SACRAMENTO (PRESS RELEASE) – Today, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte recognized Sunset Hills Children’s Foundation as the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year for the 33rd Assembly District. The Foundation was honored at a ceremony in Sacramento during the California Nonprofits Day event on Wednesday.
Sunset Hills Children’s Foundation was founded in 2004 to help meet the educational and emotional needs of children who have abruptly lost a loved one. Since 2007 the Foundation has grown tremendously and is now able to award $20,000 scholarships to deserving students who have experienced a tragic loss or hardship. The Foundation has given numerous recipients the opportunity to attend college to achieve their educational dreams.
“Sunset Hills Children’s Foundation has done a tremendous job in the High Desert helping children who have tragically lost a family member,” said Assemblyman Obernolte. “Attaining an education is key to achieving a bright and successful future. I commend the Foundation for their leadership in providing these children, who have already suffered so much, with an avenue to attain a college degree.”
Sunset Hills Children Foundation also assists local Boy Scouts by offering a matching grant for their Eagle Scout projects. These projects provide them with the tools necessary to grow into our future leaders, while at the same time contributing to their community. Additionally, the Foundation has recently opened the Sunrise Center, which provides peer support groups to help people work through their grief after the death of a loved one. In doing so, both children and adults are given the opportunity to discover that they are not alone in coping with a tragic loss.