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Nonprofit of the Year - Achadjian

Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian presented Lisa Ray, founder of the Children's Resource Network of the Central Coast, with a proclamation Wednesday honoring the organization as the 2016 nonprofit of the year at a celebration of California Nonprofits Day at the state capitol in Sacramento. 

A nonprofit founded seven years ago with the goal of clothing impoverished schoolkids and proving them with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom was honored for its work Wednesday.

Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian named the Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast as his 2016 nonprofit of the year during California Nonprofits Day at the state capital in Sacramento.

The Children's Resource Network of the Central Coast was first established in 2009 by Lisa Ray to provide clothing and educational materials to disadvantaged children and youth in northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Since that time, the organization has grown to include Teens Closet locations in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo; a Children's Closet in Arroyo Grande; and a Traveling Children's Closet.

The Traveling Children's Closet partners with other nonprofits to provide diapers, clothing, school supplies and other basic necessities to children and parents in need up and down the Central Coast.

"The Children’s Resource Network has been an incredible organization for our community," Achadjian said. "We are fortunate to have such an organization that continues to inspire and empower families here on the Central Coast."

As the Children's Resource Network of the Central Coast continues to grow, currently serving more than 10,000 children between the two counties, Ray said she was grateful to be recognized for the work her organization does in the community.

"Our commitment has always been to support and encourage our children and youth on the Central Coast," Ray said. "I am thankful for the attention this brings to our efforts."

As part of this year's inaugural Nonprofits Day, members of the Legislature chose an organization from their district to be honored as their nonprofit of the year, spokesman said.

The day’s events were hosted by the California Association of Nonprofits, a statewide alliance of more than 10,000 organizations, representing and promoting California's growing nonprofit sector and working to bring the full power of nonprofits to strengthening communities. 

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April Charlton covers South San Luis Obispo County for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow her on Twitter@WordsDawn