Mercy House is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. In the last 12 months, Mercy House has helped nearly 600 individuals remain in their homes, served nearly 2,000 people at access centers, aided more than 3,600 in emergency shelter programs, transitioned more than 190 people out of temporary shelters, and facilitated permanent housing for over 400. Donate directly!
BookEnds is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 when eight year old Brandon Keefe compelled his third grade classmates to donate books from their homes to a local children’s home where his mother worked. Brandon’s compassionate effort was the beginning of Bookends and turned out to be the first of literally thousands of book drives! Today, his mother Robin Keefe is the organization’s president and together they have mobilized more than 220,000 young people to collect, sort and deliver over 2.1 million books to children in Southern California. BookEnds has provided more than a half a million children with books and completed or revitalized 585 libraries. The organization’s main source of books is recycled children's books collected via book drive by student volunteers in schools and service organizations. The work instills the value of community service in student volunteers as they enjoy what is often their first opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. BookEnds creates readers and leaders and is about both the power and the promise of our children.