Help the Children

Rating: 4.5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Human Services, International

Location: 5600 Rickenbacker Road, Building 1B Bell CA 90201 USA

Mission: Help the Children is a Christian nonprofit humanitarian relief organization dedicated to help alleviate the suffering of children and their families throughout the United States and around the world. Help the Children's mission is to provide increased self sufficiency by providing food, clothing, personal care items and medical supplies without regard to political affiliation, religious belief, or ethnic identity. Internationally: Help the Children is committed to serving a wide variety of people in diverse cultural and economic settings, who suffer emotional, spiritual and physical needs which result from conditions beyond their personal control.
Results: We faithfully feed children everyday across the United States and around the world. Our latest adventure is the completion of the hospital in Northern Guatemala. This hospital has 20 beds for overnight accommodations for treatment and follow up. We have a OBGYN room, pediatrics room, and three dental rooms. To read more about what we have done and are still doing, visit our website: www.helpthechildren.org.
Programs: Food Program: Our major concern is to meet the needs of the homeless and low-income families throughout the inner cities of America. Each week, we distribute 350,000 pounds of food products to more than 650 qualified distribution centers. The success of this program is due to the generosity of growers, food manufactures and bakeries that willingly donate their surplus goods. Medical Missions: We send doctors and dentist to provide treatment at free clinics throughout the world. Our goal is to provide medical and dental treatment to third world countries where such treatment is not readily available. Military Family Assistance Program: We we distribute our CARE-BOXES to military families who loved ones are fighting for our security. Spring Outreach Program: We helped provide over 25,000 pounds of turkeys and other food items and more than 50,000 toys on Easter Sunday in Los Angeles. Christmas program: HTC distributed over 15,000 toys to needy children along with their parents from the inner city who attended our Christmas parties. In addition, we distributed over 150,000 toys through our distribution centers throughout the Southern United States this past Christmas.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Help the Children is incredibly effective in bringing needed resources to those most in need. They have a long track record of integrity as they have responsibly leveraged the resources entrusted to their distribution, so that it provides the greatest benefit to those most vulnerable in our society... The children.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 5 stars  

This ministry has blessed and relieved countless broken and hopeless lives. The staff and volunteers work compassionately and tirelessly to spread God's mercy, love, and messege of hope. They expertly and courageously send food, diasaster supplies, and medical relief globally. I have never known another ministry with such integrity and character. God Bless You Help The Children! Thank you for being the loving arms and helping hand to those we cannot serve on our own.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

During 2008, at he age of 43, I found myself out-of-work, and wondering what is next. For the first time in my life, I felt alone even though I had a family of my own.

God works in mysterious ways and I can prove it. At the age of 43, I had my second child (Healthy, smart, and beautiful.)

In the name of God, Roger and Roxana Presgrove gave me a chance to help others who needed support. In addition, I was able to help this wonderful organization by providing support, time, talent, and commitment to our synergy.

Thank you for the opportunity!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more people who believe in Help the Children.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have know the President of Help the Children for almost 30 years. He is a man of deep character and his heart is the size of Texas. He loves helping others and he is an expert at helping children and their families.

If you want to know what is the one of the greatest non-profits operating in the U.S. today, then you have found your answer. Help the Children is amazing. We love serving and helping Roger and Roxana Presgrove as they help make this world a better place.

Join us. Donate you time. Donate some money. Donate some food.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them spread the word around the Globe about this incredible organization. They are doing too much good each and every day and yet not that many people know about them.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been to the volunteer days at their warehouse and have also assisted withs the golf tournaments in the past. It has been truly my pleasure to be a part of both of events. The volunteer days are the best, where upon arrival, you are met by Roger and his staff, who tell you about CNI, what they've done, and what you would be doing that day. You put together care boxes that are then used for relief where it is needed. The inner city, foreign countries, disaster areas, etc. It really hits home that you are personally doing something that will benefit people in need. It makes you feel good. I try to take people who don't know about the organization, but have a heart to do voluntary work like this so they can
a. see for themselves firsthand how an organization like this operates
b. see that CNI is truly a great organization
c. that the love of Christ does exist in the world, and that Christians are just regular people too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a volunteer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get a bigger warehouse for them

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I don't think there is anything that anyone could do to make the experience better.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It's always an uplifting experience when you go do a volunteer day, and it's only for a couple of hours.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Help the Children/Children's Network Int. reflects the characteristics of the founder, Roger Presgrove. Roger has a true heart for those in need and for reaching them with the love of God. He's very humble and reliant on the generosity and work of volunteers to accomplish the mission. You can be assured that there is a great focus on minimizing the overhead to have the highest direct flow through of resources to the people in need. This is truly an outstanding organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

years of familiarity with the efforts and true loving heart for helping children and families that this charity embodies.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get the word out to more people about this efficient and respectable organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was looiking for a charity to donate some time years ago and I found out about Help the Children's food pantry in Santa Clarita, Ca. My wife and I worked there as volunteers and I found out more about the organization. It was founded by a couple who went to our church and I didn't know it. I found out that HTC did a whole lot more than just a food pantry. We voulnteered at their warehouse in Bell, Ca and saw that it was a much bigger operation than we ever new.
I eventually became friends with the founder, Roger Presgrove, and was asked to be on HTC's Bd of Directors. From there I found out that Roger and HTC are doing so many great and various things throughout the world. The scope of their work is amazing.
The most incredible thing about HTC is the amazingly low admint costs it incurrs. HTC has overhead of about 1%. HTC clearly is operating to help the needy and not to be a "full emplyment act" with commensarate huge salaries for the charity's workers.. HTC gets so much done for so little. I don't know of any organization that gets more "bang for its buck" than HTC.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen how much gets dispersed to the needy with such a low overhead. When the economy got tough, HTC tightened its belt but kept on putting out great work for the needy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try to make it better known to the whole world. Not enough people know of all the good work done by HTC at such a low cost. Anyone who comes to know Roger and HTC will see that it is the best kept secret around (but shouldn't be)

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Help The Children manages to distribute essential resources to over 4,000 children and their families in Santa Clarita, CA, over 100,000 children and their families in Los Angeles, CA, 12 states in the USA, and 52 countries worldwide. Help The Children also manages to send resources to help areas affected by natural disasters, as well. Help The Children does all this with only a 1% overhead. Yes, out of every dollar, 99 cents goes directly to fill the need. They are able to do so much with so little due to the president's direction, amazing donation network, and the awesome volunteers that are responsible for most of the work that is accomplished. As a faith based non-profit humanitarian relief organization, I feel that Help The Children sets a standard by which other organizations should be measured.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen mothers abandoned by husbands desperate to feed their children. Help The Children was able to provide the food they sought, and some have been comforted by the volunteers that were here to serve those in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...organize a monster fundraiser. If Help The Children can do this much with so little, they could do so much more if they received better financial support.

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Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 5 stars  

Help the Children has been very great with all of the contributions that they have done throughout the years. I volunteered many years and every year I was very impressed with the amount of quality work they do daily. You see with all of the donations they receive they improve the quality of life of millions of people and they help with all of the disaters that happen. They always send help to various emergency disasters within the United States and in other countries. You see even today they are building a children's hospital in Guatemala (helping the poor families in Guatemala). Help the Children is a great organization and as a volunteer I can testify that they make a positive difference in people's life

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Projects that were made.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not make any changes because they try to do the best work they can.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported Children's Network International for many years. What excites me the most about this organization is, they stretch they their resources to the max to reach so many

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The many small churches that come to their facility each week, for food for their needy

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Would not change anything but continue to encourage them

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