Partner Testimonials

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BIG CITY MOUNTAINERS

“The Guardsmen is one of the largest supporters of outdoor, experiential education for underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. Funding from The Guardsmen has been a critical component of Big City Mountaineers’ expansion, because it has allowed us to grow our Bay Area programs by at least 30 percent annually for the past four years.”
Mark Godley, Executive Director

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SAN FRANCISCO

“The Guardsmen has been a 60-year partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. During this time, the membership of this unique, San Francisco institution has improved the lives of tens of thousands of Boys & Girls Clubs members by raising money to send kids to camp, volunteering to mentor youth, making physical improvements to our summer camp, Camp Mendocino, and serving on our Board of Governors. We are a grateful recipient of The Guardsmen’s generous support.”
Joni Lachman, Vice President of Institutional Gifts

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES CYO

“It is impossible to separate CYO Camp from The Guardsmen. The Campership Program ensures that there is diversity among our campers each summer. In appreciation of The Guardsmen’s tremendous support for more than 60 years, we established a Guardsmen Village at camp. We also host a ”Guardsmen Thank You Day” each summer so that members can meet the campers they are helping to support. I don’t know what camp would be without The Guardsmen.”
Deidre Rettenmaier, Grants Associate

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LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

“Since 1986, The Guardsmen has provided financial support that has enabled many LightHouse for the Blind youth program members to attend Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC) each summer. EHC fosters self-empowerment and independence among participants, and offers an environment where campers can be defined by their individual personalities and character and not by their disability. The LightHouse is deeply grateful for the ongoing support of The Guardsmen in helping us make a difference in the lives of the youth we serve.”
Tony Fletcher, Director of Community Services

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THE SALVATION ARMY

“When our Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and Railton Place in the Tenderloin went under construction in June 2006, we had no space to run our after-school programs. The Guardsmen went beyond their campership support and helped us to find an interim space to host the after-school programs. They were instrumental in helping us through a tough time when we needed external support.”
Rick Osgood, Advisory Board Member

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SEVEN TEPEES YOUTH PROGRAM

“Last summer’s high school retreat, which The Guardsmen funded almost entirely, was the best experience that Seven Tepees has done with our teenage kids. The Guardsmen was flexible enough to meet our immediate need and get this program off of the ground. We couldn’t have done the retreat without The Guardsmen.”
Diane Dodge, Executive Director

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S.R. MARTIN COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

“Our school provides students with one-on-one attention and the calmness of a smaller environment. The tuition is more than most of our families can afford though, so scholarship support from The Guardsmen has made all the difference in the world.”
Elizabeth Holcomb, Principal

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S.R. MARTIN COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

“Our mission at Sacred Heart is to provide the best Catholic education to students, regardless of financial need. We work to meet the financial needs of all levels of families, and having scholarship aid from The Guardsmen helps us to extend that support to more families.”
John Gumina, Director of Student Advancement