Giving for Living
What is Giving for Living?
Giving for Living is Giving Children Hope’s donation redistribution center. Products are donated by generous corporations and in turn are redistributed to qualified nonprofit agencies and schools serving those in need. Nonprofits apply for membership and these memberships are reviewed for renewal annually.
How does it work?
Giving for Living works with and supports nonprofit and schools throughout Southern California. The program assists these partners in obtaining the supplies they need to run their programs and meet the needs of the people they serve. Because of generous corporate donations, Giving Children Hope is able to maximize nonprofits’ limited funding by providing resources at nominal handling fees.*
*Suggested handling fees average 80-90% off retail; all fees go toward administrative costs and maintenance of the Giving for Living center.
Who can utilize the Giving for Living program?
The Giving for Living Donation Center is open to our community of nonprofit partners and schools including pregnancy centers, homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation programs, youth programs, senior centers, and a variety of churches throughout Southern California. The program is open Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program is not open to the general public.
Where do the donations come from?
Giving Children Hope is an authorized community redistribution partner of Good360, a national organization that works directly with corporate America to make the business of giving simpler, more efficient, and more effective. As such, the Giving for Living program has become a trusted redistribution partner of product donations. Some of the donors we value are Bed, Bath & Beyond, Costco, CVS and Disney, to name a few. Donations often include personal care products, over-the-counter medications, first aid supplies, basic living needs such as sheets, towels, heaters, cooking essentials and a variety of household goods. Currently the center is not able to receive donations from individuals.
How can I get involved?
We are so glad you asked! There are four ways to support the Giving for Living center:
New inventory is constantly coming in, and items need to be categorized and stocked on the shelves. Please give us a call at (714) 523-4454 if you are interested in volunteering your time.
Financial donations give us the flexibility to respond to “in the moment” desperate situations. Your donations allow our team to respond to urgent needs that come directly to us, usually from schools. Donors have the option to be placed on our stewardship newsletter where they can see directly the impact of their gift.*
*For example, a donation of $20 covers the cost of over $100 in retail value worth of goods.
Is your company or circle of friends interested in impacting struggling communities firsthand? Then this is a great opportunity for you! The Giving for Living Center can prepare bulk quantities of donated product to be distributed to a community in need. A company or group of individuals can sponsor the truck and be part of the distribution team. There is nothing more powerful than personally seeing the impact of giving to someone in need. To learn more about how to Adopt-A-Truck, please call (714) 523-4454.
4. Spread the word!
If your church or school is serving local communities, invite them to check us out. We love introducing our program to new partners and friends. Together we can do more good.
The Giving for Living Center thrives on partnerships – partnerships with donors, other nonprofits, schools and volunteers. We exist to help fulfill Giving Children Hope’s mission of wellness for vulnerable children and families.
Giving Children Hope was recently invited to the Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA. Over 400 Native American students live and learn at the Sherman boarding school. Many of them are foster children rescued from the plight of their reservations. Sherman provides a safe haven for these teens, with daily meals and roofs over their heads; however, their needs are still great. During our visit we came with palettes of food, just in case. As soon as our truck arrived, one student left his classroom to see if they could get something to eat. You could see the hunger on his face. We also had a chance to tour their dorm rooms. They are very simple with plastic mattresses and few clothes.
The students of Sherman are grateful for what they have been given, so much so that many of them dread returning home during the holidays because of the lack of food, shelter, and possible dangers they may face.
Our mission is to give children hope. We want to give the teens of Sherman hope. On February 19 we will return to Sherman with 50 twin mattresses. This is just step one; we aim to take many more steps of hope in the weeks, months and years to come. If you are interested in supporting our efforts at Sherman Indian High School, click here.
Our team had a chance to visit some of the Native American reservations in Arizona. The desolation of their living conditions was hard to witness. We learned that many people are dying from starvation and freezing to death from lack of shelter. We are eager to step up and bring them hope, and we invite you to join us.
Starting in February we will be collecting gently used coats for men, women and children of all ages as well as new socks. Our goal is to warm their hearts by warming their bodies and their feet. If you are interested in donating items for our Warm Their Hearts campaign, we will be accepting donations at the Giving Children Hope warehouse Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm. The warehouse is located at 8332 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park, CA 90630.