Children’s Health, Education and Leadership Project (a.k.a. “Children’s H.E.L.P.”) was officially organized in 1999 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Click here to learn about Children’s H.E.L..P. on Guidestar.org. (Enter EIN: 33-0847988)
The specific and primary purpose of Children’s H.E.L.P. is to demonstrate compassion through humanitarian aid to children in need around the world. Children’s H.E.L.P. accomplishes its purpose through grants and donations, and the invaluable efforts of our staff and our teams of volunteers.
Organizing Board of Directors
The organizing Board of Directors included:
Dr. Timothy James
Dr. Jack Schmitz
Humanitarian Objective and Scope
Our humanitarian objective is to facilitate or directly provide healthcare, education and leadership supplies, services, and training – and to engage any other lawful activity and to make such other distributions for charitable purposes as are permitted by the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law and Section 501(c)(3) and Subchapter A of Chapter 42 of Subtitle D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 – as the Board of Directors shall from time to time determine appropriate.
1) To save those in danger from the ravages of starvation, malnutrition & disease.
2) To have compassion for the permanently handicapped, and to maximize rehabilitation of those with disabilities.
3) To facilitate education in areas that promote economic development & the students’ capacity to become self-sustaining.
4) To mentor youth & promote the development of family & community leadership skills.
5) To provide affordable housing for low-to middle-income families, disabled American vets or orphaned children of an American vets. (The definition of orphan is a child who has lost one or both parents through death.)
6) To be good stewards of the precious resources that our supporters provide, investing those resources in others to benefit the entire community.
7) To partner with governments, other humanitarian agencies, companies, and willing individuals whenever doing so will increase our efficiencies or our capacity to achieve our objectives.
8) To encourage the recipients of our assistance to pass on their knowledge and skills to the next generation.
Global Vision, Local Application
Guided by strategic planning and an ongoing analysis of needs and opportunities, our vision is global in scope, but local in application. During the first decade of the organization’s existence, we focused on the world’s most vulnerable youth overseas with projects in China, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, and Spain. But shortly after 9/11, the board modified our focus to address issues impacting children here in the United States.
Original Logo and New Logo:
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement with approximately 97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide. The movement consists of several distinct organizations that are legally independent from each other, but are united through common basic principles, objectives, symbols, statutes and governance. The logo of the Red Cross is:
The logo of the Red Crescent is:
And the flag of Switzerland, renowned for its history of conflict neutrality is:
All of our early activity took place overseas in sometimes hostile conditions, and our medcross logo – representing the medical aid and disaster relief services our teams delivered – helped open doors with foreign governments.
Later, when our work began to focus on U.S. domestic needs, our board decided to adopt the new “apple and open book” logo:
Community Home Revitalization Program
We have been successful in employing funds from private investors to purchase dilapidated, vacant homes – revitalizing them to a high standard using modern energy efficient materials and attractive design features – and then re-selling them to low- and moderate-income families who benefit from special government-backed finance programs through H.U.D. and National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) assets.
Credit Repair and Financing
The National Community Stabilization Trust requires us to educate prospective buyers of our revitalized homes on the value of maintaining good credit, and methods of credit repair; purchase and re-finance options; and the benefits derived from exercising good stewardship responsibility of a home – the benefits of homeownership. We also help our low-to-middle income buyers generate their Proof of Funds and to get a lender’s Letter of Pre-approval. Both of those instruments must be in-hand before an offer to purchase can be submitted.
Our Children’s H.E.L.P. Community Home Revitalization Program is bringing stability to the community housing crisis. And that gives peace of mind to parents, and creates a fun, peaceful environment in which children can be raised and educated so that they become valuable participants in our American society, and our economy.
Causing smiles and bringing hope to children and their families – that’s what Children’s H.E.L.P. is all about.