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Gene Haas Foundation Donates More Than $1 Million to Charitable and Education-Based Programs

Gene Haas Foundation Director Peter Zierhut (far right) presents a grant check to Casa Pacifica staff (left to right) Scott Mastroianni, Director of Education; Raquel Montes, Senior Youth Advocate; and Carrie Hughes, Director of Development. The grant will fund scholarships for former foster youth to attend college or trade school.

The Gene Haas Foundation announced $200,000 in additional grant recipients, bringing total donations to Ventura County nonprofits in 2013 to $249,000, and totaling more than $1 million nationally.

The funds benefit a variety of programs, large and small, with a focus on educational scholarships, youth development and helping organizations that serve the most needy. Most recent Ventura County grants included a $50,000 to FOOD Share for a hybrid truck, $35,000 to Ventura County Rescue Mission to purchase a new oven, $25,000 in scholarships to Casa Pacifica’s former foster youth to attend college or trade school, and $25,000 to RAIN, a transitional living center to help alleviate homelessness.

Since its founding in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has helped more than 800 organizations nationwide, in support of local communities. “Our goal is to lead by example and help those in need. The organizations that are receiving the grants are making a difference in our local community, and we’re happy to support their efforts,” Peter Zierhut, director of the Gene Haas Foundation.

Founded by Gene Haas, the foundation has awarded more than $9 million to deserving charities. It was formed to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities. Of special importance to the foundation are children’s charities and organizations that feed the poor, especially within the local community of Ventura County. In addition, the foundation provides scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs.

Gene Haas founded Haas Automation, Inc., in 1983 to manufacture economical and reliable machine tools. Today, Haas Automation is the largest machine tool builder in the western world. On its Oxnard campus, it employs some 1,500 workers with above-average wages and generous benefits.
Dedicated to creating and innovating efficient tools for the manufacturing and machining industries, Haas Automation strives to educate and employ a sustainable workforce. All Haas products are manufactured at the company’s expansive facility in Oxnard, California – the largest, most modern machine tool manufacturing operation in the United States.

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