Five Acres Announces 2016 Giving Tuesday Campaign

Altadena, Calif – The Five Acres 2016 Giving Tuesday campaign, scheduled for Tuesday, November 29th will be featured with digital and social media. For the 2nd time, Five Acres will team up with Wells Fargo for a $10,000 match to raise much needed funding for a new literacy curriculum.  The literacy curriculum will support more than 1,000 students at the Five Acres Therapeutic School (non-public) over the next ten years.

Giving Tuesday is a global day for giving. After Black Friday, “small business” Saturday and “cyber” Monday, comes Giving Tuesday. The day is designed to encourage people to donate to their favorite charities during the holidays.

In 1981 Five Acres opened its on-grounds, therapeutic non-public school. This program offered many children their first opportunity for academic success. The school was originally housed in what are now the Willow and Spruce Cottages on main campus.

As success of the program grew, in 1990 a larger therapeutic school was constructed on a property adjacent to the main campus. As the surrounding community’s needs have changed, Five Acres Therapeutic School has evolved. With success of their programs and working closely with students with the special education eligibility of “Emotional Disturbance” the community of educators requested that Five Acres expand the student population to serve children with learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and intellectual disability.

While widening the special education offerings, the students with these additional emotional disturbance eligibilities also quickly came to Five Acres Therapeutic School for support with severe overlying behavioral and emotional deficits.

Today, Five Acres nonpublic school serves 24 school districts within a 50 mile radius and classes are close to full capacity.

The new literacy curriculum will greatly benefit the students at the nonpublic school. Five Acres is thankful for the ongoing community partnership with Wells Fargo.

Area President of the San Gabriel Valley Division, Sandy Walia shares,

“Wells Fargo is proud to support this year’s Giving Tuesday campaign and the selfless work Five Acres does every day. As a good corporate citizen, it’s our job to identify local needs, bring resources to the table and help our community partners create sustainable change. Together, we hope to enrich the lives of these remarkable students. We recognize we are only are strong as the communities we serve.”

To learn more about the Five Acres 2016 Giving Tuesday Campaign, please visit www.crowdrise.com/fiveacresorg  Facebookwww.facebook.com/fiveacresorg , Twitter  www.twitter.com/fiveacresorg, Instagram - www.instagram.com/fiveacresorg #GivingTuesday, #5AGivingTuesday

About Five Acres

Five Acres is a child welfare agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidenced-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers an array of services including community – based mental health and deaf services, wrap around, therapeutic behavioral services, residential care, foster care, adoption and a nonpublic therapeutic school. In 2015 Five Acres served over 8,500 children and their families across five counties. Visit us at 5acres.org