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January 10, 2018

What You Can Do – Practical Ways to Help

Written by Keri Gee Semmelman, The Raise Foundation So what can you, whether or not you have children of your own, do to help? Educate and talk about the CSEC crisis with your family, friends, and colleagues. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to start if you haven’t already. Pay… read more

January 8, 2018

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in OC: The Crisis and Ways You Can Help

Written by Keri Gee Semmelman, The Raise Foundation Have you seen any teenagers who seem to be taking much greater interest in their own looks all of a sudden? For example, their once chipped nails seem to always be nicely manicured. Their hair is now always nicely groomed. They are spending much more time away… read more

December 18, 2017

Spotlight: Human Options

One of many ways to prevent child abuse and neglect is to have in place caring collaborations throughout the community. In its role as Orange County’s Child Abuse Council, The Raise Foundation collaborates with diverse organizations, agencies, businesses, and schools to help strengthen families. One such group is Human Options, whose mission is to provide… read more

December 18, 2017

So You Want to Get Your Child a New Mobile Device for Christmas?

So, you’re going to take the leap and buy your lucky kid a new iSomething. An iPhone, iPad, or Android device can be an amazing gift. The entertainment and educational opportunities are nearly endless, but it also opens up the world of social media, cyberbullying, and other potential problems. Creating a safe and enjoyable experience… read more

December 18, 2017

Parenting Tips to Make the Holidays Special

The holidays are a joyous time that should be spent celebrating and making memories with your children and family, but for many parents it is also the most stressful time of year. Here are some helpful tips to remind you of how to keep things simple, memorable, and hopefully more enjoyable for you and your… read more

December 18, 2017

“Compassion Fatigue: The Importance of Self-Care”

We’ve all heard talks on self-care, but do we really understand how to apply them to our lives? And if we do understand, do we slow down enough to do so? Over 80 professionals from nearly 30 organizations and agencies, as well as business leaders who volunteer for nonprofits, left The Raise Foundation’s Annual Holiday… read more

September 11, 2017

AB 1250 Update

During August you may have seen a call to action from The Raise Foundation and others; we asked all our friends and supporters to help stop Assembly Bill 1250. This bill (if passed) would inevitably affect the most vulnerable families we serve. Sponsored by Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D) representing the 59th Assembly District (portions… read more

September 8, 2017

Service Club Makes All the Difference

Those who have ever had to prepare children for school know how much goes into it – buying them clothes, shoes, school supplies, and a backpack to name just a few. Yet for families-in-need, this can be cost prohibitive. More often than not the children end up wearing worn-out shoes and come to school with… read more

September 6, 2017

A New Addition to Food Distributions – Hurtt Family Health Clinic

A Special New Partnership Announced by The Raise Foundation Parents struggling to provide their children nutritious food choices have been grateful for the monthly food distribution program which began last year at Manzanita Park thanks to a special collaboration between The Raise Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim, and Second Harvest Food Bank. Another… read more

September 6, 2017

How to Prevent Drownings – You are Part of the Solution

An eleven year old girl is looking forward to her friends coming over to her house for a swim party. Before they arrive she says to her parents, “Which one of you is going to be the Water Watcher?” We’d expect no less from the soon-to-be teenager, as she is the daughter of Todd Spitzer… read more