Blog - Orange County

January 2020 StandUp for Kids - Orange County Volunteers of the Month

January 22 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County StandUp for Kids is a non-profit who relies heavily on volunteers to support the mission to end the cycle of youth homelessness. We sincerely thank everyone who has volunteered and continues to work with us to help our youth. To that end we want to spotlight three individuals who were instrumental to our marketing efforts in 2019 and have recently ended their internships with StandUp for Kids.  Sarah Ochoa, Amanda Jacobsen, and Agnija Dean are the January 2020 Volunteers of the Month. These three women all attend(ed) California State University - Fullerton, with Agnija as the recent ...

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January 2020 StandUp for Kids - Orange County Donor of the Month

January 22 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County StandUp for Kids is a non-profit who relies on a backbone of donors to make our mission to end the cycle of youth homelessness a reality on the streets each day.  Without the funding provided we simply wouldn’t exist and thus we want to sincerely thank all of you who have supported us so generously. This month we would like to spotlight Jason Makevich as the Donor of the Month for January 2020. Jason has been a constant supporter of StandUp for Kids, continually going above and beyond for the organization. He takes part in our annual giving fund, Turkey Dinner Drive, ...

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January 7 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County The end of 2019 marked another year in which StandUp for Kids was able to provide guidance and relief for homeless youth through providing resources and mentorship. Alabama was one of these individuals, who despite being dealt several obstacles, still managed to better her life and develop new skills that equip her for the challenges that come her way. Alabama's lengthy emotional journey of perseverance is atypical of someone of her young age. Originally from Tennessee, she sought an escape from an unstable home situation that featured parental drug use and moved to California. Her troubles would persist, however as the housing situation she found herself ...

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Cars For A Cause Success!

November 8 2019

Thank you to all of you who attended and contributed to the 1st Annual StandUp for Kids Cars for a Cause event.  Thanks to your generosity the event generated $17,750 in donations! These funds will go towards supporting youth through our program to become self-sufficient, to provide housing as a part of that process, buy Christmas gifts and support the overall mission to end the cycle of youth homelessness in Orange County.             This event wouldn't have been possible without a lot of volunteer hours, in kind gifts, great cars, a great band and a wonderful group of donors.                 Your ...

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Hope for Dilan

September 26 2019

StandUp for Kids - Orange County For youth in difficult circumstances, often it’s because of things they cannot control. But for UCLA freshman, Dilan, his circumstances did not hinder him from success. With help from several organizations, including StandUp for Kids, he was able to strive for a better life.   Born in Germany, Dilan arrived in America when he was five years old. With his four other siblings, mother and step-father, they lived in and out of hotel rooms. Growing up in such an unstable environment fostered Dilan’s want to be independent. Dilan’s mother kicked him out at the beginning of ...

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See you in San Antonio

September 22 2019

Starting Friday September 27, the entire StandUp for Kids family -- from outreach volunteers, local leaders, and executive directors, to donors, national board, and staff -- will convene in San Antonio, Texas for mark our 29th year, and partake in one very special National Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Remember the Mission," evoking the neaerby Alamo Mission's cry. We thought it would be fitting to tie in local roots with our own mission of "ending the cycle of youth homelessness." For the young people we serve, their own plea for independence rings ever so loudly in our ears and mobilizes us to take action. Together at this national conference, we have the ability ...

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