The Carrie Townsend Foundation grants $2,500 to the Youth Center

The Carrie Townsend Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 grant to the Youth Center to support its after-school and literacy programs. Carrie Townsend’s family founded the Carrie Townsend Foundation (CTF) to honor her quintessential life and “continue” her unwavering commitment to faithful generosity. CTF supports non-profit organizations and causes that have a significant impact on the lives of young people through education and sports in its local Southern California community. 100% of monetary donations received are donated and reinvested directly in the community.

“Carrie’s strong beliefs flowed into everything she did because she always put others first,” Bill Townsend shared. “She touched and inspired others with her selfless giving, always smiling, always thinking of others and believing the world could be a better place – inspiring her family to carry on her legacy,” Townsend continued. Carrie believed that young people are the foundation of our future and loved helping them succeed by supporting them.

Since founding the Youth Center in 1952, he has established the organization as a community institution, providing children and teens with a safe and welcoming space filled with people who support and care for them, as well as programs to help them learn and grow. Core Youth Center programs include:

  • After-school program: An alternative to children returning home to an empty house and idle activities; offers homework help, tutoring, hobbies, sports, STEM, leadership development and arts activities.
  • Summer camp: Outdoor camp that provides families with access to several weeks of childcare; bans all screens and offers a wide range of recreational, educational and creative activities that engage children with each other and with nature.
  • Music program: after-school music program conducted in partnership with the Los Alamitos Unified School District; rope and band instruction provided to children in grades K-5; students in grades 1 to 5 can participate in the elementary string ensemble or the jazz band.

“Over the past three years, the Youth Center has been fortunate to secure CTF grants during very difficult times around the world,” said Lina Lumme, Executive Director of the Youth Center. “Scholarships were awarded, new books were purchased, and we were able to offer more programs and longer opening hours to accommodate ever-changing school schedules,” she continued.

The Youth Center serves more than 3,000 young people aged 5 to 18 each year. For more information on the Carrie Townsend Foundation, visit For more information on the Youth Center, visit

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