Like all nonprofit organizations, Hathaway-Sycamores continually struggles to fund its comprehensive range of therapeutic and other support services. That struggle would be even more difficult, however, if it weren’t for the generosity of the many groups and individuals who voluntarily share their time and talents to benefit our agency and those we serve.
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The spring brought with it a surplus of such generosity. For example, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—through its Mormon Helping Hands program—recently dedicated a day of service to Hathaway-Sycamores. This day of service included staining nearly 700 feet of weathered fencing on our El Nido campus, as well as refreshing the paint on campus basketball courts. These caring volunteers then brought their painting skills to our Highland Park Family Resource Center, where they gave a fresh coat of paint to several activity rooms.
“Every year, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicate a day of service,” explained Jackie Eaton, public affairs director for the East Los Angeles Stake. “We felt that this year we needed to do more for a community organization that gives back to those who are often overlooked. Hathaway-Sycamores was a clear choice, and it allowed us to serve those who serve so well.”
Similar generosity was exhibited by employees of Pasadena investment-services firm Western Asset. In 2010, Western Asset staff members helped create a garden at our Family Resource Center, and this giving group has been returning every spring since to keep it growing. Most recently, they devoted their Saturday to planting basil, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, a lemon tree, as well as other fruits and vegetables.
Once harvest time arrives, this plentiful garden will serve several purposes. For example, many of the families who utilize the Resource Center are experiencing economic challenges, and produce from the garden will be given to those in need. The garden’s fresh fruits and vegetables also will be used in Family Resource Center cooking classes held throughout the summer for youngsters interested in learning their way around the kitchen. Similarly, educators with Hathaway-Sycamores’ Promotoras Comunitarias Program will use the garden produce in healthy-cooking classes held for adults through the Family Resource Center. Additionally, the garden serves a therapeutic purpose. Children can receive counseling services through the Family Resource Center, and Center therapists have found that the garden provides a relaxing environment that enables many kids to more openly discuss difficult subjects.
Commenting on this recent wave of selfless giving, Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO William Martone said, “Our agency is truly fortunate to be the recipient of such generosity and goodwill. Without this type of community support, our ability to help children and families in need would unquestionably suffer.”
To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Hathaway-Sycamores call (626) 395-7100 ext. 2519.