Erica Fisher & Melanie Neumann

Erica Fisher and Melanie Neumann are both mothers living in Southern California with backgrounds in philanthropy, social work and social activism. In 2013, they formed PRESENT NOW, a 501c3 organization with the mission of providing comfort, relief and support to children entering transitional domestic violence shelters in California. In 2015 alone, there were 500,976 reports of child abuse and neglect in the state of California. Research confirms that one of the driving factors in the emotional and psychological suffering of these children is they often feel irrelevant in the face of the violence they experience. Our organization offers a “presents program” consisting of three separate gift contributions throughout the year to children living in transitional domestic violence shelters—a birthday package consisting of a new outfit, toy, book, restaurant gift card, and a cake mix, spatula and frosting for their mother to make a homemade cake; an electronic learning toy at Valentine’s Day; and a new backpack filled with school supplies in August. When we began gifting in 2013, we started with 2 local shelters in Los Angeles. In the past 6 years we have expanded our partnerships to include 34 transitional domestic violence shelter locations throughout the state of California gifting to over 560 kids a year. We have current plans to expand our program to New York City in 2019.
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Making a Difference For Children Who Are Victims Of Domestic Violence On #GivingTuesday

by Erica Fisher & Melanie Neumann

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