The Borrego Story

 

From A to B...VEF - Our story

We started out three decades ago to raise funds to support the Borrego Medical Clinic and were highly successful in that regard. In recent years, we realized that caring for the health of a community involves more than supporting a clinic. A community is healthy when no one in the community goes hungry, its residents have access to education, arts and culture, the air, water and soil are clean and free from toxins, its environment is protected for future generations, there is a solid economic foundation to foster the vitality of the town....and there is a healthcare clinic.

So our mission has broadened to supporting the health and well-being of the Borrego Valley and its residents.

In 2020-21, the BVEF provided over $70,000 to fund a Covid-19 Task Force for Borrego Valley residents. Watch its impact on the community below.

 

The Borrego Valley Story

There’s so much to love about Borrego Springs and the Borrego Valley! Many people’s first visit to the region is to experience Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. California’s largest state park is also the largest contiguous state park in the Lower 48. The park’s 690,000 acres are home to the iconic Borrego sheep, mountain lions, lynxes, foxes, not to mention the coyotes who serenade the valley nightly. 

    

Borrego Springs, the gateway to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, is California’s first officially designated International Dark Sky Community (IDSC), and is one of only 22 IDSC worldwide (www.darksky.org).  In January 2018, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was recognized as an International Dark-Sky Park. For many visitors, it is their first view of the magnificent Milky Way, an unforgettable experience. 

In addition to the surprisingly abundant and diverse desert vegetation and wildlife, about 2,500 humans call Borrego Springs home year-round, and another 2,000 consider the valley their second home. This small but dedicated group of people open their town each year to 20,000 “snow birds,” 80,000 day-trippers who come to marvel at the spring bloom, and close to 1 million national and international visitors to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

We are dedicated to preserving the extraordinary environment and geography of the region, dark skies, cultural diversity, and everything that makes Borrego Springs a spectacularly beautiful, one-of-a-kind place to live and visit. 

It’s a small town with a mighty mission. That’s where the BVEF and the many people who contribute to the BVEF come in. Once you have been touched by the magic of the Borrego Valley, you’ll want to join us in preserving it and keeping it vibrant.