Oceanside Community Foundation (OCF) members and friends,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family and that the new year has been treating you well!

Special thanks to Colleen O’Harra for opening her home for our Holiday Mixer in December. We had such a great turnout and a lot of fun and laughs!

Please stay tuned for more information about our next Mixer to be hosted in mid-March. These events are wonderful opportunities to introduce a neighbor, colleague, or friend to the mission of OCF and help us reconnect with longtime supporters.

This past year our Foundation has been strengthened with several new members and businesses. We look forward to meeting new friends and seeing our numbers grow!

OCF’s funding in 2024 will focus on suicide prevention projects for Oceanside residents of all ages. Our grants committee recently reviewed proposals from dedicated organizations aiming to make a difference through increased awareness and action. We look forward to connecting with the finalists and making a difference in this area.

The strength of our membership makes this all possible. Let’s continue to share our mission and grow our impact for the benefit of all who live, work, and play in the Oceanside community!

Best regards,
Beverly Holtz
OCF Board Chair

Member Spotlight: Deb Drew

Deb Drew

I am a Minnesota native but have lived most of my adult life in San Diego County calling Oceanside my home for the past several decades. I retired last year and moved from the Oceanside harbor area inland to Ocean Hills. My work life has been in community health beginning in the early 1980s as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. My career culminated as the Chief Executive Officer for the past 25 years of a Federally Qualified Health Center based in Orange County. I have also been a Brother Benno Foundation volunteer for the past ten years initially focusing on grant writing and more recently fundraising events and serving breakfast to those in need.

I attended a Carlsbad Community Foundation event at Barrio Glassworks recently and learned about San Diego Foundation and the various community foundations. I was impressed with the funding model and the overall community involvement. Both allow for broad impact that is donor directed. I chose to join OCF since Oceanside has been my home for years.

Work had my focus on the Orange County community for many years and now I want to concentrate at the local level where I live and play. Working towards a more socially just world has always been of great importance to me and I hope that I will be able to contribute more through involvement with Oceanside Community Foundation.

Grantee Spotlight: Oceanside Museum of Art

Oceanside Museum of Art

The Literacy Through Art 2022 curriculum introduced 3rd-grade students to their local museum and library with both site visits as well as pre/post video lessons.

Videos were produced with KOCT Television, The Voice of North County.

This year’s two-part video series highlighted the exhibition at Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA),

“Legacy: 25 Years of Art and Community,” and the artist Perry Vasquez. In particular, the first video focused on Vasquez’s piece “A Hole in Thin Air.”

Students were led on a journey by OMA museum educators, where they imaginatively explored art while building skills associated with authors and artists — careful observation, asking questions, visualization, and point of view, among others. The second video took a deep dive into Vasquez’s practice and past, giving students a glimpse of what it is to be a working artist. Students were also equipped with a Student Discovery Guide, a brand-new addition to the program that acted as an essential tool for students to further explore each concept through engaging, teacher-led activities.

Teachers tell us this program is vital for Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) educators and students. One teacher said, “The program inspires our students to use words and pictures to create a story and see things in new ways.” In fact, 97% of teachers said their students were engaged by the pre-visit video, and 90% of educators responded positively that the Literacy Through Art videos and lessons helped support their students’ literacy development.