Success Stories

We celebrate the successes of our member charities and champion their causes as our own.

Shoot for the Moon and Reach for the Stars

Zaida Hernandez, Latina NASA engineer, first-generation Salvadoran American, STEM advocate, and now an author, inspired the children at the Project Access Resource Center at the Crystal View Apartments in Garden Grove, California, to pursue their education and dreams. This special event was presented in cooperation with KIA USA and Lil’ Libros Publishing and was a …

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Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) Shares Success and the Importance of Giving Back

At Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), we want to make it possible for all children facing childhood cancer to beat their disease and achieve their full potential so they can realize happy, healthy, productive futures. Kenny Thomas, a brave, funny, compassionate, and determined young man embodies this vision. He is also a cancer survivor, warrior …

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MOMS Giving Support

Since 1992, MOMS Orange County (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) has provided free access to prenatal care, health screenings, infant development screenings, health education and referral services through monthly home visits and group classes. But MOMS OC work doesn’t stop at baby’s birth; we continue visiting baby and parent throughout the first year with screenings, infant …

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First Tee OC Teaches Life Skills and the 4R’s

First Tee – Orange County was founded in 2013 and is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, we create active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, …

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After-School All-Stars Shares Success

After-School All-Stars Ohio has served a student from KIPP Columbus since 2020. Over the years, he has sometimes struggled to regulate his emotions and have positive interactions with other kids. Throughout the school year, he tended to keep to himself. We were uncertain about how he would interact with other students when he was invited …

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Akshay Made That Tassel Move!

My name is Simran Garcia and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share my TACA (The Autism Community in Action) experience.   In 2006 my son Akshay was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. Akshay was considered moderate to severe. He was diagnosed as non-verbal as he spoke only ten words and couldn’t put …

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Joshua & Joseph’s Unlimited Possibilities

Abilities that come naturally for many children often require extra effort and attention for children with disabilities. Joshua and Joseph’s mom Shantel calls her 2-year-old twin boys her “miracle babies” as both had faced a life-threatening lower urinary tract obstruction in utero at 12 weeks. At 6 months old, Joshua was diagnosed with a Gross …

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Opportunities Provided by Wooden Floor

“The Wooden Floor provides a lot of opportunities. It allows you to be yourself, to get to know people, but also to get know yourself. You’re encouraged to reflect on how you feel and on how you can improve as a person and as a dancer. Being here has helped me feel closer to my …

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Finding Catharsis in a Time of COVID

Catharsis in theatre, first introduced by Aristotle in Poetics, represents a process by which the intense and tragic emotions of the actors in a performance spread throughout the audience, as though they too have experienced such heightened emotion. Over the course of the show, the audience is given the opportunity to process these intense feelings, …

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That’s Not My Destiny Anymore

“That’s Not My Destiny Anymore” Do you remember a moment that changed the trajectory of your life? We all have had those life defining moments that set us on a new path. In just a few short weeks, children from four children’s homes located in Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama will have the opportunity to experience …

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