Providing an opportunity for every person
to help children heal, learn and thrive.

Our 2nd Annual “Valenteer Party”

On February 8, we hosted our 2nd annual “Valenteer” Party celebrating a year of tremendous growth and success in 2017. To show our volunteers our love and appreciation, we decorated our office with Valentine decorations, provided refreshments, conducted fun activities and handed out certificates to volunteers who went above and beyond in 2017.

The Children’s Foundation of America would be nothing without the support of the community and our wonderful volunteers because they believe in our mission to help children heal, learn and thrive. Thanks to the combined efforts of over 400 individual volunteers (more than double from 2016), the Children’s Foundation of America was able to provide care packages for 3,400 children in foster care and homeless shelters. To celebrate this wonderful achievement, we invited all of our volunteers to join us at the Foundation headquarters in the Claremont Village for a night of celebration, acknowledgement and togetherness.

Community Outreach Coordinator, Rebecca Ustrell and AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Marie Maghuyop, presented awards to individuals like Faye Schoborg (pictured above), who volunteered multiple times last year. The awardees received special certificates from the Foundation, Senator Anthony J. Portantino and a free ticket to our comedy benefit show, Funny 4 A Reason.

As a fun activity for volunteers, we asked them to bring books to donate as part of our “Warm & Fuzzy February” campaign. Volunteers who participated were entered into our raffle drawing for some great prizes. Delilah DeBellis, one of our consistent volunteers, won a $10 Jamba Juice gift card, Jayme Ramirez from Claremont Smile Design won 2 tickets to Funny 4 A Reason and Jose Briseno won a Horn Blower dinner coupon!

Haley Amidan frequently volunteers with the Foundation and we gave her special recognition for recently getting hired at our partner organization Trinity Youth Services. She will be part of the Trinity El Monte residential therapeutic program support team.

Haley was interested in volunteering and working with youth in foster care as a result of the trauma she experience in her youth. “I don’t know what would have happened to me if I stayed in the situation I was in. Now, I want to help other kids find their way and heal from their pasts,” she said.

At the end of our event, representatives from Claremont Smile Design presented the Foundation with materials to help our volunteers continue to make blankets for our “Warm & Fuzzy February” campaign and dental hygiene kits and books for children in foster care.

It is our devoted volunteers and supporters who truly make the difference for children in need and we are so grateful to everyone who invests in the future of these children. If you would like to volunteer with the Children’s Foundation of America, check out our upcoming volunteer opportunities here.

See a video recap of our “Valenteer” Party here:


Rebecca UstrellCommunity 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.
800-543-7730 | rustrell@trinityys.org

Volunteer

Our 2nd Annual “Valenteer” Party!

Volunteer

 

We LOVE Our Volunteers!

You are cordially invited to a Volunteer Appreciation reception at our office so we can get to know each other better! Come meet the entire Foundation staff, members of the board of trustees and other volunteers. We’ll update you on our upcoming events and celebrate the successes of the past year.

Thursday, February 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. Goodie bags! Snacks and beverages! Bring a book for our book drive and get entered into our raffle!

 

Learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities:

  • Events: Help us at fundraisers
  • Event Preparation: Help prepare materials for events
  • Awareness Campaigns: Assist with the preparation of materials and outreach
  • Informational tables and booths: Help disseminate information
  • Holiday Heroes Gift Wrapping Booth: Assist with gift wrapping for fundraising purposes
  • Care Package Assembly: Assist with assembling packages of items for children

 

Summer Partnership Appreciation

Above: John Neiuber, CEO; Susan Lominska, Claremont United Church of Christ; Paola Ipucha and Rosemary Rodriguez, Advantage Resourcing; Brisa and Mario Sifuentes, Claremont Little Free Library; Jenelle Rensch, Development Specialist; and Rebecca Ustrell, Community Outreach Coordinator.

Support System

In order to meet the goals within our mission, we require support in many forms throughout the year. Whether it be a short term volunteer opportunity, or a long term campaign, the team at CFA ensures the success of meeting our goals by reaching out to individuals, companies, and like-minded organizations for this support. Having been met with an overwhelming amount of support for our recent Back-to-School Drive, we decided to show our appreciation by inviting our supporters and volunteers for a coffee meet and greet with our CEO, John Neiuber on September 5 and 8 at Children’s Foundation of America headquarters in the Claremont Village.

Above: Development Specialist, Jenelle Rensch, donated sweets for our guests. Local volunteers and supporters enjoyed donuts and coffee with the team at CFA. 

Supporters and volunteers had an opportunity to discuss upcoming volunteer opportunities and fundraisers, as well have an in depth discussion with our team about how their support has helped children in foster care, residential treatment, and shelters throughout Southern California. Each supporter was then awarded with a certificate of appreciation for their recent efforts.

A Special Thank You

Keeping our goals on track also requires long term dedication from committed volunteer leaders and partnerships. We wanted to give a special thank you to our volunteer leader, Jessica Quintana, before we bid her farewell to her new job in the Bay Area. CEO John Neiuber presented Jessica with a certificate for her dedicated work to children in need.

We also wanted to give a very special thank you to our Americorps VIP Fellow, Sasha Chavez, for ensuring the success of our volunteer program and fundraising efforts throughout the summer. Our staff took Sasha out to lunch and gifted her with a mini pie adorned with a pastry CFA star.

Gratitude

We are so grateful to those who support us in fulfilling our mission to “provide an opportunity for every person to help children heal, learn and thrive.” Though we are sad to see some of our volunteers move on, we are so proud of the accomplishments they have achieved and wish them well as they continue to “be the difference” wherever they go!


Rebecca UstrellCommunity 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.
800-543-7730 | rustrell@trinityys.org