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Children's Portraits for Struggling Moms

The governance and program structure of my foundation requires that each of the four directors take turns designing and leading projects that impact a problem we see in our community. I am the lead on this project. The Bella Foundations other directors are Annaliese Snowhook, Alicia Schomer, and Rebecca Schomer, Another portion of our by-laws stipulates that we have chocolate at every board meeting.

I will create high quality children's portraits for struggling mothers at the Richstone Family Center's family open house event on Saturday, January 26. Please note, the grant funds will be used after the event for photo printing. I will be using skills I have acquired from photography classes and school yearbook experience. The Richstone Center works with struggling families to end the cycle of child abuse they have experienced.

Inspiration/ Motivation: I believe that having beautiful pictures of loved ones can strengthen bonds. I was inspired to reach out to the Richstone Family Center in particular because I imagined that mothers leaving an abusive relationship are often forced to leave behind their belongings. And, some of the center's clients have not been able to afford school pictures of their children

Additional Benefits to Project Partner: We have coordinated this project with the Richstone Family Center's program director Allison Tanaka. She says that providing the photos after the event for pickup at the center attracts the parents back to the center with this additional incentive to keep their child's therapy appointments. Also. the photos will be provided to the center for use in their marketing and fundraising materials.

Plan of Action 1) Set up a "photo studio" station at the Richstone Family Center's family weekend event on January 26, 2013. Please note, the grant funds will be used after the event for photo printing. 2) Provide framed prints. 3) Deliver framed prints to the Richstone Family Center in February.

Funded by LA South Bay, CA (March 2013)

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