May 2020
Leaders in the Field
Great things are happening at Pretend City Children's Museum due to the Stay at Home orders. As a result of parents staying home with their children, they are experiencing an increase in demand for online developmental screenings. Being home together is an opportune time to complete these screenings and are free to all. The tool, Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It looks at a child’s strengths and challenges, educates parents about developmental milestones, and incorporates parents’ expert knowledge about their children to learn more about their development.

We think you will enjoy this LA Times article  featuring Pretend City Children's Museum and how they are serving 0-5 aged children in their healthy development and early learning, while Pretend City is temporarily closed. 

Sandra Bolton , Executive Director, has participated in the 2013 Executive Learning Group and was a member of our first Leadership Reading Group . Colleague Sue Harrison , Development Director was coached in our 2019 Executive Coaching Program in 2019, and is a frequent Fieldstone4U participant.
As a follow up to a recent Fieldstone4U, Operations Manager of Orange County Human Relations Don Han, graciously offered his services to our Network. He will offer feedback or assistance to any organization requiring an employee handbook. He has extensive experience updating handbooks especially pertaining to cultural sensitivity, diversity and inclusion language.

Don was in the 2010 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group and was a Coachee in our 2014 Executive Coaching Program cohort. Thank you for your spirit of reciprocity, Dan!
We added a new Robyn to the team! Not to our staff, but to our Fieldstone4U webinars! A huge thank you to Robyn Willis , Vice President of Retail Operations of Habitat for Humanity Orange County and resident self-care guru for presenting Chair Yoga and Meditation in two separate Fieldstone4U sessions.

To view these recordings, click here for Meditation and here for Chair Yoga.

Robyn was in our 2017 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group and is currently being coached in our Executive Coaching Program .
Hats off to Michael Galliano , President & CEO of My Day Counts for his resiliency and creativity! His organization closed their doors to more than 450 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on March 17, resulting in a complete disruption to the critical support services and care the organization provides to the most vulnerable citizens in our community.

As you can imagine, people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities struggle with any change to their normal daily routine. Their entire team mobilized, under Mike’s leadership, and developed strategies to serve the entire population remotely.

Over the course of the last month, My Day Counts has successfully:
  • Helped non-essential working participants file for unemployment benefits
  • Facilitated an employee's request for a leave of absence due to a compromised immune system
  • Ensured their college students ability to move forward with classes
  • Supported participants who are months from receiving their high school diplomas
  • Continued to host a “Job Club” for unemployed participants, who want to keep their skills sharp
  • Provided extensive education and training pertaining to staying healthy during this COVID-19 outbreak

Click here for the full press release.

Mike is a current participant in our 2020 Executive Learning Group .
Kudos to Ali Woodard , President & CEO of Fristers . In spite of COVID-19 restrictions, they continue to support teenage parents and children in Orange County through virtual platforms! Community resources for food, diapers and other essentials, learning activities and teaching videos for preschool children, family weekend adventure ideas, LIVE events featuring our valued community partners and educators, all provided via Instagram and Facebook. Weekly group meetings for teen moms and dads have been replaced with weekly Zoom meetings, to ensure young families have a community of support around them. Case Management services continue via phone, text and Zoom, helping parents  access needed resources, navigate challenges, manage children's behavior, or simply connect as friends and sisters. 

Ali is a current member of our 2020 Executive Learning Group .
A big thank you to Sarah Efthymiou, Directing Attorney with the  Public Law Center for presenting at our Fieldstone4U this month. In addition, they are pleased to be partnering with  Smart Small - Think Big  to launch a  Pro Bono Remote Legal Assistance Clinic for Nonprofits and Small Businesses . By connecting Orange County community organizations and small business owners with volunteer attorneys through video or phone consultations, their goal is to assist in navigating legal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through PLC’s remote clinic, nonprofit organizations and small business owners can get free brief legal advice on COVID-19 related legal issues, including CARES Act and other government economic relief programs, employment and staffing issues, meeting contractual obligations, insurance coverage and commercial lease matters. 

To request assistance,complete and submit a  COVID-19 Assistance Request Form . If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Efthymiou at , or (714) 541-1010, ext. 281.
Great work is being done by Amy Behrens , Executive Director and Kylie Travis , Program Director at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. They have created Live Virtually @ The Casa, an online cultural and arts escape for people at home waiting out the pandemic. Nearly every day, new Casa-specific content is posted for people to enjoy from the comfort of their homes on laptops, desktops, tablets, phones, or television sets connected to the Internet. The content provided includes a close-up look at the current  Who is Nellie Gail Moulton ?  art exhibit, virtual tours of Casa Romantica, live virtual interviews and classes, music and dance performances from Casa Romantica's video archives, interviews from Casa Romantica's archives, Spotify playlists, film lists and date night suggestions, interactive puzzles and activities for kids, and a suite of day-long and week-long lesson plans adapted from Casa Romantica's field trip curriculum.

Live Virtually @ The Casa can be found here

Amy and Kylie are current members of the 2020 Executive and Nonprofit Leaders Learning Groups .
Kudos to Cathy Seelig , President & CEO of Friendly Center. At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Friendly Center staff swiftly moved most of their programs and services for low-income families to be available to clients virtually; even the after-school tutoring program shifted quickly to be available to students via Zoom. When an influx of calls began coming in from families and seniors across Orange County struggling to fulfill their basic needs, staff began planning service delivery that would safely and effectively meet the growing need. Since the start of April, this has meant providing emergency food and household items by appointment at Friendly Center’s Orange location, mailing grocery store gift cards to those who lack transportation or are considered high-risk, hosting grab-and-go food distributions at Friendly Center’s Placentia location, and providing as much utility and rental assistance as possible.

Cathy was a participant in the 2018 Executive Learning Group.
Great work, Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Tiyya Foundation ! The stimulus bill didn't allow for the one-time relief payment to be made to non-citizens, meaning a vast majority of their clients (80%) will not receive any financial support.
Many refugee clients are elderly and/or housebound with limited transportation options to get to the store. Tiyya, with their social enterprise, Flavors from Af a r , are providing delivery of pantry items to their clients and those in need throughout Orange County. They anticipate serving over 140 households every two weeks throughout the duration of this crisis.

Here's a link to a recent LA Magazine article that highlights their work. 

Meymuna was a participant in the 2014 Executive Learning Group .
Milestones don't cease during a pandemic! Make-A-Wish is celebrating their 40th Annual Wish Day. CEO, Gloria Jetter Crockett of Make-A-Wish Orange County and The Inland Empire was recently featured on KTLA.

To see the interview, click here .
Shout out to Lisa Wood, Chief Executive Officer of Casa Teresa for being featured on ABC News! Their mission is to provide pregnant women in crisis a loving home to begin their healing journey. They help families thrive through effective, caring residential programs.

To view the piece, click here.

Lisa is a graduate of the 2018 Executive Learning Group.
Domestic violence doesn't go away in a pandemic - it increases. Thank you to Maricela Rios-Faust , CEO and her dedicated team at Human Options, who are working hard through this difficult time. Their team of bilingual legal advocates is available to walk survivors through the process of requesting a domestic violence restraining order, along with education. They are helping clients with education, direct services and referrals (including to pro bono attorneys) to meet their domestic violence legal needs. Services are available via phone, video chat or in-person, to meet the needs of the individual survivor. Human Options also operates a 24/7 hotline to provide support, education and referrals to survivors any time - day or night.

They were recently featured in the Daily Pilot- for the complete article, click here .

Maricela and many members of her team have participated in our Learning Groups, Coaching program and attended Fieldstone4U Zoom webinars.
Click here to enjoy a song, created by Rev. Sarah Halverson-Cano, a current member of our 2020 Executive Learning Group and leader of Fairview Community Church. What a fabulous way to engage her congregation!
Welcome to David Lugo , the new CEO of MOMS Orange County, the county’s largest nonprofit dedicated solely to newborn and pregnancy health. Dave has been serving as the organization’s interim CEO since Pamela Pimentel, RN retired in February. He joined MOMS in 2017 as Chief Operations Officer, bringing an abundance of experience in all aspects of financial and general operations from his previous roles in nonprofit leadership across Southern California. David was the COO of Newport Beach-based ExplorOcean prior to joining MOMS Orange County. 
Congratulations to LaVal Brewer , the new Chief Executive Officer of South County Outreach . LaVal brings more than three decades of experience in nonprofit management, with more than a decade of experience in executive and development roles. He was recently Director of Business Development & Partnerships of OneOC and served as Executive Director for Playworks Southern California and several YMCAs throughout Southern California. He is passionate about youth development, strengthening communities, volunteerism, and engaging for-profit organizations to address local issues. He is a trainer for California Volunteers and serves on the board of California Communications Access Foundation.

LaVal was in the 2017 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group .
Innovation at its finest... The Muckenthaler Cultural Center partnered with Frida Cinema in Santa Ana to bring a drive-in movie, “The Princess Bride” to The Muck’s grounds. Originally scheduled for May 23rd, it sold out in a little over a minute, so two more shows were added to the schedule!

They were featured on KCal 9/CBS Los Angeles News, click here to see the great coverage they received.

Farrell Hirsch, CEO of the Muck, was a participant in our 2019 Executive Learning Group and recent panelist on a Fieldstone4U seminar .
Great work by Kevin Mo-Wong , Executive Director of SOLIDARITY and his team. They raised over $40,000 through a newly formed COVID-19 Neighborhood Relief Fund . 100% of the donations supported families in desperate need. They received 96 applications and were able to help 51 families with a "stimulus check" from the Solidarity community.

Kevin is a current member of our Executive Learning Group and was a recent panelist for a Fieldstone4U Zoom webinar .

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