AJD Angels of Hope chosen by UC Davis Internship and Career Center / CSRC as Organization of the Month of December 2013

My daughter and I founded a charity named after her (Alicia J. Demaree) AJD Angels of Hope Foundation.  It became a 501©(3) public charity locally and internationally in the Philippines.  As we continue to thrive for supports and donors, it has been chosen as the Organization of the Month of December by the UC Davis Internship and Career Center / Community Service Resource Center.


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Please pass the word,  as a 501©(3), ALL donations to AJD Angels of Hope is tax deductible.


Thank you.


Zita Demaree


oAJD Angels of Hope is a local non-profit organization thats goal is to provide relief to poor, distressed or underprivileged children and their families in the Philippines. They do this in part by sending care packages with clothes, toys, school supplies, books, non-perishable foods, baby products, and other accessories that will bring smiles to these needy children. This organization also provides medical and dental free clinic through our partnership with Can+Hear Charity. Currently they are also pooling their efforts to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
oOur center has partnered with AJD Angels of Hope on many occasions. Almost every Weekend of Service we recruit UC Davis students to volunteer with them. During the Fall 2013 Weekend of Service 11 volunteers helped prepare for their annual Fun Fair, that is a fundraiser for them. We would like to recognize them for their dedication to helping underprivileged children and their invaluable efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. We also want to create even more support for this incredible organization.

AJD Angels of Hope was an idea started by 14 year old, 9th grader and Girl Scout Alicia J. Demaree (AJD). She visited her mother’s heritage, the Philippines, in 2009 and felt devastated watching the poor children in the street, and how they lived their life in poverty. She would give the children all of her snacks and candies that she kept in her backpack and she asked her mother, Zita Demaree, who was an immigrant to the US, to send her old clothes and toys to help the children in the Philippines. When the mother-daughter duo came back to US, they thought of making this idea a larger reality and instead of just contributing their individual donations, they formed an organization. AJD Angels of Hope Foundation was born on May 2010 and was incorporated by the State of California on August 3, 2010. On October 26, 2011, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognized AJD Angels of Hope Foundation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity working towards international relief.o

AJD Angels of Hope is partering with Can+Hear Marco Emmanuel Charity to help in the relief of Typhoon Haiyan. You can help them in this. You can also bring items to donate to AJD Angels of Hope to the Community Service Resource Center in 106 South Hall.

o In order to let us know more about AJD Angels of Hope its founder Zita Demaree gave us some incite. Zita is a UC Davis staff member and was a recipient of the 2012 UC Davis Outstanding Community Service Award.

What is it like working for a non-profit:

AJD Angels of Hope Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity non-profit organization which envisions to provide assistance to precious children who have been orphaned or abandoned by their families. Our mission is to provide relief of the poor and distressed and underprivileged children and their families by sending care packages on boxes with non-perishable foods (canned goods), clothes, toys, school supplies, baby products, and other accessories that will bring smiles to these needy children locally and internationally. We also help provide a Medical and Dental free clinic, scholarships, and child sponsorships through our partnership with brother charity Can+Hear Marco Emmanuel Charity.  As a 501(c) (3) all donations to AJD Angels of Hope are tax deductible. Working for a non-profit is not so easy. You have to have the drive and the passion for all that you do. My daughter AJD gave me inspiration. The desire of helping impoverished children and families should truly come from within your heart! The fundraising is challenging and working from the ground up takes a lot of hard work and dedication, especially when you face a relief operation that encompasses the need to help humanity, just like the recent earthquake on October 15, 2013 and typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013 in the Philippines. I also have the desire to build community service leaders through the pool of students that come and ask me for volunteer works. I create projects to provide volunteers and interns the ability to bring the best of them.

What should students know about AJD Angels of Hope and how can they get involved?

We are accepting volunteers and interns.  AJD Angels of Hope Foundation can provide certification for community service hours as needed. We have a community service Arts and Craft for Kids booth at the Davis Farmers Market every Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm and Wednesday 4:00pm – 8:30 pm (except in winter).  You may also join us at Square Tomatoes Craft Fair with our AJD Lumpia food booth every first Sunday of the month. You can also participate in our year round donation drive of basic necessities to send to our charity in the Philippines. We also have programs and events like the Hygiene Operation for Mother’s Day, Rose or Chocolate Grams for Valentines, Fun Fair, and Charitable Giving events.  You can become a member of AJD Angels of Hope Foundation and the student organization at UC Davis, AJD Angels of Hope Club.  Most importantly, please pass the word on about our organization as we thrive for more supports and donors. Please keep checking our website at http://ajdangelsofhope.org and LIKE us at Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/AJDAngelsofhope.org. For questions and volunteer opportunities please contact ZITA DEMAREE at zmdemaree@comcast.net  (530) 763-7087. 


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