“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
JoyMakers make a positive impact on the children, teens and families we serve. By providing a unique blend of volunteerism, and by raising awareness, in-kind and monetary donations throughout the year, our JoyMakers continue to make an incredible impact toward our mission. If you or your group are interested in a JoyMakers project listed below, please contact Kristi Worley, Director of Philanthropy, at (858) 634-8342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday JoyMakers Projects
Halloween at the Center
Halloween is spooktacular at the Center! The children and teens participate in fun and festive activities throughout the day and enjoy special sweet treats. Help us provide a faboolous time for our youth this year. We are in need of:
- Kid friendly and appropriate costumes sizes XS-XXL
- Candy and special Halloween treats
- Pumpkin carving and decoration supplies
Thanksgiving Basket Program
Many of the children and families we serve are not only dealing with mental health issues that affects their family’s dynamic and individual well-being, but they’re also dealing with the stress of how they’re going to put food on the table due to the severe lack of resources. By providing a basket (or grocery bag) of nonperishable food items along with a grocery store gift card, you will help alleviate daily stressors for families and create joy for them as they spend time preparing and sharing meals together.
- Provide a Thanksgiving basket for a family of 4. Non-perishable food items and a gift certificate to a local grocery store to purchase a turkey and other perishable items. *Multiple baskets are encouraged and appreciated
Be a Donation Station
Join a community of local businesses, schools, civic organizations and more to help collect toys, gift cards and other items from our Wish List, to be dropped off at our Wacky Wonky Wonderland event on Sunday, December 9!
Christmas Morning Stockings
The holidays are known to be very special for people as it’s a time to bond with family and loved ones. However, for many of our youth, they will not have the opportunity to be with family due to the unfortunate, traumatic experiences they have experienced in their young lives. You can help create Christmas morning magic this holiday by providing gifts for our children and teens who won’t be able to be home for Christmas this year. The Center will provide your group with a wish list of items for the children and teens in our residential cottages that you may shop for. Through your generosity, you will help fill up stockings and fill their hearts with JOY!
Holiday Celebration at the Academy
The Center’s WASC-Accredited nonpublic school, the Academy, specializes in providing individualized educational services for students with needs so exceptional that they cannot be met in a public school setting.
Join in on the holiday fun at the Academy for their annual holiday performance!
- Provide gifts for students such as, books, journals, etc. for them to enjoy and use over winter break.
- Provide refreshments after the performance for students, teachers and staff.
Individual JoyMakers Projects
Having a birthday, anniversary or special event?
Celebrate with the Center! Create your own fundraiser and reach out to your family and friends to support the Center’s efforts. Through your thoughtful fundraiser, you will help empower the lives of the over 1,000 children and families who are served every day by the Center.
Group JoyMakers Projects
Food & Grocery Gift Card Baskets
Many of the children and families we serve are not only dealing with mental health issues that affects their family’s dynamic and individual well-being, but they’re also dealing with the stress of how they’re going to put food on the table due to the severe lack of resources.
By providing a basket (or grocery bag) of nonperishable food items along with a grocery store gift card, you will help alleviate daily stressors for families and create joy for them as they spend time preparing and sharing meals together.
*Multiple baskets are encouraged and appreciated.
Family Day Luncheon
Once a month, the Center hosts a family day that includes a special meal and activities for children and teens in our Residential Treatment Program, and their family members. This event is held the last Sunday of each month from 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m on our main 12-acre campus in Linda Vista. By providing a special meal for 60 people, you will help youth and their family members bond and create positive memories during their healing journey. Our staff will be available to set-up and serve your special meal, along with planning fun activities for youth and families. It would be wonderful if you could join on family day to see firsthand the impact your group is making. However, this is not a requirement to contribute for this opportunity.
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. At times, many youth come into our care with only the clothing and shoes they’re wearing. By providing an overnight or duffle bag filled with a few items to call their own, you will help a foster child feel cared for and supported during this often difficult and emotional transition.
*Filled duffle bags are typically $150 in total value
Suggested duffle bag style and items to go within bag:
- Gift card(s), i.e. Target, Walmart, Amazon
- Toiletries-toothbrush, toothbrush holder, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrush, stick deodorant
- Mesh laundry bag
- Towel and wash clothes
- Journal, pens, pencils and/or markers
- Coloring/Activity books
- Blanket/stuffed animal
- UNO cards, playing cards, gum, tissues
Campus Revitalization & Beautification Projects
Providing a safe, nurturing environment for the children and teens who live in our 24/7 Residential Treatment Program facilities is a top priority for the Center, as the environment plays a large role in their therapeutic treatment. As our Residential Treatment Program is their temporary home on their journey of healing, it is important that they feel welcomed on a daily basis during their stay.
Group opportunities for you to consider could include:
- Landscape maintenance
- Therapeutic room makeovers
Special Sponsorship Opportunities
Winter Break Fun!
- $250 would provide an 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 an exciting obstacle course challenge and much more…