Families Forward Community Connections - Spring 2016
Local Families Need Your Help!
 
With the school year starting earlier this year, Families Forward has already begun preparations for our Back to School clothing and supply distribution for kids in our area.

Last year, with your generous support, Families Forward served over 1,300 children, ensuring they were prepared for the first day of school! This year our goal is to serve at least 1,500 children, but we can't do it without your help! Take a look at our most needed items.

New this year, Families Forward will be providing children with haircuts so they are feeling confident as the head back to school. For more information on how you can get involved click here
   
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Katie Borum, Development and Outreach Coordinator. Thank you so much for your support!

Save the Date - Annual Gala in September!
We hope you can join us for an inspiring "Evening of Hope" benefiting local families in need!

 
For more information about this year's gala, contact Susan DeGrassi  or visit our  website .

Volunteer Spotlight
Over 35 Fiat employees, from all over California, came together to help build a storage unit they donated to Families Forward! This unit will hold the essential items families need as they move into their new homes and start their journey to self-sufficiency.

In addition, the Fiat team did an incredible job helping us prepare for our Back to School program, sorting food donations in our pantry, and much more! THANK YOU Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for helping us better serve local families in need!

To learn more about how you or your company can get involved, contact Marissa Hall, Volunteer Manager or visit our website
You Families Forward
For the second year, the Orange County Community Foundation asked, "What can happen in 30 hours?" and OC responded in a big way! Through I OC, over $3.25 million was raised for Orange County non-profits.
 
Thank you for your support of Families Forward! Through your donations and bonus funds provided through OCCF, Families Forward anticipates receiving $60,000! These funds will ensure that more children have a roof over their heads. We greatly appreciate these generous gifts!
Help Feed Local Children This Summer!
In Orange County, 49% of children in public schools receive free and reduced lunch during the school year but, when school is out for the summer, parents have to find a way to make up for the meals their children are not receiving at school. Many turn to Families Forward to help fill that gap.

During the summer months, the amount of food in Families Forward's pantry sinks to extremely low levels with shelves and bins nearly empty.

If you are able to get involved you can  host a food drive or donate food directly to our program center. Your effort will help restock our pantry shelves and enable Families Forward to serve 100+ families per week! If you have any questions or want more information on how to get involved, contact Katie Borum.

Your Support Changes Lives!



After having escaped a domestic violence situation, Nicole came to Families Forward with the hope for a stable future for her and son. The day she moved into her own apartment she told her case manager, "It is a triumph, freedom, a new beginning for my son and I. It is indescribable- Thank you" Read more about Nicole's journey here.
Building Neighborhoods with Bank of America
Families Forward is proud to share that we were awarded Bank of America's prestigious Neighborhood Builder grant! This $200,000 grant will help to ensure more families are able to find a place they can call home.
 
Click here to read Bank of America's press release announcing the award!
How you can help!
Families Forward relies on the support of the community, whether through volunteering, product donations or financial contributions.  

Your commitment to bettering the lives of vulnerable families makes the difference.

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