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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: CLF Facts & Metrics: The CLF has moved and transitioned 45 homeless and highly at-risk families into new homes, and hundreds of lives of at-risk and very low-income families have been transformed with new living quarters and financial aid. Over 47 college scholarships have been awarded to deserving, at-risk teens all across Los Angeles Currently, the CLF has eight students enrolled in college, on scholarship from a special Family Foundation that supports our Care through College Program. (These teens are among the very first in their families to graduate both high school and college.) It is our goal that each child in our Vita Network Program gets as close to their own dreams as possible through our programs. We try to help to instill in them the confidence and belief in themselves, which hopefully helps them to overcome any racial, socio-, or economic barriers they may genuinely experience. Hundreds of amazing, memorable field trips to movies, museums, sporting events, shows, concerts, the circus and outdoor recreational camps have been provided to homeless and at-risk you and their families in LA county. Over One Million Dollars in IN-KIND Donations of TOYS, NEW CLOTHING, FURNITURE, TOILETRIES and GIFTS have been successfully distributed.

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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

Roni S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Children's Life Saving organization has a special place in our hearts and we love what their mission and the fact that they take such amazing care of the children and families that come to them. They never turn anyone away , the Staff at CLF are beyond dedicated , compassionate, sincere and very focused on the well being of the children and families who come to the organization . The effort , and time they commit to so many is amazing .

jenpow77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering for the CLF a few times. The love and support the CLF family gives to the families in need is beyond words! Seeing all the smiles and pure happiness on the children’s faces is heartwarming. Maria, Sean & Fran are true angels !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being a part of this amazing non-profit, THE Children’s Lifesaving Foundation for the part 26 years because their amazing dedication and work they do with homeless children and low-income kids and their families. They run free summer and surf camps for homeless children,
Give college scholarships to low-income kids and even move homeless families out of shelters into new
Homes or apartments. Proud to be a part of the CLF and help make a difference in some really amazing children and families lives. It really is food for my soul and urge anyone that wants to volunteer and do something life changing Volunteer work look them up!! Childrenslifesaving.org

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Non profit is Amazing and help inner city kids and homeless kids improve their life.. they have surf camps , outdoor camps, and tutoring and many more things that help them improve there lives !! They are amazing if your looking to help donate or volunteer.! They always need the help !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with the CLF for many years, and from what I know-they are the real deal. They are doing the work, and have endless compassion and wisdom towards the population they serve. I highly recommended supporting their cause of transforming the lives of homeless & at-risk youth & families through contributing financially or in volunteer hours. Money & time well spent! :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve experienced living, breathing angels at work year after year. They tirelessly work together to make children and families happy, with love being their only motivation. It’s phenomenal to witness this multiple times throughout the last 16years.

1 Rodney E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing foundation for over 20+ years. Maria Deangelo and the CLF are the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am honored to have come in contact with this amazing agency. I have been the recipient and watchful eye to all of their good deeds over the past 20 years. I cant go without saying that the Children's Lifesaving Foundation is nothing more than modern day Angels, its been a truly amazing relationship we have had over the years, I've watched them put my friends in homes, I've even seen the President open her own home to a needing family. I've always felt their work was never noticed or somewhat overlooked. So I'm here today spreading the word of all the greatness I've seen personally over the last 20 years, I've really been amazed honestly by their consistency, I was 13 years old when I met Maria Deangelo and the friends at the Childrens Lifesaving foundation, im 33 years old now working for a major Motion Picture company, married 12 years with three little ones and the Children's Lifesaving foundation is still at it! Changing lives!!!

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thank you, Rodney! :)

1 marytere

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing foundation my daughters and family are so proud to be part ofthis great foundation always on your side to helps a lot a people just like Angels on earth xoxo

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From spectacular holiday events to overnight camps and surf camps at Zuma Beach, and getting first-in-their family to graduate teens college scholarships, the CLF is a great force in LA county towards showing low-income youth and families that there is a way to have the life of their dreams...I have been there with them for 25 years and counting. I love the work they do.

1 David D. K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never have I been able to volunteer with a foundation that is as sincere and as dedicated as CLF. To see a foundation give so much personal attention to each child, and there are many, is amazing. They are truly determined to not leave a single child or family behind and provide the tools to succeed not only in their education but life in general. They continuously take huge steps to create a foundation for a child to find there ultimate goal in life and they do it consistently. This is a foundation I will support for as long as I can simply because of there genuine devotion to staying true to there name.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered with CLF at their Surf Camps this summer. I have volunteered at many different non profits but I especially loved their programs for many reasons! Firstly, it is run by extremely compassionate and kind people. Francessca, Sean, David and Maria are all so warm and welcoming; they really made everyone feel like family. They showed up everyday full of enthusiasm! It never felt like "work" because the energy and atmosphere was so lighthearted and fun. I love how the Surf Program is such a direct way to connect and help these families and individuals. You can really see the immediate benefits of their surf program just in the one day they are there. I truly love and respect this organization because I feel that their work is honest, full of compassion and truly making a difference in peoples' lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Children’s Life Saving Foundation is like a second home for me, full of love, laughter and respect. Maria, Fran and Sean are truly angels sent from above. They have done so much not just for me but for everyone that is a part of this great foundation; and for that I’m truly thankful. Many of my great memories are thanks to them. We have great experiences from movie outings, camping in the mountains and surf camp. I’d like to say that I really believe I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for all of the help and support they have given my family and me for over ten years now. Thank you Children’s Life Saving Foundation!

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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!

1 Adam Mark A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization. Brings joy and happiness to so many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this. We need more of this foundation in our world because there are so many children that needs out help. Support this with all I can

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Shawn and his team are a delight! They were so warm-hearted! And I am so grateful to them. :)

1 Angel C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CLF is the best nonprofit organization ever! I have been with them for 13 years and they have helped me so much with my educational goals. Without them I don’t know where I’ll be today. They motivated and influenced me to keep at it with school. Today I am currently still in school pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Thank you CLF! Love you guys!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CLF has an amazing connection and outreach with our community. They provide ongoing support for homeless kids and families in Los Angeles.
I am honored to be able to come tree with them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Me and Patricia Templer have been working hard to find jobs for
ourselves. We are hard working people and have been treated
badly by controlling bad refugee group. We must have a car badly new a job
to pay for it and food and clean clothing. these people here are trying
to take retirement money that is not their and should be required to leave the country.
Please help us as Patricia must have food and this little idiot that is hispanic must be reading what we write as they laugh at us all day long ad do nothing of their coke responsibbilities.

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The CLF 07/11/2018

Hello, we have no connection to you...I am so sorry for your troubles, but we have never even met you before...

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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!

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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.

1 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!!!

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.”

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. : )

3 Kristin60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are amazing!! I loved working with Maria, Francesca and Sean. They are so committed to the kids and families they work with, and it shows in the love the kids have for them. I have seen them transform children and their families lives!!! They are wonderful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you very much to Maria sean and Fran, and the board for all their wonderful kind work! We live and respect the work you do for those in need of love, comfort, financial struggle etc. You guys are my angel's send from heaven. For ever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization, built with lots of love! I have been apart of the CLF since 1994 and now my children are apart of it as well! Love you guys very much, thank you for all your support.

3 Lorie4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as a volunteer with the Children's Lifesaving Foundation for over 10 years and absolutely love their work and their mission. Maria, Francesca and Sean ( who founded and run the program) are so wonderful to all the children and the families that are involved with our program - it's truly inspiring. {They are also really great to their volunteers, like me. I've always felt like family there.}

3 Rie R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An extremely dedicated and caring foundation, applying their heart and soul to every event and case. It's a pleasure contributing and working with everybody in this foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with numerous non-profits through the years and the CLF is one of my favorites. I love being able to interact with the people that I am serving and to see them grow and prosper. The CLF is a family affair. From the wonderful D'Angelo/ McCaffery family that runs the foundation to the incredible families that the foundation serves, the CLF is an incredible testament to the power of family. I am honored to be able to serve such a wonderful organization and look forward to working with the CLF for many years to come!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Children's Lifesavig Foundation is an amazing organization who invited students to various summer activities which they hosted. The activities they provided for our students was an unforgettable and invaluable experience which the students will never forget. CLF is making such a positive impact on the lives of young people in Los Angeles.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I taught a programming workshop for the kids in their program. They support the long-term needs of the families they serve, continuing to tutor and support the children from middle school through college acceptance. Their diverse support offerings include emerging educational trends like computer programming to give their underprivileged sector some of the same educational benefits of more privileged families.

2 Kat Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The CLF is such an amazing gift for the families they help. As a volunteer I see the smiles and the love that these children feel when perhaps they may have just been another kid falling through the cracks. I see them shine. Big Praise for everyone at the children's lifesaving foundation!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's clear to me that a one-to-one relationship with an at-risk child is the best way to make a difference in their life. As a volunteer tutor with the CLF, the results of your efforts are immediately seen as you build a trusting and lasting relationship with these children. I can only hope that something I said or did could be a turning point for just one child.

2 Elizabeth161

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The children's lifesaving foundation is amazing! I dont know where I would be without them! They are like my second family. They have never given up on me or anyone! Maria , Franchesca , Sean have hearts of gold. They always find amazing volunteers and tutors for the children. They are always there for me , they encourage me to do better and help others in need. They make me want to be a greater person and reach for my ambitions and goals. They are amazing! I love you CLF !

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The CLF 10/23/2014

We love YOU, Ely! :)))

2 Don Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of CLF since 1995 -
Because CLF is the Big Heart that keeps on giving, I keep on giving.
Thru the wonderful services and TLC of CLF, many lives have been salvaged, retracked and transformed from no hope situations and guided into lives of contributing, happy and often, agents of change.
CLF is a huge WIn-WIn-Win bouquet tied in a beautiful bow of love,

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thank you, Don! :)))

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a financial contributor to CLF for about 18 years. I've seen dozens of families moved from horriffic situations in homeless shelters and even cars, into homes of their own with a recidivism rate
approaching zero- an amazing testimonial to the caring selective process, energy and follow-through
exhibited by this organization, and particularly by Maria D'angelo, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at CLF -
I think of her as the Mother Theresa of West L A. I've also witnessed former homeless children tutored
by CLF at their computer-dense after school hours center, go on to college and strong productive lives.
If you go to the Center and ask these formerly homeless (and some still homeless) kids how they see life and their future, you get your mind blown. They see it rosy, and they see themselves becoming lawyers and teachers and ecologists who want to make the world a better place.
I've also seen literally, many thousands of kids come to summer camp and surf camps in Malibu, many with their mothers and all having the time of their lives, most seeing the ocean for their first time ever!
And so much more, but enuf already. :-)
Don Zinman. Malibu CA

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am Rev.Bihizi Edmond from Rwanda , I am leading small Church here in Rwanda . One member of my Church who is play big role in my Church as English interpreter he was saved by this organization from USA Called CHILDREN'S LIFE SAVING . I am witness of his life , his life has changed since he found the sponsor form Children's life saving . As Christian I can say that the action you are doing to save the life of hopeless people like Rushimisha Boutroce in Rwanda Almighty God recommended us to do so , Unfortunately the limitation of resources . He told to write this review to witness the Contribution of Children's life saving in his life .

What you have to know , he left his family in Congo because of war , he met our Church as you know the Genocide in 1994 in Rwanda has caused many damage in our Country none could help him. But he prayed a lot , that's why God heard his prayers and gave him the sponsor .

God be be with you

Rev. BIHIZI R Edmond
Pentecostal Power Church in Africa
PO BOX :1677 Kigali Rwanda
Phone: +250722424296

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thank you, Reverend! :))))) Much appreciated!

2 Chanel B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With out Maria D'Angelo and the CLF my family would still be living in shelters and hotels. They showed us compassion and kindness when the world was kicking us down. They gave me and my sister a brighter future keeping us away from turning to the wrong decisions by keeping us busy with positive activities. I remember going to Disneyland and the circle x ranch. I still talk about it and I an 28 years old now. I feel as if I owe my life to them. I love you guys and an so glad you touched our lives and continue to reach out to others in need. Thank you.

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The CLF 10/22/2014

We LOVE you all, Chanel!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I will never forget Children's life saving till the end of my life. The reason why : They found me from despair, hopeless but now I am studying at best University here Rwanda/Africa through Children's Life Saving fund . My life has changed and now I have hope that my future will be bright than today . They gave me whatever I need in order to succeed in my studies .

I have many things to say about this organization , but God only knows what's deep in my heart .

May God continue to bless them and give them resource .

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The CLF 10/22/2014

WE LOVE YOU! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Children's Lifesaving Foundation lives up to its name and more. Because volunteering with this incredible group will change your life profoundly as well. The work they do is so unique in that it is all-encompassing, personal and intimately involved with the lives they are helping, creating a culture of caring and hope and learning all in one place. They have created a warm and loving family that is open to all, with only one requirement, and that is an open heart. With this simple and powerful ethos, their family only improves as it grows. Volunteering and working with the CLF has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Get ready to have your life changed!

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thank you, Sol! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the honor of seeing first-hand the amazing & tireless work that the Children's Lifesaving Foundation does every day on behalf of at-risk children and families in Los Angeles. Every dollar they get is used to help kids and they need all the support they can get.

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thank you!!!!!

2 Carlos18

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Children’s Life Saving Foundation is an amazing organization and all the people that’s involved in making this possible are an Angels From Maria D’Angelo Francesca, Sean and the Volunteers and all of the people who donate to keep this organization going because they give our children and our families everything they give our children their valuable time and knowledge so they can stay in school their spirit of helping people goes beyond these words. There is no one else that is more caring than Maria D’Angelo, Francesca, Sean and all the volunteers who have stayed with the organization ever since it first started. We love The Children’s Life Saving Foundation! God bless everyone!. From our Heart the Lopez Family.

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thank you, Lopez Family!

2 Terry56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

O.K. - take an Italian immigrant with a heart of gold; then add her wonderful children; and then add staff and what do you get - The most giving and thoughtful people who believe in giving back to humanity through service to others. I've been blessed to have been involved with this organization for over eight years now. Not only do they offer a full range of services to families but also instill a strong sense of hope and the intrinsic value of each person being served. Just imagine what it's like for a child to attend camp; hear great live music; receive one on one tutorials for schoolwork; and have a warm meal. There is no greater gift that what the CLF provides. Congrats to this organization that has been serving the community for over 20 years!

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thanks so much, Terry! :)))

3 Martha28

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a mother of four children they were my only support When I was in the most need. with their support my family and I can survived the most worst situation, I received food, cloths, entertaining and money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for about 18 years. I especially like knowing that donations are spent on the needy students and families that they work with, and very very little on overhead. I also like that those that volunteer are there for the sincerest reasons. The woman who runs the organization, Maria D'Angelo is a true Angel on Earth. Her desire to help the families is so genuine and contagious that there isn't a person who knows her who doesn't love and admire her. She inspires the volunteers to get involved on a very personal level which is rewarding to not only the families being helped, but the volunteers as well. Maria's daughter Franscesca and son Sean help her run the Foundation and are tireless in their dedication to the families they help. A remarkeable organization because of the family and volunteers that run it.

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thanks, Janine! :))) xoxo

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen first-hand how the Children's Lifesaving Foundation's changes children's lives. They ensure that their students get a good education, and learn to appreciate and care for that education. They give the children in their Camp4All program, the students they tutor and their families hope, self esteem and the tools to improve their lives. It is always a joy volunteering with them, and I look forward to doing it again this year! :)

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thank you! :)))

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the CLF for the past 6 months as a tutor, helping kids with their homework. Typically, I am helping kids in the 1st-5th grade. It's very satisfying to make a connection with a child. There is a trust factor that needs to be established by the child with the tutor. It helps for them to like you and enjoy working with you. It's my challenge to make the learning fun and memorable. I want the kids to truly look forward to seeing me, and when they run up to me and say hi or give me a hug, I know it's authentic and I know I am making a difference in their lives.

These kids are like any other kids. They need love, attention and to learn how to focus on their studies. Through this program, these children are gaining confidence, excelling in their studies, and moving on to become productive citizens.

Volunteers are always needed. Come and make a lifetime connection.

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The CLF 10/22/2014

THANK YOU!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this amazing organization for the last 15 years. They are the kindest most giving people you will ever meet. The lives they have touched and saved is extrodinary. Maria and her children have created a safe haven for all the blessed children that have been helped by this wonderful organization. I am so grateful to work with them and my life has been enriched by knowing them.

Diane Perez

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Love you, Diane!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have you ever met an angel face to face? Have you ever looked into the eyes of somebody for the very first time and saw nothing but unconditional love? I've had it and you can have it too. All you have to do is look into the eyes of Maria D'Angelo. This happened for me 20 years ago and I have been an ardent supporter, donor, and volunteer ever since. When the day comes that I win the Powerball Jackpot, Maria and The Childrens Lifesaving Foundation will never need another penny from anybodyy else. Until that day comes you should reach deep into your wallets and give all that you can afford, and then give some more. I have had an automatic deduction taken from my checking account every month for 20 years. I only wish that I could give more. I work with other wonderful charities along with The CLF. There is one major and unbeleivable difference. The Childrens Lifesaving foundation has accomplished all the amazing things they have with only three employees. Maria and her two equally amazing children, Francesca and Sean. This means that unlike most charities where you are lucky if 40 cents of every dollar actually goes to help the the people who need it. When you donate to the Childrens Lifesaving Foundation, almost all of it gets to the people that you intended it for. This is beyond amazing and as a volonteer, donor, and friend, over the last 20 years I am still amazed by this fact. This is why I have been Santa Claus at the amazing Christmas parties every year. This is why I start every Thanksgiving with my CLF family at The House of Blues helping them feed upwards of 1500 people and families that would not have a wonderfull hot turkey with all the fixings meal without Maria, The CLF and the owners and volunteers from The House of Blues. Over the years I have also served as an un-official photographer for all these functions. I have watched small children grow up to be fine young adults. I have watched families saved from the streets and shelters and go on to be successful American citizens. All of this because of the work of three angels posing as regular human beings. Thank you to Francesca and Sean McCaffery, and of course to the Angel who gave birth to them, my wonderful friend and sister, Maria D'Angelo. I love you all and just as I knew 20 years ago, I know today that if you need my help, I will always be there for you and the most amazing charity in the world, The Childrens Lifesaving Foundation!

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thank you! xoxoxoxoxoxo!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not see myself where I am right now without the help of The Children’s Life-Saving Foundation. I have been involved with this non-profit since I was in 6th grade in middle school. I barely had being in this country for about a year. I started middle school with fear, and not speaking English.
Through my friend Angel Carrasco, whom I lived with in the same apartment structure shared with me the experience of The Children’s Life-Saving Foundation. I started going, and in the first say I was in love. I was welcomed with warmth as if they had seen me grow up since day one. They treated my as part of their family, and were always sincerely caring about me. It was not a regular after school program; I was actually going to my second home. Maria De Angelo genuinely, and with her whole heart cared about my future. Every time she asked me “how my day was”, she wanted to know if everything was going good in school, and outside of school. Her motherly love for me made me feel proud, and gave me strength to pursue a higher education.
Sean McCaffery, is one of the most amazing persons in The Children’s Life-Saving Foundation. You can look up to him as your big brother, and even a dad. He is there for you when you need him. He is fun, loving and cares for you. If you’re feeling down, he will find a way to cheer you up. Francesca McCaffery, another amazing person at The Children’s Life-Saving Foundation. It is because of her I have a passion for the arts, and I’m majoring in film-making. She introduced me to opportunities in photography, and film. It was Francesca that guided me, and showed me to different opportunities that further my education, and future. The amount of gratitude I have for her involvement in my life is tremendous.
I would not be in the same place I am now without the support of The Children’s Life-Saving Foundation. They do so much work to support the lives of youth, encouraging them to pursue their dreams. They believed in me, and still do. Their encouragement makes a difference, and impacts the lives of many children. I am glad, and feel grateful to have being part of The Children’s Life-Saving Foundation. Thanks to them I want to continue my education, and follow my dreams, and contribute back to all their help I’ve received. Through them, I realized the importance of working with the community, and the impact one can have on others lives.
Thank you Children’s Life-Saving Foundation¬, without your involvement in my life, I would not be where I am today.

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The CLF 10/22/2014

THANK YOU! :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jasmin Romero, age 19. When I was 11, I was introduced to the loving founders of The Children's Lifesaving Foundation, Maria De Angelo, Sean, and Francessca. My first memory I have of Maria goes back to the very first day I met her. I made my way up the stairs to find Maria standing with open arms , waiting to embrace me.
She kissed me on my cheek and welcomed me to the program, and most importantly the family.
That's what we are, a huge family that helps out others and we help eachother out. I instantly became part of the Care Through College Program, which in basic terms, provides tutors, school supplies, support and guidance throughout High School and College. The program also includes surfing lessons every summer at Zuma beach, which is well known for its waves. We also go out to movie outings, and numerous of field trips that include The Aquarium of the Pacific, overnight camping trips, birthday celebrations at numerous of restaurants and much more.
I was part of the program since 6th grade, and I continue to take part in the events and outings we attend. I graduated on time for the class of 2012, and I had the support of my family, "CLF," along the way. My journey of course didnt end there. I am now part of the scholarship program, and i volunteer to help spread the word and good cause that The Children's Lifesaving Foundation participates in. Just last March, we had the opportunity have an article printed in People Magazine, with Maria De Angelo honored as, "Heros Amoung Us." A few of those who part take in the Foundation, including myself, had a photoshoot and a quoted article. An addition of the article was recently added with more filling stories about our giving program. I couldn't be more greatful to take part and be part of the CLF. Francesca, who I adore with all my heart, helped me with college by finding amazing sponsors to help us students pay for our tuition. Sean of course is my hero, and is a fatherly role model and I can always trust and speak to him when I need someone to run to. Without Maria, I don't know what I would be up to or doing with my life right now. I came to her as a complete stranger, and I now see her as my fairy godmother, and role model. She understood my problems at home with my fear of not attending college due to my father's Kidney Faliure and transplant. Thankfully, he is now as health as a horse, but Maria never stopped believing in me and she continues to support me and guide me through life. I love them all very much, and thanks to them, I am now doing my second year of college. Like I stated in the People Magazine article, " I owe my world to Maria." I couldn't be more greatful for the amazing family I was blessed with. I will never leave the foundation, for the day I complete my Bachlores in Science and proceed to become a Midwife, I will give back to those who have given so much to me, Maria and the Children's Lifesaving Foundation.

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Love you, Jasmin!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the honor of knowing The Children's Life Saving Foundation over the past six years and the incredible work that Maria D'Angelo and her children and staff have provided to homeless families. This organization not only provides a home for it's residents but just as importantly provides needed support and educational services. The organization instills hope in the lives of those it has touched and an opportunity to help families and children see a brighter future. I am so impressed by the life skills this program provides to both parents and children. As the old saying goes "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." (W. Churhill). The giving spirit is alive and well at the Children's Life Saving Foundation. Well done!!!

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The CLF 10/22/2014

Thank you! :)))