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The Children's Lifesaving Foundation

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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

69 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.

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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.