THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE SPORTS4KIDS A SUCCESS!
In honor of National Foster Care Awareness Month of May, Counseling4Kids (C4K) held its first Annual Sports4Kids outreach event at LA Galaxy Soccer Center in Torrance on May, 30 Saturday.
Counseling4Kids' children clients in foster care and their caregivers participated in soccer, basketball, and dodgeball activities with assigned coaches. They also enjoyed pizza and drinks after the event, as well as various gifts donated by the community which were distributed to children by volunteers. In order to show their support for foster youth in need, LA Galaxy sent their Star Squad team and mascot Cozmo who played with the kids.
Kinecta Federal Credit Union provided 12 event volunteers who got to interact with children and families under the dynamic leadership of Manager Lisa Longoria and Ray Romero. Professional photographer Todd Quan volunteered to capture the event. Event sponsors included Molino & Berardino Law Firm, Green Hills Memorial Park, Kiwanis Club of Torrance and Coastline Connection making this joyful event possible for Counseling4Kids families. Leilani Kimmel Dagastino from City of Torrance's Commission on Aging, who is also running for City Council, was among the attendees offering her continued support for foster kids. Counseling4Kids was very grateful to accept a generous grant from Burbank Healthcare Foundation. Their contribution will create greater health care access, ensure a greater quality of care, and help us to control health care costs. On behalf of the children and families we serve a huge thank you to Burbank Healthcare Foundation, its Board of Trustees, and Board of Directors.
COUNSELING4KIDS THANKS BURBANK HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION!
Counseling4Kids was very grateful to accept a generous grant from Burbank Healthcare Foundation. Their contribution will create greater health care access, ensure a greater quality of care, and help us to control health care costs. On behalf of the children and families we serve a huge thank you to Burbank Healthcare Foundation, its Board of Trustees, and Board of Directors.
MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH!
Counseling4Kids thanks all of the foster parents and foster mentors for opening their hearts and homes!
HAPPY NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH!
Foster care is a life-changing experience for the children and their caregivers who come forth to help a child gain a sense of normalcy in their life. Now is the time to take a stand, and help us spread awareness by volunteering, donating, or simply getting the word out about our mission.
THANK YOU TO THE OUTPOURING OF DONATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY!
Thanks to the outpouring of donations from the community and fantastic volunteers who generously donated their time yesterday, we were able to brighten the future of one of our families in need of a fresh start. Counseling4Kids truly appreciates the community's efforts in coming together for furthering our mission of offering healing, advocacy and hope to at-risk children and families.
IMPACT THE LIFE OF A CHILD AND CHANGE THEIR FUTURE FOREVER...
Our vision is that each of us has the ability to impact the life of a child, and change their future forever. Counseling4Kids' very own Neslie Akkol and Jasmine Miller galvanized the community to contribute a variety of donated items to support a displaced family in need. Thank you Neslie and Jasmine for supporting the clients we serve!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FROM COUNSELING4KIDS!
Counseling4Kids wants to wish all the moms a very Happy Mother's Day! We would also like to thank our caregivers and foster moms for all they do and the impact they have on their children's lives.
LA GALAXY IS OFFICIALLY A SUPPORTER OF 2015 SPORTS4KIDS!
We are excited to officially announce that #LAGalaxy is supporting our Sports4Kids outreach event for our children and families by sending their "Star Squad" team and Mascot Cosmo. Together, we are truly looking forward to creating a very fun event for our children and their caregivers in recognition of #FosterCareAwarenessMonth in May. The event will take place May 30th, Saturday between 4-7 p.m. For further details, you may contact our Torrance office: (310) 817-2177 Ext# 219.
COUNSELING4KIDS PRESENTS TO BURBANK COORDINATING COUNCIL
It was great presenting to Burbank Coordinating Council, and Burbank's newly-elected Mayor, Bob Frutos to honor #FosterCareMonth
SHOPPING FOR MOTHER'S DAY?
Remember if you do any shopping at smile.amazon.com, a portion of your purchase will be donated to Counseling4Kids! Click below to get shopping!
#FOSTERCAREMONTH: IMPACT THE LIFE OF A CHILD, AND CHANGE THEIR FUTURE FOREVER...
Click on the image below to watch the trailer of a short film called ReMoved, that is about a 10-year-old girl who navigates her way through the #fostercare system, after being removed from her home and separated from her younger brother.
TODAY MARKS THE START OF NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH!
The month of May is a time to recognize the role each of us plays in the lives of children and youth in foster care.
COUNSELING4KIDS ON CITY OF TORRANCE'S CitiCABLE NEWS!
We are proud to share the coverage of our first Annual community recognition event, "Luminary Awards" on City of Torrance's CitiCABLE news. Thanks again to all of our supporters for making our inaugural fundraiser such a success!
Click on the link below to view the video:
COME PAINT WITH COUNSELING4KIDS!
Counseling4Kids is looking forward to Crafts4Kids! Feel free to contact us to learn how you can support the event!
A COUNSELING4KIDS STORY OF SUCCESS: THREE SISTERS AND A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD
WHO IS UP FOR A GOOD SOCCER GAME?
Counseling4Kids is proud to organize its first Annual Sports4Kids event for children in foster care and their families. Children will have a chance to play soccer, volleyball, and basketball with assigned personal coaches and enjoy delicious pizza and drinks after the game. Please reach out to our Outreach team for making this wonderful event happen. Thanks for your continued support!
COUNSELING4KIDS ATTENDS STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS IN TORRANCE
Counseling4Kids was honored to be a part of the State of The State address at the Double Tree of Hilton in Torrance on Thursday, April 3rd, 2015. Thank you Senators Benjamin Allen (26th District) and Isadore Hall III (35th District), and Assemblyman David Hadley (66th District) for informing us on your tireless work concerning the State of California, with special regard as to how they affect the South Bay.
COUNSELING4KIDS FIRST ANNUAL LUMINARY AWARDS WAS A SUCCESS!
Counseling4Kids is truly grateful for each and everyone's support who helped make this event possible!
THANK YOU ANIMAL LOVERS PET SHOP!
Animal Lovers Pet Shop is one of our local business supporters in Torrance, and we'd like to thank them for their continued support as well as for all they do for animals in need.
CHECK OUT THIS ENCOURAGING PSA KATE MIDDLETON RECORDED FOR CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK IN THE UK
"A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health."
COUNSELING4KIDS PRESENTS A HAPPY ENDING FOR KATIE!
WE ARE FEELING THE LOVE!
We are very happy to share another heartwarming letter we received today from one of our children clients which makes all of our efforts worthwhile!
NATIONAL HUG DAY!
We may have missed #NationalHugDay on January 21st, but are looking forward to next year's! So until then, let's #HugItOut!
THANKS TO OUR AMAZING SUPPORTERS FOR LENDING A HAND TO US IN BRIGHTENING THE HOLIDAYS OF OUR CHILDREN!
We received this wonderful thank you from one of our children clients who wanted to thank Counseling4Kids for the Christmas gifts she and her siblings received. We'd like to thank our amazing supporters once again!
COME CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY WITH COUNSELING4KIDS!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and we are looking forward toward our next community outreach event for the children and caregivers in our program. We hope you can make it!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM COUNSELING4KIDS!
Counseling4Kids would like to wish everyone a Joyous Holiday Season and a Very Happy and Peaceful New Year!
AND THAT'S A WRAP! COUNSELING4KIDS GIFTS4KIDS 2014!
Counseling4Kids is brightening the holiday season for children in foster care and their families, thanks to the outpouring of generosity of our community partners! Thanks to them, we were able to collect and distribute 1200 gifts and toys for our children and their siblings!
UNITED SMALL BUSINESS HOLIDAY EXPO 2014
Counseling4Kids had a great time yesterday at the United Small Business Alliance's Holiday Expo! We are thrilled to be partnering with local businesses who are interested in lending a hand to the children and families in need!
HUGE SHOUT OUT TO TRUECAR!
Huge shoutout to everyone at TrueCar who have been long term supporters of Gifts4Kids. This year we are especially grateful after having won the door prize at their holiday expo, which is an even greater blessing toward the children in our program!
SUPER BIG THANK YOU TO DILBECK REAL ESTATE REAL LIVING- GLENDALE OFFICE!
Dilbeck Real Estate Real Living- Glendale Office contributed to Gifts4Kids, 2014. A simple gift helps to celebrate each of the children in our program!
THANKS TO EVERYONE AT COMMUNITY CHEVROLET BURBANK!
Everyone at Community Chevrolet Burbank came together to support Gifts4Kids! Thanks to their support, we were able to make sure that every child in our program took home a gift for the hoilidays!
JOIN COUNSELING4KIDS AT UNITED SMALL BUSINESS ALLIANCE'S HOLIDAY EXPO!
We are only a week away from United Small Business Alliance's Holiday Expo! Come out and join us for a fun-filled event filled with music, entertainment and surprise guests. Looking forward to seeing many of you there!
THANKS TO LA GALAXY SOCCER CENTER FOR PARTNERING WITH US ON #GIFTS4KIDS
LA Galaxy Soccer Center has donated soccer balls and t-shirts for our 2014 #Gifts4Kids Program! Thank you for helping bring smiles to our children's faces this holiday season!
HAPPY GIVING TUESDAY! HELP CELEBRATE GIVING AND GIVING BACK WITH COUNSELING4KIDS!
All children deserve a bright future, and this Holiday season, you can give them that gift by making a donation today.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM COUNSELING4KIDS!
HUGE SHOUT OUT TO WOODBURY UNIVERSITY FOR PARTNERING WITH US ON #GIFT4KIDS!
Together, we will make sure that every child in our program, as well as their foster siblings take home a gift for the holidays!
WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO OUR FRIENDS AT COMMUNITY CHEVROLET BURBANK FOR PARTNERING WITH US ON #GIFT4KIDS!
COUNSELING4KIDS IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH UNITED SMALL BUSINESS ALLIANCE!
Counseling4Kids will also be attending the Small Business Holiday Expo on December 17th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay in Torrance! The United Small Business Alliance is an organization dedicated to creating, restoring or maintaining a healthy business environment.
COUNSELING4KIDS HAS PROUDLY PARTNERED WITH #GIVINGTUESDAY!
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving on December 2nd to help prove that the holidays can be both about giving and giving back! Join Counseling4Kids as we help celebrate giving and encouraging more, better and smarter giving during the Holiday Season. Donate to Counseling4Kids now, and impact the life of a child! #Giving #Philanthropy #SocialGood
THANKS TO KIWANIS CLUB OF ROLLING HILLS FOR BEING AN ONGOING SUPPORTER OF COUNSELING4KIDS!
Our Torrance Community Liaison Neslie was a volunteer at the Lexus LaceUp Marathon Series that took place Saturday morning in Rancho Palos Verdes benefiting Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills, a service club that helps children and families in need in the South Bay.
BIG SHOUT OUT TO BURBANK CITY EMPLOYEES!
Thanks to Burbank City Employees for partnering with us on Gifts4Kids! Together we'll make sure that every child in our program takes home a gift for the holiday season! Below you will see our Gift Wish List which contains suggested items that you can purchase or donate:
COUNSELING4KIDS BURBANK BOWL4KIDS WAS A SUCCESS!
We had a great time at our Burbank Bowl4Kids, and are so grateful to our supporters who made the event possible! Charter Communications, Burbank Water and Power, Woodbury University, Union Bank, Kiwanis International, Community Bank, Target, and Adolph Ziemba!
BIG THANKS TO HOLLYWOOD PIANO AND BURBANK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR SUPPORTING GIFT4KIDS 2014!
Big thanks to Hollywood Piano Company, and Cheryl Fox at the Burbank Chamber of Commerce for partnering with Counseling4Kids at the After Hours Mixer at Hollywood Piano on Wednesday, November 19th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.to support Gift4Kids and helping foster children feel loved this holiday season.
COUNSELING4KIDS WAS PROUD TO HAVE BURBANK COMMUNITY LIASION SCOTT BRUMER PARTICIPATE IN WOODBURY UNIVERSITY CAREER PANEL!
We were proud to have Burbank Community Liaison Scott Brumer participate in Woodbury University Career Panel. Scott shared successful communication strategies in the nonprofit sector. A big thank you to Woodbury University and Liana Jindaryan for including us! It was truly a great event, and a pleasure to meet the other panelists including documentary filmmaker Maeyen Bassey with Mabam! Entertainment.
COUNSELING4KIDS 4TH ANNUAL BOWL4KIDS TORRANCE WAS A SUCCESS!
We had a great time at our Torrance Bowl4Kids Event! It was great to have the support of so many community partners including Torrance Police Officers' Association, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, Wellbrook Senior Living South Bay, Elite Maintenance, Kiwanis International, Coastline Connection, Molino & Bernardino, The Torrance Tribune, Palos Verdes Bowl, Torrance Team Referral Network and Daddy's Gourmet Cookies!
COUNSELING4KIDS 2ND ANNUAL LITERARY SERIES EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
Thanks to generous support from Las Candalistas The Molina Foundation, New Challenge Ministries Inc., and Z Gallerie, Counseling4Kids held it's 2nd Literacy Series in Torrance on Saturday, August 24th! Our children enjoyed a fun afternoon of education and fun, and each child took home an age-appropriate book, and a backpack. Thanks everyone for making this event such a success!
COUNSELING4KIDS ATTENDS SANDPIPER'S ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING EVENT!
Counseling4kids would like to cordially thank Sandpipers for including our agency again in their annual back-to-school shopping event on Sunday, August 24th. Our kids had a blast while Sandpipers' personal shoppers helped them choose school items, uniforms and shoes at Kohl's in Torrance. Thank you Sandpipers for putting a smile on so many faces every year- we are already looking forward to next year's event!
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MOLINA FOUNDATION FOR DONATING CHILDREN'S BOOKS FOR OUR LITERACY EVENT ON AUGUST 23RD!
Our Community Liaison, Neslie Akkol is thrilled to be partnering with I'Nella Douglass-Scott on future literacy events!
COUNSELING4KIDS VERY OWN TORRANCE COMMUNITY LIAISON, NESLIE AKKOL BEING RECOGNIZED IN THE TORRANCE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER!
We are so proud of Neslie, and her commitment to the community!
SPECIAL THANKS TO DILBECK REAL ESTATE OF GLENDALE FOR DONATING 80 BACKPACKS FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL!
On behalf of C4K, and the children we serve, we thank you for supporting us with these Back-To-School essentials!
THANKS TO MY STUFF BAGS FOUNDATION FOR DONATING OVER 100 BAGS FOR OUR CHILDREN IN NEED!
These bags always put a smile on their face. We appreciate the support!
CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY
On February 20, 2014 the Kiwanis Club of Torrance hosted Celebration of Community, an event to recognize and honor nonprofits and service organization in the South Bay area. Counseling4Kids was one of the featured recipients. The event was attended by Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto, C4K Executive Director Richard Burrell and Community Liaison and Torrance Kiwanian, Neslie Akkol.
Council members Pat Furey, Bill Sutherland, Curt Weiderman, C4K Community Liaison Neslie Akkol, C4K Executive Director Richard Burrell, Council member Tom Brewer, and Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto
FAMILY LITERACY SERIES
On Saturday November 16th, Counseling4Kids invited 25 families to join us for the first of our Torrance Family Literacy series sponsored by the women of Las Candalistas. The event aimed to offer children in foster care and their families an afternoon of education and fun with a guest author and reading activities.
Children’s author Diane Fredel-Weis read her book The Cat that Wanted Out to the enthralled audience of 3 to 14 year olds. C4K clients, along with their siblings, were each gifted an age-appropriate book courtesy of the generous funding. In addition to the author reading, C4K arranged for a face-painter and literacy-based coloring activities.
The next event is scheduled for July 12, 2014.
FITNESS IS ART
On Sunday, November 17th, Counseling4Kids had an open house community fundraiser at Fitness Is Art in Burbank. Participants competed through rotating fitness classes designed by fitness gurus. All proceeds benefitted Counseling4kids programs. Counseling4Kids would like to thank all Burbank residents who came out for a day of fitness and fundraising!