NEW PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT - March 2017
Must! Charities is proud to announce a new $500,000 partnership
with El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO), the only homeless shelter serving all of north San Luis
IMPACT UPDATE - June 2016
The positive press and feedback from community members we have received from investing in these Children's Farmer's Markets has been incredible.
IMPACT UPDATE - April 2016
We recently gifted our millionth dollar into our community as we kicked off our partnership with CASA. We are just scratching the surface when it comes to social issues and areas of need in our community and we will continue to invest in organizations who are servicing those needs.
HOLIDAY WISHES - December 2015
wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season & a happy new year too! Thank you for making must! charities what it is today! Clickable photo...
KZOZ TAKEOVER DAY - December 2015
Listen all day at 93.3 or Live Stream on the internet at www.KZOZ.com. We've had some crazy requests already this morning in the studio... These guys are working hard to access music we have never heard of... it's pretty entertaining!
NEW COLLABORATION: CASA - November 2015
Yesterday, we officially kicked off a four-year collaboration and $262,551 investment with CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates. Must! charities will come along side CASA with financial & business expertise that will allow them to have a greater impact in the region where it is needed most. The goal is to address the current needs of the North County through a four-year recruitment and training plan.
IMPACT UPDATE: REAL FOOD FOR REAL CHILDREN - September 2015
We are wrapping up this collaboration with the Food Bank Coalition This project gave the Food Bank the means to set up a designated Children's Program, which has in-turn opened many doors for the Food Bank, including their recent award of a Feeding America Grant (only 14 given out in the entire country!) The project has been incredibly successful over the past 2 years and we are so ecstatic on the results so far.
IMPACT UPDATE - August 2015
What a gift. Take a look at this incredible story of a successful match between a Big Brother & a Little Brother. This is just one of the many stories we get to see unfold before us daily. Subscribe to our blog to get more stories like this one, including a new personal blog feature about my journey becoming a Big Sister (something I highly recommend for anyone who has a love for kids and a desire to help others).
IMPACT UPDATE: BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS - June 2015
We launched a 4 year commitment with Big Brothers Big Sisters. With our help they were able to open a North County office in Paso Robles. We recently wrote a blog about the project and are excited to let you know in the first quarter alone they have matched 8 Bigs with 8 Littles. Some of those Littles had been on a waiting list for over 2 years.
READ MADYSON'S STORY - February 2015
When you read this story you will have a glimpse at the importance of expanding the Boys and Girls Club into other communities.
YEAR END WRAP UP - December 2014
2014 was another great year at must! charities. Below are some links to our completed or current projects
NEW COLLABORATION: BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS - November 2014
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I want each of our partners to know how thankful I am for YOU! Because of YOU and your commitment to must! charities, I am able to announce that we are kicking off a brand new collaboration project! Together, we are embarking on a 4 year, $253,000 commitment with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County
MID SUMMER UPDATE - June 2014
This summer we rolled out our first vehicle, as part of our collaboration with the food bank. A year ago, the food bank requested 2 vehicles at the start of our "Real Food for Real Children" project. We encouraged them to wait a bit until they really understood what vehicles would be needed to most efficiently run their programs. They agreed, and were thankful to learn that what they thought they needed, wasn't what they needed at all. After a hectic summer of 2013, piecing a program together, the food bank came to us with a plan, and knew exactly what they needed as far as the size of the truck, refrigeration, etc.
PROJECT UPDATE: BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB - May 2014
I am excited to inform you that last Friday, May 2, 2014 our local club was publicly awarded a National Merit Award from Boys and Girls Club Nationals. The Club was recognized as one of the top performing clubs in the nation, and was recently ranked #2 in small rural clubs running under a $500K budget!
PROJECT UPDATE: REAL FOOD FOR REAL CHILDREN - April 2014
Planning of the 2014 Summer Lunch Sites is well underway, and almost complete. For this summer we have over 14 summer lunch sites scheduled in the Northern Region of San Luis Obispo. At these sites, anyone ages 0-18 years can get a free healthy lunch! We are currently helping The Food Bank Coalition with their marketing and public relations pieces for their Summer Lunch Programs.
NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - February 2014
I am not sure where 2013 went, or even 2012, but here we are at the end of February 2014. We are now over 200 partners strong and growing. Our partners are those who have decided it's worth it to invest their financial resources into the future of our community. We have had partner donations as small as $5 and a partner donation well over $160K. The point is: it doesn't matter what your personal resources look like, or how much you can give; what matters is that you made the decision to give.