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Orange Cares Charities

Locks of Love - 2021 Q2

Orange Aluminum has proudly chosen Locks of Love as our Q2 charity. Locks of Love specializes in providing hairpieces to children suffering from long term medical hair loss throughout the world. This not only restores some confidence in these children, but also gives them a sense of normalcy. Children and adults become involved by providing hair donations of at least 10” in length. It takes 10-12 ponytails to create one hairpiece, which children receive free of charge through Locks of Love. I have been very fortunate to know children who have donated to Locks of Love. It has filled them with love and purpose, that they were able to help a fellow child who is less fortunate. Orange Aluminum greatly appreciates the work Locks of Love does for the children of the world and applauds all those who have donated their hair to this incredible organization.

Title - 2021 Second Harvest Food Bank

For Q3 of 2021 Our Chief Operating Officer, Aaron Brown, has chosen Second Harvest as our charitable partner. A struggle he has had, is seeing families, children or any person suffer from hunger. Not knowing when or where you may have your next meal should never be a concern for any person, and we believe Second Harvest does an amazing job of helping solve this problem.

Team Rubicon Disaster Response - 2021 Q1

For first quarter charity in 2021, Lana Howell our Regional Sales Manager has chosen Team Rubicon.

Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need. Founded in 2010 with the expressed goal of quickly responding to large-scale disasters, Team Rubicon has deployed thousands of volunteers across the United States and world to provide relief to communities in need.

Lana Howell chose Team Rubicon because she strongly appreciates and supports the service and commitment of our Veterans, while helping disaster areas in need.

The Amyloidosis Foundation - 2020 Q4

For our Q4 Charity, our National Sales Manager Chris Berger chose the The Amyloidosis Foundation.

Amyloidosis is a rare blood disease the affects less than 200,000 people in the United States. The major challenges with amyloidosis is the absence of early detection in patients and the overall lack of awareness in the medical community. The Amyloidosis Foundation was created 16 years again with the mission to overcome these challenges, support patients and families while promoting research, education and awareness. My Mom, Janet Berger, was diagnosed with Amyloidosis in January of 2015. This foundation helped us immensely in our search for Doctors, treatments and overall support during the difficult journey my Mom endured. I truly believe that early detection and awareness of amyloidosis would have made a difference with my Mom.  

I hope the donation from Orange Aluminum makes a positive impact and changes someone’s life that is battling amyloidosis.  

Mental Health America - 2020 Q3

For our 3rd quarter charity, our team member Nikki Gamboa chose Mental Health America who was founded in 1909 with offices throughout the US in major metropolitan areas. They are the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.

This charity was chosen by Nikki and our team primarily because it addresses more than just suicide prevention, they focus on mental health at its root cause with the philosophy that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process. In today’s world, everyone’s health has suffered one way or another, whether it would be physically or mentally. With the nation disrupted with the COVID pandemic, we all know someone suffering physically from the illness, mentally from the helplessness, or financially from a lost business or job. When working together anything is possible, and that is the goal with Mental Health America, we can all relate to suffering in one way or another, and this has never been more true than it has been over the last 4 months. Don’t silent your mind, embrace it and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

LA Students Most in Need Fund - 2020 Q2

For second quarter charity in 2020, Orange Aluminum as a team has chosen LAUSD Students Most in Need Fund. As a local Essential Los Angeles Business, we felt it was important to support the local community. This is our way of helping LAUSD families and students during the Covid-19 Pandemic. According to LAUSD 80% of all students live in poverty-and that was before the pandemic. This organization will help provide meals, urgently needed supplies, provide devices, digital libraries and books, and help students continue to learn during these challenging times.

For the first time ever, we have chosen to forward a payment given the immediate need these children need within our community.

Read more about how YOU can help at http://www.lastudentsmostinneed.org/

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America - 2020 Q1

For the first quarter in 2020, our inside sales lead Jessica Lopez chose the Boys & Girls Clubs Of America

Their mission- To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

I have selected the Boys & Girls Clubs of America because it hits home for me in many ways. Growing up with two full time hard working parents, I was enrolled in the boys & girls club in Whittier during the summer and after school. I strongly believe that the staff and facility helped keep me on the right path as impressionable youth. The actives, games, learning tools, friendships and staff made me feel involved, active and safe. Now as a parent over the years I too enrolled my 4 children. Two of them are still currently involved a branch of the Boys and Girls club “ACES” an onsite after school program. That now as a parent; gives me the peace of mind that my children are in good hands.

American Heart Association - 2019 Q4

For our Q4 Charity, 2019, Lana Howell our Regional Sales Manager chose the The American Heart Association (AHA).

The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the United States that funds cardiovascular medical research, educates consumers on healthy living and fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disabilities and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. I chose the American Heart Association because my grandfather passed away at an early age of 68 from heart failure. My grandmother also has heart conditions. I support the American Heart Association’s efforts to educate people on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I myself have recently chose to quit smoking and eat healthier for my own heart health.

Inner-City Arts - 2019 Q3

For the 2nd time, and our third quarter of 2019, we are proud to have selected the Los Angeles Inner-City Arts organization. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s most effective arts education providers, Inner-City Arts is an oasis of learning, achievement and creativity in the heart of Skid Row, and a vital partner in the work of creating a safer, healthier Los Angeles. Chosen by our chief technology officer, Michelle Asencio.

Children in extreme poverty have the least exposure to arts education, with little to none within schools. Art inspires children to believe in their self, and to follow their creative passion. When I found the Inner-City Arts program located in Skid Row I knew that their mission of providing the opportunity for children to create and realize their dreams would be a powerful foundation to donate to. That is why I’m excited to donate a portion of our proceeds to the Los Angeles Inner-City Arts organization to continue to inspire children to pursue the arts and the limitless bounds of their creativity.”

Supporting great causes has impacted all of us here at Orange Aluminum by knowing that we are helping organizations achieve their mission! We donate because we believe in giving back to non-profits that work hard to keep our local communities thriving!

Autism Research Institute - 2019 Q2

Our Warehouse Manager, Nayo Hernandez chose Autism Research Institute as the organization to give back to. This organization holds a special place in Nayo’s heart. “The reason I decided that I wanted Orange Aluminum to sponsor Autism Research Institute because I want to bring more awareness to this issue. My son Kobe also suffers from Autism and there is still a shocking amount of ignorance among the general population when it comes to Autism . Many people assume that children with autism have certain identifiable facial features or particular habits. My son is like any other child, he loves to play and be silly like any other child. My son means the world to me and I will always be there to support him as his goes thru this journey called life”.

Autism Research institute supports the health and well-being of people affected by autism through innovative, impactful research and education.

Orange Aluminum is honored to contribute to the future advancements of the Autism Research Institute.

Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation - 2019 Q1

Our Chief Operating Officer Aaron Brown chose Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation as the organization to give back to. With a strong belief that “Our Children Are Our Future”, I can think of nothing worse than a parent that has a child suffering from illness. Pediatric cancer has directly impacted people around me, coworkers, friends. To have a small glimpse into the life of a family dealing with pediatric cancer is humbling, and terrifying at the same time. To choose an organization that is focused on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with malignant diseases is an easy choice for us to make. With over 35 years of cutting-edge research, PCRF is committed to continuing to fund research, education and lifesaving advancements.

Orange Aluminum is honored to contribute to the future advancements of PCRF.

Wells Bring Hope - 2018 Q4

Wells Bring Hope is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing safe water to various parts in West Africa and empowering women. They start by drilling a well in a village and after it is done they work with that village for 15+ years and educate people on things that will ensure sustainability: sanitation, hygiene, drip farming and well maintenance. Other than providing clean and sanitary water, they also empower women by providing microfinance training; this allows women to become entrepreneurs and small business owners. Sanitary water is something that we all take for granted and most of us cannot imagine how it would be to travel many miles to get clean water, especially if you are a child or a women who would need to do this every day, this causes many children and women to not be able to go to school and receive an education as they will not be walking for hours looking for water. I chose this charity because it has shown me how something so common, basic and accessible to me is not easily attainable in other countries. Wells Bring Hope is dedicated to bringing the people of West Africa these basic necessities to those who most need it.

Unlimited Horizons - 2017 Q1

Unlimited Horizons is a non profit organization that raises money to purchase backpacks and school supplies for children in low-income families. Our sales representative, Mike Canzoneri chose unlimited horizon as the organization to give back to. “The reason I decided that I wanted Orange Aluminum to sponsor Unlimited Horizons this quarter, is that they put every donation to good use for kids in low-income families. Unlimited Horizons found low-cost school supply distributor that sell them school supplies, mostly backpacks, for a fraction of regular wholesale prices. As a result, purely through donations and sponsorship, Unlimited Horizons supplies hundreds of school backpack to needy kids every year.

 

United Friends of the Children - 2016 Q4

United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care. United Friends of the Children surrounds foster youth age 18-24 with positive role models, creating enduring relationships, challenging youth to better themselves, and providing a safety net in the form of a service-enriched housing program.

Iridescent - 2016 Q3

Iridescent is an education non-profit that trains professional engineers, scientists, and parents to deliver cutting-edge STEM education to underserved girls, children and their families. Over the past seven years, Iridescent has trained more than 3,500 mentors and engaged more than 60,000 participants in our programs. Iridescent’s mission is to inspire and support children from underrepresented communities to become problem solvers, creators, engineers, scientists, and inventors. Iridescent goal is to lift communities out of generational poverty by increasing access to technical careers.

Blind Children's Center - 2016 Q2

The Blind Children’s Center is a nonprofit organization founded in 1938 by the Delta Gamma Alumnae Association of Southern California. Each year the center serves approximately 100 children who are blind or visually impaired and provides an array of support services for more than 300 family member. Its goal is to optimize each child’s development and opportunities to lead a meaningful life through a comprehensive program beginning with early intervention, followed by an educational curriculum specifically adapted to the needs of each student.

CoderDojo - 2016 Q1

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so.

March of Dimes - 2015 Q3

As it is our company’s commitment to the community, the 3rd quarter this year we chose to donate to the March of Dimes, a charity committed to the health and research for babies. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

Our president Tiffany Munson, volunteers at March of Dimes. “As a parent, I can think of no better organization to support than March of Dimes. In this country 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely each year. Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age. March of Dimes funds research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full term pregnancies and healthy babies”.

When speaking to the staff at the local March of Dimes office, it is clear in both their passion and the spirit in the stories of families who have benefited from MOD that their motto ‘A Fighting Chance for Every Baby’ is not an overstatement. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born preterm, and nearly 1 million die due to early birth and its complications.   Of the 14 million that survive, an early birth often leaves the baby and families to face serious and lifelong health problems, including breathing issues, jaundice, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays. Even more staggering is that the U.S. preterm birth rate ranks among the worst of high-resource countries.

We are all either a parent, aunt, uncle, sibling, or cousin, and the efforts of this charity has touched us all. We are excited to read about the progress that they have achieved since 2000, and are looking forward to seeing the continued progress as they work to help families across the nation in having healthier pregnancies and healthier babies.

 

You can read more about March of Dimes here:   https://www.marchofdimes.org/

Inner-City Arts - 2015 Q2

For the second quarter of 2015, we are proud to have selected the Los Angeles Inner-City Arts organization. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s most effective arts education providers, Inner-City Arts is an oasis of learning, achievement and creativity in the heart of Skid Row, and a vital partner in the work of creating a safer, healthier Los Angeles.

Children in extreme poverty have the least exposure to arts education, with little to none within schools. Art inspires children to believe in their self, and to follow their creative passion. When I found the Inner-City Arts program located in Skid Row I knew that their mission of providing the opportunity for children to create and realize their dreams would be a powerful foundation to donate to. That is why I’m excited to donate a portion of our proceeds to the Los Angeles Inner-City Arts organization to continue to inspire children to pursue the arts and the limitless bounds of their creativity.”

Girl Scouts of Los Angeles - 2015 Q1

For the first quarter of 2015, we are proud to have selected the Girl Scouts of Los Angeles. The Girl Scouts mission has successfully helped girls become leaders in their communities and beyond for more than 100 years. Their mission to build confidence, courage, and empower girls to become the leaders of tomorrow is a cause that we stand behind and our happy to invest in their futures!

Our sales representative, Diana Garcia, volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Los Angeles assisting with programs and helping to build life skills for the girls. “Art is such a necessary part of life; it provides an outlet for creative expression, personal growth, confidence, and inner happiness.

We Are Ocean - Non-Profit Highlight

We Are Ocean is a non-profit organization that is built around the healing potential of adventure, exploration, and the vast oceans that surround us. We Are Ocean takes in cancer patients and survivors from around the world for its adventure camps based in Catalina Island, California and Oahu, Hawaii, as well as its surf meetups in Newport Beach, California. These programs are designed not only to heal their participants, but to inspire them to lead an active, healthy lifestyle post-treatment.

Locally, We Are Ocean offers day meet-ups on Newport Beach. These events feature activities such as yoga sessions and paddling and outrigger lessons, and provide healthy, local food for their participants. We Are Ocean’s adventure camps in Catalina Island and Oahu invite survivors from all over the world to participate in 5-7 day retreats filled with exploration and opportunity. Critically, all of these incredible opportunities are provided free of charge to patients and survivors.

We support not only the mission of We Are Ocean, but their practice as well. Their hands on approach to healing and commitment to providing life-changing programs is nothing short of outstanding. At Orange Aluminum, we not only are committed to growing as a company, but to growing as a community. Cancer affects the lives of millions of people within this country, and is a challenge that is not easily overcome. We are proud to contribute to the continued success of We Are Ocean as they work to build a strong and positive community.