Bishop’s Freshman Earns Outstanding Youth/Student Volunteer Honors

Oggie Holm ’24 will be recognized on Saturday, Nov. 14 by the San Diego chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for his dedication to raising funds for San Ysidro Health. The program is set to air on The CW San Diego at 8 p.m.
Established by the AFP, National Philanthropy Day celebrates and recognizes charitable work and donations – the giving of time, talent and/or treasure in support of communities and causes in need.
Oggie was nominated by San Ysidro Health for his efforts on their behalf through a local program called Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC). Last year, we reported on their work; this year’s group includes four Bishop’s ninth-graders besides Oggie:  James Farrell, Alex Ozarski, Kabir Sheth  and Sofi Verma.
In 2019, YPC raised more than $230,000 for San Ysidro Health; they decided their 2020 project should continue to benefit San Ysidro Health and directed their fundraising toward the organization’s youth PPE program. Oggie explains that the young patients served “are up to three times more likely to get COVID. San Ysidro Health has helped significantly in providing PPE. We would be able to reach about 10,000 kids. This is why we decided to help raise funds for them.” As one of the founding members of YPC, he has worked in support of SY Health from the beginning.
Oggie says his mother, Pat Salas, has “always taught me that giving back is one of the most important things in life.”
Pat is the adult advisor for YPC, and says she is “proud of Oggie and all of the kids at YPC. The projects these 14-year olds have accomplished are incredible! They raised enough money to build a classroom in Kenya for 75 children. [They] raised money to build two new exam rooms [at San Ysidro Health] increasing access for 7,000 low income children in San Diego.” She adds, “Last year they spent over 100 hours practicing, researching, doing teleconferences and presentations to various CEOs in San Diego. They did presentations at a number of homes for neighbors, friends, family and other potential donors, and they did TV and radio interviews.”
Now in their second year, the YPC members “have learned the process to make their organization a 501(c)(3), set up a bank account, go over financial reports and provide tax deductible letters to their donors.”
The students made their in-person presentations virtual during COVID. Oggie shares, “We’ve had to adapt to online services. We’ve used GoFundMe, Zoom and WebEx. Ultimately, it’s taught us more options and styles to raising money.” More important, he notes, “I’ve learned that you always get back more than you give. Being able to know that at a young age you’ve helped thousands of kids is really meaningful and special. Everyone should try to help someone even if it’s just a small gesture.
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