Umrao Mayer and George Simmons, the principals of Zindagi Games, have agreed to match dollar for dollar raised—up to $75,000—by the three Ventura County nonprofits between now and the end of May. Having supported each charity individually in the past, Zindagi Games chose to collaborate with the three agencies this year in an effort to make a bigger impact and achieve greater results.
In addition to creating popular titles for the PlayStation®4 video gaming system, Zindagi is committed to influencing positive change within Ventura County. Zindagi’s hope is that its annual donation challenge will encourage other corporations to support local non-profits and ultimately, create a year-round cycle of generosity and giving.
“Zindagi is sharing their corporate giving philosophy and challenging others to follow suit,” said Bonnie Weigel, FOOD Share president and CEO. “We invite all Ventura County residents and businesses to be a part of the Zindagi $150,000 Challenge and know that by working together, we can make our community a better place to live.”
Donations to either of these charities for the Zindagi $150,000 Challenge can be made at http://www.foodshare.com/
About the Zindagi $150,000 Challenge nonprofits:
About FOOD Share:
More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 10 million pounds of food annually from its distribution site; more than 160 partner agencies, which include neighborhood and church food distributions and soup kitchens; as well as hunger assistance programs. FOOD Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families and seniors, which include: KIDS Share, SENIOR Share, Nutrition Education, Community Market, SoCal Gas CARE Program, ART Share, and more. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. For more information about FOOD Share, visit www.foodshare.com. Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/
About the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo
Founded in 1967, the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide programs for young people between the ages of 6 and 21 that will inspire them to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Since we first opened our doors more than 40 years ago, the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo has continued to offer local children and youth a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals;
Serving over 400 children per day, our wide range of programs and services promote and enhance the development of children and youth by instilling a sense of competence and belonging. Our programs encompass the following three focus areas: academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. www.bgccam.org
About RAIN Transitional Living Center
RAIN Transitional Living Center has successfully served thousands of homeless Ventura County residents, almost half of them children, over the last decade in a safe, home-like environment. RAIN TLC provides a full range of services such as meals, job search assistance, counseling, tutoring, transportation, and other vital services families need to attain permanent housing and long-term self-sufficiency. It is a harsh reality, in these troubled economic times, that full-time employment does not insure against the possibility of homelessness, but over and over the story has been repeated - give someone a hand up and they will do the rest. To learn more about RAIN TLC, visit www.raincommunities.org, find us on Facebook, or call (805) 389-3308.
About Zindagi Games
Zindagi Games is a video game development studio located in Camarillo, CA. They have created titles for the PS3 Move such as "Sports Champions" and “Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest.” At Zindagi, they are greatly aware of the current needs in the community and throughout the world; they strive to confront these struggles and produce change, starting with where they live. It is Zindagi’s hope to engage and encourage more corporations to become involved with local charities and non-profits, thereby creating a cycle of generosity and giving that truly endures. www.zindagigames.com