Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC)

Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) in Laguna Beach, CA. PMMC is a nonprofit marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation hospital as well as a research and educational center established in 1971.    Since 2015, PMMC has been offering distance learning programs around the country, including a free program called “Healing Seals”. Healing Seals was specifically developed …

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Daya’s Story Tamayo- Saldana Family

For months, Daisy was told her daughter, Daya, had an eye infection and not to worry about it. After a couple of months, the bump on Daya’s forehead, right about her left eyebrow started rapidly growing in size.   Not satisfied with the diagnosis of an “eye infection” Daisy decided to take matters into her own hands. …

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Ronald McDonald House Orange County – a gift 17 years in the making.

As we journey through life, I think it’s fair to say that in the back of our minds we hope to be fondly remembered and not forgotten. To feel that we made a positive difference in someone’s life or in our environment.   Seventeen years ago, a newborn baby girl (16 days old) underwent heart …

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Vital Link OC and Saddleback College Teamed Up

Vital Link OC and Saddleback College teamed up together to host our first online summer event entitled 2020 Saddleback College Leadership NEXT Academy. This career exploration academy was full of workshops and fun activities to prepare students for what comes after high school. Students learned how to navigate through exciting possibilities and finding their personal …

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Support OASIS

“I told the students they could get together and work on their art journals over the summer. Two girls’ eyes popped open with delight and they said to each other, “Let’s get together and paint in our apartments this summer!” -Thea Calhoun, Creative Arts Journaling Mentor Support for OASIS has enabled us to provide vital …

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Selah, 5, Bilateral Wilms Tumor

“In November of 2019, Selah’s dad discovered a large hard mass protruding from Selah’s abdomen, we knew something wasn’t right and took her to the ER for x-rays. The x-rays revealed a large mass on her right kidney and 3 smaller masses on her left kidney. We were rushed to St Joseph’s where they ran …

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Thank you to our Human Options Heroes for helping us raise over $350,000!

We know that safer-at-home orders have a distorted meaning for those whose homes weren’t safe even in pre-pandemic times. Globally, cases of relationship violence have risen. During the first two weeks of shutdowns, Human Options saw a 100% increase in requests for food and other basic needs as well as double the number of requests …

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New Vista School’s New Flag

New Vista Career Academy recently partnered with The Mission Continues, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact. Through a grant from the Tech Sgt. Jack Kushner Ret’d Foundation, Inc., we secured funds to purchase the school’s first flagpole …

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Connie, CASA and Me

Connie and I were matched together in 2012, just after her 16th birthday. As I remember it, we were both very nervous yet excited to start this new pairing, as neither one of us quite knew what we were getting into. I still remember the first day we met very clearly. We sat across from …

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Combating COVID: Music is Key

A now familiar tiled-grid of faces greets parents and students alike, during Gisler Elementary’s zoom End-of- Year Performance. Each child in turn fills the screen and they have our undivided attention. A canned applause lights up their faces as they finish their song. They did it! The beginning of the COVID crisis was a time …

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