In 2009, Amy Roloff, star of the reality show “Little People, Big World,” created the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation (ARCF) based in Portland, Oregon to help non-profit organizations raise funds for children and youth who face social, emotional, mental and physical challenges. Working as a facilitator between donors and charities, ARCF works with local, national and international charities that need help raising funds to serve the children and youth in their communities.
In the last 8 years, ARCF has provided support to families in need.
Some of the past support from ARCF has been:
- Making resources available for disabled children served by a regional program through the Swindells Resource center – Providence Child Center.
- Serving an additional 320 local children participating in an afterschool soccer program for the underserved through Soccer for Success, and Bridge Meadows, an intergenerational neighborhood that brings a higher quality of life for adoptive families with former foster youth and elders.
- Smaller organizations such as the ISSA Trust Foundation provide medical equipment and supplies for the kids of the Caribbean who are in severe need.
- Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Roloff and her team arrived in the town of Labadee, navigated the quake-wrecked roads to Port-au-Prince, and established a presence at a local orphanage where they distributed hygiene products, toys and other aid. The mission was also to bring awareness to these children in need, filming was done and the effort televised on an episode of “Little People, Big World”.
- In 2011 and 2012, ARCF continued the relief effort in Port-au-Prince Haiti in partnership with Generosity Water by funding 3 clean water wells at the same local orphanage and other close in the areas. Over 1500 children now have daily access to safe clean drinking water.
little steps… BIG CHANGE is here!
Since its beginning in 2009, the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation (ARCF) has been deeply invested in partnering with local, national and international non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Our partnerships have ranged near and far, from providing toys and housing to Oregon’s children in need, to building wells for drinking water in distant developing nations.
ARCF is now putting this passion for change to work addressing an issue very close to home. “little steps…BIG CHANGE,” is designed to improve the emotional, social and academic lives of students. Amy has a strong personal desire to help children avoid the emotional distress, isolation and even violence she experienced in school. She is especially eager to reduce unnecessary aggression and focused on these four principles: Acceptance, Respect, Compassion and Freedom.
No child or school is immune to problematic aggression. In fact, along with Amy, every one of us on the ARCF board has been directly or indirectly impacted. We have a vested interest in ensuring a better experience for today’s children – our children. While we applaud the many anti-bullying efforts that have emerged in recent years, the “little steps…BIG CHANGE” is about going further, beyond bullying. For more information or to schedule Amy for a talk at your school, please contact us here.