Updated: Sep 21, 2021
Five years ago, an idea germinated to bring fashion, compassion and community together to elevate and support each other. Since the beginning, we serve the local and global community and respond to our changing world. We provide a safe and welcoming space, offer internships and summer camps for youth, jobs and a place for seniors to connect. We give goods and financial support to current needs like the North Bay Fire Relief and local coat drives. We’ve created a community space to deal with issues like sex trafficking and support artists and nature-flourishing projects. We partner with local organizations, giving young people real-time life opportunities including training in a retail environment and reaping immediate financial benefits for their time and efforts. We are proud of what we have accomplished in the last five years and with your continued support, we are excited about what more we can accomplish in 2021 and beyond. Below are some highlights of our programs and accomplishments in 2020. Please take a moment to continue our work by donating below.
V Boutique in the Cannery has been open on Saturdays and continues to offer both virtual and safely-distanced private shopping with us. In order to compensate for the shop's internship programs, we've pivoted to tech and taught our interns other valuable skills - how to sew and create uniquely beautiful masks. We have also reached out to our community of local quilters and seamstresses and received gorgeous cotton fabrics. This has allowed everyone to hone new skills and share the sisterhood of time-honored traditions.
While we currently cannot do our monthly outdoor yoga classes in the Cannery given shelter in place, VenturaVie has continued to celebrate nature by taking it on the road. We host wellness and immunity-boosting garden events where we create herbal elixirs to keep us all healthy and strong. We have planted seeds at Zinc House Farm, growing food and teaching art and yoga classes to home-schooled youth.
We have created the HiVe, a virtual twice-weekly meeting house, to support and cultivate community through art and poetry. The result of these sessions has allowed us to respond to youth who lack the technology and the skills to adapt to our changing world. This has helped vulnerable youth receive internet capacity, computers, and desks. VenturaVie provides leadership both locally and globally via organizations like Vital Voices to help fill the needs in our evolving landscape.
2020 required us to pivot, like everyone. One of the ways to fulfill our mission had us move into supporting and building community virtually. Through the creation of the hiVe, we support and cultivate our community. We connect twice a week and welcome all to join in. Our "bees" have created beautiful masks, many of which were donated to community members in need. We continue to partner with Vital Voices, beginning with hosting the International Women’s March last Spring and by encouraging young minds to brainstorm solutions to global problems. We look upward and onward with excited optimism for what we will accomplish in 2021 and beyond with your continued support. Keep your eye out how to reap the nectar of the hiVe, while helping to sustain it. Coming soon….
We are grateful for your support of VenturaVie in 2020 and look forward to accomplishing even more together in 2021.