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Advisory Board members

Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff

Lake Elsinore Chamber CEO
Kim Joseph Cousins

LEUSD Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Doug Kimberly


President: Donna Niehouse

Vice President: Shannon Wells

Secretary: Jamie Webber

Treasurer: Terri Connolly

Board Members

Captain Leonard Hollingsworth

Chris Webber

Courtney Kessler

Dave Fontneau

Dee Thomas

Denine Diaz

Doug Wells

Jason Brown

Jum Snyder

Jon Gray

Karen Strausheim

Katie Zupan

Ken Chaffin

Kevin Whitford

Laurie Howanec

Lynn Fontneau

Executive Director

Tom Thomas

Who do we assist?

Christmas Assistance for Families
College Scholarships
Emergency Food
Emergency Housing
H.O.P.E. Referrals
Homeless Children
Lake Elsinore Explorers
Marine Institute Camp
Safe Candy Night
School Expenses
School Transportation
Science Camps
Senior Citizen Needs
Space Camps
Student of the Month
Summer Camp Scholarships
Youth Court
Youth Medical Needs
Youth Sports

All families are screened and verified regarding actual financial need and multiple application concerns to other agencies.


Mission Statement
• To ensure all children, regardless of circumstances, are provided the basic    necessities that all children should enjoy.

• Provide senior citizen outreach and assistance based on the individual            needs of life.

• Strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and the
   communities they serve.


Since 1995, Cops for Kids, Inc. has assisted children, seniors, and families that find themselves in unfortunate situations. Through generous donations from local business sponsors and individuals in our community, Cops for Kids has enabled children and seniors to enjoy some of the basic necessities that were not available to them through other agencies.

Whether it be transportation costs to school or work, a temporary place to stay for an entire homeless family, youth activity funding, clothing, or some assistance for educational costs, Cops for Kids is ready to help.

Cops for Kids was created by two Sheriff’s department deputies who saw a need to help children at Christmas time. Giving a few disadvantaged children Christmas presents while on routine neighborhood patrols during the holidays has grown into a local organization that now offers those in need a host of services during the holiday season and throughout the year.

With low overhead and virtually no red tape, Cops for Kids can respond immediately to children, seniors, and families in need. We are often the local organization called to help because of our ability to quickly and respectfully assist others with emergency funding.

Know a family that needs assistance?

Download our easy to use pdf guidelines and assistance form below and submit it to Cops for Kids for review.

Click here for our Guidelines for request for Assistance.

Click here for our Assistance Request form.

Contact Us: Tom Thomas, Executive Director

Office: 951.245.3389 Cell: 951.532.6327 Fax: 951.245.3311
E-Mail: tomthomas@copsforkidsinc.org
Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station
PO Box 2001 • 333 Limited Street • Lake Elsinore CA 92530

Cops for Kids, Inc. NEVER telemarkets with fundraising requests. All of our fundraising is done within Riverside County - Lake Elsinore, California ONLY. If you are ever contacted via telephone from some one or some group posing as doing fundraising for our Cops for Kids, Inc. Please call Tom Thomas, Executive Director for Cops for Kids, Inc. at 951.245.3389 immediately.