Originally an orphanage, this century-old institution is now devoted to the mental health of children in the San Gabriel Valley, offering everything from residential treatment and foster care to in-home therapy and after-school enrichment classes. It provides services at several locations, but its main facility is a five-acre, tree-shaded campus in Altadena. Volunteers help with mentoring, tutoring and office work, and the need is steady. During the holidays they run both adopt-a-family and wish tree programs.
Children’s Aid | 210 S. Delacey St., Old Pasdadena, 626.395.7100, hathaway-sycamores.org.