Non-Profit Work

When you give you get.

I love other people’s kids so much that I have an urge to help them and be part of any cause that is associated with providing a child with something that will improve their lives. I love the opportunity to be in a position that I am at choice to contribute to others lives and set an example as others have set for me.

Over the last several years I have contributed to a friend’s charities like Rady’s Children’s Hospital, Jenna Druck, Just Like My Child, Toys For Tots, Fresh Start, and others.


Rady’s Children’s Hospital

Rady-childrens-hospital-san-diego-logoRady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is the region’s pediatric medical center serving San Diego, Imperial, and southern Riverside counties. Their Mission: To restore, sustain and enhance the health and developmental potential of children through excellence in care, education, research and advocacy. Our Vision: We will be a leader, recognized nationally and internationally, for excellence in patient care, education, research and advocacy.

Additionally, Rady Children’s is a major pediatric clinical research center with more than 160 clinical trials and 250 other research projects underway. Our research collaborations include UC San Diego, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Sanford Health. To learn more visit http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/.

 

Jenna Druck Center

JDC_FB_Logo_r3BThe Jenna Druck Center was founded in 1996 by Dr. Ken Druck with the support of his family, friends and the community after his 21 year old daughter, Jenna, was tragically killed in a bus crash while studying abroad. Inspired by Jenna’s extraordinary spirit, special qualities of love and leadership, and to honor his daughter’s life, Ken developed the Center’s two programs, Families Helping Families (FHF) and Spirit of Leadership (SOL). Over the past fourteen years and with the help of dedicated staff, Board members, and volunteers, the Jenna Druck Center has made a profound impact on the lives of thousands of people. The JDC team is dedicated to working together with the community turning grief into hope and strength into leadership.

Ken Druck’s personal journey through tragedy after the death of his daughter Jenna led him to discover the secrets of how we survive life’s worst losses and uncover its dark gifts – hidden opportunities for spiritual deepening, renewal, discovery, meaning, and even joy. We discover how to take off the blinders and be a part of the unseen miracles and opportunities that are right under our noses. Ken Druck knows the Real Rules of Life. From his own experience and as a trusted coach and confidant to people all over the world, including leaders facing their greatest challenges and everyday people facing the most brutal tragedy, Ken knows the difference between wishful thinking and grounded truth. His refreshingly honest approach to turning adversity into opportunity makes up the heart and soul of this book. “The Real Rules of Life” is not a quick fix, nor does it trivialize life’s struggles. It shows you how to heal. How to grow your soul. How to thrive. How to be both broken and whole at the same time by getting and staying real. And how to live more consciously. Ken Druck inspires you to make peace with life as it really is. Once you know the Real Rules, you can balance life’s terms with your own and live boldly.

To learn more about the Jenna Druck Center visit http://www.jennadruckcenter.org.

Just Like My Child

jlmc_color_epsOur mission is to transform humanity by empowering women and children to achieve their full potential through improved Health Care, Education and Microenterprise. In an approach we call deep development, we are empowering communities, village by village, to create their own long-term solutions in rural Uganda.

Our commitment to donors is to provide audio, video, and written documentation so that they can experience a first-hand account of how their donated funds are being allocated. The bottom line is that we want you to make a DIRECT connection with the people you are helping.

The secret to helping Uganda lies not in waiting for the government to step in and help, but to channel aid, resources, and equipment DIRECTLY to the people who are already making a difference on the ground. To learn more visit http://www.justlikemychild.com/about-us/our-story/.

Toys for Tots

toys-for-tots-logoToys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major William L. Hendricks. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a 501 charity located in Triangle, Virginia, serves to fund, raise funds for, and support the program.

Toys For Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. William Hendricks was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but could find no organization to do so. At her suggestion he gathered a group of local Marine reservists, including Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton,[2] who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters.[2] Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys For Tots was launched as a national campaign. Hendricks used his position as director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio to enlist celebrity support, as well as have Walt Disney Studios design the red toy train logo.

The mission of the program “is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community and a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.” To learn more visit http://www.toysfortots.org.

Fresh Start

FreshStartLogoFresh Start Surgical Gifts transforms the lives of disadvantaged infants, children, and teens with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related healthcare services.

Fresh Start’s vision is to build a community of volunteers committed to seeing that every child with a physical deformity is given the opportunity to have a positive self-image, thereby enriching the lives of both the receiver and giver.

Fresh Start is one of the most devoted organizations that help children. We host six to seven Surgery Weekends each year where volunteer medical professionals transform the lives of children with deformities through reconstructive surgery. Dental Clinics serve children requiring more complex dental procedures outside the scope of a Surgery Weekend. Dental Clinics are held 13 times per year and serve 15-30 children at each Clinic with services ranging from restorative and orthodontic work done for children with cleft lip or palate to fillings and more basic care. To learn more visit http://www.freshstart.org.