The holidays will be here before we know it and we hope you will keep MOMS Orange County in mind as you plan your holiday giving. Here are the programs we will be offering for donors and supporters who would like to help families currently enrolled in our program.
ADOPT A FAMILY
DIAPERS IN DECEMBER
BABY CARE KITS
Please email or call Yvonne Sanders (714)352-3427 if you or your group would like to participate in any of our special holiday events.
Thank you to everyone who came out on October 5th to share a laugh with MOMS Orange County and the Funniest Housewives of Orange County to benefit healthy babies! A hilarious night of comedy with the Host/Comedienne, Cindy Burns (Anti-Aging Housewife), special guest Julie Kidd (Dysfunctional Housewife), Karen Rontowski (Past Life Housewife), Kira Soltanovich (Inappropriate Housewife and star of Girls Behaving Badly, and Jay Leno’s “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda”), and Mark Schumacher (OC’s Funniest Person 2012)!
Click HERE to view photo album.
We would like to thank Hanna Andersson clothing stores for their generous donation of over 900 books! The store in Fashion Island has partnered with us for four years, and donated over 700 books this year. The Mission Viejo store partnered with us for the first time this year, and donated 235 books.
Children who are read to from a young age are much more likely to meet developmental milestones and do well in school, and these books will be passed directly to clients families in need to help build their personal libraries.
We are so honored to have been invited to two employee giving events in the past few weeks. The Southern California Gas Company invited us to their lunchtime charity fair on September 24th where employees participating in the Orange County Sempra Employees Giving Network could learn more about our organization.
We were also selected to be a part of a United Way giving event, held at Allergan Pharmaceuticals Headquarters in Irvine, last Friday. Over 500 employees participated, and were able to learn about the mission of MOMS Orange County. In addition, numerous employees helped assemble tie blankets (as seen in the photo) which we will distribute to families in need as cold winter months approach.
See more photos from the event HERE.
The Disneyland Resort held its Little Monsters event on October 9th. Cast members and their children (in costume of course) had the park all to themselves, and were encouraged to bring new and gently used baby items to help client families enrolled in our program. A total of 18 large boxes filled with baby items was collected. A special shout out to Karlos Siqueiros, Agar Yanulaytis and Lydia Gardner (pictured receiving a donation from a “Little Monster”), from the Disney VoluntEARS Leadership Council, and Disney Ambassadors Sachiko White and Megan Navarette for lending their great positive energy to the evening!
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You can help families have healthy babies by
Fundraising Dinner and Comedy Night
These Fabulous Prizes (and more) will be
A Magical Disney Experience
All proceeds benefit MOMS Orange County.
Please contact Yvonne Sanders (714)352-3427
Kenna (pronounced Keena) recently joined the MOMS Orange County team as the new Chief Financial/ Operations Officer. She is responsible for finance and accounting, as well as HR and IT operations.
Kenna spent her formative years in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended college at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
In her free time, she enjoys dancing (she took 13 years of dance classes!) and running. She also enjoys experimenting with cooking, and says “If I eat a dish I enjoy at a restaurant, I will try to recreate it at home adding my own personal touches”.
“I am thrilled to be part of an organization which has a culture of caring for it’s clients and employees” Kenna says. She also noted that she is lucky to have had jobs in the past where this culture is strongly valued and is pleased to continue to be able to serve in a nurturing environment.
My name is Claudia Franco and I am one of a four member Program Support team here at MOMS Orange County. I greet classroom attendees, answer the phone, provide general support for our education and home visitation program, handle in-kind donation intake, call clients to remind them about upcoming class appointments, and am generally the first person anyone sees when they walk into the doors of our facility. Needless to say, my job is multifaceted, and requires me to utilize many different skills.
My journey with MOMS Orange County started a few years ago when I was a client. I heard of the programs through a friend, and enrolled in the childbirth preparation classes. At the time, I was pregnant with my son, Aldo. Once I had enrolled, I quickly realized how many amazing services MOMS Orange County provides their clients, and soon after I also enrolled in the home visitation program. The support I received from the staff was fantastic. Juan Diego, Martha, and Gaby, our education team, all were extremely knowledgeable, and helped remind me to be proud of who I was as a mother. My home visitor, Mimi, was also extremely knowledgeable and compassionate, and helped provide a referral to the proper services I needed when I had postpartum depression.
I originally started as an Enrollment Coordinator and helped spread the word of our services at WIC offices and OB clinics, but soon realized that my son Aldo needed me at home. After spending a year with him, I felt that I was ready to re-enter the workforce, and was thrilled to be able to return to MOMS Orange County and accept a new position. The staff here works tirelessly to ensure they provide a top-notch program for their clients. Aldo is now 2 years old, and extremely social. I credit a large part of his successful development to the classes and support I received here at MOMS Orange County. I know that the knowledge I gained and the support I received made me a better mother, and helped Aldo reach his developmental milestones when he was an infant.
I look forward to meeting and speaking with many more clients, volunteers, and community members in the future, and truly feel honored to be part of such an outstanding organization.
Thank you to the following for their recent grant support of MOMS Orange County:
Pregnancy & Diabetes
Pregnancy & Diabetes
Pregnancy & Diabetes
Core Operating Support
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Pregnancy & Diabetes
Breastfeeding Education & Support
A Special Thank You
MOMS Orange County thanks Luis and Sixto Michele and West-Bag Inc. for their generous donation of 10,900 MOMS Orange County logo bags!
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