Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma CountyBoys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County is offering Hope & Opportunity to children in Sonoma County. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. From our 36 Boys & Girls Clubs in Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Windsor, Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, we serve over 6,000 young people every year, empowering them to have academic success, choose healthy lifestyles, and build good character and leadership. Club programs are very affordable or free and aim to instill in youth a sense of belonging, influence, usefulness and competence.
Actor Denzel Washington says, “Without the Boys & Girls Club, I wouldn’t be where I am today, but more importantly, I wouldn’t be who I am today.” Every day after-school and during the sum-mer, we open our doors in 6 Sonoma County communities and say, Great Futures Start Here.
THe Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Centerchildren’s education program is committed to offering free and affordable programs and scholarships to low income schools and students, and brings hands-on art, cartooning, animation, and science to over 15,000 children a year. This year, The Schulz Museum’s “Peanuts Naturally” festival engaged over 5,000 children in five counties in interactive, hands-on environmental science. Museum classes, school visits, field trips, and presentations delivered art and cartooning experiences to an additional 10,000 children, with 75% of those children living in Sonoma County. Thirty three percent of the children reached by the Schulz Museum live in under-served, low-income communities.
Sonoma Academy is a premier independent college preparatory school (grades 9-12) that offers an important educational choice for high school students in the North Bay. As part of the civic infrastructure of Santa Rosa, it elevates the culture of Sonoma County and the opportunity it provides residents. Though Sonoma Academy’s campus is within walking distance to the homes of some of the most underserved families in the county, the reality of an independent high school or college education is an unattainable dream without sufficient funds to offset the costs. The founders of Sonoma Academy designated generous gifts to create a permanent scholarship endowment to provide access to qualified students based on their financial need, motivation, academic achievement, leadership skills, and desire to attend a four-year college or university. The endowment, together with funds from charitable events such as the Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic, enables Sonoma Academy to provide three million dollars of financial aid to nearly 60 percent of its families this year. One hundred percent of the funds donated to Sonoma Academy by the Sonoma County Children’s Charities are awarded directly and immediately to these students, and have a profound impact on their lives and futures. Next year we are excited and honored to offer a new opportunity for Native American students, the Lytton Rancheria Scholarship, thanks to a generous gift from the tribal government to the Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic. Since it opened in 2001, Sonoma Academy has graduated over 500 alumni who have attended colleges and universities across the United States and Europe, many of whom return to settle in Sonoma County.
PDI Surgery Center: Tooth decay in children is more prevalent than asthma, diabetes or obesity. Healthy baby teeth are essential to the overall health of children allowing them to chew nutritious food, speak correctly, and smile without embarrassment. The healthy life of a child starts with a healthy, pain-free childhood.
PDI Surgery Center, located in Windsor, is the only nonprofit organization in California providing restorative dental treatment under general anesthesia to children suffering from severe tooth decay. Our mission is to maintain a sustainable dentistry resource that will serve low-income children who need safe sedation for dental treatment, as well as providing prevention education and promoting oral health.
Children come to PDI with infections, blackened teeth that have decayed down to the gum line, thus requiring general anesthesia to perform surgical treatment. Many of these children are in such intense pain that they develop anxiety and cannot sit still long enough to allow a dentist look at their teeth. A typical patient is a 3 years old with 14 to 18 cavities. Four percent of our patients are older children with developmental disabilities.
We receive referrals from dentists, doctors, mobile dental vans and dental clinics. Our facility has two operating rooms that provide surgeries to 12 children each day. Since opening in 2008 PDI has treated more than 13,600 children. That’s 13,600 kids whose futures are brighter because they won’t be sitting in school with tooth pain so severe they are unable to concentrate. They will be able to eat nutritious meals and no longer be embarrassed about their teeth. They can smile with confidence as they play and grow with their peers. They will be able to do their best in school and look forward to a successful future. That is something for us all to smile about. Together we make kids smile!
Santa Rosa Catholic Charities Family Support Center
Since 1988, Catholic Charities Family Support Center (FSC) has succeeded in creating brighter futures for homeless children. Over 270 children each year find safety and stability at FSC, the largest family shelter between the Golden Gate Bridge and Portland, OR. Our nationally recognized efforts to address cycles of homelessness go far beyond warm beds and nutritious meals. Children develop social and academic skills that will serve them long after they have left the shelter. After school tutoring, summer camp, and parent-child bonding activities help build bridges from poverty to success. Services are available to any child in need, although we currently have a shelter waiting list of over 50 families.