Sacramento, May 3, 2017–The Sacramento Children’s Home (SCH) announced today that it has been awarded the 2017 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards Nonprofit of the Year from the Office of the Governor and CaliforniaVolunteers. The Sacramento Children’s Home was recognized for its extraordinary ability to leverage volunteer support in fulfilling its mission at an awards ceremony in the Governor’s Office on May 2, 2017. “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award and be recognized statewide for our volunteer program,” said Roy Alexander, CEO of the Sacramento Children’s Home. “As the oldest nonprofit in Sacramento, we are proud of our legacy and we recognize that our success would not be possible without dedicated volunteers who help us provide critical services to the most vulnerable children and families in our community.”
Many of the Sacramento Children’s Home programs and events depend on volunteer support. The Home offers community members numerous ways to get involved: volunteer as a group or individual; work directly with the children at one of the two crisis nurseries; spend time with the boys in the residential treatment program; or volunteer at one of SCH’s events. Last year, approximately 860 volunteers donated their time to the Sacramento Children’s Home.
“Volunteers are an integral part of the Sacramento Children’s Home and are woven into the excellent programs and services they provide to empower children and families,” said Karen Baker, Chief Service Officer, CaliforniaVolunteers. “We are delighted to recognize the Sacramento Children’s Home and showcase their commitment to the community and ability to use volunteers to strengthen and broaden their impact.”
The Sacramento Children’s Home was founded in 1867 and today it is the most comprehensive child and family service organization in Sacramento County serving more than 6,900 children and 4,600 families each year through a broad spectrum of residential, community-based, mental health and educational programs. Throughout its 150 year history, the Sacramento Children’s Home has been at the forefront of trauma-informed care and developing new ways to improve the outcomes of children and families. Through eight programs at six sites in the county, the Sacramento Children’s Home offers prevention, early intervention and treatment programs that are critical to strengthening families and stopping the generational cycle of child abuse and neglect.