Development Associate

We need a contracted Development Associate to help raise the funds needed to fulfill our mission.
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to serve homeless children by supporting Step Up Ventura in this crucial way, please read the job description and apply!


  • We have public events.
  • We have several committees that could use assistance.
  • We also have a Board of Directors. Right now we would especially love to involve more people with business, legal, and medical expertise, but everyone’s talents and enthusiasm will be of great use.

We need volunteers who can offer a variety of skills in event planning, administrative assistance, communications, funding, program development, and, when we open, infant and child care, creative expression, developmental play, and more.

To volunteer, please contact Juliana Bruno, our Volunteer Coordinator
E-mail at

Needed items

Donated new or gently used items and materials for all three programs (infant, toddler, and preschool) are welcomed. Donations can be arranged by emailing us at Please review our list of needed items for suggestions.

Infant room:

  • Cribs
  • Rocking chairs
  • Changing table
  • Disposable diapers
  • Crib sheets
  • Baby blankets
  • Rattles and other infant toys
  • Teething rings
  • Towels and washcloths

Toddler and Preschool rooms:

  • Small tables and chairs
  • Bins for toys
  • Bins for children’s personal belongings
  • Changing table
  • Disposable diapers and pull-ups
  • Cribs
  • Crib sheets and blankets
  • Toy cars and trucks
  • Crayons and paper
  • Puzzles
  • Dollhouse and figures
  • Play kitchen and food
  • Doctor’s kit
  • Blocks
  • Baby dolls
  • Sleeping pads
  • Dress-up clothes
  • Sand tray
  • Train set
  • Duplos
  • Blocks
  • Doctor’s kit
  • Baby dolls

Outdoor area:

  • Climbing equipment, swings and slides
  • Gardening tools
  • Water play troughs
  • Seeds bins
  • Balls
  • Riding toys

To donate new or gently used items, please contact Mary O. Kerrigan, our Executive Director
Phone: (805) 665-3385 or e-mail at

Monetary support:

  • Monetary gifts Our specialized, year-round, therapeutic program for homeless children aged zero to five will cost $12,000 per child per year; whatever you can give will help towards meeting this need. Please click here to donate.
  • Sponsors who would like to make a larger donation to help Step Up Ventura move forward quickly, please feel free to contact Mary O. Kerrigan, our Executive Director by email or by phone: (805) 665-3385.