“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.
Halloween at the Center
Halloween is spooktacular time 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:
- Popular and kid friendly and appropriate costumes sizes XS-XXL
- Candy and special halloween treats…LOTS and Lots of Candy!
- Pumpkins-all sizes needed
- Pumpkin carving and decoration kits
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
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
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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