volunteering

More than 800 people volunteer with SEF each year and make the difference in the lives of thousands. Find out how to become part of Team S.E.F.

I wanted to find a way to Thank God for blessing my wife and me with Sophia but I didn’t know what or how, until one day I saw the children at the center get off the school bus without a backpack. I knew they had backpacks, because they had just received some new ones. Then it dawned on me, they were ashamed. They would rather not carry a backpack than carry one that everyone in that bus had. Same color, same model, same bus. That’s when I realized what I had to do. 'Backpacks filled with school supplies'- but not just any backpack. A backpack they will be proud of, a backpack that they wanted. That’s where the idea of starting an organization came about, that’s when I knew what I had to do. I was going to bless families that have children but are struggling to provide for them. I was going to share my blessing with families in need, and my blessing is Sophia Elizabeth”



Our team consists of individuals that share the same goal to make the biggest possible difference and use evidence to accomplish that. Many of our team members have worked in the nonprofit sector and have first hand experience, both with organizations that share our views and with organizations  that don't. Our team has a strict anti-discrimination policy and cares about a wide variety of social & community issues.


​We are not your ordinary nonprofit organization. We are daring and impatient issue advocates who strive to leave a legacy of positive change- here, in our community.



Leadership Promise


  • We will always serve others with humility.
  • We will treat all individuals, who are created in the image of God, with dignity and respect.
  • We will meet, or exceed, the expectations of the families that we help.
  • We will actively find new ways to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.
  • We will be truthful and accountable in our work.
  • We will do what we say we will do.​
  • We will intentionally look at new and innovative ways to do our work.

Foundation History


2015 - December 9th S.E.F was established.


2016 - May 5Th S.E.F became a 501 (c) (3)


2017 -  Fiscal Year end June 30th THE SOPHIA ELIZABETH FOUNDATION grows to serving more than 8,500 meals and gave 27,000 backpacks throughout Los Angeles County in a single year.


2017 - July 1st, Matthew 25 Program launched as a local Emergency Response Unit, providing food, clothing, personal hygiene items, emergency shelter to families and individuals in need who reach out to S.E.F. via email, text, phone call, or social media.


2018 - July 1st, Homeless Paws Program launched as a support system for homeless individuals with pets More info about the program HPP

You can make a difference in the hearts of many!

mission & vision

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate and serve those in need in our community.

recent programs

Homeless Paws launched on July 1st, 2018

Jorge Urbina

Our founder