Collaboration of 10 Nonprofits in El Dorado County

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of El Dorado County (BBBS) has been making a profound difference in the lives of children for more than three decades. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

The majority of the children served are living in single parent homes, are economically disadvantaged, and all are struggling socially or academically. BBBS provides a variety of programs that are designed to promote a child’s self-confidence, enhance academic performance, teach skills to make better choices, and encourage a brighter future.

“My son just loves the time that he spends with his Big Brother.  We could not have asked for a more perfect mentor in his life.  He is awesome!”

Boys & Girls Club is a home away from home for hundreds of young people each and every day. The Club serves over 300 members daily, age 5-18, at our three locations in El Dorado County: Placerville; Pollock Pines; and Georgetown. Our Mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as responsible, productive and caring citizens. The Club strives to help all of our members in the following areas: academic success; good character and citizenship; and, healthy lifestyles! Great Futures Start Here!

“As a single mom, I was challenged to find a place where my 10 and 11 year old could be safe during the summer months. I found the solution at the Boys & Girls Club. My kids made friends and had fun, which helped me to focus on my daytime job that provides for their other needs.”

CASA El Dorado provides specially trained Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers to represent the best interests of children in the child welfare system. These are children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect and subsequently removed from their homes and placed into foster care. In addition to their formal role as officers of the court, CASA volunteers also make a significant difference being positive adult mentors who help guide these children through life, as well as help them navigate through the child welfare system. When children have a CASA Advocate in their life they spend less time in foster care, do better in school, are less likely to move from foster home to foster home, and they are half as likely to end up returning to the foster care system once their case closes. CASA Advocates have been filling this critical gap in public services service since 1992 in El Dorado County. We are a legally mandated service for at-risk children that relies almost entirely on the local community for both our financial and volunteer support. We cannot do this work without you.

“Over the last several years of my foster care experience, I went to four different middle schools and three different high schools. My social worker, attorney, foster family, teachers and counselors all changed. The only person who was a consistent positive influence in my life was the one person who was never paid to support me: my CASA Advocate. She is my friend to this day and I cannot imagine where I would have been without her.” –Former Foster Youth

Hands4Hope – Youth Making A Difference empowers youth in grades K-12 to make a positive difference in the world around them through Exploration, Action, and Leadership. Hands4Hope helps youth find their voice on issues affecting our community, and gives them the opportunity to take action through projects, diverse interactions, and leadership development.

Research shows that youth with high levels of support and varied opportunities are more likely achieve positive developmental outcomes including: being productive; being able to navigate, and being connected.   The Hands4Hope Service Learning and Outreach Programs, address key supports within the Positive Youth Development framework that contribute to these outcomes: 1) access to emotional and physically safe environments; 2) caring, healthy relationships; 3) opportunities to participate (voice and choice); 4) opportunities to contribute and know the community and 5) opportunities to build skills in engaging and challenging ways.

“As an anxious freshman, I attended my first Hands4Hope meeting. I felt an immediate embrace of acceptance, patience, and opportunity from this youth-driven volunteer organization. I was inspired by their compassion and impact on the community. Hands4Hope is special in that it encourages its volunteers to establish personal relationships with the people they are helping.”  Brianna, 18

Marshall Foundation – Funding Programs that Care for People as we benefit many life-saving programs including our expanded cancer program and services for cancer patients.  No two people with cancer are alike, each coping with their diagnosis and treatment in different ways, the demand for cancer diagnostic and treatment services is expected to grow significantly as the area’s populations expands and ages. Marshall assists cancer patients through both their emotional and physical journey.  From education to outreach, art classes, support groups and transportation, we help patients and their families find HOPE. HEALING. HERE.   We are here to fund today’s healthcare needs while keeping pace for tomorrow with the latest technology and programs to care for patients yet to be diagnosed.

“After my father was told he had lung cancer, Marshall’s Cancer Program…..its doctors, nurses, lab technicians and its exceptional Cancer Resource Center lovingly took care of my father’s needs. I will forever be grateful for the excellent and compassionate care he received.”

Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises, Inc. (M.O.R.E.) where services are offered that make dreams come true for people with developmental disabilities in supporting them to live healthy and happy lives.

“M.O.R.E. is deeply grateful for the community we live in and all the Employees involved with the Healthier Community Project for their on-going support. M.O.R.E. has grown from our humble beginnings with 8 clients and 3 staff to serving an average of 225 clients a month with currently 82 staff. Because of your support 116 Something MORE Artists received a paycheck from our Art & Wine Event. Because of you, M.O.R.E. thrives and continues to enroll new clients and hire additional staff. We have been approved by the State Licensing to serve an additional 100 clients. Because of you, we are able to offer new services and expand services as driven by the people we serve and their families, and we have a 98% satisfaction rate. M.O.R.E. is honored to be a part of this Non-profit Partnership.”

New Morning Youth and Family Services has pursued its mission by offering services that prevent, intervene in, and treat children who are abused. Most are depressed, experiencing severe family conflict, engaging in delinquent behavior, or abusing substances.  As a result they are at risk for school failure, removal from their home, or juvenile justice intervention.  New Morning also operates the only emergency youth shelter in El Dorado County, providing 150 youth per year with food, clothing, shelter and counseling, all at no cost.

“New Morning fills a critical need in our schools, sometimes providing the only significant adult in a student’s life. Just one caring adult letting a child know that he or she matters is the most important thing we can do to ensure the safety of our students, teacher, staff, schools and community.”

Sierra Chaplaincy Program responds to the needs of the whole person, spiritually, emotionally, psychologically and physically. Many of these people are victims of crime, survivors of suicide, sudden death, terminally ill, palliative care patients, or victims of horrendous accidents.  We provide crisis counseling, grief support, bereavement counseling, and Traumatic Incident Stress Debriefings, as well as officiating at marriages and funerals.

“A couple of days before my father passed away, the chaplain came to visit him at home. It was the last time I remember seeing my Dad smile. We were both comforted in knowing how much the chaplain cared for my Dad’s spiritual health…besides they had both served in the Navy creating an instant bond between the chaplain and my Dad!”

Snowline Hospice provides end-of-life care to terminally ill individuals throughout El Dorado County.  Snowline’s services are provided at no charge to the patient or their family.

“I cannot begin to tell you how much we appreciated your patience, kindness, knowledge and comfort during such a difficult time. Our wish was for a peaceful, comfortable passing for my aunt, and with the support of Snowline Hospice we were able to give her what she deserved. Your staff guided us 24/7 with a soft voice, a gentle hand, and the experience we needed to make our family unite together as our loved one passed into her next life.”

The Center for Violence Free Relationships is a local nonprofit known for its innovative and groundbreaking programs that heal victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The Center’s primary focus is to provide safety, shelter and programs to facilitate the healing of families and stopping the cycle of family violence from one generation to the next.

“The Center literally saved our lives. I wanted to leave my abuser, but many things were stacked against me. All of my family lives out of state, and I had been totally isolated from my friends. I wasn’t working and wasn’t sure I could work and afford childcare. I was at The Center talking to a counselor, and she told me that I was a candidate for the shelter. I left my abuser soon after and have never looked back. The Center provided numerous resources for childcare, counseling for me and my son, housing and legal services. The Center literally saved us, and we will be forever grateful!”

 

For more information, contact 530-642-9984.