Ambassadors & Other Volunteers
There are about 20 core members of Triumph Foundation who are “ambassadors,” according to founder Andrew Skinner. “They aren’t involved in everything every day, but when we do a major hospital outreach, they are our core,” he said.
Triumph held a Christmas Party at its monthly SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) Support Group that meets at St. Jude Center for Rehab & Wellness in Orange County. There were group discussions, socializing and a raffle for presents. Volunteer Ambassador Tony Mavros of MobilityWorks attended almost every event.
Triumph had 20 volunteers come over to build 100 Care Baskets and Backpacks to deliver to people who were newly paralyzed and were going to spend their Christmas in the hospital. Our elves set-up a production line of resources, goodies, and small presents and constructed each basket with love.
Dr.Sarah Fraley is not only on staff at the hospital as a psychiatrist and the coordinator of the Long Beach VA’s SCI peer support
program, but she is also a very active member of Triumph Foundation attending events and helping them as a volunteer building Care Baskets, etc.
More on Andrew & Triumph
Triumph Foundation stretches as far south as the Saddleback area, out to San Bernardino, up to Bakersfield, up to Santa Barbara and down to Long Beach.
“What I enjoy mostis when I bring a care basket, that tool kit tothe newly injured,” says Andrew Skinner. “Seeing them again a few months or years later to see how far they’ve come from the initial visit, to see them triumph…get their lives moving again – even if they don’t have 110 percent improvement physically, it’s also emotional. The foundation’s named “Triumph” number one, because we always wanted to be solution-oriented, not just to be a shoulder to cry on. We provide that kind of support, but we want to be more than that to people when they become paralyzed. It’s a slogan for what we’re trying to do. My family has always ridden also (Triumph Motorcycles, British bikes).”
Raising capital has always been Skinner’s biggest obstacle. “We are a small charity, with big hearts but not the pocketbook to match,” he says. “We’ve always been outreach first. Then figure out how to fundraise to accomplish it.”
This Memorial Day weekend is “Wheelchair Sports Day” at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex. It’s the third annual — a two-day event. “It’ll be fun – wheelchair hockey, raquetball, basketball, also art and painting, creative stuff. We want to provide some sort of outlet to change their focus. There will be a resource fair also. The goal is to not only introduce them to the wild world of adaptive athletics, but introduce them to the programs. It’ll be information that’s relevant to disability community.”