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Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Health, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Sports

Mission: The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation (fondly known as the CLF!) is a non-profit, 501( c)(3) organization, dedicated to transforming the lives of homeless and at-risk children and families in Los Angeles through academic, social and domestic support. OVERVIEW Our services are centered on three key, core platforms: LIVING, LEARNING & ENRICHING. The Living program is an integrated approach to domestic support. The Learning program fosters hope in students striving to achieve their goals. The Enriching Platform is comprised of activities and events to provide a sense of normalcy and community throughout the transitional experience for the whole family, whether the experience is a moving from a shelter into a new home, or apartment, or helping their children apply for college in the coming year. These platforms are supported by Camp4All, our highly successful summer camp, Care through College, an after-school tutoring and educational program, and the Vita Network, which provides ongoing, personal assistance to our core group of families.

Results: Over

Target demographics: at-risk and homeless youth transform their lives

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500 homeless and at-risk youth & families

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

Programs: a collaborative platform of programs- Living, Learning and Enriching, which work together to show these families they are capable, and WORTHY, of the very best life possible.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Patrick60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing work being done by the Children's Lifesaving Foundation! Whether it's ensuring families have a place to call home or helping students to and through college, the CLF has formed wonderful relationships with families in and around Los Angeles. I'm lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of this amazing organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Children's Lifesaving Foundation is a wonderful nonprofit and I've had the honor of volunteering with them many years ago and I got to see firsthand the amazing way they help children and their families. The kids were so happy coming to the different camps the CLF offered and it gave them a chance to have opportunities they might not have been able to have without the CLF. I look forward to volunteering with the CLF again in the future!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am amazed by the heartfelt work and unwavering dedication that this organization has exhibited in the community for the last 20+ years. As a social worker, I have an enormous amount of gratitude and respect for the services and miracles that are made possible through CLF. It is an honor to volunteer my time to help in any way that I can.

Cristina C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So much joy brought to so many children and their families! I marvel at everything Maria and her amazing team do day in and day out! Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

Their dedication and hard works speaks wonders. They are an amazing group!

Yvette Hueso I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CLF was very kind to let me be part of their Camp4all Surf camp day ... it was very eye opening experience for me and to see some of these children see the beach for the first time was very touching . CLF really cares about the kids and their families that come to these camps .. thank you for letting me be part of this.. till next time.. Yvette

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This incredible nonprofit organization cares about children, They invest so much into a child’s life to help make a difference presently and for their future. Each child matters and they go above and beyond by being a part of their life. I love what they are doing and will continue to support them as they invest in so many lives and the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CLF is such a positive, fun atmosphere for kids and families in the LA area. I have enjoyed volunteering with them and meeting the amazing families they have the opportunity to help and spend time getting to know.

Patrick60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing work being done by the Children's Lifesaving Foundation! Whether it's ensuring families have a place to call home or helping students to and through college, the CLF has formed wonderful relationships with families in and around Los Angeles. I'm lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of this amazing organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work of the Children's Lifesaving Foundation is so powerful and important. I have been fortunate to get to know Maria, Francesca, and Sean and so many of the families as a volunteer with CLF and am grateful that they have been able to continue making a difference!

Olivia T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Children's Lifesaving Foundation since 4th grade, I am now a high school senior. Every year I help organize the arts and crafts at their winter/Christmas party. Two years ago, I helped at their summer beach camp Camp4all. What I think is truly exceptional about Children's Lifesaving Foundation is their dedication to helping as many families and children as they can. Kids go home from the Christmas party with not just one or two toys, but with a huge bag. They provide the opportunities for families to be able to enjoy a day at the beach who would not have the opportunity otherwise.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the past few years the Children's lifesaving Foundation has invited our youth from Covenant House California to Surf Camp in Zuma Beach. Our youth have had an amazing time some of them learning how to surf or experiencing the beach for the first time. Children's lifesaving Foundation does an amazing job in enriching the lifes of youth through their hard working effort and support. Thank You!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spending time with the staff and children of CLF has been one of my proudest achievements. The mentorship and comraderie present is unlike any non profit I’ve ever witnessed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lifesaving Foundation has done so much for me that I am forever grateful. Anything I have needed they have been there to help me gain or achieve. Being able to see how they enjoy helping others is what really amazes me. College has been a smooth ride all because of them. If I need a book, they are there to help. If I need help on certain subjects, they help. I honestly feel that I wouldn't be the person I am without them. Love You Maria, Sean and Fran!

zacnitte

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Mrs Ďangelo when I was 14 yrs old now I am 36 years old, i am blessed with my three Angels

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was born into the organization. The CLF are family! Thank you for everything guys. We love you, the Meza Guillen family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“I first met Maria D'Angelo, an extraordinary woman, the day I was born. My teenage mother and I went to live with Maria D’Angelo in her home when I came from the hospital, because my mom had nowhere else to go. The CLF then moved us into our own apartment, when my mom was ready to do so. The CLF did more for me before I could comprehend what exactly it was they were doing and for that I am forever grateful, because I do not know where exactly my family and I would be if it had not been for CLF and everyone involved. I am currently working in a restaurant as a Food Runner/Waiter, as well as attending school at Glendale Community College. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering with high hopes of attending UCLA or California State Long Beach. One particular goal for the future I have is to be a well-known and well-respected engineer, as well as helping families in similar ways that we were helped.”

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“As part of CLF, I have not only grown academically but also personally. The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation helped me reach college, and aspire to be the best version of myself. Currently, I am attending Humboldt State University and hoping to get a degree in businesses administration. Although I'm still unsure on what path I may want to pursue later in life, I know the CLF has helped me establish a strong foundation to accomplish any goal that I set out for myself.”

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Client Served

Rating: 5

"Life has presented me with the amazing gift of opportunity. I have done everything I can to prepare myself for everything that is very soon to come after high school. But I haven't done it alone. Since practically the beginning of my life, or the farthest back I can remember, the Children's Lifesaving Foundation has supported me with, well, a foundation, by being virtually my family, and by being there with help anytime I needed it with homework or life problems. They are so loving and caring, and always have my back, no matter what I choose to do in life. In school however, I have committed myself to as much as I can. My involvement includes Robotics Club, which (I have become president of), Mesa Club, Leadership (a student council that handles all events relating students, I am commissioner of clubs and classes), my school's Academic Decathlon squad, Key Club, Interact club (have become vice president), and a very creative member of Guitar Club. Sometimes these activities are so demanding that I get little sleep but it's all worth it because of the joy it gives. My aspirations in life vary from becoming a computer scientist who creates an incredibly smart artificial intelligence to an entrepreneur who starts a company that lasts through the decades as a corporate monster (the good furry fuzzy kind, not evil). The one thing that they have in common though is that whatever I choose in life, I plan to be great, one of the most amazing people to live up there with the other greats of their times and chosen fields. My journey starts now."

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“I began attending The Children's Lifesaving Foundation when I was in 2nd grade. Coming to the United States, I did not know any English. My mother was struggling financially, and it was not until meeting Maria where she found hope for me and my two older brothers. I constantly attended tutoring that they offered, so I could get better in school. They offered me help one-on-one, and I began to feel confident in school. I grew close with the CLF and we became a family. Attending the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation, they helped me reach my goals, and pursue my education further. I soon began to volunteer for them because I wanted to give back to them and the amount of love and support they had for my family.
I'm a senior applying to colleges in and out of states. I want to go to college because I want to be able to pursue my education and advance my studies. I hope to major in Political science. For me college is important because it will open my eyes to many possible doors and I will have an experience of a lifetime,that I don't want to miss out on. In high school, I have done all my best to be able to attend and apply to colleges. I have maintained good grades throughout high school, and taken AP classes to challenge myself. The CLF has played a major role in me wanting to attend college, because they inspire me everyday and have supported me through everything.”

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just love CLF amazing people and wonderful adventures whit Maria, Francesca and Sean .

1 Nasir G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a reciepient of the program and now a mentor I consider myself a living example of its effect

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Donor

Rating: 5

CLF is the best... love how they care for our kids in our community to help better themselves for the future..you can see the love and support they have for these kids. We need to support them and give thanks to them for what they do! Love you guys and God bless! Y.H. : )