Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club Presents Wig & Stache Party

Wig & Stache

Don’t miss this wonderful event sponsored by the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club benefiting Many Mansions, Triunfo YMCA, Conejo Free Clinic and Cancer Support Community. The Wig & Stache Party will take place at the Four Seasons Westlake Village on March 4th from 6-10 p.m. $95 per person includes one cocktail, food, raffle, dancing and a silent auction. Contact Heather McLeod to purchase your tickets: (805) 496-4948 ext. 212 or heather@manymansions.org.

Vicky’s Fund Scholarship Deadline is March 15th!

2016 Applications now being accepted!

Many Mansions residents in need of financial assistance are encouraged to apply for an educational scholarship by submitting a Vicky’s Scholarship Fund application to Mary Ellen Lykken at our main office. Submission deadline for 2016 applicants is Tuesday March 15th.

Download the application here. Remember to read through the guidelines before applying!

About Vicky’s Scholarship Fund

Vicky’s Fund was established in memory of Victoria Garcia, Mother of longtime Many Mansions Board Member, Marty Garcia. The goal of the scholarship fund is to assist our Many Mansions residents to improve their lives through continued education by providing them with financial assistance to help fulfill their dreams of career, family and community.

Vicky’s Fund is made possible by generous donations of our community. With your contribution to Many Mansions you help insure that the “ripples of hope” continue to resonate throughout our community. Donate today and help make a resident of Many Mansion’s dreams come true.

Ventura County Star (December 15, 2015)

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Rick Schroeder: Many Mansions is akin to Bailey Building and Loan

his editorial originally appeared in the Ventura County Star.

Each Christmas season, millions of Americans watch a movie about affordable housing. They think it’s a movie about a would-be angel who helps a man see what life would be like if he had never been born. The man — George Bailey — learns that it really has been a wonderful life and Clarence gets his angel wings.

It’s a feel-good movie, but at its core, this is a movie about affordable housing. George Bailey and his father run the Bailey Building and Loan, which provides loans so middle class people can afford to live in a safe decent home. In the scenes in which George “was never born,” he finds that Bailey Park has been replaced by a place called Pottersville, a series of ramshackle houses not fit for humans. Indeed, because there is no affordable housing, the fabric of the entire community is different. There is crime, alcohol abuse and unemployment.

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Ventura County Star (November 8, 2015)

 

Bowls of Hope bowlsBowls bring hope, funds for
Thousand Oaks charity

This article originally appeared in the
Ventura County Star.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Over 500 hand-painted bowls were displayed at Many Mansions’ Bowls of Hope fundraiser Sunday at California Lutheran University, where for $35, guests could choose a bowl to take home and eat as much soup, salad, bread and dessert donated by area restaurants.

Heather McLeod, community and public relations coordinator of nonprofit Many Mansions, explained the bowls were painted at bowl parties thrown throughout the year.

Karen Kolosieke, of Westlake Village, Anne Saffell, of Thousand Oaks, and Sharon McDonald, of Agoura Hills, had been to one of those painting parties and were hoping to find the bowls they had painted to take home with them, but couldn’t.

“It felt good that it was gone,” said Kolosieke, who ended up with a bowl that said “imagine,” hope” and “dream.”

The threesome is very involved with the Thousand Oaks-based Many Mansions.

“It is a wonderful charity,” Kolosieke said.

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Volunteer Appreciation Event

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Many Mansions continues to celebrate 35 years in the community by honoring those whose hard work has helped us achieve this milestone. It is only through the support of the community and its’ members that Many Mansions has grown and thrived during our 35 year history in the Conejo Valley and Ventura County.

More than 345 volunteers from the community assist Many Mansions in our mission to provide affordable housing and life enriching services to low-income families of Ventura County. Volunteers assist in every facet of our organization, from tutoring children in the Homework Tutoring Club, to assisting with monthly Foodshare program, and even helping with daily office needs. Many Mansions has used this opportunity to sincerely thank the community members that take time out of their daily schedule to not only brighten the day of another, but also brighten the community as a whole.

Many Mansions’ Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was held at California Lutheran University’s Lundring Event Center on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Local businesses donated all the food and beverages for this event. The event highlighted all of our current volunteers as well as celebrated volunteerism in the community.