“This organization started out as just a couple guys who wanted to help people out once a week, and now we’re up to 40 volunteers serving lunch and dinner to the homeless seven days a week,” says Robert Brandefine, resource manager for the Guardian Foundation.
Mr. Brandefine has lived in Bullhead City for the past three years and got involved with the Guardian Foundation shortly after moving to the area. “After I joined the organization, I told the guys that I wanted to help more than once a week, and since then, I’ve never missed a Wednesday I’ve committed to,” Brandefine says.
The Guardian Foundation is a hard-working nonprofit philanthropic organization, doing everything from serving food to the homeless to giving out essentials such as clothes, sleeping bags, and tents, as well as recycled mats made out of plastic shopping bags. The group’s leaders are David Lipinski, Robert Brandefine, and CJ Kelly.
According to Brandefine, “We think of ourselves as ‘dealers of hope’; we always try to give people whatever they need to survive on the streets, whether it be sunscreen and bug spray in the summer or socks and jackets in the winter, and we don’t want anybody to go to bed hungry.”
Over the past few months, the Guardian Foundation has received more attention from the community in the form of a nomination for Laughlin Community Achievement Awards this year. “When we found out… we were overwhelmed. It was truly an honor to be there,” Brandefine says, even as he acknowledged all the great support from the volunteers and supporters from the local community as well as Catholic charities: “We could not have gotten this far without them,” he says.
The Guardian Foundation is always looking for donations and new volunteers to expand the organization’s reach. If you are interested in volunteering with the Guardian Foundation or would like to make a donation, you may visit them online at http://theguardianfoundationbhc.org/ or contact Robert Brandefine at (949) 275-6638.