WHO WE ARE: St. Germaine Children’s Charity is a California nonprofit corporation comprised of approximately 330 members committed to stopping child abuse and improving the lives of abused and neglected children in San Diego. Formerly known as St. Germaine Auxiliary to the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, we have assumed the responsibilities of our own 501(c)3 organization.
WHAT WE DO: We sponsor social service agencies responsible for the care, shelter, and treatment of abused and at-risk children from birth to age 18. In addition to annual monetary awards to support program services, we provide clothing, equipment, toys, school supplies, household items, and volunteer time through our members and community partners.
HOW WE DO IT: Fundraising events, membership dues, cash, and in-kind donations support the programs. Every contribution is welcomed, appreciated and makes a difference. Since its founding in 1984, St. Germaine has awarded over $3,000,000 in cash and an estimated $1,700,000 of in-kind donations to the San Diego community. Members have also contributed countless hours of individual volunteer time. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the organization’s administrative costs are paid through membership dues.
WHY WE NEED YOU: Child abuse affects each of us, either directly or indirectly. In 2010, more than 6,700 cases (8.3 per 1,000 children) of child abuse or neglect were substantiated in San Diego County with an alarming trend in fatal cases. Approximately 5,000 children live in foster care each year. Our community experiences the emotional and economic impact through displaced families, increased medical costs, rising prison populations and unfulfilled potential. Your support is a vital component if we are to reach our goal that every child in the county is safe, healthy, loved and cherished.
By working together, we will make a difference.