ACF Honored at 2017 Volunteer Luncheon

The City of Anaheim hosted  its 2017 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on March 15 at The National Grove of Anaheim. Anaheim Community Foundation was among the many organizations and individuals honored. ACF Board Chair, David Bostwick, accepted the award on behalf of the entire board. The theme “There’s No Place Like Anaheim” was brought to life through Wizard Of Oz inspired decor, entertainment, and commemorative pins. Volunteers are “Oz-some!”

Disneyland Awards ACF $10,000 for Youth Programs

At the 10th Annual Disney Half Marathon, the Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) was awarded $10,000 to support Project S.A.Y. (Support Anaheim’s Youth) and Summer Yourh Scholarships. ACF has been the celebratory charity of the race since it began. Ten members of Project S.A.Y. participated in the Disneyland 5K. Project S.A.Y. is one of many free programs for Anaheim youth in middle and high school made possible through ACF.

ACF Board Chair David Bostwick along with Project S.A.Y. students accepted the check at the event.

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About Project S.A.Y.

Project S.A.Y.  is the City of Anaheim’s Youth Development Program. Project S.A.Y. serves Junior High and High School age youth and their families living in Anaheim and uses a combination of Youth Outreach, Case Management, School Interventions, Assistance to Parents, Community Education, Youth Leadership Development, Health and Fitness, and Education and Employment to engage youth in positive and constructive activities to promote the healthy development of young people.

Katella Leadership  Reading Activity

Youth participate in a wide range of social, recreational, and educational activities that help them develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successful adulthood. Participants develop leadership, conflict resolution, problem solving, and goal-setting skills. Youth help plan their own activities such as sporting events, camping trips, leadership development programs, and service projects in the community. Project S.A.Y. services are offered at no cost to Junior High and High school age youth. For more information on Project S.A.Y., please call 714-765-5246.

Project SAY serves the following Anaheim Union High School District schools:

  • Anaheim High School / Sycamore Jr. High
  • Katella High School / South Jr. High
  • Loara High School / Ball Jr. High
  • Savanna High School / Brookhurst Jr. High
  • Magnolia High School / Dale Junior High School

Irv Pickler Honored

On February 2, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Anaheim Community Foundation unanimously named Irv Pickler Board Member Emeritus.

As a parent, community volunteer, City Councilmember, active service club member, ACF board member and many others, Irv’s leadership and sincere love for this community has been unparalleled. Anaheim is a much stronger city and a much better place to raise a family because of Irv’s dedication. Beyond his service to our community, Irv has served America and the world in the defense of freedom as a distinguished member of our armed forces.


As Board Member Emeritus, Irv Pickler’s lifelong efforts to make Anaheim a great place to live, work and play are recognized and never forgotten.

ACF Rocks at Volunteer Luncheon

Anaheim Community Foundation is proud to have been honored at the City of Anaheim’s annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on March 18, 2015.

The ‘Volunteers Who ROCK” event was emceed by KTLA’s Henry DiCarlo, with special comments from the Mayor, City Council and Terry Lowe, Director of Anaheim Community Services. The Chance Theater provided rock-inspired entertainment as hundreds of volunteers were recognized for their generosity and gift of time.

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Stephen Sain, ACF Board Chair, accepted Special Award presented to the Anaheim Community Foundation, among 11 other organizations highlighted for their monetary and in-kind contributions.

ACF has an all-volunteer Board of Directors who provides leadership and manages donations to ensure they are returned to the community to enhance programs and services that aid local groups in meeting vital community needs.

On behalf of the entire board, we are honored to be among the hundreds of volunteers who have provided many thousands of hours of service.

ACF Supports Project S.A.Y.

Erick Samayoa has been a resident of Anaheim for 10 years and was a participant in Project S.A.Y. from 2006 to 2010. In 2010 he was accepted to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and is now serving on the USS Anzio as a naval officer. During 2013 he returned home to help out with the Project S.A.Y. Cycling Team.

Thanks to donations from City of Anaheim Employee Giving program to the Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF),  the Project S.A.Y. Cycling Program received funding through ACF.

project-say-cycling-team“As I look ahead and plan for this coming summer, I can’t help but reflect back on an opportunity I had last year that created an indelible memory, and an ongoing opportunity for me to help lead younger people who share a passion for cycling.

I volunteered with a city sponsored youth development program called Project S.A.Y. (Support Anaheim’s Youth). The group was rejuvenating the youth cycling program and I had the opportunity to lead them in their workouts. After all, I knew very well what it was all about after being in the same program throughout my high school career at Anaheim.

My time as a participant-student with Project S.A.Y. inspired me to begin competing in triathlons and I eventually became captain of The Citadel Multi-sport Team, which also helped me in my quest to inspire the Project S.A.Y. students I was coaching. These middle and high school students rode an average of 25 miles twice a week during a three month period. There were 12 students on the team.

As I worked to lead them, I tried to teach them about cycling safety, equipment maintenance and nutrition. I also shared strategies about how to effectively pace themselves while cycling in preparation for an upcoming marathon. In addition to cycling, we played games of basketball on the city’s basketball courts after morning rides.

I stay in touch with the Project S.A.Y. team and have visited them during several furloughs when I went back home to Anaheim. I hope to have the honor of cycling with them and helping them with college preparations. I am grateful to be able to help lead these students, and I am especially grateful for what I learn from them each time we connect.”

The Project S.A.Y. Cycling Team is just one example of the many free programs that are available to Anaheim youth in middle school and high school. Although the cycling program is full at this time, many other activities are available. Call 714-765-5246 for more information!

ACT Update

In the spring of 2012, the Disneyland Resort in cooperation with the Anaheim Community Foundation, retained, through a Request for Proposal, the Olin Group to conduct an assessment of the needs and services available for school-aged young people in Anaheim. This comprehensive Anaheim Youth Services Assessment identified, by census tract, areas that are deficient in services. It also surveyed a broad base of relevant stakeholders concerning programming for all age groups, particularly for older youth, methods to better engage parents and non-profit organizations, and methods to build capacity and better communication between service providers and youth.

This assessment has been instrumental in bringing the community together to focus on this
important issue. New programs and new partnerships have already been implemented.
The Disneyland Resort has reached out to the business community in partnership with the Angels and Ducks to create Accelerate Change Together (ACT) to establish an annual grant program to support efforts designed to address the initiatives of the assessment, managed and supported by the Orange County Community Foundation.

Watch the presentation from the July 15 Anaheim City Council Meeting with Terry Lowe and Orange County Community Foundation President Shelley Hoss. Jump to item #34 in the video menu.


ACF Gives a Helping Hand

In April, the Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) announced $35,000 in assistance to 17 local service organizations through its Christopher K. Jarvi HELPING HANDS grant to strengthen youth, residents and community. Named after the founding Executive Director of the Anaheim Community Foundation, the Helping Hands grant honors the memory of Chris Jarvi, who passed away April 22, 2013. He was a strong advocate for youth and the Anaheim Community. 

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Chris JarviChris Jarvi, the Anaheim Community Foundation’s Founding Chief Executive Officer, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Anaheim Hills, CA, on Monday, April 22nd. He was 68.

Chris was born in Corvallis, Oregon; the son of Simeri Jarvi and Mary Davis Jarvi. His father, a career forester, instilled in Chris the love of nature and belief in stewardship of natural resources. Chris graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona, in Ornamental Horticulture/Park Administration. After a stint in the Air Force he obtained his masters in Environmental Horticulture at UC Davis. He could name most plants by both their common and Latin names. It was at Cal Poly that Chris met, fell in love with and married Sylvia Walker. Their strong bond lasted 46 years. They had two sons, David and Erik. Sylvia was the only known human who could successfully manage his irrepressible enthusiasm.

Chris’ work career began as a management trainee with Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, advancing to Head Park Planner where he administered capital project planning, design, and construction for the department. He was a planner for the Catalina Island Conservancy. In 1979 he was lured to the City of Anaheim, where he worked for 22 years, first as Park Superintendent and later Director of Community Services. During this time, he supervised parks, golf course maintenance, and library and recreation services. He viewed his job as building a stronger community rather than simply delivering service.

Jarvi was active in his professional community. He was elected president of both the California Parks and Recreation Society, and later the National Recreation and Park Association. He served on the Board of the League of California Cities representing parks and recreation agencies throughout the state.

Following his retirement from the City of Anaheim in 2003 Chris was appointed to be an Associate Director of the National Park Service (NPS) in Washington, DC. During his six years with the NPS, he was responsible for Partnerships and Visitor Experience. He retired from the NPS in 2010.

Chris is survived by wife Sylvia, son David [Julie] Jarvi, grandchildren Coleman and Megan, sister Joellen Jarvi, brothers Ted [Leslie], and Robin [Diane]. He was predeceased by son, Erik.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Anaheim Community Foundation. (In the online payment form, type in that you’d like your gift to go to the memory of Chris Jarvi).