Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Childhelp provides comprehensive response to victims of child abuse which includes advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach. The Greater Los Angeles Chapter (GLAC) of Childhelp is an organized team effort to create awareness in Southern California of this serious epidemic and to raise funding to support the organization and its nationally recognized programs. The GLAC is proud to be the original Childhelp volunteer fundraising engine. Our annual events provide important outreach, and are opportunities to get involved and make a difference.
Our Founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson built Childhelp in Southern California. They have driven sweeping and successful advocacy and intervention efforts on behalf of abused children and foster families for nearly 50 years. Los Angeles was the founding headquarters of Childhelp for more than three decades. Boasting an impressive ‘soldiers of the cause’ legacy, the Founders, many of their friends, and some original members of the GLAC are still actively involved. Since its inception, the continuous and unparalleled support from the Southern California community has enabled Childhelp to grow into a national organization. As individuals, we become voices of the cause. As a group, lives are changed and conditions improve.
In the U.S., almost a half million children are victims of abuse and neglect, annually. A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds and nearly 1,500 are killed due to abuse each year. Over 250,000 children entered foster care in 2010. In California, a child is abused or neglected every 4 minutes and our state accepts a child into the foster system over 100 times every day. As the GLAC Member, Sponsor, and Volunteer involvement expands, it has experienced a surge in fundraising and advancement outreach intent on efforts of substantial impact to area neglected and abused children.
- President – Colleen Knerr
- Vice President – Marion Lovelace
- Fundraising – Randy Dauchot and Allison Mayer
- Recording Secretary – Susan Abeles
- Corresponding Secretary – Irene Lund
- Treasurer – Clancy Martel-Zerg
- Membership – Marilyn Mandel
- Publicity & Communication - Susan Jordan
- Education & Awareness – Ock Ju Noh and Sharon Sindell
- Village & Group Home Liaison – Diana McHugh
- Parliamentarian – Barbara Barrett
- Chaplain –Patricia Whiting
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How you can help.
There are many ways you can get involved with Childhelp. However you decide to join in, you can help make a huge impact on a child's life.