Harvesting All Dads: A Ventura County Initiative to Foster Fatherhood Engagement


Contact: Yolanda Galvez, Community Relations Liaison, (805) 437-8193

Camarillo, CA – The Ventura County Department of Child Support Services (VCDSS), in collaboration with First 5 Ventura County, is thrilled to announce the Harvesting All Dads event scheduled for October 7, 2023. This unique gathering aims to celebrate fatherhood and connect with dads in the community, fostering a supportive environment for them to share their insights. The event will take place from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the scenic Camino Real Park in Ventura.

As part of the ongoing commitment to enhancing fatherhood experiences in Ventura County, the Harvesting All Dads event welcomes all dads to participate in a morning filled with food, games, and valuable resources. The event is a crucial component of the county-wide Fatherhood Initiative that VCDSS is currently developing. The primary goal of this event is to better understand the needs of fathers in the community and to tailor services and resources accordingly.

“Father involvement is pivotal for the holistic development of families and communities,” says Director Marcus R. Mitchell. “We, at VCDSS, along with our partners at First 5 Ventura County, recognize the significance of actively engaging fathers in the journey of parenthood. The Harvesting All Dads event is more than just a gathering; it’s an opportunity for us to directly connect with dads, listen to their perspectives, and collaboratively create a fatherhood experience in Ventura County that is inclusive and resourceful. We believe that by understanding the needs of fathers, we can better support them in their role as parents.”

The event will provide a platform for fathers to express their thoughts, share experiences, and contribute to the shaping of initiatives that directly impact them. Attendees can expect an atmosphere of camaraderie, where they can comfortably engage with fellow dads, community members, and representatives from VCDSS and First 5 Ventura County. In addition to seeking valuable feedback, the Harvesting All Dads event will offer informative resources to assist fathers in various aspects of parenting to empower them in their role as parents.

All fathers, regardless of background or circumstances, are encouraged to join the Harvesting All Dads event. The organizers look forward to a morning of collaboration, celebration, and the beginning of a fruitful partnership between the community and the agencies committed to enhancing fatherhood experiences in Ventura County.

For inquiries or additional information, please contact:

Jose Olarte
Ventura County Department of Child Support Services

About Ventura County Department of Child Support Services (VCDSS)

VCDSS is dedicated to ensuring that children receive consistent financial and emotional support from both parents. Through innovative programs and community engagement initiatives, VCDSS works to transform the lives of children through the true power of child support to help them thrive. Learn more at https://www.ventura.org/child-support-services/.

About First 5 Ventura County

First 5 Ventura County is committed to promoting the health and development of young children in Ventura County. Through partnerships and collaborative efforts, First 5 Ventura County strives to create a community where all children and families thrive. Learn more at https://first5ventura.org/.