Despite a year of hardship, Pasadena Community Foundation was able for the 26th consecutive year to bring the magic of Christmas to a number of area charitable organizations, thanks to grants from its Yes, Virginia Fund.
In 1897, New York Sun editor Frank Church responded to 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote to the newspaper to ask, “Is there a Santa Claus?” More than a century later, the reply remains the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the United States. In 1994, the story inspired PCF supporters to establish the Yes, Virginia Fund to provide annual grants to local nonprofit agencies so that Pasadena-area children in need could receive toys, books, gifts and special experiences for the holidays.
The Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena has announced a fundraising campaign aimed at supporting their programs during the COVID-19 health crisis. For more than 80 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has stepped up to provide safe places for kids and teens. Today, the organization is committed more than ever to ensure that club members, families and the community have the resources and support they need to navigate these uncertain times. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena Launches Fundraising For COVID-19”
As the grim reality of an unraveling economy begins to grip Pasadena, with nearly 20 million Americans filing for unemployment aid since coronavirus precautions have shut down businesses, many local nonprofit organizations have been scrambling to put emergency services into place and ramp up operations to meet the rise in needs, from food insecurity to homelessness to social services. Continue reading “Local Business Pair Donate $50k, Urge Others to Join Effort”
Every child has a story to tell, a dream to follow, a leader within, and the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena wants to help each of the 2,000 kids it reaches annually to fulfill that potential.
The programs and activities the nonprofit organization has helped craft are more than after-school care — they provide a trajectory to put local children on the path to success, to become productive, caring, healthy and responsible citizens. The kind of kids who will take what they learn back to their neighborhoods and families.
“We change lives here, we really do,” said Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier during a bustling summer day. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club: Turning Local Youth Into Leaders, Advocates”
After 80 years of delivering tried-and-true programs to local youth, the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has recently hit another home run program for its members, one that is particularly hard to resist: helping shelter dogs.
The collaboration with the K9 Youth Alliance nonprofit is “kids helping dogs helping kids,” a program to connect teens with furry friends from Los Angeles Animal Services. They establish a working, loving relationship with shelter dogs through an intense, three-week vocational training program. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club Lends Love, Training to Shelter Dogs”
Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena were motivated to act this past week, following the devastation caused by the hurricanes that hit the United States in August and September.
As news stories showed the rising flood waters and wind-damaged communities, the teenagers from the two Teen Centers in Pasadena arranged to mail care packages to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County in Florida. As soon as shipping operations resume to normal, they also will send a care package to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club Pasadena Helps Hurricane-Hit Communities”