The Ventura community lives in the Midtown section of Ventura, CA in the heart of Ventura County, 65 miles north of Los Angeles on the coast. The volunteers serve throughout the area—both in Ventura and northeast of the city in the rural community of Ojai. AVs serve in diverse and widespread placements, ranging from social service to campus ministry.
Villanova Preparatory School
In their own words:
Villanova’s Mission statement: In the Augustinian tradition, the Mission of Villanova Preparatory School is to graduate mature young adults of diverse backgrounds who reflect the qualities of Unity, Truth, and Love. Villanova does this by providing a challenging college preparatory curriculum and Catholic environment that promote the development of mind, heart, and body. These young adults will think, judge, and act in ways that are sound and in keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Villanova’s Campus Ministry program hosts 2 retreats per grade level each year, coordinates service projects, plans 2 all school Masses each month, and para-liturgical services through out the school year. Villanova has an active Campus Ministry club that meets weekly to plan events and share fellowship. Students help write a daily prayer for the school, and the Augustinian Volunteer works with the Director of Campus Ministry on planning and executing all aspects of Campus Ministry at Villanova.
How AVs serve at Villanova Prep:
The volunteer serves as a Campus Ministry/Student Life Assistant, working closely with Villanova’s full-time campus minister to plan and execute retreats, service projects, liturgies, prayer services and a variety of other faith-based events on campus. They also spend time talking with students, both in formal meetings with the Campus Ministry Council and more casually during lunch and other breaks.
Help of Ojai
In their own words:
HELP of Ojai is a vital resource for residents of the Ojai Valley. We are the only full time, basic needs provider in the area, equipped to assist clients when they are at their most vulnerable and unable to travel elsewhere for help. HELP of Ojai operates nine separate programs, collaborating to provide a “one-stop” destination for clients seeking intensive support unhindered by administrative burdens.
How AVs serve at Help:
The volunteer works primarily with the Community Assistance Program, which provides basic needs and case management services for the homeless and low-income residents of the Ojai Valley. This program provides daily lunches, food, employment and referral services to clients, which the volunteers will interact with directly on a daily basis. The volunteer also works closely to coordinate the annual Holiday Adopt-a-Family program, and is involved with tasks ranging from grant writing, to budgeting and financial planning.
Our Lady of the Assumption School
In their own words:
Our Lady of the Assumption School is a Catholic elementary school serving students in Preschool through Grade 8 in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. OLA provides a faith-based, quality education, developing the whole child. The school’s Mission Statement reads: Our Lady of the Assumption School commits itself to provide an education based on Catholic values and academic excellence, in a caring and safe atmosphere, in partnership with the family and parish community. Positioned in an active parish, and next door to St. Bonaventure High School, the elementary school works closely with both the parish and high school on liturgies, activities and service.
How AVs serve at OLA:
The volunteer serves as a Teachers Aid and Assistant Religion Coordinator. They assist the lead classroom teacher, monitor recess, and tutor students in small groups. The volunteer also assists in preparing students for sacraments and supports the planning of monthly school liturgies.