The Freecycle Network has over 5,100 groups and over 6.6 million members around the world. It is a grassroots, nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping it out of landfills. Membership is free, and everything posted must be FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages.
More information is available at www.freecycle.org. There are groups organized and moderated by volunteers in many different locations via use of Yahoo Groups.
Here are the Ventura County area groups as of January 2015:
Conejo Valley Group (Yahoo group) (3,736 members)
Simi Valley Group (Yahoo group) (3,536 members)
Ventura Group (962 members)
So check it out! Somebody may need something that you don't want!
Another source for giving and getting local free stuff is www.craigslist.com. Here is a link to free stuff in the Ventura County Craiglist (ventura.craigslist.org/zip/) and Los Angeles County Craigslist (losangeles.craigslist.org/zip/).