This year our club, SI Huntington Beach, chose to support the CARE program at Orange Coast College. You might ask…what is the CARE Program and why would we support them?
The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program CARE was established by the State of California in 1982 as a supplemental component of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) to provide support services and activities for the single, head of household student. This program was designed to promote self-sufficiency through education and training (sound familiar?) and is comprised solely of EOPS students who are also single parents receiving public assistance. The CARE program is the combined effort of three agencies: the Department of Social Services, the Department of Employment and the college. The hope is to break the welfare-dependency cycle by completing college-level educational training programs to become more employable and economically self-sufficient…and it is primarily single moms! Fits right in with our mission….don’t you agree?
Some of the services CARE provides are: academic & personal counseling, meal cards, gas cards, book service, bus passes, material fees, school supplies, tutoring, agency & community referrals, seminars & workshops, cultural events & emotional support PLUS…they have a pantry where the students can come and get things like bottles of water, healthy snacks, protein snacks, socks, baby wipes and other baby items, feminine hygiene products, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner and more. That’s where we come in. We have budgeted some money to help stock their pantry but, we know that what we will be providing will not be enough so, if you would like to help out, please bring those items to any of our meetings or if you cannot come to a meeting or if you are not a member of our club but a wonderful supporter, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make arrangements to connect with you. They also accept donations like gas cards and store gift cards (like Target).
And, CARE offers workshops to the students as well which includes a catered lunch and are intended for the student’s personal enrichment.
Many of the moms we adopt for our Soroptimist year and our Live Your Dream honorees are also in the CARE Programs at Orange Coast College and Golden West College.
So…now I hope you understand why we CARE 😀 .
For more information about CARE at Orange Coast College, go to http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/student_services/EOPS/Pages/CARE.aspx.
Just remember…a little CARE-ing goes a long, long way!