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Steven’s Hope Expands Staff Preparing for Future

(Upland , CA) June 16, 2015– Steven’s Hope for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides temporary housing and other essentials for families with seriously ill or injured children, is pleased to welcome Nick Montes and Katherine Valadez to their staff. Together, Nick and Katherine bring years of communication and administrative experience to Steven’s Hope.

Mr. Montes will be the Marketing and Communications Assistant and Ms. Valadez is the new Executive Administrative Assistant. The pair will be focusing on spreading the organization’s core message of providing hope and support to families.

“Steven’s Hope has had substantial growth the last few years and we are building the team that will take us to that next level”, said Tony Cappelli, Executive Director at Steven’s Hope for Children. “The addition of Nick and Katherine to the staff of Steven’s Hope will strengthen our marketing efforts as well as allow us to move closer to our goal of assisting more families.”

Nick, who has more than seven years of experience as a reporter and anchor in television news, will be tasked with helping to expand the awareness of Steven’s Hope and inspiring others to support the cause. The combination of his professional experience and his volunteer efforts give him a unique personal perspective of how to market Steven’s Hope for Children.

“This is a great opportunity to work with volunteers and introduce Steven’s Hope to more people and businesses in the community,” said Mr. Montes. “I’m hopeful that my experience will be a positive impact to Steven’s Hope and ultimately, the families.”

Ms. Valadez, an Inland Empire native, comes to Steven’s Hope with a background in public relations, mass communications, and administration. She will assist Executive Director and Co-Founder, Tony Cappelli with day to day administrative duties as Executive Administrative Assistant. Her duties also include donor relations and communications, as well as contributing to marketing projects.

“It is an exciting time to for Steven’s Hope. The vision for the future is quite a lofty goal,” said Katherine Valadez, Executive Administrative Assistant. “I’m glad to be part of the team of people that will make that vision a reality.”

For more information about Steven’s Hope for Children, please visit www.stevenshope.org.

 

About Steven’s Hope for Children

Steven’s Hope for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Upland, CA. It was started by Tony and Sandy Cappelli after their son, Steven, died from heart complications only 32 hours after birth. Through their loss, Tony and Sandy felt compelled to help families with seriously ill or injured children. Each year they help hundreds of families through their programs by providing temporary housing, food, emotional support, clothing and other necessities to needy families. Their vision

#GivingTuesday to focus on Two Projects

GT COMBINED GRAPHIXDecember 2 is #GivingTuesday.  It’s a nationwide movement to give back to people, communities, schools, nonprofits and each other.

Steven’s Hope has opportunities for individuals to get involved and make a difference on this day.

Volunteers are needed at our Winter Wonderland sorting center to help sort, count, tag, organize, wrap, pack, stack and distribute thousands of toys going to thousands of kids in families with a seriously ill or injured child.  Spend a few hours with us or the whole day.  Just call the office at 909-373-0678 to let us know when you will be available.

If you would like to help with our newest project, Raising Hope, you can spread the word and be a Virtual Fundraiser. Your goal is to raise as much mo as you can on #GivingTuesday. We have a special website all set up for your to share the message with your friends and family, even the person you met last week in the grocery store. Click here to visit the Virtual Fundraising Site.  You can so do this!  You don’t even have to leave your house.  Use your computer of mobile device.

 

 

Steven’s Hope outlines progress at annual luncheon

Sandy Cappelli shares the story of her son at the recent “There is Hope” luncheon for Steven’s Hope. (Photo by Suzanne Sproul)

Sandy Cappelli shares the story of her son at the recent “There is Hope” luncheon for Steven’s Hope. (Photo by Suzanne Sproul)

By Suzanne Sproul, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Posted: 11/19/14, 3:54 PM PST |

It was a packed house at the recent Steven’s Hope luncheon to outline progress on “There is Hope,” but more importantly, discuss dreams for the future.

And those dreams are big. The Upland-based organization started off 12 years ago to help provide temporary housing to families caring for severely ill children. That effort grew to helping with daily necessities and now it encompasses a goal of someday having a full-fledged campus.

The annual gathering is designed to be an hour to inspire people to help change a life. But it’s also a powerful testimonial to a family’s faith and love in believing there is hope even in times of despair. That story – of the Cappellis of Upland – began in earnest with a little boy who only lived 32 hours in 2000, but whose life continues to impact many today.

The mission statement of Upland-based Steven’s Hope says it all about the nonprofit that helps families in desperate times. (Photo by Suzanne Sproul)

The mission statement of Upland-based Steven’s Hope says it all about the nonprofit that helps families in desperate times. (Photo by Suzanne Sproul)

His story, along with those of others helped by the organization that bears his name, highlighted the seventh annual fundraising luncheon. Sandy and Tony Cappelli found out early in her pregnancy that their son, Steven Joseph Cappelli, had a fatal heart defect. The Upland couple didn’t waver in their decision to proceed with the pregnancy in hopes of donating his organs. That wasn’t possible, but the legacy lives on. Today, Steven’s Hope helps families coping with living with an injured or seriously ill child. Steven’s Hope provides financial support and housing to those families, but more importantly it serves as a support network in what is usually a lengthy ordeal.

Last year alone, Steven’s Hope helped 3,000 children. Jason Sgrignoli is the Chairman of the Board. He introduced several of the families helped by the organization, including Isabella Vahanian and her mom, Wendy, father Gregory, and sister, Gabriela.

Each year, Steven’s Hope recognizes a volunteer for his or her outstanding contribution. This year’s honoree is Gary Johnson, a former engineer and teacher who works tirelessly at the organization’s Children’s Boutique in Rancho Cucamonga.

Despite a record number of success stories, there is always much more that can be done. That takes money. Sandy Cappelli thanked Jersey Mike’s Subs for selecting them as a charity to help in its March promotion. Twenty Inland Empire stores participated and earned $122,000 for Steven’s Hope. And AM/PM stores also have contributed more than $100,000.

Corporate gifts are a wonderful mainstay, but the nonprofit relies heavily on local support. This year, Steven’s Hope opened its fourth apartment where families can stay when their children are being cared for, many times at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Last, Christmas, as part of its annual Winter Wonderland program, the nonprofit provided gifts to 6,000 children.

Steven’s Hope supporters also are in full holiday mode again this year. The annual Winter Wonderland toy campaign needs donations. Anyone who would like to adopt a family, arrangements can be made. Sponsors are needed, too, for the annual Winter Wonderful Christmas party for Steven’s Hope children and families.

Donations and sponsorships of all amounts are welcome. For more information about Steven’s Hope, call 909-373-0678.

Seen at the Scene: Alexa Cappelli, who sang; Donna and John Russo; Dale and Lynette Edelson; and Jim and Marcia Flock.

Winter Wonderland Toys and Gift Cards Needed

Here’s a quick and easy way to help brighten a child’s face on Christmas Day.  Sign up to Host a Toy Drive, Adopt a child or just Donate a new toy, present or gift card to Steven’s Hope.  We have the biggest request list ever and we need help filling all the requests.  We are short on toys for the younger kids and are desperately in need of gift cards for teenagers.  Just a $25 gift card to WalMart, Target or BestBuy goes a long way.

This year, deliveries are planned to Loma Linda University Medical Center, Pomona Valley Medical Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Fontana, San Antonio Communtiy Hospital and City of Hope. For more info call the office about helping Winter Wonderland.

For more info, click here or call the office at 909-373-0678.

Bowling, Burritos, Chicken, Pasta and Winter Wonderland

Would you like to bowl for free?  Maybe get some food before or after for free, too?  Just make donations of toys to support the Winter Wonderland Project of Steven’s Hope for Children and it could all be yours for free!

One business is Brunswick Zone at 451 Foothill Blvd.in Upland. From now until December 8, bring in a new, unwrapped toy of $5 or more and get a free game of bowling.

If you’re in the mood for food,  here are great ways to help get some good food and help out a great cause.

DEVEMBER 5- Carino’s Italian Restaurant located at 12240 Foothill Blvd in Rancho Cucamonga is having their night with Steven’s Hope on Monday, December 5.  The SHSH Club (Students Helping Steven’s Hope) from Los Osos High School arranged to the restaurant to provide 25% of dinner proceeds to Steven’s Hope for each person that brings in this flyer. It’s even good on 1/2 off family platters. If you bring in a new, unwrapped toy, you’ll receive a dessert card for your next visit to Carino’s. There will also be a drawing for a $30 Carino’s gift card.  Be sure to bring your flyer.

DEVEMBER 7 – You could also go to Chipotle Mexican Grill on Wednesday, December 7 from 5PM – 8PM.  Drop off a newunwrapped toy worth $10 or more and get a free burrito, bowl, salad or tacos.  This offer is good at either the 1092 N. Mountain Avenue in Upland or 10811 Foothill Blvd., in Rancho Cucamonga.

DECEMBER 1 through 9 – Chik-Fil-A  will give out a free chicken sandwich for donations of new toys or boods donated at 12190 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga. This special offer is on from December 1st through 9th.