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Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation


About The Give-a-Gift Program

Our program is committed to helping improve the lives of foster youth in Sonoma County. We focus on two annual initiatives:

One: Gifting over 250 children during the holiday season — our most impactful contribution
Two: Awarding 20-30 laptop computers to youth pursuing post-secondary education

Each fall, we shop for and distribute gifts to over 250 local foster youth. In the spring, we gift laptops to transitioning foster youth attending Santa Rosa Junior College, county community colleges, and even some 4-year universities! 

Your donations are vital and determine whether we can fulfill the holiday gift requests we receive and how many laptops we award in the spring. 


Holiday Gifts

Currently in its 68th year, The Give-a-Gift program began as an opportunity for individuals to give back by adopting a foster youth to shop for during the holidays. The generosity of donors who chose to do this was extraordinary — overflowing gift packages were beautifully wrapped and delivered to Human Services for distribution by Social Workers.

As the need and number of youth in the foster care system grew, our program expanded to meet those needs. It has become a vibrant, successful fundraising program that creates holiday magic. For many children, it’s the only gift they receive.

How we determine the need: The SCMAA coordinates directly with Sonoma County Family, Youth and Children's (FYC) Division to provide holiday gifts to children in foster care. Social Workers from FYC provide specific gift requests for youth in the Sonoma County Foster Care System.These children have entered the Foster Care System and 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. Our all-volunteer committee works tirelessly to shop for and fulfill each specific gift request.

In 2015, we expanded our gift giving to include local schools in Santa Rosa. Austin Creek, Sequoia, Madrone, Yulupa, and Strawberry elementary schools have all become part of our team to help fulfill and spread holiday love and cheer. "It takes a village to raise a child," especially with foster youthThese collaborating schools make a difference for foster youth and promote awareness within our community. Each school has an SCMAAF member who is the point person for our fall gift giving efforts

Bike Gifts: For foster youth, bikes are not just a form of recreation. They become a mode of transportation to and from school, or, for older youth, to and from a part-time job. We've coordinated our bicycle purchases through Mike's Bikes. In addition to giving us generous pricing on high-quality road bikes, Mikes Bikes has donated helmets for the safety of the cyclists.



    Our Corporate Partners

    Best Buy  helps coordinate our Laptop Program with the latest technology in computers and accessories at non-profit discount rates. Geek Squad installs software and helps students with tech support and computer warranties for 2 years.

    Microsoft provides software at a non-profit discount and assists in software installation. Additionally, they are a corporate donor to our program.

    Mikes Bikes provides generous pricing on our bike purchases together with helmets to ensure the safety of cyclists.

    Impacting the lives of foster children and youth

    Contact Us

    Give-a-Gift is a program of the Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

    For inquiries about our program, or if you'd like to sponsor us, please email Liz Bauer or Liz Restel, co-chairs of the Give-a-Gift Committee.

    Give-a-Gift Committee Members: 
    Liz Bauer and Elizabeth Restel, Co-Chairs
    Laura Robertson, Carol Lynn Wood, Kathryn K
    oh, Sally Ebrahim, Emily Pope, Karissa Sugar

    Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation   |   The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization   |  Tax ID # 02-0542304

    Post Office Box 1388, Santa Rosa, California, 95402   |   |

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