Success Stories

“You Feel the Love” ( A longtime volunteer embraces the magic of Camp. )

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Magic. Silliness. Fun. Empowerment. Those are the ingredients of The Painted Turtle as described by Vicky Nguyen⁠, who has been a volunteer since the moment Camp opened its gates in 2004. She has also been a supporter in countless other ways, including participating in the ambassador program and running in the LA Marathon to benefit …

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Life can change in an instant

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I wrote those words eight years ago soon after my infant son, Noah, and our whole family received care at the end of Noah’s life at George Mark Children’s House. One day I was the parent of two healthy thriving children, four year old Sofia and her almost four month old brother, Noah. The next …

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GSF Foundation Makes Back to School Brighter

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Each year, GSF Foundation’s Back (Pack) to School Initiative helps thousands of children start the school year on the right track. Now in its eleventh year, the program provides backpacks filled with essential school supplies to first-grade students in U.S. communities where associates from Golden State Foods (GSF) and its family of companies work and …

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Well Read: Preventing Literacy Slide through Lectura Infantil

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To promote literacy over summer break, Friendly Center’s CEAC (Community Engagement Advisory Committee) hosted a 4-week program titled “Lectura Infantil” through the month of August. Lectura Infantil, which translates to Child Reading, gave parents and their children a space to read books, work on literacy exercises, and participate in other activities. Coming at the close …

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Friendly Center’s Emotional Intelligence Support Group

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An important part of Friendly Center’s whole-family approach in providing resources to the community is insuring that children are supported both academically and personally. For this reason, Friendly Center staff has developed a support group, for children of clients, specifically designed to build emotional intelligence and conflict management skills. For the first iteration of the …

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From Struggling Reader to US Attorney

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The Stern Center for Language and Learning is a nonprofit learning center dedicated to helping children and adults reach their academic, social, and professional goals. At an annual meeting of the organization, Zach Terwilliger shared his story and expressed gratitude for his Stern Center teachers who understood his learning disability, knew how to teach him …

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