In 1989, doctors predicted a dim future for Sam and Vivian Hardage’s son, who was born with ocular albinism type 1 (OA1), a rare, but debilitating, genetic eye disease. Ophthalmologists told them that there was “no treatment,” “no cure” and “no hope.” Very little was known about the disorder because few scientists were researching hereditary vision disorders. So, in 1991 the San Diego couple established the non-profit organization Vision of Children Foundation to encourage research and help cure hereditary childhood blindness and vision disorders. Based in San Diego, VOC has been a driving force in funding groundbreaking research in its quest to find a cure for genetically caused vision disorders for children around the world.
The term full spectrum has its origins in military history – and indeed, a veteran at one of Volunteers of America Southwest’s (VOASW) programs once said that he sees them as a “full-spectrum provider”. What did he mean by that?
Where other nonprofits might limit themselves to healthcare or education, VOASW strives to offer a full spectrum of programs – education, behavioral health, housing, and veterans’ services – to more than 8,000 children, adults, and families annually through over 20 programs and services in San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties.
I had the privilege to be Bianca Valle’s tennis coach when she was just a little girl. From a young age, I could tell she was disciplined and determined to become very successful. I always say, “how you are on the tennis court reflects very closely how you are in your personal life”, and I could see that very clearly in her. Now 22 years old, she is a beautiful woman. Impressively, she graduated a semester early with honors from New York University with a BFA in film and television. She is a model, painter and has been featured in various social media campaigns for well-known brands such as NARS Cosmetics, NIKE, Off White and ASICS.
Southwest Airlines is dedicated to making a difference in the community and does so locally by partnering with various non-profit organizations in the San Diego community. A reception was held in Downtown with community partners to give a warm welcome to Southwest Airlines Vice President & Controller Leah Koontz, a great champion of all things San Diego. All in attendance had a wonderful time discussing their organizations, their friendships and the future of San Diego.
Entrepreneurship - creating something out of nothing - is emblematic of the pursuit of the American Dream. This was the case for Edgar Alaniz’s parents, immigrants from Mexico who started selling tamales on the streets and who now operate a small cellphone business. Although they fought hard to be where they are, they wanted a brighter future for their five children.
In early May, Father Joe’s Villages debuted Shine – an animated short film about the journey to overcome homelessness. San Diego’s top homeless services provider teamed up with local integrated marketing agency i.d.e.a. and Golden Globe-nominated animation studio Reel FX to tell a story of hope intended to shift public perceptions of homelessness.
Anyone who lives in San Diego knows that the Navy is an integral part of our history and culture. As the region with the largest military concentration in the world, it is no surprise that the Navy’s impact on our community and our economy has been monumental.
The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego is celebrating the 5th year of its popular Mass Creativity, their signature outreach program that draws more than 3,000 participants annually. Mass Creativity includes a series of complimentary workshops held in diverse communities throughout San Diego County and culminates in a free, all-day event at the Museum. Designed to broaden the reach of the hands-on creativity that is a signature of the Museum, the project brings art-making to audiences that might never be able to experience it.
Promises2Kids, San Diego’s leading non-profit dedicated to creating a brighter future for foster children, will host their extraordinary annual Dream On Concert Gala, presented by Kevin Prior, President and CEO of ICW Group, and its employees, on Monday June 12th.