Childhelp says goodbye to longtime colleague

Saying Good-Bye to an Old Friend

After 31 years, our beloved community relations director Lynn Elder has retired from the Merv Griffin Childhelp Village in Beaumont, California.

Elder has spent 20 years in her current role, which has included recruiting, processing and training volunteers, supervising undergraduate interns from local colleges, giving tours, public speaking and coordinating the annual Christmas party for the children, which features 900 guests.”

Elder spent the first 10 years as a child care worker and supervisor before being convinced, literally, to head up the volunteer coordinator position that eventually turned into the community relations post.

When the volunteer coordinator position became available, then director Tom Alexander tried to interest Elder in the job.

But she didn’t want the job. Elder said he tried at least three times before she said yes.”

We are so incredibly thankful for the many years Lynn has spent helping children in need. While we are sad to see her go, we wish her the best in retirement as she heads across the country to a new home with her husband in North Carolina and know that she loved every day at Childhelp.

“I’ve loved every job I’ve had here,” Elder said. “Every day is different.”

Giving Back

The Girl Scout Troop 1449 made a huge impact on the residents of the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village in early August by donating 85 backpacks filled with school supplies.

Eleven Girl Scouts visited Childhelp to deliver the school supplies for the children. Gowen (the troop leader) said the supplies collected included binders, highlighters, erasers, index cards, calculators, rulers and backpacks.”

We know how much this act of kindness means to the children and they will be eternally grateful for the young girls’ generous help.

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