San Diego Parrot Head Club
Our Charities

Here are the charities that we are supporting in 2016.  Every year, we support a new group of charities local to San Diego.  In addition, we donate our times to such causes as the Rock N Roll Marathon (running a 100+ volunteer water station), beach clean-up, and the San Diego Food Bank.  If you would like to volunteer with us, or or if  you are a 501 (c)3 charity looking for funding, feel free to email us,


Aces Foundation

The ACES Foundation (El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services) was formed to assist the El Cajon Animal Shelter with services they might not otherwise be able to afford. The mission of the El Cajon ACES Foundation is to provide financial assistance to the El Cajon Animal Shelter to pay for critical needs not funded through the City of El Cajon and unavailable to the Animal Shelter. All funds raised directly support the programs and services under the direct supervision of the board of directors. Funds raised by the ACES Foundation may be used for several areas:  1) Surgery and medications outside the scope of the Animal Shelter budget.  2) An Off-Site Visit/Adoption Program(Future).  3) Educational brochures and adopion materials. 4) A Pet Socialization & Rehabilitation Program (Future).  5) Off-site diagnostic tests. 6) Educational programs(Future: we’d like to begin an education program in the schools on animal care for k-6 grades)


Assistance League of North Coastz

Assistance League of North Coast members raise funds to help children living in poverty have the resources they need to have a better chance of succeeding in our society. With the funds we raise from managing and running our Thrift Store on Oceanside Blvd, and soliciting grants and donations and our annual fundraiser, we purchase school outfits, school uniforms, school shoes, health/hygiene kits, books, and a variety of other programs. The needs far exceed our budget. For the purposes of this request for funding, we propose to use these funds to increase our ability to meet the need for school clothing or uniforms for children who are military dependents or homeless. These funds will be spent on children who live in our service area in those two groups.  We cover three school districts. 1) Oceanside School District, which has the public schools that serve the many of the military families living on Camp Pendleton.  2) Vista Unified, which has 2 out of 3 students living below the federal poverty level and extraordinarily high number of homeless students. 3) Carlsbad Unified, which has a small percentage of children living in poverty in a few areas. 


Hearts for San Diego

Hearts for San Diego organizes FUNdraising events and activities on behalf of our local charities.  We are run solely by volunteers who are passionate about giving back to our community and supporting a variety of causes.  Each event spotlights a different charity/cause, and is designed in the most cost-effective manner to provide an affordable, fun, educational and engaging experience where guests can learn more about the specific cause at hand and the many ways they can contribute, all while having a great time and meeting others who share the same passion.  Our goal is to increase awareness of our spotlighted charities and their missions, and to generate greater levels of volunteer and financial support to help them succeed with their inspiring work.  By organizing all aspects of the fundraising events (e.g., scouting venues; signing contractual agreements; covering all upfront costs; soliciting for event sponsors, vendors, raffle and silent auction donations; graphic design; promotions and marketing; recruiting and managing volunteers; and event execution), we provide our charities with much needed “breathing room” while simultaneously expanding their community reach to potential volunteers and donors.  In 2015, we organized and executed events for the following local charities: A Night to Remember Prom (Special Needs Students), Cancer Angels of San Diego (Stage 4 Cancer Patients), Surfrider Foundation (Environment), Wounded Warrior Homes (Veterans), Lucky Pup (Dog Rescue), & San Diego Military Family Collaborative (Military Families).


Mitchell Thorp Foundation

MTF’s mission is to support families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders by providing financial, emotional and resources to their desperate situation.  While we cannot cure a child, we can help families endure and soften their heartbreaking journey, thereby restoring a sense of normalcy in the home environment.  Our MTF families are not looking for handouts; they are looking for a hand up, to get them through their current situation.


San Diego Madres, Inc.

As a non-profit organization, the San Diego Madres were founded in 1972 with the sole purpose of financially sponsoring youth baseball, softball and Challenger teams in San Diego County.  That year, we, raised enough money to sponsor two Little League teams.  We are very excited to announce that in 2014, we donated to 162 individual Little League, youth baseball, softball and Challenger teams within San Diego County.  Youth baseball and softball youth need our help even more than ever and we hope to help make it possible for more children to “PLAY BALL”.  As we continue to recruit new volunteers to help us attain our even higher levels of team sponsorships, we still rely greatly on the generosity of our local merchants and charities like the Parrot Head’s to donate throughout the year.  We appreciate your consideration in including the San Diego Madres, Inc. in your nominations.  The Madres have a volunteer base of approximately 150 and would be honored to assist with an event if we are chosen.  Our newsletter would include your organization as a contributor to our cause.   Thank you for your consideration and we hope that you chose the San Diego Madres as one of your lucky recipients.


Sons of Charity Inc.

Sons Of Charity Inc begun as a grassroots movement and is now a federally recognized, all volunteer 501c3 nonprofit charity ( ID 46-486-1691) dedicated to our local San Diego families who have children currently undergoing childhood cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and other life saving measures. We are boots on the ground providing immediate relief via financial grants paid directly to what they need the most. Be it housing, travel expenses to obtain lifesaving treatments, items not covered by insurance, daily needs such as groceries or monthly utility bills that become a serious hardship when one or both parents have to take time off from their jobs to care for their sick child while still maintaining their household and simultaneously tending to their other kids. We put on creative fundraisers such as motorcycle rides, classic car shows, concerts and other family friendly, community events to help provide critical aid to these brave warrior children and their families affected by pediatric cancer and other life impacting illnesses in order to lessen the burden of government in caring for them, Strengthen & Unite families, foster Self Reliance, Self Sufficiency and Community Solidarity at large.


Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter

The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.The organization was started in 1984, by a group of visionary surfers from Malibu, California. Today, the organization maintains over 250,000 members, supporters and activists with 84 chapters in the United States and affiliates in over 20 countries worldwide. Surfrider Foundation chapters and affiliates are now established throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Jamaica and Morocco. Our global headquarters is based in San Clemente, California. With nearly 70 miles of coastline to protect, the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters in the world.  We are a grassroots organization, which means the people working to protect our local oceans, waves and beaches are volunteers who care about San Diego and want to make a difference. The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter is currently engaged in the following programs: Beach Cleanups, Rise Above Plastics, Hold On To Your Butt, No Border Sewage, Ocean Friendly Gardens, Know Your H2O, and Beach Preservation.


Toward Maximum Independence

"Since 1981 Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has touched thousands of lives by providing assistance to children and adults living with challenges - giving them the ability to realize their hopes and dreams. An estimated 1 in 6 people are born with a developmental challenge.  Yet just like you, they are also born with hopes, dreams and the drive to contribute to society. 

• Employment Solutions – With assistance from TMI Job Coaches and through our Integrated Work, Supported Employment and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, we work with individuals to secure and maintain gainful employment in the community and also work in collaboration with local businesses to develop job opportunities for adults. TMI further assists local school districts to secure jobs for students in their last year of public education and ensure a smooth transition from school to adult life where jobs are the first order of business.

• Family Support Services: As a licensed Foster Family Agency, TMI provides alternative family placements for children with significant challenges. Foster families are offered a financial stipend, monthly respite, back up services, extensive training and the ongoing support of both a social worker and behavior specialist.

• Community Living Services – In order to live in a home or apartment in the community, one person with a developmental disability may need live-in support, while others may need only intermittent “come in” support once or twice a week to help with such things as meal planning, grocery shopping or banking."


Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station

Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station aims to be the leading force in assisting, honoring and supporting the military men and women who have served for our country. We are committed to supporting our warriors with quality-of-life items, support services and transitional housing designed to assist them and their families during recovery. Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station assists four main groups of warriors: the seriously injured just returning home from war; those suffering from post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury; those undergoing physical or occupational therapy, and warriors who have been medically retired and remain in our community. Our foundation serves active duty and recently medically retired military personnel who have sustained injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan, and currently receive medical treatment at Naval Medical Center San Diego or Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. One particular program that we manage is our Wheelchairs for Warriors program which is specifically designed to provide amputees with very lightweight, high quality wheelchairs that are custom-tailored for their specific body measurements. The ultralight wheelchairs we purchase are custom-made specifically to provide the best fit, form and functionality for each individual warrior.  One of our most successful projects to date has been the creation of Freedom Station, our 12-unit transitional housing complex located near Naval Medical Center San Diego. As a temporary home for injured and disabled soldiers, sailors, and Marines who are being medically retired, Freedom Station provides these warriors with the acclimation time, guidance and resources to successfully make the transition from military service to civilian life.