Spotlight on Children’s Day USA

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childrens-day-usa recently spoke with Jim J Oberst, Founder / secretary of Children’s Day USA, via email. They talked about the inspirations and challenges of running a nonprofit organization in Long Beach.

How long has Children’s Day USA been around? Did it start in Long Beach?

Children’s day has been around for 20 years and will be celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, Saturday April 26th at Eldorado park duck pond located at the duck pond just north of the Eldorado Park Golf Course at the cross streets of Los Arcos Street and Studebaker, south of Willow Street and Studebaker Rd.

Describe Children’s Day USA. Tell us a little about your nonprofit, your mission, the people you serve or your goals.

We are a group that promotes children’s causes across that city and have our state resolution that holds that the last Saturday in April is Children’s Day. We hope to build a custom that places our kids first and our responsibility to them.

How is Children’s Day USA different from similar nonprofits?

We have existed for 20 years and helped bring our idea of a custom that places kids first to multiple cities and New Zealand.

How is Children’s Day USA involved with the community?

We promote children’s causes and our educational plan has been adopted by LBUSD for the past 10 years.

What are some of the biggest successes Children’s Day USA has had?

Carson, San Diego, New Zealand have adopted our philosophy for a day that is all about kids. We have received many awards for our work in that area (see our website).

What is the most rewarding part of running Children’s Day USA?

During the last Saturday in April we have a huge party that help’s kids in Long Beach.

What are the challenges you face — as a nonprofit, as an advocacy group, or in your industry?

Putting on the event

What are the future plans for Children’s Day USA?

We are merging several national non profits to work together to put this simple event on in multiple cities. We hope that some groups will make year round programs that give awards to kids during the events.

Do you have any special events or fundraisers you’d like to tell us about?

The Children’s Day and Earth Day Celebration
Saturday April 26th 2014 ~ 11 AM – 4 PM
El Dorado Park, By The Duck Pond, 2400 Studebaker & Willow, Long Beach, 90815 (On Studebaker, Between Willow & Stearns) Parking all round perimeter of park.

Come to The Children’s Day and Earth Day Celebration 20th Anniversary! Created by Children’s Day USA and Be Community Friendly! Free Admission. Wonderful Entertainment * Children’s Day Little Parade inside Park @ 1:00-1:30 Parade * Educational and Uplifting, Fun Activities! * You’ll have a wonderful time!

How can people get involved with Children’s Day USA? What do you need — volunteers, donations, etc?

Visit our website and fill out the contact us form or call us at 562-719-3188

What is the most inspiring advice that you received and who did it come from?

Creativity is more important than knowledge.


Children’s Day USA Details:

Address: 3631 Olive Ave

Phone Number: 562 424 0656


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