4 area groups make pitches for year-end giving

The Challenged Athletes Foundation

CAF, a San Diego-based world leader in helping individuals with physical disabilities get involved and stay involved in sports, launched “Buy a Block to Build Hope” campaign.

CAF is selling individual blocks to support the construction of the Deni and Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athletes Center, the foundation’s new national headquarters and training facility, which is scheduled to open in January.

Each block sold will be inscribed with a family, company or loved one’s name that will help make up large permanent installations of inspirational words throughout the facility. The first word will be HOPE.

Two donation levels are available: a small block for $250 and a large block for $500. The donor may choose to include a dedication to be inscribed with the name, and a certificate of appreciation will be sent.

For more details or to purchase a block, visit or call Nancy Reynolds at (858) 526-6593.

Vision of Children Foundation

While it’s true that reading, playing ball or riding a bike come more easily to some kids than to others, for the 850,000 children in the United States who suffer from serious vision impairment, these basic activities are nearly impossible.

The Vision of Children Foundation (VOC), seeks donations to help support its programs and research to change the lives of kids around the world. The agency said it’s closer than ever to its goal of curing hereditary childhood blindness and other vision disorders.

To make a donation, visit

Pets Are Wonderful Support

Sponsor a dog or a cat in a loved one’s name and the proceeds will go to PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), which works to keep low-income elderly, disabled or chronically ill San Diegans and their companion animals together, preventing pets from going to shelters.

Donations, $20-$500, are tax-deductible, and if received by Dec. 15 at will generate a Sponsor/Adopt Certificate in time for Christmas. PAWS was founded in San Diego County in 1993.

UCSD Department of Music

A gift of $1,000 will reserve a seat named with a plaque in the acoustically perfect Conrad Prebys Concert Hall on campus. A $200 deposit is due by Dec. 31; the balance can be paid by installments through May 2010.

To give online, visit