Who We Are
The mission of St. Germaine Children’s Charity is to stop child abuse.
We are named after St. Germaine, a young French girl, who suffered abuse throughout her young life. Dedicated to those in need, she thought only of others, sharing her meager food with the hungry, helping the troubled find peace, and giving her special gift of love to all children.
WHO WE ARE: St. Germaine Children’s Charity is a California nonprofit corporation comprised of approximately 300 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 assumed the responsibilities of our own 501(c)(3) organization in August 2006.
WHAT WE DO: St. Germaine Children’s Charity, through our annual grants program, sponsors social service agencies responsible for the care, shelter and treatment of abused, neglected and at-risk children from birth to 25 years of age. 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 $4,800,000 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 2015—the latest data available— 2,136 children were removed from their homes; 2,330 youth were on probation; 7,647 children were exposed to domestic violence; 136,000 children were living in poverty; and 5,258 children were victims of abuse and neglect.* 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 change lives.
- San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families, 2015 Edition. Produced in partnership with the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors and authored by The Children’s Initiative and Johnson Group Consulting. The 2017 Report Card is scheduled for release in 2018. To see the full report, visit www.thechildrensinitiative.org.
By working together, we will make a difference.
St. Germaine Children’s Charity
P. O. Box 2141
La Jolla, CA 92038-2141