Success Stories

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

Meet Rachel, Reason & Baby D

Rachel had always wanted a large family and having grown up with two adopted siblings, she always considered the option of fostering or adopting. After going through the process to become a certified foster parent with two close friends, she has opened her family to a 17-year-old girl, now 19, and an infant with less …

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Seals Sparking Smiles!

Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) launched Seals Sparking Smiles (SSS) in December of 2020. This exciting new addition to the organization’s line-up of free community “give back” programs is geared to provide a memorable and joyful experience for children (up to age 21) who are going through severe personal challenges in their own lives. This …

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Teaching the Next Generation of Naturalists

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy, a non-profit environmental organization based in Huntington Beach, has been providing leading environmental education throughout L.A. and Orange counties since its beginnings in 1990. The Conservancy offers a myriad of both on- and off-site programs for all ages, all of which are aligned with current California State Standards and the new …

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Do a Good Tern

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve suffered a great loss during the 2021 bird breeding season. On May 11, 2021 a drone crashed on North Tern Island which caused approximately 3,000 Elegant Terns to abandon their nests. CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) estimates that over 1,500 eggs were lost as a result of this …

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Stephany heads to Harvard

Stephany Gutierrez, Santa Ana High School & Project Youth OCBF Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduate Class of 2021, Harvard University   Stephany applied to twenty-three colleges and universities, receiving acceptance letters from flagship public universities, highly competitive colleges, and four Ivy Leagues. She will be attending Harvard University, exploring her interests in the Humanities with …

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Oscar excited to attend Vassar

Oscar Martinez, Valley High School & Project Youth OCBF Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduate Class of 2021, Vassar University   Óscar attended Valley High School as part of the graduating Class of 2021. High school was a double-edged sword for Oscar; for him it was characterized with joy, but also was attributed with many hardships …

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Losing Jobs, but Gaining Hope

This past year was particularly difficult for the families we serve. For those parents who are employed, many do not have the luxury of having jobs where they can work from home. This meant they were at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Giving Children Hope meets the most basic needs of families, like the Davis’s, …

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When You Can’t Afford the Basics

At Giving Children Hope, we partner with schools and nonprofits to provide food and meet the basic needs of children and families who are food insecure, unstably housed, and living in poverty. One of our parents, Tina, is a single mom with two kids. Tina had to work long hours to keep up with bills …

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Dental Services for Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County (Healthy Smiles) has truly shown their superhero strength amidst a global pandemic, where cavities do not stop progressing. On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic and overnight, Healthy Smiles had to make the difficult decision to shut down all mobile dental …

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Arts & Learning Conservatory Partners with The YMCA and Boys & Girls Club

“And if you walk through the club you see them drumming on their desks in anticipation, waiting for their next drumming lesson with Mr. Eddie,” Samantha Johnson, Director of Programs Development with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Anaheim-Cypress, tells us. When the class ends, she sends pictures of masked students with hand-drawn “thank …

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