The 6th Annual HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) Essentials For Young Lives campaign, a community outreach effort to collect much-needed baby care items for infants and toddlers who reside in homeless shelters throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties, will take place March 2-27.
The goal for this year’s Essentials campaign is to collect more than 250,000 baby care items that will be distributed to eight HomeAid Inland Empire service provider partners that offer shelter facilities and services for homeless families and single women with children.
Businesses, community organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the drive by collecting essential baby items, including disposable diapers, baby wipes, baby food and baby hygiene products, as well as paper products like paper towels, toilet paper and tissues.
Bank of America will again be the primary event sponsor of this year’s Essentials For Young Lives collection campaign. In addition to providing funding, Bank of America employee volunteers will be collecting baby care items during the month-long event, and will help inventory and distribute the items collected.
Other HomeAid Inland Empire corporate partners participating in the Essentials campaign will be US Bank, Union Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Lennar, KB Home, Complete Builder Service, Inc., 123 Home Keys, All Southern California Escrow, imortgage, RBF Consulting, and the Arrowhead Credit Union ArrowHeart Foundation, as well as the Baldy View and Riverside County Chapters of the Southern California Building Industry Association (BIA).
Stater Bros. Markets and Food4Less will again be providing disposable diapers and other baby care items for this year’s Essentials collection campaign, and Target stores will be giving gift cards to purchase additional Essentials items.
HomeAid Inland Empire Board members Cyndi Baltazar of imortgage and Judy Hossieni of Prospect Mortgage will be the 2015 Essentials collection campaign co-chairs, with Cathy Paredes of Bank of America, Ann Wadagnolo of Arrowhead Credit Union, Kaytee Lett of Prospect Mortgage, Evelyn Hawkins of 123 Home Keys/All Southern California Escrow, Deborah Kristianto of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Michelle Estelle of Guild Mortgage serving on the Essentials committee. Ashley Coleman, HAIE Marketing and Events Manager, is coordinating the event.
Essentials For Young Lives collection boxes will be displayed at more than 50 bank and business office locations throughout the Inland Empire, as well as at Frank Augustus Miller Middle School in Riverside. For Essential collection box locations, go to the HAIE website, www.homeaidie.org, and click on the Essentials event tab. All of the baby care items collected will be warehoused and inventoried at Sunrise Custom Storage in Riverside.
The HomeAid Inland Empire homeless shelter service provider partners that will be receiving the Essentials baby care item donations from this year’s collection campaign are: Mary’s Mercy Center’s Veronica’s Home and Mary’s Table charity operations in San Bernardino; Path of Life Ministries’ homeless family shelter facilities in Riverside; Project T.O.U.C.H. in Temecula; Foothill Family Shelter in Upland; Inland Empire Rescue Mission in Corona, Valley Restart Shelter in Hemet, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Genesis House Community Care Center in Riverside; and Operation Grace in San Bernardino.
HomeAid Inland Empire, the non-profit charity of the Riverside County and Baldy View BIA Chapters, helps build new lives for homeless men, women and children in San Bernardino and Riverside counties through housing and community outreach.
“The volunteer and collection location response from our corporate partners for this year’s Essentials For Young Lives community outreach event has been tremendous.” said Ray Osborne, Executive Director of HomeAid Inland Empire. “Because of this generous outpouring support, we are able to heighten awareness of the increasing number of young children who are being impacted by the continuing homeless situation that exists in the two-county Riverside and San Bernardino area,” he added.
For more information about the HomeAid Inland Empire Essentials For Young Lives collection campaign, please contact the HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne or Ashley Coleman, HAIE Marketing and Events Manager. You can also call 951-686-0628 or visit the organization’s website at www.homeaidie.org to volunteer or make a donation.