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Make A Difference This September

September 12, 2017

This month there are at least five opportunities for YOU to make a difference!

  1. Sat. Sept. 16:  “Coastal Cleanup Day” 9-noon
  2. Sat. Sept. 16: “Day of Caring” 9-noon
  3. Thu. Sept 21: “International Peace Day” various times, places
    1-7pm at Art City, Ventura
  4. Sat. Sept. 23: “Day for Kids” 9-5pm Oxnard
  5. Sat. Sept. 30: “Make a Difference Day” various times, places

So get out, get nature, get involved!

Sat. Sept. 16:  “Coastal Cleanup Day” 9-noon FREE

Be one of the 60,000 people across all of California in the upcoming 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, on September 16!  Volunteer to remove debris from beaches, creeks, rivers, and lakes all around California to protect wildlife from harm while taking care of our environment. Find a Ventura County Coastal Cleanup Day site near you – 2017 Cleanup Site Map. Download and print the volunteer waiver. The mission of Ventura Countywide Coalition for Coastal & Inland Waterways is, “Promoting clean & healthy beaches, rivers and creeks throughout Ventura County”.

Last year in Ventura County, over 2,700 volunteers cleaned up 44 miles of beaches and inland waterways, removing 10,186 pounds of trash and recyclables! Statewide in 2016, more than 59,000 volunteers collected more than 710,781 pounds of debris. It was the largest California Cleanup – geographically- ever held, with more than 900 sites located in 54 California Counties.

Coastal Cleanup Dday is part of International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). In 2016  over 504,000 volunteers in 112 countries collected more than 18 million pounds of trash and covered enough miles of coastline to walk around the the moon twice. Over the last 30 years, more than 225 million items of trash have been logged and removed from out beaches and waterways.

Sat. Sept. 16: “Day of Caring” 9-noon

 Volunteer opportunities at The United Way of Ventura County’s 28th annual Day of Caring includes beautifying the grounds at Prototypes Women’s Center of Ventura County in Oxnard, deep cleaning the Lighthouse for Women & Children in Oxnard and painting the gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Club of Moorpark. Volunteers are invited to the Day of Caring Kickoff Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks. For more information, contact Laura Furlong at 485-6288 ext. 276; or via email at register for Day of Caring activities BY WEDS 9/13 go to, and for more volunteer opportunities visit

Thu. Sept 21: “International Peace Day”

Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All This theme is based on the TOGETHER global campaign that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.TOGETHER brings together the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 member countries of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. For more abut this campaign, go to:

From education to the arts, social justice to sports, health to the environment, neighborhood issues to service for others, there are many ways to participate in Peace Day! Join or create a public or private activity related to peace, spread the word about Peace Day and/or attend an event in your community. LEARN MORE. 

Subscribe or stay tuned to Art Predator to learn more about plans in Ventura from 1-7pm at Art City, 197 Dubbers St.

Sat. Sept. 23: “Day for Kids” 9-5pm Oxnard 

80+ Volunteers needed by The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme for its Annual Day for Kids on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Martin V. Smith Youth Center located at 1900 West Fifth Street in Oxnard. Day for kids is a FREE EVENT for the community and offers Games, Arts & Crafts, Rock Wall, Pony Rides, Bounce Houses, Music and much more! To volunteer for this event please fill the volunteer application. For more information contact Mauricio Lopez at 805-483-1118 or email:

Sat. Sept. 30: “Make a Difference Day” Oxnard CA

On October 28th, volunteers from across the country will unite for Make A Difference Day, one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together on Make A Difference Day with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others.

BUT in Oxnard it happens this month! Family First and the Oxnard Downtown Management District are sponsoring Make a Difference Day on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., in Oxnard. This event is designed to connect volunteers with community organizations all across Ventura County. About 25 charitable groups that need volunteers attended last year, including the Rescue Mission’s Lighthouse for Women and Children, Friends of Heritage Square and the Commission on Homelessness. For more information, contact Lucy Cartagena Martinez, director of Family First, at 814-3748 or; or Abel Magana, executive director of the Oxnard Downtown Management District, at 385-2705 or

Want to make a difference beyond September? United Way wants to help! Check this out. 

So get out, get nature, get involved!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2017 3:08 pm

    Reblogged this on prius in the fast lane.

  2. parisathome permalink
    September 12, 2017 3:20 pm

    That is a sick poster !

  3. September 12, 2017 6:01 pm

    It is nice to have some important days that we can do something on. We are able to help our environment, community, and people.

  4. September 12, 2017 6:20 pm

    I would love to do a coastal clean up on my crutches, but I’ll be out of town exploring the wilderness of Yosemite. I promise to pick up any trash I see out there.

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