have the opportunity to speak with students about any subject of interest with the intent to develop friendships and invite them to participate in home and church activities. The ultimate goal of Conversation Cafe is to love each student toward Christ through having spiritual conversations with them.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Kurt at papakurt@gmail.com or (805) 405-4273.

Defending the Fatherless desires to see orphan care expand within the church body. They work with a coalition of churches, organizations and individuals within Ventura County to best meet the growing needs in our community. DTF believes that every church and believer has a unique role in supporting the fatherless within Ventura County.

The vision of Defending the Fatherless is to connect families and individuals who share the common bond of adoption foster care and a heart for the most vulnerable children in our society. The adoption and foster care journey is an emotional and multi-faceted one. They believe that adoption and foster care is Biblical and essential and they desire to see these families and their children embraced and encouraged.

For more information, visit www.defendingthefatherless.net

Foster Care & Adoption Support Group: Equips foster and adoptive families through training, encouragement, prayer, and sharing in the triumphs and tears of caring for these very special children. Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Contact Melinda at melcovlin6363@msn.com for more information.

From cribs to college, James Storehouse supports children in foster care and those aging-out of foster care by providing resources that will ease transitions and improve living conditions. James Storehouse encourages awareness and motivates community participation in support of children in foster care.

There are over 500,000 children in foster care. Most face unimaginable rejection, neglect, abuse and abandonment. Children in the foster care system are more susceptible to a variety of challenges such as homelessness, incarceration, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and limited education. Annually, over 20,000 age out of the system, many without the ability or support to transition effectively into independent living. James Storehouse is committed to providing a helping hand to children and youth facing such daunting challenges.

For more information, visit www.jamesstorehouse.org

LSS has a legacy of meeting needs - of the poor, underserved, and powerless regardless of race, creed, or orientation. Serving over 60,000 individuals and families, they provide tangible goods and services such as emergency vouchers for hotel, bus, gas and utilities, housing and rental referrals, eviction prevention and prescription assistance, holiday, school or hygiene packs, humanitarian response during times of natural or man-made disasters and other short-term assistance programs.

For more information, visit www.lsssc.org/location/ventura-county

Ohana Health's (formerly Conejo Pregnancy Center) mission is to provide compassionate and confidential reproductive health and medical services, counseling and education to individuals and family.

They are a non-profit, licensed medical clinic, and community service organization dedicated to providing support for women, men and families in difficult pregnancy situations. Ohana Health opened in May 1985 and has served the needs of over 25,000 women, individuals and families in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas. They are supported through the donations of individuals, churches, businesses and civic organizations.

For more information, visit www.ohanahealthclinic.com

The Ventura County Rescue Mission serves the poor and homeless, offering hope to thousands of hurting people. It is the longest standing year-round shelter for homeless men in Ventura County.

The Lighthouse for Women and Children, serving homeless single women and women with children, established its Life Recovery program in 1998, offering a transitional living program that included a program for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In December of 2003, the Lighthouse established a year-round emergency shelter that also serves as an overflow shelter when the two domestic violence shelters in the County are full.

Today, with an overall capacity of 112 beds, the Lighthouse offers a full range of care specifically tailored to the needs of homeless women and children by offering shelter, intervention, substance abuse recovery, case management, education, life skills development, vocational training, employment, and transitional housing.

For more information, visit www.vcrescuemission.org