6 San Diego Charities To Consider Donating To This Holiday Season


by Janet Lawless Christ

We are so incredibly privileged to be able to live a comfortable life in a paradise like north county San Diego, however there are many people out there who are less fortunate.

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, we would like to highlight 6 local San Diego charities/ non-profits that we support and should be considered for any charitable donations.

1.) Veteran’s Valor Fund (VVF)

Here’s your opportunity to directly assist a brave veteran.

The Veteran’s Valor Fund was formed in order to promote, support, fund, implement, facilitate and oversee programs that assist needy or disabled veterans of the United States Armed Forces. VVF accomplishes its mission through tuition grants, training programs, business grants, loans, and greenhouses. Many of the veteran’s enroll in the Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT), a world-class agricultural entrepreneurial incubator program through Archi’s Acres, a certified organic greenhouse operation that utilizes hydro-organic technology in Escondido, CA.

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Learn more about Archi’s Acres programs here:

If you want a laugh, check out this piece that The Daily Show did on Archi’s Acres

2.) Miracle League of San Diego

Because everybody needs a buddy

The Miracle League of San Diego provides children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball in an organized league at two locations in San Diego County: Engel Family Field, a Little Padres Park in San Dieguito Park, Del Mar and Green Field at Coronado High School in Coronado. Every player is matched with a buddy for the entire season and each buddy is paired with the player based on his or her unique needs. The mission is to ensure that every participant walks away saying they had a great day.

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3.) Breast Cancer Angels

The Mission of Breast Cancer Angels is to provide financial and emotional assistance for women and their families as they are going through breast cancer treatment. (They have also assisted men.)

Breast Cancer Angels helps to address the ancillary needs of those who are currently in treatment for breast cancer. They help to provide people with food, supplies, gas, other day-to-day items, pro-bono legal services and much more.

The money raised in a community will go to help a family in that same community, so when you donate you are truly helping your neighbor. Each year they assist more than 600 clients and their families and the need continues to grow.

(P.S. Corporate sponsors pay their overhead. This enables them to use 100% of all other donations to assist women in treatment.)

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Here are two charity videos our team has made for them in the past:

4.) Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Because sometimes the rescue dog saves the family

Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) is dedicated to the rescue and shelter of abandoned companion animals, encouraging adoptions into loving homes, and promoting humane ideals through education and community outreach.

In these tough economic times, every dollar counts in feeding and caring for animals in need. Your contribution will help them feed and care for animals looking for loving homes, provide safe haven to animals who are victims of domestic violence, and provide humane education to enrich the lives of animals and people who love them.

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5.) Just In Time For Foster Youth

Help transitioning foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well-being.

When youth leave the foster care system, they’ve been handed a thick folder filled with agencies and acronyms that might be helpful as they navigate their path to self-sufficiency.  But they’ve also been frustrated by the task of sifting through all the names and numbers to find the right fit for their needs in a haystack of possibilities that all too often lead to dead ends and frustration.

Just In Time For Foster Youth envisions a future in which every youth leaving the foster care system has a community of caring adults waiting for them after 18.  They believe consistent, long-term help from the heart is the foundation for the success of our youth so that they can thrive and enjoy productive, satisfying lives. Otherwise are at risk of being homeless, unemployed, and under-educated. Only too often they plunge onto a path of lifelong dependence or prison.

JIT mobilizes a caring community as an extended family for transitioning foster youth.  This is done through consistent relationships and emergency resources provided by individuals, agencies, businesses and foundations that share our core values and mission.

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6.) Future Legends Honorary Scholarship Fund

The Chuck Courtney Honorary Scholarship Fund (CCHSF), or better known as “Future Legends”, was created by the friends and members of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club to honor Chuck’s devotion to the game of golf and his support, encouragement and mentoring of local young golfers.

The scholarships are intended for over-achieving high school seniors who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a university degree. The fund is dedicated to providing an opportunity to give back to golf and society by assisting youth in furthering their education and creating a better future.

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