We support and partner with some of the most deserving and worthwhile nonprofit organizations, all dedicated to improving the lives of young people and their families. As a Stars & Stripes beneficiary, charities not only receive much-needed financial assistance – which they can use to expand their programs – but they are also able to increase public awareness about their causes and missions through the S&S network. Learn more about this year’s beneficiaries below.
Big Brothers – Big Sisters
The Big Brothers Big Sisters 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. Their vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.
Miracles for Kids
Miracles for Kids is a 501(c) 3 serving children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who care for them by operating programs that provide financial aid, basic needs and wellness to patients and their families. It creates stability when families are crumbling from the financial and emotional devastation of fighting for their child’s life. Founded in 2002, Miracles for Kids operates in offices in Tustin and Santa Monica, Calif.
The mission of Orangewood Foundation is to prepare foster and community youth to reach their greatest potential. Founded in 1981, today it is one of the leading providers of services to these youth. Orangewood programs focus on four critical areas: basic needs, housing, life skills and employment, and education. In 2013, we expanded our educational programs with the opening of Samueli Academy, a free public charter high school for community, underserved and foster teens. Annually, Orangewood Foundation serves almost 2,000 foster and community youth.
HomeAid Orange County
HomeAid’s mission is to end homelessness by building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. HomeAid achieves its mission through advocacy, development (of shelters) and service. HomeAid is the only community-based organization that has successfully developed 50 building and renovating housing projects across the entire homeless Continuum of Care spectrum, providing facilities that range from emergency shelters, to transitional housing, to permanent supportive housing
Tilly’s Life Center
Tilly’s Life Center (TLC) is a youth-focused, 501(c) 3 charitable foundation aimed at empowering all teens with a positive mindset and enabling them to effectively cope with crisis, adversity and tough decisions. Their mission is to inspire today’s youth to reach their full potential as productive, kind, happy, and responsible individuals. The TLC program empowers teens by teaching them life skills that builds confidence, inspires compassion, and encourages them to pursue their dreams. TLC’s courses incorporate art, education, and honest communication to convey meaningful and important topics relevant to teens in a safe, caring environment.
South Bay Services Communities
South Bay Community Services (SBCS) provides San Diego children, youth, and families with services that reinforce the family’s role in their community and assists them to lead self-fulfilling lives. Their programs center on child and youth development, assisting youth aging out of foster care, family self-sufficiency initiatives, and improving educational outcomes for students. Their flagship program, Mi Escuelita, is a therapeutic pre-school program for ages 3-5 that have been severely traumatized by family violence. Mi Escuelita is the only program of its kind in Southern California and is designed to help break the cycle of violence, help children heal, and put them on a path to a lifetime of learning. As rates of family violence increase, their wait-list grows. They have but a brief and exceptional window of opportunity to help these children. Through Mi Escuelita, SBCS is helping San Diego’s most vulnerable succeed, thrive, and reach their highest potential.
Building Baja’s Future
Building Baja’s Future (BBF) is a nonprofit based in Baja California Sur, Mexico. BBF is a world-class organization committed to helping educate bright, ambitious teenagers determined to overcome limited opportunities to reach their full potential as individuals and become community leaders. BBF is also a nonprofit corporation incorporated in California. These designations allow BBF to grow through the support of its friends and supporters.
2017 HONORARY CHARITIES
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. TAPS has assisted over 70,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers.
Non-profit Plasticos Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children through reconstructive plastic surgery in underdeveloped countries worldwide. By performing surgery free of charge for children with traumatic injuries and correctable deformities, the volunteer medical teams save them from a life of profound suffering and possibly death.
HALO for Freedom Warrior Foundation
The HALO for Freedom Warrior Foundation® is a 501(c) 3 dedicated to Our Wounded Warriors. Their mission provides support for Wounded Warriors as they face the many challenges encountered during rehabilitation, reintegration and healing processes. They pledge to support the principles of the Constitution of the United States of America and service members who have always upheld these values. The Foundation’s goals are to ensure wounded military members are cared for both physically and emotionally. They promise to leave no service member behind and work diligently to prevent senseless veteran suicide. By including wounded members in various Foundation-sponsored events their aim is to motivate, encourage and afford them opportunities they might not otherwise have had. The Foundation’s focus is to lift their spirits while reminding them that their sacrifices will never be forgotten. Motto: God Bless Our Troops.