HIGH COUNCIL FOUNDATION
Who We Are:
High Council Foundation is a non-profit affiliate of Santa Cruz Boutique. Our mission is to enrich our community through kindness and collaboration.
The 2nd annual 12 Days of Kindness, begins on December 1st and for 12 consecutive days we fulfill a "wish list" for 12 recipients representing a demographic diversity of Santa Cruz County. From Teen Challenge in Watsonville to the Last Chance community in Davenport, Walnut Avenue Women's Shelter, CASA, Bodhi Mental Health, Paradise Villa Senior Care Center, young families with the recent loss of a parent and more. Follow social media for daily pics & videos.
High Council Foundation organized the construction of the Community Tool Shed and provides ongoing support. It is located at the Bear Creek Community Center in Boulder Creek, CA and is a lending resource of tools and equipment free of charge to 100's of families rebuilding their homes following the devastating CZU Complex Fire. We began building in April 2021 and with the collaboration of 100+ local businesses and organizations, we completed the project 4 months later. It was dedicated to all the CZU Fire Survivors on August 14, 2021. Special thanks to Nate Hart, General Contractor, SAR Development for overseeing this project.
For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-600-8426.
The National Guard Appreciation and more:
Since we began in July 2020, we have shared kind acts with many. From acknowledging essential workers, assisting at the evacuation centers, organizing the National Guard Appreciation, building portable wheelchairs ramps for a young teen, adopting 12 local families that lost their homes in the CZU Complex Fire to filling gas tanks with randomly selected individuals from Felton to Watsonville and so much more. Please note the appreciation message below from a family member of a man receiving gas. Kindness ripples out like a stone tossed in a pond and touches many.
"Hello my name is Dean Mazzei I'm 3 gen native Santa Cruzen, after talking to my dad yesterday he mentioned that while at the gas station on the corner of Soquel and Fredrick St. two nice girls approached him and offered to pay for some gas and he was surprised and grateful . So let me tell you who you helped out. My dads name is Aldo Mazzei and my eyes is my biggest hero and one the most modest and respectful human beings I know. For you see he spent 50 years here in Santa Cruz coaching little league baseball at Harvey West Park that's 50 years of volunteering and mentoring 10-12 year olds. I was lucky to have him as a coach at that age myself. He showed the kids how to work hard and be respectful of one another while still having fun. I've talked to many in their adult lives and that played for him and have nothing but praise for him. Current day my dad and mom live on a social security budget and I do my best to help them as much as I can. I just wanted to thank you so much for your act of kindness and yes you helped my personal hero. Please continue on your awesome mission. Cheers Dean"
National Guard Appreciation
On Sunday, September 27, 2020 we organized and hosted the National Guard Appreciation, a special "Thank YOU from our Santa Cruz community to the National Guard." Beginning in March through September, the soldiers staffed food banks, fought the CZU Complex Fire, staffed evacuation centers and much more. We wanted to create a memorable experience and share a message of immense gratitude. 100+ members of the National Guard and families members went on a 2-hour sunset cruise following a reception at the Santa Cruz Harbor. Appetizers provided by the Crows Nest and an exceptional array of desserts were provided by 6 bakeries from Boulder Creek to Watsonville. Gift bags were presented to the men and women soldiers and 50+ local businesses collaborated to create this special event.
We share a BIG thank you to the following businesses:
Sunset cruise: Chardonnay, Go Fish Santa Cruz Charters, Mega Bite - Monterey Bay Charters, Nomad Charters, Pacific Sail, Santa Cruz Coastal Charters, Sea Spirit, Stagnaro's and Harbormaster, Blake Anderson.
Food & desserts: Crow's Nest, Adorable French Bakery, Dessert First Bakery, Freedom Bakery, Rebecca's Mighty Muffins and Staff of Life.
Gift bags: Cali Style, Freeline Surf Shop, Hip & Chick Organiks, Marini's Candies, NHS Inc, O'Neill Surf Shop, Pac Wave, Pacific Cookie Company,
Santa Cruz Boardroom, Santa Cruz Boutique, Socksmith,
Sun Shops, Tim Ward - Life At Sea, Trader Joe's, Verve Coffee,
Vital Body Therapy and Woodworm Party Store.
Media, promotion and support: Good Times, 101.7 The Beach,
104.3 The Hippo, KWAV, Photography by Elyse, Santa Cruz Sentinel,
The Pajaronian, Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce, San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce, City of Santa Cruz Councilwoman, Sandy Brown,
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Department,
Santa Cruz Moose Lodge 545 and TAM Communications.
Special thanks to: Margie of Alexis Party Rental,
Nate Hart of SAR Development and
Rebecca Campbell of Rebecca's Mighty Muffins
and her team of women for much work behind the scenes and the beautiful presentation!
Together we created a memorable experience and a message of immense gratitude!
"Before" pic taken in April 2021
"After" pic taken in August 2021
National Guard Appreciation
On September 22, 2020 High Council Foundation coordinated with
SAR Development and their generous donation to construct two portable wheelchair ramps for a teenage gift shot in Watsonville in June 2020. During her 14 weeks in the hospital, she turned 15 years old and birthdays gifts were collected for her return home.
May the sincerity of kindness begin to restore her faith in humanity.
Portable wheelchair ramps
Meet The Council:
Dominique de Leon