active 20/30 club delivers christmas to child guidance

active 20/30 club delivers christmas to child guidance

The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic held its 16th annual Holiday Families Program this December. The Holiday Families Program provides families with gifts and essentials such as food baskets, jackets, and blankets. This year, the Clinic partnered with the Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield to give families the complete holiday experience including a tree with decorations, gifts, and a stocking with grocery gift cards.

“We are excited to know that this partnership will allow Holiday Families to continue for years to come.”
— JOSHUA SULLIVAN, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
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The Active 20-30 Club has served underprivileged youth in Bakersfield since 1928. Over the last 10 years, the Active 20-30 Club has helped families during the holiday season with their Christmas Experience event. This year, the Active 20-30 Club and Child Guidance partnered to raise more money and help more families than ever before. “When we met to discuss the possibility of partnering, it became clear that we had the same goal and could do so much more together,” stated Director of Marketing Joshua Sullivan, “We are excited to know that this partnership will allow Holiday Families to continue for years to come.” Together, the two agencies raised $32,000 and provided Christmas to over 160 children.

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The Holiday Families program is the Child Guidance Clinic’s largest annual community event with planning and fundraising events held throughout the year. If you would like to learn how you can volunteer or donate, visit our support pages.

Delano's annual winter shoe drive

Delano's annual winter shoe drive

The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic held its 4th annual Winter Shoe Drive at the Payless Shoe store in Delano on December 4th. The Delano Child Guidance Clinic staff worked year round to raise funds for this year’s event, which provided shoes to 115 children. Starbucks baristas and Payless store employees also joined in, helping the students select their new shoes, and serving cups of hot chocolate as they exited the store.

“For some of the children here today, this may be their first new pair of shoes,”
— JOSHUA SULLIVAN, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Many Delano parents struggle year-round to provide essential items for their children. According to kidsdata.org, 45% of Delano children live in poverty. The Delano Winter Shoe Drive eases some of that financial burden for parents and helps put a smile on the faces of these children. “For some of the children here today, this may be their first new pair of shoes,” stated Director of Marketing Joshua Sullivan, “their families have only been able to provide hand-me-downs. As a child, it’s exciting to have something that is just yours.” Most importantly, the new shoes will keep these students’ feet dry and warm during the winter months as they walk to school and play outside with friends.

The Delano Child Guidance Clinic holds fundraising events through-out the year to make this event possible. If you would like to learn about our next fundraising event subscribe to our monthly newsletter or you can visit our website to donate.

Kinship support serves up a thanksgiving feast

Kinship support serves up a thanksgiving feast

The Kinship Support Services Program served a classic Thanksgiving dinner to local children and the aunts, uncles, siblings, and grandparents who have courageously stepped up to care for them. The second annual Thanksgiving Family Night proved to be a massive success, serving twice as many dinners as the year prior and providing games, prizes, and entertainment for the families in attendance. The meal was prepared by Clinic staff who volunteered their time and their kitchens to make the event possible.

Kinship Support Services provides resources for relatives who have taken on the role of caregiver. Nearly five hundred Kern County foster children are placed with a relative and hundreds more are informally living with a relative caregiver. Relative caregivers often have special needs related to poverty, age, poor health, and social isolation. Kinship addresses these needs by providing families with access to care, financial support, and social events.

For many, this is their extended family.
— Leann Kraetsch

Each month the Kinship Support team provides special events to promote a positive environment for families. The Thanksgiving Family Night is a special event many kinship families look forward to, as highlighted by therapist Leann Kraetsch, “The dinner gives families the chance to be grateful for staying together and promotes fellowship with other families facing the same difficulties; for many this is their extended family.”

The Kinship Support Services team is Mary Cornett, Queta Diaz, Leann Kraetsch, and Julian Love. A very special thanks to Kristi Brown, Candy Coats, and Veronica Contreras for preparing the turkeys for this event. To learn more about the Kinship Support Services Program visit hwmcgc.org/kinship or call (661) 322-1021.

Junior league kicks off The holiday families season

Junior league kicks off The holiday families season

The Junior League of Bakersfield delivered Thanksgiving food baskets to Child Guidance families last week, kicking off the Clinic’s 16th Holiday Families Program. The Junior League coordinates with other local agencies to impact the community through volunteerism and contribution. "We wanted to help families who were working to improve their lives and the lives of their children," stated Claudia Estupinian, a therapist for Child Guidance and Junior League volunteer, "it just semmed like a perfect fit to work with the Child Guidance Clinic." The Junior League's team of caring volunteers raised over $4,000 to provide holiday meals to 413 children and caregivers.

It just seemed like a perfect fit to work with the Child Guidance Clinic
— Claudia Estupinian

For many of our families, the financial burden of providing holiday meals, gifts, and essential items such as warm blankets, jackets, and shoes can be overwhelming. The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic’s Holiday Families Program brings together generous businesses, community organizations, and individuals from throughout Kern County to support families in need throughout the holiday season. We thank the Junior League of Bakersfield for supporting our families this holiday season. If you would like to support be a part of our Holiday Families Program, please visit hwmcgc.org/holidays.

2015 Charity giving guide

2015 Charity giving guide

Each year, the Kern Community Foundation's Giving Guide highlights the many local charitable organizations working to improve their communities and makes supporting those organizations simple. The Giving Guide will be included in the December 2nd Bakersfield Californian, but you can download it today from our website. If you would like support the many programs and services offered by the Child Guidance Clinc, you can do so by visiting our giving page or by clicking the donate button at www.guidestar.com

Marley's Mutts And Chevron Read Halloween Classics with students

Marley's Mutts And Chevron Read Halloween Classics with students

Marley's Mutts and Chevron Read Halloween Classics With Students

The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic's Tutor Time After-School Program, Marley's Mutts, Chevron, and the Beale Memorial Library held a special Halloween reading event on Wednesday. Local students and dogs from Marley's Mutts were dressed up in their spookiest costumes as volunteers from Chevron read classic Halloween stories. The students also had the opportunity to read one-on-one with their new canine friends. Every student took home a Halloween gift bag full of treats and school supplies as well as their own copy of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." For their hard work, the dogs from Marley's Mutts also received a special Halloween gift bag full of treats.

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When children read to a dog they don’t have to worry about the dog making fun of them for not knowing a word, or judge them for struggling, they can really open up.
— Kristi Brown, Project Coordinator for Tutor Time

Tutor Time is dedicated to providing after-school education assistance to Bakersfield students. The program uses innovative reading and learning programs such as this Halloween reading event to make education fun for students. Tutor Time is a volunteer-based program and is free of charge to all students. Funding is provided by Chevron and the Blanche and Irma Weill Foundation; if you would like to volunteer please contact Kristi Brown at (661) 322-1021

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Marley's Mutts is a nonprofit organizations that is dedicated to saving the lives of Kern County shelter dogs. These dogs were often abandoned, neglected, or abused and in desperate need of finding a new home. Marley's Mutts rehabilitates, trains, and re-homes these dogs while also educating the community about responsible animal ownership and providing therapeutic canine partnerships to those in need. Visit their website to learn more.

Active 20-30 & Child Guidance Team up for Biggest Holidays Families Event Yet.

Active 20-30 & Child Guidance Team up for Biggest Holidays Families Event Yet.

Active 20-30 & Child Guidance Team up for Biggest Holidays Families Event Yet.

The holiday season is a time for families to come together and celebrate, bond, and create lifelong memories. For families in treatment, the financial burden of providing holiday meals, gifts, and essential items such as warm blankets, jackets, and shoes can be overwhelming. The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic has partnered with the Active 20-30 Club to provide our families with a holiday experience.

This year will mark the Clinic’s 16th Holiday Families gift drive, and our goal is to make it our biggest event yet. The Clinic has partnered with the Active 20-30 Club to provide our families with a traditional holiday experience, complete with a tree to decorate, gifts to open, and meal to enjoy. To reach our goal, the 20-30 Club will match every donation received between now and December 1st. Donations can be made at hwmcgc.org/donate.

What makes the Holiday Families Program special is that our donors are able to participate in the entire process. This year we will be holding a special one-day shopping event where donors will be able to shop for their sponsored family and receive a special discount for all their purchases. This event will be held on December 13th at the Rosedale Highway Walmart. Donors can also opt to have volunteers shop on their behalf. If you would like volunteer to shop, wrap, or deliver gifts this year, please visit our volunteer page.

We are very excited about this year’s event and the opportunity to support so many more families. We want to thank you in advance for you contribution and a special thanks to our new friends at the Bakersfield 20-30 Club and Walmart.

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GUILD HOUSE  AFFAIRE EXTRAORDINAIRE

GUILD HOUSE AFFAIRE EXTRAORDINAIRE

Guild House Affaire Extraordinaire ~ A Fine Dining Experience

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Beginning at 5 o’clock in the evening

1905 18th Street

The Guild House Restaurant is hosting “Affaire Extraordinaire”, a special, fine dining experience featuring a five-course meal on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Cost: $100 per person and includes dinner, wine, tax and gratuity. The Guild House is a non-profit restaurant run solely by volunteers.
The Guild House serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Proceeds support the services of the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, a non-profit mental health facility benefiting Kern County children and families.
This event is open to the public and reservations are required. To make your reservations or for more information, please call Nada at 661-834-3566.

An Evening Under the Harvest Moon at MARE Riding Center

An Evening Under the Harvest Moon at MARE Riding Center

An Evening Under the Harvest Moon at MARE Riding Center

This Saturday, October 18 our friends at MARE Riding Center will be holding a special fundraiser dinner complete with music, games for children, a rider demonstration. This is an all ages event, so please bring the entire family to visit the barn and meet the wonderful horses at MARE. Gates open at 5:00 pm, $25 for adults, $17.50 for children 12 and under.

Contact Brock at 661 322-1021 to purchase tickets through the Child Guidance Clinic.

Board of Directors Awards

Board of Directors Awards

Board of Directors Awards

This month, The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic Board of Directors recognized two members of the Clinic’s family. Former Board President, Jennifer Bravo, was recognized for completing six years of service on the Board and her continued work with the Weill Child Guidance Foundation. Accounting Clerk, Lisa Hopkins, received the President’s Award for her exemplary work and dedication to the Clinic through a difficult transition period.