Filipinos look for missing relatives amongst houses swept away by rampaging flood waters

Filipinos look for missing relatives amongst houses swept away by rampaging flood waters

Last week, Typhoon Washi (locally known as Sendong) swept through two Southern Philippine cities causing massive flooding and claiming the lives of over 1,000 people.

There is a large Filipino community within Ventura County, especially Oxnard, where the Gene Haas Foundation and Haas Automation are headquartered. Many local Filipinos have family affected by the disaster and are doing what they can for those in need. Any contribution to those suffering as a result of Typhoon Washi is greatly appreciated.

Donations within Ventura County

For those located within Ventura County, donation items are being collected at the following:

Mary Star of the Sea Church - 463 West Pleasant Valley Road, Oxnard, CA (805.486.6133)

Thursday 22nd – Friday 23rd 4pm to 7pm

Monday 26th – Friday 30th 4pm to 7pm

Classroom 4 and 5

Items Collected: clothing, thin blankets, plates, cooking utensils, towels, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, vitamins, cough medicine, etc.

Please bring your items organized in plastic bags. LBC Shipping is providing free shipping to the Philippines.

Volunteers will be needed from Monday 2nd to Wednesday 3rd to sort donations before shipping.

Red CrossRed Cross Donations

For those who wish to help financially, the Philippine Red Cross is directly aiding those in need. Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated.

Click the image below to visit the Philippine Red Cross site.


For more news on the tragedy in the Philippines:

Washington Post Article – Death toll from flash floods in southern Philippines tops 1,000 with more missing

CCTV News Video – Residents struggle to recover from disaster in Philippines

casa-pacificaThe Gene Haas Foundation has given two awards totaling $20,000 to the non-profit organization Casa Pacifica. This is a huge hand up for the Tri-County organization that provides services to children removed from their homes by protective services. This includes an extensive crisis-care program as well as residential treatment care program. With this pair of grants from Gene Haas, the Casa Pacifica will be able to continue offering their comprehensive programs and services to the area.

The Casa Pacifica And Tri-County Youth

Started in the 1980s by a group of Ventura County residents, the Casa Pacifica was created to help care for the children who have been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. Eventually, it would grow into a public and private partnership that raised the $10 million dollars needed to build the foundation.

The organization started looking after neglected, emotionally harmed, and abused children in 1994 and it has been in full operation ever since. Its residential program gives children the support and skills they need to overcome their experiences and lead happy, successful lives, regardless of what they choose to do going forward. To extend upon this, the special education school, after-school programs, in-home support, and interventions continue to help those who graduate from the residential program as well as many other children and parents in need.

Casa Pacifica has also opened an emergency shelter to care, supervise, and support, for those who need immediate help or are in immediate danger. These programs as well as the various forms of support the organization provides are vital to these individuals as well as to the community as a whole.

The Gene Haas Foundation Is There To Help

Back in 1999, G. Haas had the idea to create a foundation that would be able to fund numerous causes and non-profit organizations that benefit children and youth as well as the entire community. And, in 2001, G. Haas made it a reality with the formation of the Gene Haas Foundation. Since then, it has awarded more than 800 organizations with over $8.5 million dollars for everything from emergency care and education to food and shelter.

After being awarded the two scholarships in 2007 and 2008, Casa Pacifica has joined the growing list of supported organizations, which also includes the American Red Cross, the Perry Technical Institute, the National MS Society, the California Strawberry Festival, the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and many, many more.

Through the years, the Gene Haas Foundation has supported several groups that promote education, particularly in the technical and engineering fields, the hungry, the homeless, the ill, and all those who need help the most.

The Gene Haas Foundation knows that a chain can only be as strong as its weakest link, and it’s this link that needs the most support to survive. If everyone works together, the individual will succeed. The community will succeed, and so too will the world. And, the Gene Haas Foundation aims to make that happen one dollar at a time.

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ventura-collegeEducation is expensive. Universities are out of reach for a large percentage of our nation’s children simply because of high tuition fees. And, while G. Haas can’t do anything about the fees being charged, he and the Gene Haas Foundation can make it more accessible for students with financial needs. That’s why they have given six grants totaling $101,000 from 2003 to 2008 to the ‘Promise Foundation,’ part of the Ventura College Foundation.

The Gene Haas Foundation awarded the Ventura College Foundation and its ‘Promise Foundation’ six grants in all. The majority of these funds went directly into scholarships for youth wanting to continue on to Universities who lacked the financial backing. In short, any child whose parents have a gross income of $85,000 or less qualifies for these scholarships and this guarantees free first year enrollment. This is a huge weight lifted from the children’s and the parent’s shoulders.

The Ventura College Foundation And The Promise Foundation

The Promise program sponsored by the Ventura College Foundation was created with three simple goals in mind: to make education more affordable for high school graduates, to increase the number of students in Ventura County, and to improve the quality of Ventura County’s workforce. As a result, any student whose parents make $85,000 or less per year will receive free entrance tuition for their first year. The fees covered include the Health fee, the per-unit charges, and the Student Center fee.

All that is required to receive the scholarships is a commitment to Ventura College, a free application fee for student aid, a Math and English assessment, an educational plan and goal as determined with the help of an educational counselor, and a completed application to the Promise program.

The Gene Haas Foundation And Its Goals To Improve The Community

Education is one of several causes Gene Haas supports through the Gene Haas Foundation since its inception in 1999. They have given more than $8.5 million to over 800 different organizations locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. Of these 800 organizations, there are a variety of causes and needs including education, health, well-being, mental support, and basic needs. The American Red Cross, the Boys and Girls Clubs of California, and the National MS Society are just some of the organizations who have received grants from the Gene Haas Foundation.

The goal of all this is to improve the entire world community and in order to do that, the Gene Haas Foundation believes it needs to support individuals. They feel everyone should receive the support and care needed to have successful and happy lives. Unfortunately, it’s just too difficult to reach everyone who needs help on your own. That’s why groups who focus on providing for youth and families are so important to the Gene Haas Foundation.

G. Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation will continue to do our best to support the community on all levels. Together, we can all make this world a little better for everyone.

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csi-foundationFrom 2004 to 2009, Gene Haas and his Gene Haas Foundation have given a total of $160,000 to the CSUCI Foundation. All but $10,000 of this money has gone to build on to the University Library in order to make the facility more accessible to physically challenged students.

CSUCI Foundation And Its Expansion

While state funding helps educational facilities like this a great deal, these monies are simply not enough to cover all of the costs associated with running the University and providing a high level of education. That’s why the CSUCI Foundation was created. The California State University Channel Islands Foundation was formed purely to encourage and handle gifts given to the University privately.

The expansion of the library is an extensive project, but is absolutely vital if physically challenged students are to receive the same opportunities as other youth when it comes to their education and their access to resources. The library project isn’t the only one the CSUCI Foundation has going. The Foundation is also in control of the President’s Fund, the University Endowment Fund, and student scholarships, all of which require steady funding in order to keep education affordable.

The University also has a landscape and courtyard restoration project, staff and faculty awards, improvements to the computer labs, the purchasing of books to students in financial need, and many other projects that make it possible for students to get a quality education.

The Support Given To The Community By G. Haas And The Gene Haas Foundation

Like the CSUCI Foundation, Gene Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive the same level of education and gain the skills needed to have a successful career. In fact, the CSUCI isn’t the only educational foundation to receive money. The Perry Technical Institute and many others have also been given numerous grants to ensure that all youth have a chance at a great education and a successful future.

Right from the Gene Haas Foundation’s conception in 1999, G. Haas has strived to improve the local, state, national, and international community. The Foundation has given more than $8.5 million dollars since it gave its first grant in 2001. In all, more than 800 different non-profit organizations and foundations have been given G. Haas grants.

Not all of these groups have had education as their primary goals, however. G. Haas’ Foundation has also supported other recipients such as the American Red Cross, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the California Strawberry Festival, the National MS Society, Boys and Girls Clubs, and many others. This includes money for safety, health, and many other endeavors.

G. Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation are more than happy to help any organization or group that provides care or support for youth, the poor, hungry, sick, education, and all those most in need. It will continue to provide financial support to these groups and others with the goal of making the world around us a better place.

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rain-projectWhen the Gene Haas Foundation encountered the unique non-profit organization known as the Rain Project Transitional Living Center, we couldn’t wait to help. That’s why we presented the center with two grants totaling $60,000 from 2006 to 2008. This gave the Rain Project Transitional Living Center funds to provide more families and individuals in Ventura County with transitional housing.

The Rain Project Transitional Living Center and Its Work

The Rain Project Transitional Living Center in Camarillo, Ventura County is a unique non-profit organization providing comprehensive support and housing for families and individuals with transitional housing. In all, this 1,000-member organization runs an extensive building with 22 rooms — but it’s more than just a building. This organization makes every effort to care and nurture those in need of a home.

You see, their goal is to do more than just provide the poor and homeless with shelter. The Rain Project Transitional Living Center wants to help heal and support them in order to restore confidence, dignity, and hope. They believe that this does more than just treat poverty. It treats the whole person and reduces addiction, domestic violence, and other negative factors that cause poverty and community unrest.

The Issues Facing the Rain Project Transitional Living Center

While the Rain Project Transitional Living Center does excellent work, it has to operate on a tight operating budget. And, because they aren’t the only program operated by the Human Services Agency, this budget increases and decreases depending on the number of other programs that require funding and have special needs.

While everyone understands the need for the budget, it seems unfair that some families and individuals are being turned away because there simply isn’t enough money to help them. The work being done here is far too valuable to lose. That’s why the Gene Haas Foundation gave these grants to the Rain Project Transitional Living Center. This money will help them to keep operating as well as look after any immediate needs or requirements, giving the center the freedom to do what it needs to.

The Gene Haas Foundation & Giving

Founded in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation gives to more than just the Rain Project Transitional Living Center. In fact, Mr Haas’ foundation has given more than $8.5 million dollars to over 800 local, statewide, national, and international non-profit organizations since they began giving in 2001. During this time, they have given to all different types of organizations who have all sorts of causes including disaster relief, women in technology and other male dominated fields, first aid, feeding the hungry, and many, many more.

The Gene Haas Foundation truly believes that when everyone works together to find long-term benefits, the entire community benefits from the effort. That’s why Gene Haas has made it a commitment to helping such a varied group of people. One person alone can only reach so many, but when we all reach out together, the results become nothing short of amazing.


food-shareThe Gene Haas Foundation has always cared deeply for children and families, and over the years has given millions of dollars in grants to deserving non-profits that serve the less fortunate. That’s why the Gene Haas foundation was so thrilled with the work Food Share was doing in Ventura County.

Food Share, Its Network, and Its Work

Food Share is the USDA commodity distribution agency for food and funding. It’s no wonder they distribute millions of pounds of food annually.

Food share holds a number of fundraisers throughout the year and collects food from throughout the local area. They then sort and store the food in their large warehouse until it is needed. From its warehouse, Food Share then works in conjunction with the California Association of Food Banks in Kern County to distribute the food out to its network of 155 partner organizations.

The food and personal items are given to those in need though various partners including soup kitchens, student lunch and after school programs, and food banks. They also provide families with special food baskets throughout the year including Christmas food baskets to ensure that everyone can enjoy a traditional family meal.

How the Gene Haas Foundation has Supported Food Share

Food Share has the system in place to access the people in need, but like so many deserving non-profits, one of their biggest issues is budget. Because Food Share is a large non-profit organization and it is used by the American Government to help feed the poor, the organization does have an operating budget. Unfortunately, their tight operating budget depends on several factors regardless of the number of individuals relying on the service. This is where the support of organizations such as the Gene Haas Foundation comes in.

From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation supplied Food Share with 11 separate grants totally $63,100. This money will help Food Share pay the wages of its 1,000 member staff, operating expenses, shipping and distribution expenses as well as the purchase of meats and hard to come by items.

The Gene Haas Foundation supports a number of other organizations and charities. In fact, G. Haas’ Foundation has given approximately $8.5 million to more than 800 local, national, and international causes since it began supporting organizations in 2001.

Gene Haas, the founder of Automation, Inc and the Gene Haas Foundation, started the organization in 1999 with the sole purpose of giving back to the community by providing grants to non-profits who help empower those within the community.


nbtf-logo2The Gene Haas Foundation has always been an adamant supporter of education as well as hands-on technical careers such as manufacturing and technology. So, when the actor John Ratzenberger approached the foundation and brought up the goals of Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs G Haas’ Foundation jumped at the chance to support them and help them achieve their goals.

The Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation

Founded by actor John Ratzenberger, the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on getting our country’s youth interested in manufacturing and other technically similar fields. To accomplish these goals, the foundation holds summer camps, offers scholarships, and hosts a variety of other programs to give youth exposure to the industry while raising public awareness. Ultimately, the Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs Foundation aims to be the premier source for education, help, and training for the public and the manufacturing industry.

Many people wonder why exposing children to the manufacturing industry and other related hands-on sectors are important. The reason for this is that with less people entering these careers, these sectors are experiencing a labor shortage, which is affecting a number of issues within the technical industry and the community.

By sending youth to related camps, children can experience the true fun and excitement that can be found in this sector. They get a chance to be creative and discover exactly what they’re capable of before actually entering the field.

The Gene Haas Foundation Supports Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs Foundation

Mr. Haas, the founder of the Gene Haas Foundation and Automation, Inc., understands the importance of the manufacturing sector and the need to have fresh, inventive minds entering the field. The Foundation also understands the importance of exposing youth to new things, keeping their minds busy, and encouraging them to think about the future.

Unfortunately, many of today’s young adults simply can’t afford to go to camp; the families couldn’t afford to send them. This made the Gene Haas Foundation’s decision to give the Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs Foundation two grants from 2007 to 2009 an obvious one. The $150,000 all went directly to these types of educational programs, and the last one went specifically into help youth who couldn’t afford to go to summer camp. This made it possible for all youth to attend without having to worry about paying for everything.

The Gene Haas Foundation has built up a solid reputation for giving to organizations such as Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs since it’s founding in 1999. In fact, since the foundation began giving in 2001, we have given more than $8.5 million dollars to over 800 different organizations.

Many of the groups who have received support from Gene Haas’ foundation are involved in feeding and caring for the needy, emergency response and support, and health organizations. This has helped improve the local, national, and international community on all levels in an effort to make the world a happier and healthier place.


boys-and-girls-clubFrom the moment Gene Haas moved to Ventura Country 10 years ago, the local Boys & Girls Club became a favorite charity of the Gene Haas Foundation, recognized as being one of the most important service organizations in the community.

Boys & Girls Clubs supply our country’s youth with a place they can feel safe, while teaching them valuable life skills and providing the knowledge they’ll need to succeed in life.

To ensure this continues, and make certain all our nation’s children are given this opportunity, we’ve given 42 grants to the youth organization from 2001 to 2009. These grants total $870,400.

The Boys & Girls Clubs Fill an Important Role in Our Nation

Sadly, there are children in our country who have never been outside their city. They have never experienced cultural events, such as a theatrical play or even a carnival. This is really too bad. Children should experience all of the fun and wonderful things this world has to offer, and that’s what makes the Boys & Girls Clubs so wonderful.

Basketball, ballroom dancing, carnivals, and art classes are just some of the activities the Clubs offer local youth. Educational opportunities, such as special classes, summer camps, and one-on-one help, make sure that the children get the opportunity to learn the skills they feel are important and can enjoy. With employment programs, kids get the support and the help they need to find a job, but also the knowledge they’ll need to get a job in the future, such as resume and interviewing tips.

The Gene Haas Foundation Supports Its Community

Mr. Haas created the Gene Haas Foundation in 1999, specifically to help groups such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, and to ensure that these charities receive the money they need to continue their efforts. But the Foundation sees other groups throughout the country as being important, as well. Since we began awarding grants in 2001, we’ve given more than $8.5 million dollars to more than 800 organizations.

So, who are these recipients? Some, such as the American Red Cross, feed the hungry and care for people after an emergency. Others, like Ranken Technical College, promote engineering and technical education to ensure young men and women can pursue careers that make them productive members of society, and allow them to support themselves and their families.

The Gene Haas Foundation and Mr. Haas also have given to organizations such as the National MS Society and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help support those who are extremely ill, as well as those looking for a cure. Other donations, such as to the California Strawberry Festival, are just plain fun. They help others stop for a moment and just enjoy some of the wonderful things this world has to offer, not to mention the many important charitable organizations the Festival supports with its proceeds.

Gene Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation support groups that actively address the youth, academic, humanitarian, and health needs of the community. Organizations that receive funding from the Gene Haas Foundation provide guidance for youth, educational opportunities for students, support for local communities, and care for people with sickness or addiction. The Gene Haas Foundation will continue to provide our local, state, national, and international community with the support necessary to help make them the best they can be.

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redcross-300The American Red Cross is famous for its humanitarian efforts. Whether it was the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, or a family in your local community whose house burned down, this organization has always been there, offering a friendly face and a helping hand. Mr. Haas and his Foundation want to ensure this continues. As a result, the Gene Haas Foundation has given the American Red Cross $164,084 from 2003 to 2005.

The American Red Cross and its Legacy

Clara Barton created the American Red Cross in 1881, and it has been helping to improve our world ever since. This noble non-profit cares for the unfortunate victims of war, feeds the hungry, nurses the sick, and cares for families in need. The Red Cross makes the darkest days in the lives of millions just a little brighter. However, the work of this organization doesn’t stop there.

The American Red Cross also offers support and help to military families, runs the nation’s blood program, helps the poorest people, and operates educational programs to keep everyone safe, in addition to the numerous international programs and relief efforts they have going.

This is a huge order for one organization, but the American Red Cross does it all, and does it well. But, they can’t accomplish all of this on their own; this humanitarian organization needs help, too. The American Red Cross has to have volunteers and financial support in order to continue offering its many services, and that’s where Gene Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation come in.

The Gene Haas Foundation Lends a Helping Hand

The endeavors, mission, and values of the American Red Cross fit the Gene Haas Foundation’s goals perfectly. Being one of the Gene Haas Foundation’s favorite charities, the American Red Cross received six grants totaling $164,084 from 2003 to 2005. This money went to help the humanitarian organization’s many projects in our local community, across the nation, and throughout the world.

Our support for our community isn’t restricted to this charity, though. Since Mr. Haas created the Gene Haas Foundation in 1999, this organization has dedicated itself to helping fund the many charitable organizations in our country in order to help make this world a little better for those in need. Whether it’s a helping a young woman go to university and start on the road to a successful engineering career, or helping feed our country’s hungry, we want to help. And that’s why we’ve given more than $8.5 million dollars to over 800 non-profit organizations.

Some other organizations the Gene Haas Foundation has contributed to include several chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Camarillo chapter of the American Association of University Women, the National Police Dog Foundation, and the International Response Fund of India. In short, the Gene Haas Foundation gives to registered, legal non-profit organizations that support our nation’s youth, care for the poor, and help those in need of humanitarian support in some way. Our goal is simply to make this world better by working together.

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been helping educate women and promote gender equality since 1881. When the Gene Haas Foundation discovered all of the wonderful things they do for women, education, and societal causes, we just had to be a part of it. So, we gave the AAUW four grants totaling $6,700 from 2002 to 2008.

Women, Education, and the AAUW

From the moment the original group of 17 women met in 1881, the American Association of University Women knew they would accomplish great things. And have they ever. Right from the start, these women and their supporters used advocacy, education, and research to encourage women to pursue their dreams, and they have worked hard to help women achieve gender equality. Their goal is to continue until women are treated as equals in all aspects of life, including education, society, economics, and politics.

The members and supporters of the AAUW have touched many throughout history, and played an important role in helping women achieve their many successes. They received a heartfelt thank-you from Nobel Prize winner Marie Currie, opened the doors of institutions and fields once closed to women, and have been an important face in the fight for public education and the end of child labor. Today, the AAUW includes 500 educational partners and 100,000 members in over 1,000 branches. They work at all levels of community, and continue to change the way society thinks and operates.

The Gene Haas Foundation Shows Its Support For Women and Education

Mr. Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation want to ensure that the work of the AAUW continues as well, particularly in the traditionally male-dominated field of engineering. That’s why we’ve given the AAUW four grants. This money was used to encourage young women attending summer camps at the University of California, Santa Barbara to consider engineering careers.

Why? The Gene Haas Foundation believes that women have a lot to offer the industry. There’s always room for fresh minds and the skills of more talented engineers. The world will benefit from their accomplishments.

We also feel that the industry has a lot to offer these women. They can do things they enjoy, learn, grow, and have a chance to experience and do the things they’ve always wanted. There’s no end to what we can accomplish together.

The AAUW is only one of the academic and societal organizations that the Gene Haas Foundation supports. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Fund, Ranken Technical College, several local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Perry Technical Institute, and many others have also received grants to improve the education of our nation’s youth. In all, the Gene Haas Foundation has given to more than 800 charitable organizations that work to make our world a better place, either through education, humanitarian efforts, medical support, or by just providing a safe place for families and children.

Mr. Haas and the Gene Haas Foundation firmly believe that, by working together, we can be far happier and more successful than we would be on our own. This makes the world a better place for everyone.

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