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Thirteen Ventura County women have pooled their resources to purchase a beautiful 22 carat diamond necklace, named Jewelia. (named after Julia Child) The necklace has become their symbol of commitment to sharing and contributing to our community. The necklace is used as the “guest of honor” at fundraisers, and it is used simply to cheer up the elderly and the infirmed.

It is a paradox that owning an object, especially a diamond necklace, seen as epitomizing materialism and luxury, can be turned into an opportunity for sharing and generosity. It has inspired the Women of Jewelia to see ways to share with our community and beyond. The value of friendship, most importantly friendship focused on a shared purpose, is the link that binds us together.

Efforts are directed to organizations that seek to support women and children at risk or in need. Some of the organizations for whom the women of Jewelia have helped with their fundraising efforts include; Coalition to End Family Violence, Caregivers, Miracle House, Pediatric Therapy Services and Ventura Easter Seals. The Women of Jewelia are seeking to find what is missing in Ventura that they can provide to make a difference in the lives of women and children. Some of their outreach goals include taking an asset inventory of services currently available that respond to the needs of women and children; looking at available mentoring programs throughout the community with an aim of connecting person to person to truly leave no child behind; ways in which we can impact programs for the mentally ill and homeless.

As Margaret Mead says, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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