Company Sets FundraisingGoal of $15,000 and will Match Every Dollar that Employees and Customers Contribute; Event to Raise Thousands of Dollars for Children Facing Homelessness
LONG BEACH, Calif. – July 9, 2012 – Long Beach-based FreeConferenceCall.com, the largest privately held conferencing provider in the United States, announced today that it has committed to raising $15,000 to support Children Today’s 4th Annual 5K/10K Run/Walk. In addition to setting the fundraising goal, FreeConfereneCall.com Founder and CEO David Erickson announced that the company will match every dollar raised by employees and customers – with a goal of a $20,000 donation to the non-profit organization that advocates for children facing homelessness. Children Today’s programs ensure children most in need have access to quality early childcare and education. This is the fourth consecutive year that FreeConferenceCall.com will support the Children Today Run/Walk, which takes place Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Marina Green Park.
“In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to come together as a community and support those who need it most,” said Erickson, a Long Beach native. “Children Today’s programs support our city’s most valuable asset – our children – and we are proud to support the work they are doing for Long Beach families.”
Last year, Children Today’s 5K/10K Run/Walk raised more than $60,000 for its Play House Programs and this year, the organization is looking to raise $100,000. The funds help support Children Today’s mission of ensuring the success of all children by providing a high quality, no-cost, developmentally appropriate curriculum for children enrolled in the Play House programs. The programs include no-cost, licensed child care and preschool for children experiencing homelessness and focus on providing children with safety and stability, nutritious meals and clothing. In addition, Play House programs provide children with caring and nurturing relationships in an educational environment – a place where they can play, be creative, learn and grow in order to experience long-term success in their lives.
Dora Jacildo, Executive Director of Children Today, said, "We are extremely grateful for the support we are receiving from the Long Beach community, including the generous commitment by FreeConferenceCall.com. These donations go directly to support Long Beach children in need and without them, we would not be able to help as many kids. We are appreciative of the community's support and are looking forward to another successful event that will ensure Long Beach children have a support system in place to help them reach their full potential."
The public can register for the event and become a fundraiser by visiting: http://www.childrentoday.org/. Events include races for kids and adults. For more information, visit: http://www.childrentoday.org/.
About Children Today
Children Today operates two free, licensed, comprehensive child development and day care centers in Long Beach, CA for children experiencing homelessness from six weeks to six years of age. Since inception, the combined impact of the Play House West and Play House North has reached over 800 families in Long Beach.
Children Today is an advocate for the needs of children in a system that typically sees homelessness as a problem only affecting adults. The goal of Children Today is simple – to increase the safety, stability and confidence of children facing homelessness and provide quality early care and education programs absolutely free of charge.
FreeConferenceCall.com, the largest privately held conferencing provider in the United States, provides conference calling services to approximately 15-20 million callers a month. The company's reliable, high quality, reservation-less audio conferencing service is used to connect over 200 million calls a year around the world. FreeConferenceCall.com's pioneering all-digital network is built on proprietary media servers. A major milestone for FreeConferenceCall.com took place during the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, when both President Obama and Senator McCain’s campaigns chose FreeConferenceCall.com to communicate with their supporters nationwide. Related services include FreeScreenSharing.com, with unlimited real-time sharing of desktop content. FreeConferenceCall.com was founded in 2001 and is based in Long Beach, California.