"...at the heart of helping."

Affinity Group

At the Heart of Supporting Operation Teddy Bear®

Do you believe every child should have a book at home to read?

Are you passionate about childhood education and inspiring children to be kind to one another? 

Are you committed to the idea students need educational tools (pencils, paper, crayons, flashcards) to complete their homework?

Are you looking for a cause that you can meet fellow philanthropists who share your spirit of volunteering?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you sound like our newest Affinity Group member. 


Click here for more information on this year's Community Volunteer Awards Luncheon 

Honoring community volunteers Jean Adelsman, Ann Buxton and Joyce Kochanowski and benefiting Operation Teddy Bear®


Founded in 2005, the Affinity Group is a support group for the Volunteer Center's Operation Teddy Bear® program. Affinity members pay annual dues and meet six times annually for regular/social meetings. 

Members of the Affinity Group work together to support Operation Teddy Bear® and other Volunteer Center programs, making a difference in the lives, education and futures of the underserved children and their families. 

Affinity group in at Operation Teddy Bear classroomBenefits include:

  • Public recognition on the Volunteer Center website
  • First chance to volunteer for the Operation Teddy Bear® program
  • Friendship with a group of like-minded philanthropists
  • Special email updates 
  • Monthly eNewsletters
  • Invitations to periodic Volunteer Center thank you parties and events

Join the Affinity Group!

If you are interested in joining the Affinity Group, contact the Volunteer Center at (310) 212-5009 for more information.


"Legends In Our Time" Honorees

The Affinity Group puts on fundraiser and awareness events to raise money for Operation Teddy Bear. “Legends In Our Time” events honored volunteers chosen as "Legends" for their outstanding contribution to the community.

2016 Donald Crocker William Ailor Richard Moe Robert Medawar
2015 De De Hicks
2014 Jackie Crowley Mary Scott Shirley Starke-Wallace Teresa Sun
2013 Janet Smith Anita Javitt Jane Jones Dorothy Lay
2012 Mary Curtin Stephanie Enright Joan Moe Mary Jane Schoenheider
2011 Yvonne Bogdanovich Anne Destabelle Marylyn Ginsburg-Klaus Sue Soldoff
2010 Pam Barrett Janel Baszile Ginny Bleier Rosemary Humphrey
2009 Shirley Borks Jacqueline M. Glass Maude Landon Harlyne Norris
2008 Glenous Absmeier Keri Gilbert Meredith Grenier Diana Martin
2007 Barbara Dye Arline Grotz Sharon Ryan Sue Seager
2006 Monica McFaden Debbie Richardson Susie Beall Rowena Schaber