OneChild Serves 5,000 Local Children
Hospital Staff’s Donations Support Local Children’s Organization
This year, the nonprofit organization OneChild, started by Bernadine Dutra in 2001, has a lot to be thankful for. In addition to serving a milestone 5,000th child, the organization also moved into a new space at 1900 Mowry Avenue in Fremont that is bigger, brighter and more welcoming.
“We were so happy to have many of our friends and long-time supporters in attendance, on November 14, for the ribbon cutting ceremony at our new location,” said Bernadine Dutra, president of OneChild. “This wonderful space is warm and friendly with bright green and pretty blue walls, new carpeting, private dressing rooms, and plenty of room for children and their families to browse through clothing.”
Since its inception, OneChild set out to help one child in need at a time by providing new clothing and school supplies. Children have their own hour to come in and “shop” free of charge by browsing the racks of goods, just like in a regular store. The new clothes, backpacks and school supplies promote self-esteem in underprivileged children.
“Many children go to school with raggedy hand-me-downs and end up concentrating on their looks instead of on their studies,” Dutra added. “By providing new pants, shirts and shoes, we give children the self-esteem they need to accomplish things.”
The reward for making someone’s day is not easily forgotten.
“One little boy came to our store, and his guardian warned me that he does not smile,” she continued. “He had the biggest smile on his face by the time he came out of the dressing room, and even took a moment to style his hair before showing off his new clothes. Those moments warm my heart and remind me why I do what I do every day.”
Washington Hospital’s generosity is crucial to OneChild’s success. Employees at Washington Hospital go above and beyond to ensure the continued success of the organization. This year, on December 12, Washington Hospital managers donated gifts to celebrate the holidays at OneChild’s Holiday Luncheon.
“Nancy Farber and Washington Hospital have been incredible to our organization,” said Dutra. “At Christmas, every manager receives the name of a child, their age and their sizes. Then, they go out and shop for that child. The gifts under the tree this year are proof of their big hearts. The children are ecstatic to receive these gifts, and the staff at Washington Hospital is rewarded by the experience.”
In addition to Washington Hospital, OneChild receives regular support from Fremont Bank and the Fremont Rotary Club. AT&T, the 49ers and People Magazine have also supported the organization by giving grants over the years.
“Working for a nonprofit is the best job you can possibly have because everyone is working to do something good for someone else,” noted Dutra. “Everyone is happy. We feel privileged to have served over 5,000 children so far, and we don’t expect to stop anytime soon.”
OneChild offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, and they also welcome monetary donations of any amount.
“We hope that you will also be inspired to help children within the community,” she concluded. “Your help goes a long way in bringing joy to the lives of children, one child at a time.”
To learn more about OneChild and the difference one person can make in the lives of local children and their families, visit www.onechildca.org.
To learn about volunteer opportunities at Washington Hospital, visit www.whhs.com/giving.