Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation

Physician families connecting to create a healthier Sonoma County by improving the lives of those in need

"We should dream of and plan for a day when

fewer children require foster care. But until that

day comes, we have a moral responsibility to

prepare young people leaving foster care ..."

                                                                       President Jimmy Carter

    Give-a-Gift Program        Support a child in need & invest in the youth              of our community

The 2016 Give-a-Gift Program campaign is currently underway.  This is the perfect time to help support our local foster youth NOW!

Your investment will quickly make a difference.  We provide holiday gifts to over 250 foster children who may otherwise not receive a gift at all.  Additionally, we provide laptop computers to college-bound foster youth - an essential tool for success and much needed encouragement showing these young adults that our community believes in them!

This year's sponsor and donor levels include:

Buy a Computer Sponsor        ($650) Launch to college Donor ($200)
Change a life Sponsor        ($500) Brighten the holidays Donor  ($100)
Invest in our youth Sponsor ($300) Give-a-Gift Donor          ($75)

Or you may give a contribution of your choice

Donate online by pressing the green button above, or, to send in your donation by check or credit card, print this Reply form and mail it to the address listed at the bottom.

Program History

The Give-a-Gift program is proud to connect with our community to help improve the quality of lives for youth in our Foster Care System. The support we provide benefits children of all ages in the system. We focus on two initiatives:

  1. Lifting the spirits of children's lives during the Holiday season with cherished holiday gifts, including well needed winter coats and school supplies.
  2. Supporting education for transitional age youth with laptop computers, textbook funding and advisory support for foster youth programs.

Holiday Gifts

For over 60 years the SCMAA has coordinated directly with Sonoma County Family, Youth and Children's Division to provide holiday gifts during the Holiday season for children in foster care. Sonoma County Human Services Department

These children have entered the Foster Care System as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. They have been separated from their families through no fault of their own. This separation is particularly difficult during the holidays. The generosity of our supporters helps lessen their sadness during this season by providing gifts matched directly to their wishes. These gifts often provide essentials such as winter coats, clothing, books and school supplies. The SCMAA takes great pride in supporting these children who might otherwise not receive a gift at all.

A Growing Need

In 2007 we expanded the Give-a-Gift program in an effort to address some of the significant challenges faced by transitional age youth. (16-24 years old.) Between the ages of 18-21 years old, young adults age-out of the Child Welfare System. They lose funding and benefits that allow them to stay in foster family or group homes. Many of these youth never reunite with their families. Without housing, educational or emotional support, the future is challenging. The Give-a-Gift Program is dedicated to helping these transitional age youth in Sonoma County. We believe by continuing their education, our local foster youth have the greatest chance for success. Laptop computers are essential to help keep educational opportunities alive.

Fostering Futures

Our Success

Last year, due to the generosity of our donors, we were able to provide 30 laptop computers to inspiring young adults pursuing secondary or vocational education. We collaborate directly with VOICES youth center and Santa Rosa Junior College to identify those students with the greatest need. Click here to read more about the SRJC program.

In 2015 we launched an initiative to expand our support to the new Foster Youth support program at Sonoma State University. Click here to read more about the Sonoma State program. We have donated four laptop computers to be used as rentals by their students. In 2016 we deepened our support by launching a Textbook Fund for qualifying Sonoma State students. Getting to college is one of the biggest challenges foster youth face, but financial challenges should not be what keeps them from succeeding!

2015: A milestone for computer donations and new training event

The Give-a-Gift committee has been busy planning a new and exciting event this year. Working together with VOICES and the SRJC, we sponsored a special "Award & Training" Day for a deserving group of inspiring students. This was the first ever event of this kind and took place on August 13th, 2015 in Bertolini Hall on the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College. This day was an ENORMOUS success!

In addition to a special award ceremony, we partnered with Best Buy to provide Geek Squad Technical Specialists to help all the students install software and get their computers ready to go. Having so many students gathered in one classroom for training was very impactful and an inspiring way to start the semester. Some positive networking already began.

This year was a milestone for the Give-a-Gift Program and marked the largest number of computers donated so far. With the help of our very generous donor base of Alliance friends and families, we were able to donate 30 computers to youth attending the SRJC and also Sonoma State University. We are excited for every single student receiving a computer and together with the entire SCMAA&F, we wish them the best of luck with their launch to college.

Laura Robertson
Chair, Give-a-Gift Program

Click here to read about this in the SRJC newsletter, the Insider.

2015 computer recipients at Award & Training day at the SRJC

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