It’s Easy to Support Kids and Families!

It’s Easy to Support Kids and Families!

Here’s a great way to make your grocery shopping easier and support Olive Crest at the same time: Buy a reusable Olive Crest bag at your favorite store. The bags are now offered at Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, Northgate Markets, Gelson’s, and Numero Uno — and 8 cents from each bag purchased is donated directly back to Olive Crest.

It’s a great way to support Olive Crest’s work in your community. Look for the Olive Crest bags in your neighborhood store, and help us move toward our goal of ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

Smart & Final Shows Compassion for At-Risk Kids and Families

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You probably already know that Smart & Final is a great place to shop for quality groceries at great prices. But did you know that the company’s management and employees care very much about the children and families in the communities they serve? Case in point, this summer they presented a $400,000 check to Olive Crest from their most recent in-store mobile campaign! This fantastic donation will greatly impact the children and families of Olive Crest. We can’t thank Smart & Final enough for their passion and contribution to the ongoing fight against child abuse.

 

Thank You for Putting Big Smiles on Little Faces

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All of us at Olive Crest are so grateful for donors like you who put smiles on kids’ faces! We’re giving a special shout-out to Food Finders and Bellflower Brethren Church for their time and generosity. Thanks to these generous folks, Olive Crest families will now have access to free nutritious food on a weekly basis. Food Finders – an organization that links donated food to pantries and shelters in order to bridge the hunger gap in our communities – made the connection with Whole Foods 365 in Long Beach and Sprouts in Lakewood to deliver fresh veggies, fruit, bread, and other basics to all of our programs each week.

And in other news, Bellflower Brethren Church provided 10 volunteers to repaint our child care room where little ones can play while their moms and dads are in parenting classes, group support, or counseling. We are so thankful for the blessing of donors like you who give so generously to help kids and families become healthy, productive citizens. Smiles all around!

 

Let’s Hear It for the Ambassador for the Children Award Winners!

Let’s Hear It for the Ambassador for the Children Award Winners!

 

Mickie Sharp-Villanueva and Dave Grosse from The Performance Group have been selected as the 2018 Ambassador for the Children award recipients.  These outstanding individuals were honored at our recent An Education for Every Child luncheon, where they were praised for their “strong servant leadership and selfless dedication to Olive Crest and the families that are supported.” Their personal investments and service for over 20 years has greatly impacted the children and families we serve. Thank you, Dave and Mickie! What a blessing you are!

Donors and Volunteers Make All the Difference

A big thank you to Foodfinders and Bellflower Brethren Church for their time and generosity!

Donors and Volunteers Make All the Difference

Olive Crest families will be provided with food on a weekly basis because Foodfinders connected us with Whole Foods 365 in Long Beach and Sprouts in Lakewood. Basic needs such as food are essential to improving lives!

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Bellflower Brethren Church provided 10 volunteers, who helped clean our gift room and repaint the child care room. Our child care room is used while parents are in parenting classes, group support, and therapy. An organized workplace makes for comfortable meetings and accomplishing tasks efficiently!

We are so thankful for our donors and volunteers—you make a difference in so many lives.

Thank You to Our New Mentors in Los Angeles!

Thank You to Our New Mentors in Los Angeles!

Young adults at Olive Crest now have five new mentors to teach them independent living skills and help coach them. Right before summer, we had our first mentoring orientation for anyone interested in helping our young adults – and afterward, all five people signed up! What a great way to help end the cycle of abuse, homelessness, and re-entry into the child welfare system. Our kids and teens learn so much from our mentors!

If you’d like to be a mentor for young adults at Olive Crest, you can attend an orientation meeting to learn more. Moving forward, each potential mentor is required to complete a two-hour training session. Our staff will provide training and guidance to help you support the vulnerable children and families we serve. For more information, please contact Nick King at nicholas-king@olivecrest.org or 562.866.8956, x1632.

Olive Crest Kids Set Sail to Learn New Skills

Olive Crest Kids Set Sail to Learn New Skills

Fifteen Olive Crest young adults enjoyed a day on the water around Redondo Beach, California, in early June. The young sailors had a chance to learn to kayak, and use sailboats and power boats, while also learning about the ocean and sea lions. Each Olive Crest program chose three members to participate in these fun outdoor activities.

It makes a difference in young lives to take a break and learn some fun, new skills! Thank you to our many generous donors who make it possible to provide our kids with a day full of joy.

Your Donations Help Kids and Families with So Much…Even Health Awareness!

Your Donations Help Kids and Families with So Much…Even Health Awareness!

Knowledge about mental and physical health is essential! On Saturday, June 9, community members, along with Olive Crest youth and families, learned how to improve their health at the first ever Health Fair from Olive Crest in Los Angeles. Participants got free food, took part in fun activities, and won raffle prizes. Families also gained resources that they may have not been aware of – such as mental health, fitness, preventing domestic violence, and family services and finances. More than 13 vendors (Crunch Fitness, Fame Tobacco, Su Casa, UHB Media Spa, Bellflower Volunteer Center, Heartland Financial, Kingdom Causes, Wells Fargo, Fair Housing Authority, Dreamland Dental and Orthodontics) provided these tips on managing a healthier lifestyle.

Thank you to these wonderful vendors and our donors making a difference in our families’ lives. These events would not be possible without your support!

Volunteer Tutors Helping At-Risk Kids and Teens Succeed

Volunteer Tutors Helping At-Risk Kids and Teens Succeed

Brandon, a volunteer tutor, front and center with his award, next to staff from Olive Crest in Los Angeles (Jessica Leon, Family Resource Center Coordinator, and Nick King, Community Involvement Coordinator)

At-risk kids and teens may not always get the help in school that they need – volunteer tutors can make a huge difference in a student’s education. It’s so important to acknowledge tutors like Brandon, who volunteered over 80 hours as a tutor for Olive Crest.

Brandon volunteered from summer 2017 until the end of the year. He tutored in a variety of subjects, helping students from ages five to 10 years old. Hundreds of other students who volunteer were nominated by The Bellflower Volunteer Center, but it was Brandon who was recognized as Student Volunteer of the Year during the volunteer center’s ceremony. His total hours stood out amongst the other candidates. The Mayor of Bellflower, Ray Dunton, recognized Brandon for his awesome volunteering. He will be attending UC Berkeley in the Fall.

Thanks to our volunteers and donors, Olive Crest kids are receiving the tutoring they need to succeed!

The Old West was Never This Much Fun!

What do you get when you mix a western theme with 700 men, women, and children filling the Gold Rush Camp at Knott’s Berry Farm? You get a high-energy, rootin’-tootin’ celebration for Olive Crest’s foster and adoptive families!

On Saturday, May 5, nearly 200 families came together from our Inland Communities, as well as Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties, as Olive Crest expressed appreciation to them for their compassionate hearts and dedication to the children in our communities.

Following a famous Knott’s breakfast, the families enjoyed face painting and tattoo stations, line dancing, and a friendly competition. Even Snoopy got in on the fun!

Four families from across our So Cal regions spoke to the crowd, sharing the reasons they foster and/or adopt with Olive Crest – about both the challenges and tremendous rewards. Following the morning program, families spent the day enjoying the rides and attractions at the amusement park.