Foster Care & Child Development
Easter Event at Penny Lane Family Center
- Where: Penny Lane Family Center - 15305 Rayen Street, North Hills, CA 91343
- When: Sunday, April 15, 2007
On a Sunday afternoon, VAMS members visited Penny Lane Family Center, an orphanage for adolescent girls. The event kicked off with traditional Easter festivities, such as marble swirl egg painting and an egg hunt. Afterwards, several booths were set up for cookie decorating, paper bag decorating, and karaoke. Through fund-raising efforts and generous donations, all of the girls received a prize: these prizes included Godiva chocolate, bath and lotion sets, jewelry, and stuffed animals. Moreover, Penny Lane Family Center received a large canvas painting of the Easter Islands (drawn by VAMS volunteer Sarah Kim).
- Where: CBS Studios - 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604
- When: Saturday, October 25, 2008
For the first time ever, four Southern California VAMS chapters worked together to host the 2008 Halloween Spooktacular for over 500 orphans, foster care children, and homeless families. With the support of CBS Studios (local Los Angeles television channels 2 and 9) and the Studio City Chamber of Commerce, VAMS Founder Ernestine Fu organized this event, which took place on Saturday, October 25, 2008. The purpose of the event was to give underprivileged children, teens, and families the opportunity to enjoy a 100% free Halloween Festival, make new friendships with interesting people like them, and just have fun! The event featured live music, food, games, a photo booth, a DJ, contests, prizes, and a haunted house. And, organized by the VAMS student volunteers of North Hollywood, Harvard-Westlake, Sherman Oaks CES, and South Pasadena, booth activities included face painting, storytelling, mask making, t-shirt decorating, dancing, mummy wraping, and more! In addition, every participant received a special treat bag.
Thanksgiving Event at CBS Studios
In 2009, volunteers set up a Thanksgiving carnival on a lot at CBS Studios, with booths and activities such as a beanbag toss, face painting, musical performances, karaoke, and various arts and crafts. Children and families were bused in from schools/daycare centers, and the event was also open for families living in the area to walk in and join in the festivities. Volunteers entertained the kids with games, helped them with craft activities, and served a Thanksgiving dinner to the families who attended.