Together We Accomplished So Much in 2022!

Together We Accomplished So Much in 2022!

January 20, 2023

Our year-end campaign raised $50,000 towards the first phase of construction on the Unity 4 Orphans Transformation Center for vulnerable children in Nicaragua! In 2022, we achieved some major goals together with our amazing community, and have set our sights on building the Miramar Transformation Center in 2023. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, …

One Family’s Matching Gift Raises Twice the Funds for Vulnerable Kids

One Family’s Matching Gift Raises Twice the Funds for Vulnerable Kids

January 13, 2023

One San Diego family shares their journey of giving generously to vulnerable children, whether serving orphans or raising funds through matching gifts. The first time Zach and Stephany went on a service trip in 2013 they were newly dating, and found that it was a great way to connect with each other and children who …

How do we make the world a better place for underserved and at-risk children?

How do we make the world a better place for underserved and at-risk children?

January 6, 2023

Troubles worldwide can feel overwhelming and discouraging, but it only takes one small act of kindness to change the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children. Unity 4 Orphans provides several ways to care for vulnerable children living in poverty, setting them on a course to secure futures with more opportunities. Our programs include English as …

SDVoyager Magazine Gives Joe Brandi a Shoutout!

SDVoyager Magazine Gives Joe Brandi a Shoutout!

December 30, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans founder Joe Brandi tells SDVoyager magazine about his background, what makes the organization succeed, and what he loves about San Diego. In an interview published by SDVoyager magazine, U4O founder Joe Brandi shared a bit about his upbringing and the beginnings of our nonprofit organization. Growing up in Sonora and Santa Cruz …

What Do Staff and Volunteers Love Most About Working with U4O?

What Do Staff and Volunteers Love Most About Working with U4O?

December 12, 2022

San Diego nonprofit Unity 4 Orphans helps change the lives of children living in poverty through the kindness of donors and a dedicated group of volunteers and staff.   U4O Provides Volunteer Opportunities at Orphanages in Mexico Why is it important to volunteer through service trips? “Orphanhood is in the heart more than the legal …

Meet Julia, Unity 4 Orphans Engagement Specialist

Meet Julia, Unity 4 Orphans Engagement Specialist

December 2, 2022

Our newest team member has been volunteering with Unity 4 Orphans since 2021, leading service trips and now as a special liaison to engage and support our community. Join us in welcoming Julia to the team officially, although she’s been involved with our organization for over a year and a half. She originally heard about …

Age Is Just a Number in Supporting Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Age Is Just a Number in Supporting Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

November 18, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans’ Wave-A-Thon draws surfers and boogie boarders of all ages and raises funds for orphaned and vulnerable children in San Diego and Latin America. When Joe Brandi made an announcement in a church service at La Jolla Christian Fellowship and asked for participants for U4O’s 3rd annual Wave-A-Thon, Kristan Peterson felt a tug …

Bringing Hope to Children in a Poor Village in Ecuador

Bringing Hope to Children in a Poor Village in Ecuador

November 11, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans founder Joe Brandi shares a vision for poor children in Ecuador to provide hope through education and holistic care. Every Saturday for the past seven years, a group of volunteers has been serving local children from a poor community in Ecuador. In his travels to prepare for U4O’s expansion into the country, …

A Firsthand Look at Poverty Conditions for the Children We Serve in Nicaragua, Part 2

A Firsthand Look at Poverty Conditions for the Children We Serve in Nicaragua, Part 2

October 28, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans volunteers shared their time, talents, and hearts with children from our ESL program in Nicaragua breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Welcome to the continuation of our story featuring the experiences of U4O volunteers Paul & Sara Giret, who joined Joe Brandi on his trip to Nicaragua in the summer of …

Meet the Unity 4 Orphans Team: Alyssa Hamon

Meet the Unity 4 Orphans Team: Alyssa Hamon

October 21, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans’ intern in San Diego shares what drew her to our mission to help orphaned and vulnerable children and encourages others to join a service trip. The newest member of our team, Alyssa, heard about U4O through the Communications Department at Point Loma Nazarene University, where she is currently in her senior year. …

A Firsthand Look at Poverty Conditions for the Children We Serve in Nicaragua, Part 1

A Firsthand Look at Poverty Conditions for the Children We Serve in Nicaragua, Part 1

October 14, 2022

Witnessing poverty’s effects on the children in Unity 4 Orphans’ ESL program in Nicaragua, one volunteer shares her experience and encourages child sponsorship. Every year, U4O founder Joe Brandi visits our ESL program in Miramar, Nicaragua to connect with the children and staff, hear their needs and celebrate progress in pursuing English fluency. The biggest …

How Can YOU Change the Life of a Vulnerable Child?

How Can YOU Change the Life of a Vulnerable Child?

September 30, 2022

How can you be a part of Unity 4 Orphans’ mission to change the lives of children living in poverty through ESL education, holistic care, and relational consistency? Holistic Care for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children When U4O Founder Joe Brandi began realizing a vision to care for children who have been orphaned, abandoned, and who …

U4O’s 3rd Annual Wave-A-Thon Raises Funds to Expand Education Programs

U4O’s 3rd Annual Wave-A-Thon Raises Funds to Expand Education Programs

September 26, 2022

At Unity 4 Orphans’ 3rd annual Wave-A-Thon fundraiser in San Diego, 25 surfers gathered sponsors and hit the waves to raise money for children living in poverty. On a sunny Saturday in San Diego, we held our Wave-A-Thon fundraiser for the third year in a row, an event that’s a favorite for our dedicated volunteers …

Grant Enables Educational Intervention for San Diego Elementary Students

Grant Enables Educational Intervention for San Diego Elementary Students

September 16, 2022

Thanks to a grant from Coldwell Banker West, Unity 4 Orphans is providing remedial education to help San Diego students in grades K-5 from low-income households succeed in school. Our vision to establish an outreach to vulnerable children in San Diego has come to fruition, thanks to longtime U4O supporter Nick Ospina and Coldwell Banker …

Unity 4 Orphans’ Supporters Host an Evening for the Children Fundraiser

Unity 4 Orphans’ Supporters Host an Evening for the Children Fundraiser

September 9, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans’ philanthropic supporters held a private dinner at their home in La Jolla to raise funds for children living in poverty. Gathering Friends for an Evening of Fundraising and Fellowship On a perfect August evening in La Jolla, California, Tom and Kathrine Cassidy hosted a fundraiser on behalf of the children we serve …

Showing Love to Impoverished Children in Ecuador through Nutrition and Education

Showing Love to Impoverished Children in Ecuador through Nutrition and Education

September 2, 2022

From a poverty-stricken village in Ecuador, Unity 4 Orphans’ founder Joe Brandi shares a vision for expansion to the area to provide intervention for education and nutrition. On his recent trip to Ecuador, one of the areas Joe Brandi traveled to gives us a glimpse into the housing conditions of one community plagued by extreme …

Tech Tools Donated for ESL Classrooms in Miramar, Nicaragua

Tech Tools Donated for ESL Classrooms in Miramar, Nicaragua

August 5, 2022

We recently posted a need for laptops and speakers for our classrooms in Nicaragua and were blown away by the quick response from U4O supporters who immediately shipped wireless speakers and laptops to us in advance of Joe Brandi’s visit. Now each classroom has a speaker that will support the teachers’ lesson plans and provide …

One Young Man’s Journey from Orphan to Graduate Made Possible by Philanthropic San Diego Volunteers

One Young Man’s Journey from Orphan to Graduate Made Possible by Philanthropic San Diego Volunteers

July 14, 2022

Longtime supporters of Unity 4 Orphans share their experience as child sponsors with Unity 4 Orphans, shedding light on what it means to serve others and provide underprivileged children with healing from trauma and hope for the future. We invite you to enjoy one San Diego couple’s heartwarming sponsorship story for an orphaned child in …

Meet the Team: Wesley Ross

Meet the Team: Wesley Ross

July 11, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans is pleased to introduce someone who usually keeps a low profile but has been involved for years as a CPA and valued team member. Our CPA, Wesley Ross, was first introduced to Joe at The Rock Churchthrough a mutual friend four years ago, and he’s been involved ever since. Along with annual …

Mullets 4 Orphans: Kid Creates Crazy Fun Fundraiser

Mullets 4 Orphans: Kid Creates Crazy Fun Fundraiser

July 5, 2022

A 13-year-old San Diego teen puts the FUN in fundraiser with a creative idea he calls “Mullets 4 Orphans” by collecting donations before visiting a local barber. Last summer, Charlie Wilkinson went on a volunteer trip with his family to visit the children at the orphanage that Unity 4 Orphans supports in Tijuana. Seeing how …

Joe Brandi is en Route to Nicaragua!

Joe Brandi is en Route to Nicaragua!

June 21, 2022

Joe Brandi is on his way to Nicaragua accompanied by a volunteer videographer who will capture footage of the children and their lives to showcase the reality of how they live.   Unity 4 Orphans’ Mission is to Fight for a Brighter Future for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Joe Brandi is the founder and CEO …

San Diego Volunteers Find Love While Serving Orphaned Children Together

San Diego Volunteers Find Love While Serving Orphaned Children Together

June 12, 2022

Read this fun, unique story of two Unity 4 Orphans volunteers who found love on a volunteer trip and are now married! VOLUNTEERING WITH IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN BRINGS HIDDEN BLESSINGS In 2017, Tricia Butler was reading the La Jolla Light newspaper and she saw an ad for U4O service tripsand thought, “I should go!” She signed …

Open Hearts Charity Event for Children Living in Poverty

Open Hearts Charity Event for Children Living in Poverty

May 28, 2022

Our annual fundraiser to raise money for children living in poverty was a success, thanks to our dedicated community of volunteers, sponsors, and donors!         Top San Diego Charity Hosts Annual Fundraiser Unity 4 Orphans hosts an annual fundraiser, and this year’s gala was particularly memorable. Our theme was “Open Hearts” and …

Healing through Giving; One Person Can Make a Difference

Healing through Giving; One Person Can Make a Difference

May 6, 2022

We recently connected with longtime Unity 4 Orphans supporter, Jared Lutmer, to discuss how he became involved with our organization and how it’s impacted his life. His dedication to helping the children we serve through education and holistic care will hopefully inspire others to give back, and show that one person’s efforts can make a …

One Volunteer’s Extraordinary Experience of Life at an Orphanage

One Volunteer’s Extraordinary Experience of Life at an Orphanage

May 5, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans (U4O) is excited to share the story of one woman who followed her heart to make a difference in the lives of orphaned children in Mexico. Brenda Martinez first heard about U4O when she met our founder, Joe Brandi, at The Rock Church in October 2021. He was talking about ministry in …