“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama
JoyMakers for the San Diego Center for Children make an incredible impact to the children, teens and families we serve! By providing a unique blend of volunteerism and much needed resources through specific opportunities throughout the year, our JoyMakers continue to make an impact toward our mission to:
Protect the joy of childhood. Prevent emotional suffering. Incite change.
Be a JoyMaker Today!
Our current opportunities are listed below…be sure to check back often for updated information.
Membership & Recreation Passes
One of the many JOYS of childhood is going on special outings with family and friends. The Center works daily to provide opportunities to make special memories for the children and teens we serve.
- $1,000 would provide 48 annual passes to the San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park
Additional suggested membership passes:
- Sea World
Suggested recreation tickets and passes:
- Movie theatre tickets
- Ice Skating
- Theatre tickets
- Local museums
Spring Break Fun
Sponsor special group activities and help create added JOY for the children and teens we serve while they are on spring break!
- $250 would provide a special off-site activity such as ice skating and lunch for 10 kids
- $350 would provide for a Game Truck to come to the main Center campus for up to 3 hours
- $500 would provide for an Extreme Sports Day at the Center with exciting obstacle course challenges and much more
Welcome Duffle Bags
Children and teens placed in our specialized, treatment-level foster care homes frequently have multiple placements and often lack a proper bag to transport the little belongings they have. By providing an overnight or duffle bag filled with a few items to call their own helps provide a foster child even more care and support during this transition.
Filled duffle bags are typically $150 in total value.
Suggested duffle bag style: Within the $50 range
- Gift card(s), i.e Target, Walmart, Amazon
- Toiletries-toothbrush, toothbrush holder, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrush, stick deodorant
- Journal, pens, pencils and/or markers
- Coloring/Activity books
- UNO cards, playing cards, gum, tissues
Food Basket Program
Provide a food basket for a family of 4 people of non-perishable food items and a gift certificate to a local grocery store. With a gift card, these families will be able to prepare and enjoy a meal together.
*Multiple baskets are encouraged and appreciated
Parent Support Group Meetings
Parent support group meetings provide guidance and resources to adoptive, foster, and biological caregivers to help overcome multiple challenges within their home while raising a child with a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. This weeknight opportunity allows you the opportunity to provide a dinner and kid-friendly snacks for the support group, as well as a chance to provide crafts and activities for the children while their parents attend these important support meetings.
For more information on ways you or your group can help create JOY at the Center, please contact Kristi Worley, Senior Development Manager at (858) 634-8342.
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