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The Power of One


What impact can an 86 year-old retired teacher or a 17 year-old high school student make on the staggering reality that “85% of children in the juvenile court system cannot read”? (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Nat’l Institute of Corrections)

Their simple act of showing up every Tuesday and Thursday to OC United’s after-school program, United Kids, is changing kids lives.

EvFree’s relationship with Valencia Park Elementary School began over five years ago. What started with an Easter Egg Hunt and Thanksgiving Dinner is now a two day a week holistic after-school program where the heart, mind, body and soul are nurtured through loving relationships with caring volunteers. We also support the student-led Bible Club on Wednesdays.

Our retired teacher, “Grandma Bobbie,” has invested in the lives of children for decades. After surviving cancer and the loss of her dear husband, she decided she was not done seeing lives transformed. She is passionate about lifting each of our 40 students before our Heavenly Father prior to each day our doors open. She specializes in loving our especially challenging kids.

Anthony, a senior at Buena Park High, jumped in quickly last year after we first opened United Kids. His younger sister is in United Kids and he wants to be a role model for the younger kids as well as tutor them with homework.

United Kids is open for its second year and we are excited to further the impact that Grandma Bobbie and Anthony have made. We are trusting God to provide Reading Buddies for our twenty K-3rd graders and men to read, tutor or mentor our 25 boys enrolled.

We invite you! Come make a lasting impact on one child: contact donnaw@ocunited.org.

by Donna Whitman

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