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NRI Distribution Rallies Team for CFA Cards for Kids Program

Throughout the month of May, the Children’s Foundation of America (CFA) provided various opportunities to help communities observe National Foster Care Month. As part of our community outreach, we were able to partner with the Fontana, CA branch of NRI Distribution for our “Cards for Kids Program.” This program allows our local partners to create beautiful handmade cards filled with words of encouragement, which are then given to local children in foster care.


From Left to Right: Angelica Lopez, HR Coordinator for NRI Distribution; Becky Ustrell, Community Outreach Coordinator for Children’s Foundation of America; Luz Garcia-Pennock, HR Manager for NRI Distribution

NRI Distribution specializes in North American based fulfillment of footwear, apparel and accessories. They also provide services including e-commerce fulfillment, single order pick and pack capabilities and even handle returns, warranty and repairs.

HR Coordinator of NRI Distribution, Angelica Lopez, said she discovered the Children’s Foundation of America during her research online. “We were looking to partner with a foundation who truly made a difference in the community. A charity who’s values aligned to ours,” she said. “CFA really caught our attention because of all the great events held that truly make a difference in our community.”

NRI believes in having corporate responsibility and giving back. As a company, they recognize their actions not only have an impact on their employees, customers and community, but also the planet. NRI aims to be ethically, environmentally and socially responsible.

“Helping the community is one of our values. We love to come together and help those who unfortunately go through major hardships in life and no one, especially young children, should go through hardships alone,” Angelica said.

The NRI employees felt a sense of deep satisfaction doing something for children in need. Angelica says her favorite part about partnering with the Children’s Foundation of America was “seeing the creativity come out from our employees and how genuine it all was to see them really want to make these children smile.”

Angelica continued that she and the NRI team are looking forward to “many, many more great events that will bring together our employees while making a difference!”

To become a business partner like NRI Distribution or to send in your own cards for kids, contact 1-800-KIDS-730 or email donations@trinityys.org.


Rebecca Ustrell, Community Outreach Coordinator
Becky acts as liaison for Children’s Foundation of America. On any given day she could be meeting with potential donors, coordinating a fundraising event, recruiting volunteers and forming partnerships with other nonprofits that can benefit from the help of our Foundation. Becky is currently studying sociology as well as fine art and helps organize the Claremont Art Walk. You will most likely find Becky working on freelance illustrations, playing the cello, mingling at a chamber of commerce event or volunteering in the community.
800-543-7730rustrell@trinityys.org


Blankets for Foster Kids

During Foster Care Awareness Month we made it a priority to do as much as we can to provide extra comfort to youth in foster care. With the help of our intern Sasha Chavez, we were able to gather 11 volunteers to participate in two-day blanket making event! The first day was hosted at Claremont Manor, a retirement community located less than a mile from our office, and the second day was located at CFA headquarters. This event allowed like-minded volunteers to interact with CFA staff and to learn more about the mission of the Foundation, as well as create something unique and comforting for the children in need.

After four hours of hard work, volunteers were able to complete 15 blankets which will be donated to children transitioning into foster care in Los Angeles County. What a great success!

(Pictured above: Elaine Rodriguez, Claremont Manor Resident)

Make Your Own Blanket

Check out our craft blog to learn how to make your own fringe blanket. If you would like to donate blankets to the Children’s Foundation of America, call 800-543-7730 or email rustrell@trinityys.org.

National Foster Care Month

National Foster Care Month is observed in the United States during the month of May every year. It began with President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Over 400,000 children each year in the US are not able to live with their families as the result of the trauma of abuse and neglect. 112,000 of these children are waiting to be adopted into a forever family.

What We Do

The Children’s Foundation of America identifies and accesses resources to support foster care, adoption, residential treatment, mental health and community-based programs of the highest quality, so that children in need or who have been the victims of trauma, abuse, neglect or abandonment may lead, healthy, productive lives.


Rebecca Ustrell, Community Outreach Coordinator
Becky acts as liaison for Children’s Foundation of America. On any given day she could be meeting with potential donors, coordinating a fundraising event, recruiting volunteers and forming partnerships with other nonprofits that can benefit from the help of our Foundation. Becky is currently studying sociology as well as fine art and helps organize the Claremont Art Walk. You will most likely find Becky working on freelance illustrations, playing the cello, mingling at a chamber of commerce event or volunteering in the community.
800-543-7730rustrell@trinityys.org

Foster Care Month Blue Ribbon Pledge Board

Happy National Foster Care month! This month is all about raising awareness and supporting foster children and their families. Each year 400,000 children are unable to live with their families as a result of trauma onset by abuse, neglect and abandonment. The Children’s Foundation of America works tirelessly to help support those children and their families in every way we possibly can.

The blue ribbon is a symbol for National Foster Care Month. We decided to make a Blue Ribbon wall to serve as a visual reminder of why we do what we do and what we pledge to do on behalf of these children and families who need it most. Sharing these walls on social media can serve as a huge inspiration to foster families and their children. It is also a great way to engage your group whether it be at the office, at home or school.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 Large Poster Sized Paper
  • Blue Construction Paper
  • Stapler
  • Scotch Tape
  • Assorted Markers

Step 1:

Cut strips of blue construction paper about 8 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Create a ribbon shape and secure the shape with a single staple in the center.

Step 2:

Get a large poster sized paper and write a message at the top for Foster Care Awareness Month. We chose to put the following: ” Foster Care Awareness Month Pledge Board”. Adding a call to action will encourage people to participate. Here’s what our call to action said: “How will you make the world a better place for children in foster care?”

Step 3:

Post your Pledge Board in a shared space. We posted our board on the door of the conference room which is in a common walk-way of the office. Share some facts about Foster Care Month with your group to encourage each person to make a pledge and post a blue ribbon onto the Pledge Board.

Step 4: Spread the Word!

Take photos of the Pledge Board throughout the month and share them on social media. Use hash tags such as #fostercaremonth, #fostercare, and #bethedifferencecfa to reach other individuals participating in Foster Care Month activities.


Rebecca Ustrell, Community Outreach Coordinator
Becky acts as liaison for Children’s Foundation of America. On any given day she could be meeting with potential donors, coordinating a fundraising event, recruiting volunteers and forming partnerships with other nonprofits that can benefit from the help of our Foundation. Becky is currently studying sociology as well as fine art and helps organize the Claremont Art Walk. You will most likely find Becky working on freelance illustrations, playing the cello, mingling at a chamber of commerce event or volunteering in the community.
800-543-7730rustrell@trinityys.org


Pin the Tail on the Bunny Craft

Easter is just a hop, skip, and a jump away, and we’ve got just the craft to keep your little ones entertained! This adorable project will provide a tactile activity that will not only keep your children busy, but will assist with motor and brain functions. Enjoy this project during springtime for years to come. Note: This project involves sharp objects and is intended for adults to create for their children to enjoy.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 Large Green Felt Sheet
  • 1 Large White Felt Sheet
  • 1 Printed Rabbit Template
  • Assorted Felt Swatches
  • 1 Marker
  • Assorted Embroidery Thread
  • 1 Embroidery Needle
  • 1 Pin Cushion (for safe needle handling)
  • Fabric Pins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • 5 Adhesive Velcro Squares

Your Work Space:

Make sure to have ample space to spread out your craft supplies. For our Pin the Tail on the Bunny creation, we chose a green felt background to give the appearance of grass, but you can choose whichever colors are your favorite! Get creative, find fun patterns to use for your Easter eggs and cotton tails.

Step 1:

On an 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper, print out an outline of a bunny or draw one of your own creation! Cut along the line and set the bunny aside. Using fabric pins, secure the bunny pattern onto a single sheet of white felt. Using the pattern as a template, cut along the outline of the bunny to create your fluffy fella. Detach the pins from the paper bunny, and set the felt bunny to the side. Next, use patterned sheets of felt to create Easter eggs. Cut these shapes out and set them to the side to be used on your final springtime scene.

Step 2:

This is a step that your child can help with. Using a marker, have your child draw fluffy bunny tails onto multicolored sheets of felt. Carefully cut out each tail, following the outline. Now, let’s make outr bunny tails sticky! Remove the adhesive backing, and place a square of Velcro (the rough side of the Velcro, not the fluffy side) onto the backside of each tail. Place bunny tails to the side along with your bunny and egg shapes.

Step 3:

It’s time to create the scene. Have your kiddos arrange the bunny and eggs onto the green felt sheet. Next, pin the pieces onto the fabric to secure your scene in place. Finally, choose your favorite color embroider string and sew the pieces into place.

Step 4 (Optional):

Finish off your creation by adding fun details. We decided to go with a small pink nose and little eye for our bunny. These details can easily be made by cutting out small pieces of felt and sewing them into place with a single stitch. Another alternative is kids can use their creativity by customizing the details with markers. Have fun with your design! You can add as many or as little details as you wish.

It’s Time to Play!

Now for the fun part: blindfold the kiddos, hand them a bunny tail, give them a spin and send them in the direction of the bunny scene to pin the tail on the bunny!

We brought this activity to Trinity Youth Services foster care office in West Covina and it was a huge hit! The kids took multiple turns, hopping back in line as often as they could and encouraged one another to get the bunny tail as close as possible. The children in Trinity’s care are truly a heart-warming inspiration!


Rebecca Ustrell, Community Outreach Coordinator
Becky acts as liaison for Children’s Foundation of America. On any given day she could be meeting with potential donors, coordinating a fundraising event, recruiting volunteers and forming partnerships with other nonprofits that can benefit from the help of our Foundation. Becky is currently studying sociology as well as fine art and helps organize the Claremont Art Walk. You will most likely find Becky working on freelance illustrations, playing the cello, mingling at a chamber of commerce event or volunteering in the community.
800-543-7730rustrell@trinityys.org


 

Speaker Series

The Children’s Foundation of America will be supporting Trinity Youth Services at a speakers series hosted by Claremont Craft Ales. Trinity Chief Administrative Officer, Cher Ofstedahl, will talk about foster care on Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Cher leads Trinity Youth Services’ business operations teams, which include human resources, payroll, accounting and development. We call our business offices “Mission Support,” because everything we do supports the programs and people that provide direct services to the children and youth in Trinity’s care. Cher has been with Trinity Youth Services for nearly two decades and prior to that, she worked in the music industry and as a professional actress. Among her many academic degrees and certificates, Cher holds a BA in organizational management from Ashford University and post-graduate certifications from Cornell University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is scheduled to complete her master’s degree in ethical leadership from Claremont Lincoln University in 2017. Cher is also a member of the first graduating cohort in a National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) nonprofit executive leadership program; a collaboration with Arizona State University, Indiana University and the Lilly School of Philanthropy. Cher has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and currently serves on the board of directors at the dA Center for the Arts, is on the membership committee for the California Alliance for Children and Families, and is chair of the Inland Empire Alliance for Children and Families. In her spare time, Cher performs stand-up comedy professionally.

HUB International Presents $80K to CFA at UCLA Game

HUB International insurance presented the Children’s Foundation of America $80,000 at a UCLA Men’s Basketball game to be used to support Trinity Youth Services’ programs.

At the beginning of the game, representatives from the Children’s Foundation of America were presented with the game ball and were featured on the jumbotron!

Bob DeValle, of HUB International, presented an oversized check to John Neiuber on behalf of the Foundation. Bruin’s cheerleaders celebrated with us as an announcer spoke of the importance of Trinity Youth Services’ programs for foster youth.

“Thanks to our host from HUB, Bob Devalle and for the check presentation at a spectacular evening at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion,” said Mr. Neiuber. “The Children’s Foundation of America uses donations like this one to support foster care, adoption, residential treatment, mental health and community-based programs so that children in need or who have been the victims of trauma, abuse, neglect or abandonment may lead, healthy, productive lives.”

In celebration of HUB International’s generosity, the 2017 Trinity Classic golf tournament will be presented in their honor. The golf tournament fundraiser, hosted by the Children’s Foundation of America, will take place on October 23, 2017. Stay up to date with our upcoming events by signing up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

The UCLA game was not only a victory for the children supported by the Children’s Foundation of America, but also for our home team! The Bruins won 98 – 66. Go Bruins!

Get Involved

If your business would like to become a partner of the Children’s Foundation of America, contact Rebecca Ustrell at rustrell@trinityys.org or 1-800-543-7730.

 

Jenelle Rensch, Marketing & Promotions Specialist
Jenelle’s role is to maintain a distinctive look and voice through our online presence, media and community outreach. Before joining the team in 2016, Jenelle worked in the newspaper/magazine industry for nearly a decade as a graphic designer and arts and entertainment editor. Jenelle earned a bachelor’s degree in visual communications at California State University Fullerton and has won several awards throughout her career including a few from the National Newspaper Association. Jenelle is also very involved in her community. She owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk, is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group and is active in her church.
Tel: (909) 825-5588 | Email: jrensch@trinityys.org