Joy Makers

JoyMakers Holiday

“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.

Duffle Bag for a Foster Youth

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.  duffle bag

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
  • Blanket
  • UNO cards, playing cards, gum, tissues

Fill a Backpack

The San Diego Center for Children serves thousands of children and families across all of our programs each year, and many of them simply do not have the resources to purchase proper school supplies.  It’s not uncommon for some of the youth we serve to transfer schools in the middle of the year and having the proper supplies helps them with these difficult transitions.

Filled backpacks are typically $150 in total value.  

Suggested items within the bag:

  • Gift card(s), i.e Target, Walmart, Amazonbackpack
  • 1-inch binders
  • Pens and markers
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Index cards
  • Composition books
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Highlighters
  • Folders

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

greayforgroupParent 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.

greayforgroupCampus Beautification Projects

Providing a peaceful and nurturing environment for the children and teens that live in our residential treatment facilities is a top priority at the Center, as the environment plays a large role in their therapeutic treatment as well. Group opportunities could include:

  • Landscape maintenance
  • Gardening

Let us hear from you: