Founded as an orphanage in 1888, Five Acres now focuses on preventing child abuse and helping victims of abuse. Many of the children it helps live and attend school on the pretty, green Altadena campus; others are placed in foster homes or are guided through the adoption process. Because of the abuse and/or neglect they’ve suffered, some of these kids are severely disturbed, but Five Acres takes pride in its success rate with both emotional recovery and academic education. It’s one of the most worthy organizations in the region, and its needs are many, from foster parents and tutors to financial donations and “angels”—people who provide birthday parties and other fun extras for these kids.
Child Care/Volunteers/Aid | 760 W. Mountain View St., Altadena, 626.798.6793, 5acres.org,