“Ready, set , action”!
By Connie De La Rosa
A non-profit organization, ACTION (Area Christians Taking Initiative On Needs) that assists many individuals which includes elders, disabled, under resourced families, homeless and at risk youths in the County of Ventura consists of over 100 churches involved, over 200 agencies and businesses and over 1,600 volunteers for Christmas Shoppe alone so in total over 4,000 volunteers for all of their programs combined.
ACTION is currently hard at work for the yearly Community Christmas Shoppe which serves Ventura County residents that are in need of gifts for their children. “Once an invitation has been mailed to the family, they can come in on the scheduled day and time to pick a few of the brand new toys, clothes and other items for their children. In addition, there will be child care available so parents can shop, entertainment and raffles for bikes and other giveaways” according to Jill Upson, Executive Director of ACTION. The non-profit also has a “Medical closet” with durable medical equipment and another program of “Serve Every Day” to meet the daily needs of less fortunate individuals with moving, organizing, home repairs and other needs requested.
In 2015, they have already undergone about 500 projects at no cost to families in need and adopted a lower income senior apartment complex to closely monitor the seniors needs and help in any way they can.
To find out more information call Rachelle at 987-0300 or go to their website www.actionvc.org