“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.
Fill up the stockings and fill their hearts with JOY!
You can create Christmas morning magic this holiday season for the children and teens who won’t be home for Christmas this year by providing gifts for their stockings. Having a filled stocking with gifts and special treats on Christmas morning is a childhood memory we never forget! Stocking gifts may include: coloring/activity books, pens, slipper socks, books, journals, stickers and special treats. You may choose to provide stocking stuffers for one or more cottages.
*For safety and health requirements, we are unable to accept any used or homemade gifts.
Winter Break Fun in our Residential Treatment Program
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.
Sponsor special group activities this season for the children and teens we serve while they are on winter break!
- $250 would provide an activity such as ice skating and lunch for 10 kids
- $350 would provide for a Game Truck to come 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
Cottage Movie Night – Provide a night at the movies!
- $250 provides movie tickets for 10 kids, popcorn, a drink and a sweet treat!
Holiday Food and Gift Card Baskets
Provide a holiday food basket for a family. You or your company can prepare a basket of non-perishable food items, which can include a gift certificate to a local grocery store, so that perishable items can be purchased. You will be giving a wonderful gift to a family in need as they prepare and enjoy a holiday meal together.
*Multiple baskets are encouraged and appreciated. Ideal prepared baskets are for a family of 4 or more.
Special Holiday Meals for Residential Youth
Some of the children and teens in our care will not be home with their families this holiday season. It is our priority to provide special moments and activities for them during the season, such as fun and delicious holiday meals. You can help!
- Donate toward a special meal
- Provide grocery store gift cards, so that our staff can purchase items for the meal(s). The meal(s) would be for 50-60 youth along with direct care staff.
*Various levels of volunteer participation within this opportunity can be discussed.
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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