Sacramento CA— Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) honored, on Wednesday, North County Lifeline – which has offices in Oceanside and Vista – as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol.
“North County Lifeline’s work to build self-reliance among at-risk youth and adults is a fabulous example of nonprofits making our communities stronger,” said Bates. “Whether it’s diverting youth from crime or supporting victims of human trafficking, this organization has demonstrated the power of what a group of dedicated staff and volunteers can do together. I’m proud to honor North County Lifeline as the 36th Senate District’s Nonprofit of the Year and wish it continued success.”
North County Lifeline’s history goes back to the spring of 1970, where a citizen’s committee formed in North San Diego County to address drug issues among local youth. Over the next 46 years, the nonprofit grew to help countless individuals with services including youth development, housing, behavioral health, child abuse prevention and legal mediation.
The nonprofit’s executive director, Don Stump, visited the Capitol for a photo opportunity with Bates and had lunch with her at Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand Hotel. The lunch featured a keynote address from former Senate President Pro Tem and Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg. It also featured presentations from Assembly Member Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park), who authored legislation declaring California Nonprofits Day, and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits.
“On behalf of the Lifeline family, I thank Senator Bates for her recognition of our organization’s work,” said Don Stump. “Our services are made possible due to the generosity of our community partners, and we want to acknowledge them for helping us reach out to those in need in North San Diego County.”