Felton staff member, Sarah Tiffany Richardson Baker, Executive Assistant to the CEO and Community Engagement Coordinator, and her family planned to host “Cuddle Up and Read” before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and last month, they found a way to fulfill their mission while adhering to physical distancing and shelter in place orders.
Sarah shares, “My daughter Liv and I have an organization called Livanthropy, that raises money and goods to support homeless or housing insecure families with kids in Alameda County. Liv became inspired the first time I had cancer and our community rallied behind us. She was five years old; she is now 12. We’ve raised almost $20,000 and given directly to families. Liv has also given keynote addresses at several large conferences around the country over the years and facilitated workshops, sat on panels telling our story and inspired other kids to give back too. She has partnered with Marshawn Lynch and Beastmode, Baron Davis/Black Santa Company and other amazing organizations over the years. People can follow her story on IG @livanthropy and her website: www.livanthropy.org.”
“In March, we hosted ‘Cuddle Up and Read‘, an event co-sponsored by the Hiero Foundation and Akira’s Book Club, where we gave 35 families fully loaded backpacks with books, blankets, toiletries, and $50 Visa gift cards. Initially, the event was going to be at De Fremery Park in Oakland and we were going to provide a day of fun for families, but because of COVID-19, we modified the event to adhere to social distancing and shelter in place orders. We were able to use the MLK Elementary School parking lot to have families drive up or walk up to receive the goods. It was more important now in these times that families in need receive the gift.”
Sarah’s husband Luchan Baker is a member of Felton’s Felton Engagement Specialist Team (FEST), so you could say that “Cuddle Up and Read” was truly a Felton Family event. FEST is comprised of Engagement Specialists who are skilled case managers working in collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Public Works, Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and the San Francisco Police Department.
About Felton Institute: Founded in 1889, Felton Institute responds to human needs by providing cutting edge, evidence-based mental health and social services that transform lives. Felton Institute is a tax-exempt organization registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit under EIN 94-1156530.
Offering more than 50 acclaimed and honored programs that address homelessness, mental health, prenatal, adolescent, adult and senior needs, Felton Institute provides services in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, and Monterey counties.
Felton is named for its social services pioneer and executive director Dr. Katharine “Kitty” Felton who was called the ”conscience of San Francisco” and was committed to ensuring that children and families in crisis have access to social services and resources in order to help them build upon their inherent strengths and develop self-sufficiency. www.felton.org