Kinship Center Auxiliaries are the Hearts Behind the Mission to Children and Families

The generous donations of a giving community help make it possible for Kinship Center to serve the needs of children and families throughout California. And the work of some very special volunteers in Kinship Center communities around the state makes a significant difference all year long. Shown at left, some members of the "Kinship Support Unlimited" (KSU) auxiliary look on as KSU President Monika Fewtrell gives a check that represents fundraisers held by auxiliary members to support foster children. Since its beginnings in 2008, the auxiliary has raised funds that have assisted various Kinship Center programs in Monterey County. 

Receiving the check from KSU at a January 31 lunch is volunteer Bob Galeria, who is President of the Kinship Center Cypress Committee, another  volunteer group that manages donated funds to provide for some extra needs of foster children. The Committee helps make it possible for foster children to pursue their educational goals after leaving foster care. "We are very appreciative of the generosity of KSU members in helping us give support to young people trying to continue their education," said Galeria.  

Another auxiliary chapter in Orange County hosts two fundraisers each year to bring extra funds to Kinship Center's programs in the County. Watch for information this spring on the chapter's signature "Teddy Bear Ride," a unique event that garners enthusiastic participation and support from motorcyclists all over Southern California!

Kinship Center's longest running auxiliary, the Gabilan Chapter, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars over more than a quarter century to support Kinship Center programs in San Benito County and elsewhere. Shown at right, Chapter President Irene Sanchez (r) and Past President Kris Waller (l) present the chapter's gift of $60K to Kinship Center Executive Director Carol Biddle, at the group's annual meeting on January 23. 

Kinship Center salutes all these volunteers who have formed communities of support and who make such a difference to the children and families we serve. They are some of Kinship Center's biggest "hearts behind the mission."

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