Organizations I Support

Institute for Community Impact

Institute for Community Impact

Richard serves on the Advisory Board for the Institute, helping to guide its mission and direction while engaging the Institute’s featured nonprofit organizations.

The mission of The Institute for Community Impact is to connect, align, inspire and mobilize leaders, individuals and organizations to take an active role in identifying unmet community needs and potential solutions creating a BRIDGE for positive community IMPACT.

Learn how to get involved by visiting their website.


Orange County Community Foundation

Orange County Community Foundation

Richard is a member of the The Impact Philanthropy Group where he helps research and selects nonprofits to support with an award grant.

The Group provides opportunities for donors to meet and learn from their peers how philanthropy can be integrated into their lives and the lives of their families.

OC Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about most. They work with individuals, families and businesses to match charitable interests to community needs. They also provide grants and resources to nonprofits and monitor local issues.

Learn more by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Advisors in Philanthropy (AIP)

Richard serves as the Membership Chairman on the Orange County Chapter’s Board of Directors.

The AiP mission is to inspire and educate advisors, helping them make philanthropic planning with their clients/donors an integral part of their practice. To create a unique network of support through collegial relationships among an intentionally diverse spectrum of professionals attracted to membership in our organization, and to promote the highest ethical standards in philanthropic planning.

Learn more by visiting the AiP website.

Center Club Orange County

Center Club Cares

Richard was one of the founding members and served as Committee Chairman of the Center Club Cares Initiative at Center Club.

The mission of Center Club Cares is to establish Center Club Orange County as a focal point of community support and involvement, attracting business and community leaders to join the club and its members in promoting and serving the community.



Richard is a long time supporter of OneOC and currently sits on their Board of Directors and is Chairman of their Volunteerism Advisory Council.

OneOC provides volunteer, training, consulting and business services for nonprofits to help them become as efficient and effective as they are passionate about their missions. OneOC’s Encore Program matches volunteers’ skills with nonprofit organizations in order to address key organizational needs and projects or objectives.

Find volunteer opportunities and learn about local nonprofits on their website or Facebook page.

UCLA Giving

UCLA Giving

Richard is a past leader of this organization, having served as Chairman of the Orange County Leadership Committee as well as Vice-Chair of the UCLA Fund.

Over the past five decades, the Chancellor’s Society has emerged as a dedicated community of annual donors that represents the model of philanthropic leadership at UCLA. Today, an impressive number of loyal and generous Chancellor’s Society members pave the way for the University’s future, and inspire others to take part through service and giving.

Learn more about the UCLA Chancellor’s Society on their website or the UCLA Giving Facebook page.

Orange County School of the Arts

Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA)

The mission of OC School of the Arts is to provide a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment that offers bright and talented students unparalleled preparation for higher education and a profession in the arts.

Learn more about OCSA on their website or Facebook page.

Pure Game

Pure Game is a nonprofit organization that uses the most popular sport in the world, soccer, to teach kids how to break free from their current circumstances and negative mindsets.

Pure Game promotes a life-changing message of growth and empowerment that helps develop every aspect of a child’s life through inclusion and affirmation.

Learn more about Pure Game and how to get involved on their website or Facebook page.

Orange County United Way

Orange County United Way envisions an Orange County where every person receives a quality education, is financially stable, is healthy and thriving, and has a place to call home.

Hands on, Orange County United Way delivers more than 50 Community Impact programs countywide and focuses on long-term solutions to the most critical interconnected challenges facing children and families right here in Orange County.

As the nation responds to the outbreak of COVID-19, Orange County United Way is hard at work to raise much-needed dollars for its Pandemic Relief Efforts, which supports low-income individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness, the current OC population experiencing homelessness, low-income students, and partner non-profits. In this time of need and uncertainty, we are all united.

To make a donation to the Pandemic Relief Fund, visit GoFundMe.

To learn more or do more with Orange County United Way, visit their website.

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as healthy, caring, and responsible citizens.

Learn more on their website and Facebook page.

Working Wardrobes

Working Wardrobes

Working Wardrobes does everything in their power to help men, women, young adults and veterans overcome difficult challenges, so they can achieve the dignity of work.

Their help clients get workforce ready by giving career training, job placement assistance and professional wardrobe services in an environment of dignity and respect.

Learn more about Working Wardrobes and how to get involved by visiting their website and Facebook page.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters

The mission of Big Brother Big Sisters of Orange County is to provide strong and enduring, one-to-one, professionally supported mentoring relationships for every child who needs and wants one so that every child to has the opportunity to succeed in life and live up to their full potential.

Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County on their website and Facebook page.

Creative Identity

Creative Identity

Founded in 1996 by music therapist and jazz guitar recording artist George Gilliam, Creative Identity is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

They provide therapeutic music and expressive arts education, training, mentoring, and prevocational skill building services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorder, and Williams Syndrome.

Individuals with IDD are often defined by what they “can’t do” and are faced with multiple challenges transcending negative societal perceptions of persons with disabilities. Creative Identity addresses this need through our mission to improve the lives and societal perceptions of adults with IDD by providing therapeutic and education interventions that cultivate personal and social responsibilities, pre-vocational skills, independence, and creative potentials. By providing services that help develop our clients’ abilities to participate creatively in society through community concerts and art exhibitions, our clients can demonstrate what they “can do” and that they are also important contributing members of society.

Although our original program design is a site-based day program, Creative Identity has developed virtual programming to protect our participants who are medically vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supplementing our in-person day program services during temporary closure and after re-entry to our physical sites, Creative Identity currently offers over (20) virtual classes per day, Monday through Friday, tailored to their unique needs and interests in the areas of music, expressive arts, and life skills. Creative Identity utilizes person-centered thinking and planning to assist individuals build upon their existing strengths and talents to develop the underlying skills, including cognitive, social, communication, adaptive, and gross/fine motor skills, necessary for social participation, everyday functioning, and improving their quality of life.

Visit their website to learn more.

Mercy House

Mercy House

Mercy House provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for a variety of homeless populations which includes families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals overcoming substance addictions, and some who are physically and mentally disabled.

Visit their website and Facebook page to learn more about how to get involved.

Meals on Wheels Orange County

Meals on Wheels Orange County

Since 1967, Community SeniorServ Inc., dba Meals on Wheels Orange County has offered nourishing care and life-enriching experiences for the well-being of at-risk older adults and their families.

As the largest nonprofit provider of older adult nutrition and support services in Orange County, they serve nearly one million meals to over 10,000 at-risk older adults annually through 23 senior and community centers, home-delivered meals and a support network of over 600 volunteers.

Meals on Wheels OC is committed to erasing hunger and loneliness for older adults through nutritious meals, therapeutic care, social connections, home visits, and other services that help them maintain their independence and quality of life.

To learn more and get involved, please visit their website, Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter.

Ronald McDonald House Orange County

Ronald McDonald House Orange County

The Orange County Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a comforting “home away from home” for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment in Orange County hospitals.

Learn more about the Ronald McDonald House on their website and Facebook page.

Goodwill of Orange County

Goodwill of Orange County

Goodwill of Orange County has provided thousands of people with disabilities and other barriers the opportunity to achieve their highest levels of personal and economic independence through competitive employment.

Founded in Orange County in 1924, Goodwill of Orange County is a nonprofit organization with its Main Campus located at 410 North Fairview in Santa Ana.

Learn more about Goodwill of Orange County and how to get involved on their website and Facebook page.

The Ecology Center

The Ecology Center

The Ecology Center is a non-profit eco-education center focused on creative solutions for thriving on planet Earth. Through daily action, we can transform our schools, homes, workplaces, and communities into vibrant spaces.

We work to inspire communities around simple solutions that empower individuals everywhere to be part of the solution. Together, we can create a healthy, abundant future.

To learn more about The Ecology Center, please visit their website and Facebook page.

The Wooden Floor

The Wooden Floor

Founded in 1983, The Wooden Floor is one of the foremost creative youth development nonprofit organizations in the country. Theytransform the lives of young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education.

In Orange County and through national licensed partners, we use a long-term approach grounded in exploratory dance education to foster the confidence and gifts within each child to innovate, communicate, and collaborate – skills necessary for success in school and in life.

Learn more about The Wooden Floor on their website and Facebook page.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts believes in the power of performing arts to transform lives and that the shared experience and exploration of the arts will help unite Orange County, creating a more culturally connected and vital community.

They will help shape the Orange County of the future through meaningful collaborations with diverse communities, embracing creativity in all its forms and enabling a more inclusive, vibrant performing arts scene at The Center and across the region.

Learn more on their website and Facebook page.

The Autism Community in Action

The Autism Community in Action (TACA)

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism.

For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism.

Learn more about TACA on their website and Facebook page.

UCLA Foundation

UCLA Foundation

Through The UCLA Foundation, generous donors participate with building, sustaining and advancing the university. Private philanthropy provides the resources UCLA requires to continue growing its stature as a global leader in the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

To learn more or support The UCLA Foundation, visit their website.

The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center

The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding

The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs. They offer clients a variety of programs that include physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

Learn more about them and how to get involved on their website and Facebook page.



Fristers was created to bring hope to pregnant and parenting teen moms ages 13-25. Through a unique curriculum designed to address their specific needs, young moms are given the opportunity to learn and grow to become the best women and best moms they can be.

Fristers provides teen moms with education, access to resources, role models and support.

Learn more by visiting their website.

Make A Wish Orange County

Make A Wish Orange County & IE

Since 1983, Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire has granted nearly 6,000 wishes to children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who have life-threatening medical conditions and are living in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Learn more about Make-A-Wish and how to get involved on their website and Facebook page.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

Established in 1990 by a coalition of government, community, business and environmental leaders, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization, provides services that inspire and connect all generations through community involvement and leadership in hands-on restoration and education in wetland science, watersheds, coastal ecology and environmental sustainability.

Learn more about how to get involved with Bolsa Chica Conservancy on their website and Facebook page.

Girl Scouts of Orange County

The Girl Scouts of Orange County bring girls of all backgrounds and abilities together to discover their strengths and explore new challenges. The mission of the Girl Scouts of Orange County is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

With the help of trusted volunteers and mentors, girls learn how to be the change and make an impact on the people and places around them.

Learn more about Girl Scouts of Orange County on their website and Facebook Page.

Bracken’s Kitchen

Bracken's Kitchen

Since the outbreak of Covid1-9 we pivoted all of our programs, temporarily cancelled our food truck feeding program and turned all of our attention to preparing meals for people in need.

In the process we hired 16 out of work skilled professional who found themselves thrusted into unemployment due to restaurant closures and put them to work helping us move from 8,000 meals a week to on average 35,000 meals a week. In the last 10 weeks we have recovered over 100 tons of food, diverting it from the landfill and we have sent out over 542,000 meals to our friends in need.

To do that we focused on finding the right collaborative partners to help us get our meals to those who need it most. We now have almost 50 organizations who are picking up meals from us throughout the week to be distributed in our communities.

In the process of this pivot we realized that all of our strategic plans for the year became instantly obsolete due to this virus and we are now planning and charting our course for the remainder of the year and into next year. Given the bleak outlook for hospitality, in particular, we don’t expect our industry to see even a 50% recovery before the end of year. That means a lot of people don’t get their jobs back and continue to struggle.

We know that we are in this for the long haul and are committed to keep this increased production going and our new normal.

Connect with Bracken’s Kitchen through their website or Facebook page.


Western Youth Services

Western Youth Services

The mission of Western Youth Services is to advance awareness, cultivate success and strengthen Orange County communities through integrated mental health services for children, youth and families.

Learn more about Western Youth Services on their website and Facebook page.

Anaheim Family YMCA

Anaheim Family YMCA

In Orange County, no other place has a 100+ year legacy of learning and laughter with youth and adult programs like the Anaheim Family YMCA. New generations are discovering what locals have known for years — this is the best place for youth swim classes, sports programs, STEM and education courses, performing and visual arts, day and resident camps, adaptive programs for special needs teens and adults, plus recreation choices for pre-school to senior citizens.

Our growing diversity of programs ensures we’re one of the best donation causes in the community, and helps us give safe options to over 7,000 kids each day after school.

Our Mission:

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Desired Impact:

Through involvement at the Y, people in our communities are spiritually, mentally and physically healthy. Our youth feel safe and empowered to lead significant lives. All relationships are nurtured and people feel connected to one another and responsible in building a sense of community for all.

Learn more about the Anaheim Family YMCA on their website or Facebook page.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home.

Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity on their website.

Project Hope Alliance

Project Hope Alliance

Project Hope Alliance is a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit, whose mission is to end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. Homeless children have to defy unique odds in order to meet the standards of the classroom.

The education program at Project Hope Alliance is committed to helping these students overcome the obstacles posing threat to their academic success. They serve youth experiencing homelessness from Kindergarten through age 24. They provide 24/7 support, case management, mentorship, basic needs, educational resources, and more. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, PHA launched a mobile pantry and began serving families experiencing homelessness in motels across Orange County. Weekly they bring fresh and nonperishable food, Wifi hotspots, and Chromebooks. Last year, 100% of the youth served by PHA graduated high school.

Learn more about Project Hope Alliance on their website.

Grandma’s House of Hope

Grandma's House of Hope

Love and Compassion: A faith-based approach to healing and forgiveness in a safe and hopeful environment. Respect and Acceptance: A non-judgmental celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of humankind.

Honesty and Integrity: An ethical approach to supporting personal growth and family values.

Learn more about Grandma’s House of Hope on their website.



Our agency is based on the belief that our clients’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat clients and referrals.

We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

Learn more about Mariposa on their website.

Abound Food Care

The success of Abound’s food care model has increasingly gained national attention — particularly as the issues of food waste, food insecurity, health and environmental impact, and regulatory compliance all continue to increase in urgency. We are poised to provide these regional solutions to a national problem by optimizing local resources that maximize food care efficiency.

With this aspirational role in mind, these are the statements that guide our work each day:

Purpose: why we exist: “To build a sustainable future by ending hunger and food waste.”

Vision: what we aspire to be: “To become the nation’s food care model.”

Mission: what we do: “To create regional solutions to a national problem, strengthening our communities.”

Learn more about Abound Food Care visit their website.

Giving Children Hope

Giving Children Hope is a faith-based non-profit group that’s mission is to help children and families break out of the cycle of need to become successful and self-sustainable. Giving Children Hope helps families in the areas of housing, food, and essentials to help them find a way out of poverty. Through various programs and the help of countless volunteers, we can help children and families in Southern California achieve this goal.

Take a look at some of the programs it offers and how people can get involved on their website.

All American Boys Chorus

The All American Boys Chorus

The All-American Boys Chorus is founded on the belief that boys have the potential for greatness. It is remarkable to consider a child in this way but we know it to be true.

With training and determination, a boy’s voice produces a unique sound of unparalleled beauty that has been used for over a thousand years to entertain, uplift and inspire.

Learn more about All American Boys Chorus on their website.

Integrous Women

Integrous Women

Integrous Women is on a mission to empower women leaders to leave a legacy with integrity through personal development, creating and scaling a business with a mission and giving forward.

Our vision is to create communities of Integrous leaders world-wide, who use their socially conscious organizations to positively impact underserved communities in a sustainable way. Our monthly workshops and membership platform help us sustain mental health and job skills programming for our partner orphanage, Esperanza y Futuro, in Guatemala.

To learn more about our social enterprise, click here.

To watch the award-winning documentary, click here.

Southern California Hospice Foundation

Our mission is to deliver a breadth of resources to caregivers, families and patients who are confronting the final stages of life.

You can learn more about their programs through their website and their Facebook page.

Mighty Oaks Foundation

Mighty Oaks Foundation

The Mighty Oaks Foundation is a faith-based Veteran service organization that teaches combat Veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress how to get beyond combat trauma and live their lives in the manner God intended.

Many combat vets are unable to reintegrate back into civilian life, leaving their families to deal with the aftermath of broken homes and suicide at times. By aligning their lives to Biblical principles, these Warriors are able to lead their families, their communities and our nation.

To learn more about our organization, click here.

Veterans Legal Institute

Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency.

Learn more about Veterans Legal Institute on their website.

The Thomas House Family Shelter

The Thomas House Family Shelter

The Thomas House Family Shelter not only gives families a roof over their heads when they are most in need, but they also help people permanently change their lives. They aid in addressing barriers to employment so people can find a job, save money, and get back on their feet.

Through other life skills programs that address self-esteem, communication skills, and stress management, people at The Thomas House learn how to live better lives.

Learn more about The Thomas House Family Shelter on their website or Facebook page.

Taller San Jose Hope Builders

Taller San Jose Hope Builders

Taller San Jose Hope Builders mentors disadvantaged young adults to give them the life skills and job skills they need to find employment. Through training programs that simulate the real-world workforce, participants learn basic skills in their chosen area.

They are required to show up daily, act professionally, and be responsible. Hope Builders also offers job coaching to match young adults with employers who are looking for skilled, reliable workers.

Learn more about how Taller San Jose Hope Builders is committed to helping young adults find solid employment on their website or Facebook page.



CASA of Orange County strives to be the voice of children who are abused, neglected, or abandoned.CASA of OC works to protect children who cannot live safely with their biological parents, get through and out of foster care safely and find permanent homes.

Volunteers serve as mentors for these children as advocates look to promote their best interests in courtrooms and in other environments where they can’t represent themselves. To date, CASA of Orange County has changed the lives of more than 7,000 children.

Learn more about CASA OC on their website or Facebook page.

Project Self-Sufficiency

Project Self-Sufficiency

Project Self-Sufficiency helps low-income single parents in Orange County, California, graduate from college or vocational training with the skills necessary to achieve economic independence. We do this by providing customized, wraparound services throughout their educational journey and transition into a successful career.

For more information, visit the Project Self-Sufficiency on their website or Facebook page.

OC Nonprofit Central

OC Nonprofit Central

OC Nonprofit Central makes giving easy. A fully searchable online database of Orange County nonprofit organizations, it was created to help donors and residents better understand the local nonprofit community and discover how to support the causes they care about the most.

Learn more or search for nonprofits on their website.

Halftime Institute

Halftime Institute

The Halftime Institute is the leading authority on creating a second half of life defined by joy, impact and balance. Their proven model of teaching, coaching, and connecting provides the personalized support needed to gain clarity, joy, and focus in how to apply your unique skills and abilities to causes about which you are most passionate.

Find out more on their website or Facebook page.

Future Leaders of Our Community

Future Leaders of Our Community

Future Leaders of Our Community is an organization that brings awareness, inspiration and participation opportunities to young professionals in our community. Through unique programming with local nonprofits, businesses, & community leaders; FLOC impacts its members with passion and commitment for the community.

Check out their events and how to get involved on their website or Facebook page.

Council on Aging - Southern California

Since 1973, the Council on Aging-Southern California has been serving seniors and disabled adults in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo, and Mono counties. The organization provides useful information, programs, and services to more than 100,000 each year.

Programs offered include a friendly visitor program, a smile-makers guild that delivers gifts around the holidays, and health insurance counseling. The Council on Aging also provides a Concierge Care Navigators program that helps families manage health care conditions for their loved ones as they get older.

Learn more about Council on Aging-Southern California on their website and Facebook Page.

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College, located in southern Michigan, is a small Christian, classical liberal arts college. Students come from around the country as well as from more than a dozen foreign countries. Areas of study include accounting, chemistry, graphic design, journalism, music, and much more.

Besides traditional college classes offered in a classroom setting, Hillsdale College also offers free not-for-credit online classes taught by Hillsdale College faculty. These classes are modeled after those taught at the school.

For more information about Hillsdale College and its courses, visit the school’s website.

Angels for Higher

Angels for Higher, located in Orange County, is an organization that helps to encourage the hiring of those with Down Syndrome to work as greeters in sports stadiums, athletic venues, college campuses, and performing arts centers across the country.

It’s inspired by Trevor Hendershot, son of Angels for Higher CEO Robert Hendershot, who got his first job as a Team Store Greeter by MLB’s L.A. Angels in 2021, then by the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks in 2013.

He was also hired as a greeter by the L.A. Rams and USC Trojans in 2018. Angels for Higher aims to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the country by encouraging organizations to hire more greeters with Down Syndrome.

Visit Angels for Higher online and on Facebook to learn more.

Free Wheelchair Mission

Free Wheelchair Mission

Free Wheelchair Mission is a non-profit faith-based organization that makes and designs affordable wheelchairs for developing countries around the world.

With millions of people around the world in need of a wheelchair, the Free Wheelchair Mission believes that everyone who needs a wheelchair should have access to one. By bringing wheelchairs to people, this group opens up doors to education and employment that would otherwise be inaccessible. Learn how to get involved here.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast aim to help youth reach their fullest potential by ensuring they have access to the tools they need.

From early literacy programs to teen centers and college-bound programs, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast helps children of all ages with different aspects of development. The organization serves youth and families in Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, and Santa Ana. Volunteers take part in Mentor Days, food distribution, back-to-school events, and more. To learn about The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, visit their website.


Kherut’s mission is to empower survivors of human trafficking by providing them with education, mentorship, and long-term employment opportunities in a safe environment.

Kherut strives to build commissary kitchens that can support up to 10 food trucks per location. It works with partnering organizations such as the Salvation Army and Casa Teresa, to provide paid training for food service skills. You can learn more about Kherut’s mission and volunteer opportunities here.

Norooz Clinic Foundation

Norooz Clinic provides affordable and accessible high-quality mental health services through their clinic. They envision a stigma-free world.

The Norooz Clinic Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit mental health organization whose mission is to empower lives by providing direct mental health services, utilizing the latest technology in education, and organizing creative community outreach. The team strives to help people receive mental health services and is dedicated to removing barriers to accessing mental health services.

To learn more, visit their website.

Uplift Youth Foundation

Here at UPLIFT, we exist for teens. As our youth struggles with mental health and our world suffers from disconnection, a solution is needed now more than ever. We are here to share ours.

UPLIFT Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides youth with the tools of movement, mindfulness, and peer connection to support their wellbeing, create community and nurture growth.

The Achievers

The Achievers, based in Orange County, CA, is a chapter of Move United that is dedicated to helping disabled people enjoy the beauty and wonder of skiing. Our program is based on two main philosophies:

  1. A person’s abilities far outweigh their disabilities.
  2. A regular routine of recreational sports and hobbies can be the catalyst for a better life overall.

With these two concepts at the heart of our work, we have been able to inspire and aid disabled people throughout California since our founding in the early 1980s. With the help of our program, disabled individuals have been able to learn to ski and regularly participate in skiing trips, making them happier and healthier in a holistic way that is hard to match through other methods.

Uniforms For Hope

Uniforms for Hope’s vision empowers children overseas and provides them with uniforms so they will be able to attend school. It may not seem like a big thing, but many children do not attend school because they can’t afford a uniform. It’s a big problem in many countries around the world. Children may be orphaned, and many parents have no resources for uniforms or even food. With 264 million children worldwide, that don’t go to school the need is huge.

We raise funds and awareness by going into schools and work with youth groups. We make presentations to have students learn about other countries and cultures.

They realize how fortunate they are to be able to get an education in the United States…something they take for granted. Students realize how many opportunities are available to them here that children don’t have overseas. Students can form a club at their school and work with other students in their own school by raising awareness and fundraising.

Extreme poverty brings with it hopelessness. With “Uniforms for Hope” children can get an education and have hope for a better future for themselves as well as their families. Let’s change the world one uniform at a time.

The Flora May Foundation

The Flora May Foundation’s Mission is assisting parents & families in dire medical or emotional need.

We hope to keep your family unit together, optimistic and being armed with specific resources that apply to your situation. Any life-threatening crisis involving your child is who we serve.

Team Kids, Inc.

Team Kids is a nonprofit organization with a big mission: ‘To empower kids to change the world.’ We are committed to creating a dual paradigm shift; in the way young people perceive themselves as capable, powerful changemakers, and in how adults view and treat youth as community partners.

Our youth leadership programs are designed to build empathy and self efficacy, while strengthening children’s connections to their peers, school, community, and caring community mentors.

Arts For All

Arts For All is dedicated to making music and arts education accessible to children and young adults, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds or with disabilities. Our mission is to foster creativity, personal development, and social inclusion through high-quality music instruction, community performances, and collaborative art projects, empowering individuals to achieve their full artistic potential and enrich their communities.

It's vitally important to help each other. No, we can't walk in each other's shoes, but we can walk side-by-side and support each other.

Michele Sullivan