Many Redlands businesses and service organizations join with the Rochford Foundation to help realize the mission of serving children.
Several community organizations make use of the mansion – free of charge – to hold gala fundraisers that help them continue their own work.Some help distribute to needy families our ever-increasing oranges harvest, some send volunteers to help out at the mansion in a variety of ways.
Other groups & businesses have made donations for the kids: bicycles and helmets, laptop computers, golf clubs, award pins and plaques … and pumpkins!
The Young Readers’ Room at Redlands’ public library joins The Redlands Daily Facts and the Rochford Foundation in sponsoring the Redlands Kids’ Riddle Contest every month during baseball season. Riddles are about the history, places, and people of Redlands. Grand prize each month is a set of behind-home-plate tickets to an Angels baseball game, donated by the Rochford Foundation.
Assisteens is the teen auxiliary of the Assistance League of Redlands. They hold a winter dance every year at the mansion as a fundraiser to buy Christmas toys for the Redlands Fire Department’s “Spark of Love” toy drive.
Redlands Benchwarmers is a nonprofit that offers financial support to high school athletic programs in the Redlands Unified School District. The Rochford Foundation hosts an annual fundraiser barbeque for Benchwarmers’ members and friends at the mansion.
The nonprofit Big Hearts for Little Hearts is an auxiliary of Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, raising funds for projects providing comfort and care for hospitalized children. Among their contributions are creating a children’s library and garden area within the hospital, providing comfy rocking chairs for parents and children, funding medical equipment. They hold a well-attended “Family Fitness Fun Expo” each spring at the Burrage Mansion.
Bonnes Meres raises substantial money for the Children’s Fund, which helps ensure that children in our community who are abused, neglected, impoverished or abandoned receive adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and education. The Foundation offers Bonnes Meres use of the mansion for monthly meetings and fundraising events.
The Family Service Association, founded in 1898 by Albert Smiley, is one of the Redlands’ oldest institutions. Their commitment to “alleviate poverty, encourage self-sufficiency, and promote the dignity of all” aligns closely with the Rochford Foundation mission. The Foundation contributes to Family Services fundraising efforts as well as to their food distribution program, donating much of our harvest of the Redlands-renowned navel and Valencia oranges.
Native Redlanders Mick and Sandi Gallagher have operated their jewelry and engraving business in Redlands for over 38 years. Known for their community service and generosity, the Gallagher’s donate countless items—awards plaques, engraved Christmas ornaments, hundreds of Burrage Buddies achievement pins, trail signs—to the Rochford Foundation-Burrage Mansion programs.
The all-volunteer Inland Harvest collects surplus produce and grocery items donated by local restaurants, schools, wholesalers, and retailers and transports the farm-to-food distribution programs for the needy. Inland Harvest helps the Rochford Foundation donate oranges from the mansion groves to local families.
Mansion Memories is a nonprofit that produces ”Magical Day” events held at the Burrage Mansion several times each year for kids in crisis and their families, providing happy memories that will last a lifetime and inspiring families to embrace laughter, love and hope for a positive future.
Volunteers are part of the local chapter of a national organization of mothers and daughters serving their communities. These reliable and hard-working girls and women help with Burrage Buddies workshops.
The Redlands Area Historical Society works to preserve our history—historical buildings neighborhoods, written oral history, and memorabilia—and to educate citizens about Redlands’ heritage. In 2011, the Burrage Mansion received the society’s prestigious Heritage Award. Local historians Larry Burgess and Tom Atchley willingly share their extensive knowledge and resources about the mansion’s past. The society holds its annual Ice Cream Social and Awards Ceremony at the mansion.
Founded in 1921, Redlands Christian School provides faith-based academic education. The school hosts an annual gala at the Burrage Mansion to help raise funds toward tuition scholarships for local children.
RCMA sponsors the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival—free, professional-quality concerts held at the Redlands Bowl Association twice weekly throughout the summer. As part of their youth outreach, RCMA sponsors free Redlands Bowl Children’s Music Festival Workshops at various Redlands locations, including the Burrage Mansion. Visiting artists engaged to give a concert at the Bowl teach kids about the joy of music and theatrical performance.
The Redlands Conservancy works tirelessly to raise money and public awareness to preserve Redlands’ historic buildings and natural resources. They offer youth education programs to “help prepare the future stewards of Redlands.” The Rochford Foundation supports these efforts by providing the mansion as a venue for small fundraising events.
The local newspaper joins Redlands’ A. K. Smiley Public Library and the Rochford Foundation in sponsoring the Redlands Kids’ Riddle Contest every month during baseball season. Riddles are about the history, places, and people of Redlands. Grand prize each month is a set of behind-home-plate tickets to an Angels baseball game, donated by the Rochford Foundation.
Along with all Redlands businesses and residents, we rely on the Redlands Fire Department for quick-response to any possible 9-1-1 emergencies. The department also conducts yearly fire-safety inspections to ensure the property is hazard-free and meets city codes. We are delighted each summer to invite all Redlands firefighters to one of mansion superintendent Leonard Smith’s famous barbeque lunches.
The Rochford Foundation and our guests at the Burrage Mansion appreciate the security of knowing RPD is available in case of emergencies. Officers periodically show up to patrol the grounds during campouts (and to share S’mores with the kids!). The department holds an annual training session at the mansion, and then adjourns to a most-delicious barbecue lunch prepared by mansion superintendent Leonard Smith.
The nonprofit Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home to families while their children receive medical treatment at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Most of the children are in critical condition, making it important that the family is near their ill child; Ronald McDonald House houses more than 24 families each night. LLRMH holds an elegant wine-and-cheese fundraising event annually at the mansion.
Steps for Life provides housing, education, life-skills training and spiritual support for individuals and families in crisis and recovery. The organization provides volunteer help at the Burrage Mansion and holds adult fundraisers for their programs.
The University of Redlands Office of Community Service Learning provides many student workers and volunteers for a variety of service projects at the Burrage Mansion.
Redlands award-winning film production company Work and Play Productions specializes in high definition aerial, underwater, time-lapse, and still photography using cutting-edge technical skills & equipment. Their team of Al and Susan Stevens and Rob Sandberg created and donated the videos and many of the photos on the Rochford Foundation-Burrage Mansion website.