Nonprofits Making a Difference Locally 2

Carlsbad has many opportunities to give back to the community. From faith-based organizations to arts funding foundations, there is something for everyone who wishes to get involved. Here are a few local organizations doing great work in the area, supporting several deserving causes and ramping up on their year-end projects, events and campaigns. We hope you will support their work by participating in their fundraisers, volunteering with them and giving back to the community we all call home.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation serves to “Inspire people through education and outreach to preserve the Agua Hedionda Lagoon as an accessible and healthy watershed.” If you are passionate about the environment, there are many programs that need volunteers; you could be a Discovery Center Docent, work in the Native Gardens, or even help with trail maintenance activities. Upcoming activities include VIP eco tours; monthly Kid’s Club, and the Rubber Ducky Derby, November 5th.

Carlsbad Education Foundation

The Carlsbad Education Foundation works to raise funds for over 11,000 Carlsbad students as well as the schools they attend. The Foundation funds such programs as Kid’s Care, SOAR, Summer Enrichment, as well as the High School Summer Academy. Volunteers are always needed for special events, camps, mentoring opportunities as well as guest lecturers at schools. The Foundation Golf Tournament is held 
October 14th.

Hi-Noon Rotary

Rotary International’s motto, “Service above Self” is a way of life for Carlsbad’s Hi-Noon Rotary. A membership only group, Rotarians are known for their philanthropic efforts and Hi-Noon gives back to the community through hands-on fundraising activities that help a variety of charities. Hi-Noon Rotary works with Carlsbad High School through their Interact Club, and sends students and facilitators to the yearly RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) conference. Even if you are not a member, you can help support the club by heading down to the Carlsbad Brewfest, sponsored by the club, on September 10th and Carlsbad’s Oktoberfest happening October 1st.

Boys and Girls Club Carlsbad

As evidenced by the interview with Greg Nelson in our June issue, the Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad makes an indelible mark on many of its members. This organization actively seeks volunteers who wish to share their life experiences and mentor youth of Carlsbad. From after school to summer programs, there is something for everyone who wishes to be a positive influence on our next generation. On September 24, join the Boys and Girls Club for its 35th annual fundraiser, the Black and White Masquerade Ball.

Pacific Cancer Fitness 

The Pacific Cancer Fitness Foundation was founded to help cancer patients feel better during treatment by fighting side effects with exercise. Post treatment, the foundation helps people regain their health and vitality. Currently, the Foundation is looking for a variety of volunteers with expertise in wellness such as personal training or nutrition. They meet at the Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad.

Carlsbad Charitable Foundation

The Carlsbad Chapter of the San Diego Charitable Foundation provides grants and funding opportunities for a variety of nonprofits. Think of it as the umbrella nonprofit that ensures your donation or legacy gift works to help further the missions of other organizations doing good in the Carlsbad area.

Mitchell Thorp Foundation

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation’s mission is “Supporting families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders, by providing financial, emotional and resource support to their desperate situation.” Join an event as a volunteer or sponsor a new event to raise much-needed funds.

Solutions for Change

Committed to ending homelessness through a unique sustainable solution driven by accountability through their Solutions University – a 1,000-day counseling and career-training program, Solutions for Change welcomes individual and group volunteers for a variety of services, many of which are listed on their website. Since 1999, Solutions for Change has helped transform the lives of 800 families and over 2,000 children. In addition, they offer opportunities for donating, fundraising and planned giving.