“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 email@example.com.
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
Host a back-to-school drive with your company or service organization to help provide much needed supplies for our youth, families, and teachers at the Center. Unfortunately, many of the children and families we serve lack resources for proper supplies. For children in need, something as simple as a new backpack and school supplies can boost their confidence and self-esteem, and set them on a path to success.
School supplies can be found on our Amazon Wish List.
We especially need the following donated items for boys and girls of all ages:
• Backpacks • Notebooks and composition books • Folders • Binders • Paper (college and wide ruled) • Pens • #2 Pencils • Highlighters • Crayons • Markers • Colored Pencils • Glue and Glue Sticks • Pencil boxes and pouches • Calculators (regular and scientific) • Rulers
* For an on-site group project, a volunteer group can collect supplies along with gift bags or backpacks, and bring everything to our campus to fill as a group project.
Sponsor the Tooth Fairy!
The excitement and anticipation of waiting for the tooth fairy to arrive is one of the many magical moments of childhood. Celebrating these special occasions is important and even more so while youth are in our care. Help us sprinkle a little tooth fairy magic around the Center!
Provide a donation for each child who loses a tooth with a small pouch that has a $1 bill, a sticker, and a note from the Tooth Fairy.
* A group can collect supplies and deliver items to our main campus.
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.
** For an on-site group project, a volunteer group can collect non-perishable food and reusable grocery bags, and then bring everything to our main campus to fill the bags as a group project. This can be done for up to 50 families at a time.
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