‘Adopt a Child for One Day’ Beach Event to Bring Love, Hope and Laughter to At-Risk Children in Southern California
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 09, 2013
P.S. I Love You Foundation today announced that its 13th Annual Day At The Beach, ‘Adopt a Child for One Day,’ outreach event will take place on July 27th. Held at Manhattan Beach, ‘Day At The Beach’ brings over 250 volunteers together, one-on-one, with at-risk kids (ages 5-12) for a memorable and fun-filled day, including surf lessons, face painting and relay races. P.S. I Love You Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to empowering at-risk youth by providing mentor and enrichment programs.
According to Evelyn Blumenberg, a Professor at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, almost a quarter of children living in Los Angeles are at-risk or living below the poverty level. The ‘Day At The Beach’ event is just one of the many services the foundation provides to tackle this growing problem. The organization also works with shelters, family service organizations and Title 1 schools to identify at-risk youth and create positive activities that will empower, inspire, educate and influence the course of their lives.
“‘Adopt a Child for One Day’ is filled with love, laughter and positive adult role models,” said Patricia Jones, Founder of PSILYF. “The event fosters happy experiences for both the children and volunteers, promoting healthy interaction, inspiration and hope. Some of these children live 20 or 30 minutes from the beach, but have never seen the ocean. It’s incredible to witness a child experiencing the beach for the first time.”
‘Day At The Beach’ is held from 9am to 3pm and includes relay races, games, surf lessons, boogie boarding, playing and swimming in the ocean, beauty camp, face painting, t-shirt design, cupcake decorating, dress-up booth and massages. Pizza, ice cream and healthy snacks, as well as juice and water, will be provided throughout the day. Each child will leave with a boogie board, kite, beach towel and various toys/school supplies. The festivities take place on Manhattan Beach between 6th and 8th Street, just a few blocks south of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Children attending the event come from throughout Los Angeles County, including South Central, Downtown, Compton, Watts, Carson, Hawthorne and San Pedro. Volunteers are from all over Los Angeles, from the Valley to Orange County, and many are South Bay locals.
“Our volunteers and sponsors tell us that this event is one of the most rewarding they have ever participated in. Our veteran volunteers plan their summer vacations around the day – it’s the event of the summer,” said Ms. Jones. “We are grateful for our loyal volunteers and sponsors, and look forward to meeting our new volunteers, all who join us to brighten the lives and futures of these wonderful children.”
Sponsors and Partners To-Date
US Auto Parts
Guzman Law Group, P.C.
Kiwanis of Hermosa
Sit & Sleep
Surf Bus Foundation
In-Kind Contributors of Goods and Services
Catalina Coffee Company
GROW The Produce Shop
Manhattan Bread and Bagel
Round Table Pizza
Troy Gambin Massage
Young Professionals Network
For more information about P.S. I Love You Foundation, and to get involved with ‘Day at the Beach,’ including volunteer opportunities, please visit http://www.psiloveyoufoundation.org.
‘Day At The Beach’ offers multiple sponsor opportunities, for more info, contact: Wendy Conley at Wendy(at)psiloveyoufoundation(dot)org.
About P.S. I Love You Foundation
P.S. I Love You Foundation was established in 1998 with the vision to empower and inspire at-risk youth in Los Angeles. The Foundation mission aims to develop strong emotional, physical and social well-being skills early in children’s lives in order to reduce and possibly prevent these children from turning to drugs, violence or gangs. P.S. I Love You Foundation currently reaches over 700 at-risk youth a year through during-school enrichment and mentor programs as well as community events such as “Day At The Beach” that unites in over 250 community volunteers with at-risk
Elizabeth Johnson, (213) 713-4865, Elizabeth(at)mwebbcom(dot)com
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