[heading] by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography [/heading]

When we conjure up images of little angels (or “los angelitos” in Spanish), we think of innocent beings that uplift us and bring out our virtuousness. The underprivileged youth of Encinitas have this same effect on us, and this is the segment that the Los Angelitos de Encinitas non-profit organization benefits. Established in September of 2008, its original founders, Bill Sparks and his wife Sarah Garfield, were motivated into action after noticing the disparity between the “haves” and the “have nots” in Encinitas when their children were young.

“Whether the children were playing sports or going to school, there was always a clear divide between the low income and the high income groups, and that didn’t seem right or good to us. The low income kids lacked the opportunities we could afford for our children,” Bill recalled. Therefore, Los Angelitos de Encinitas was created to develop programs for these needy children, in cooperation with the local sports leagues, schools, and the Ecke Family YMCA.

Now there are numerous services available for these impoverished youth, such as soccer, swimming classes, tutoring/mentoring programs, community volunteer work programs, youth leadership training, and affordable afterschool and assistance programs. “The most rewarding part of Los Angelitos de Encinitas has been the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of some of the most in-need members of our community,” Sarah insisted.

If you’d like to make your own positive impact on the lives of Encinitas’ low-income children, visit the organization’s website at los-angelitos.org, and/or mail a tax-deductible check donation to: Los Angelitos de Encinitas, 451 Neptune Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024. Bill added, “We are always looking to find like-minded community members who share our vision and values to help us in our efforts!”

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Name of Organization:  Los Angelitos de Encinitas
Mission/Vision:  To organize, promote and fund youth sports, afterschool care and academic assistance programs for low income youth in our community.
Year of Establishment:  2008
Founding Members:  Bill Sparks – Director, Sarah Garfield – Director
Website:  www.los-angelitos.org
Email:  bsleucadia@hotmail.com
Phone:  760-943-9523
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