Giving Back to Our Community

At LJCSC, we work hard to take great care of our patients. We’re also committed to helping our neighbors here and around the world; therefore, our physicians, staff, and families support a number of community and international causes, from the arts to social services to health-related causes. We believe in giving back, and we’ve found many great organizations that need committed sponsors. We invite you to learn about some of the causes we actively support.


Humane Care for Animals, Therapeutic Programs for People

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a no-kill animal shelter located in San Diego that is dedicated to saving the lives of animals and enriching the lives of people. They offer humane care and animal adoption for orphaned animals, as well as animal-centered educational and therapeutic programs for people. The center also teaches others around the world how to market and promote animal adoption and humane programs. We were proud to name them the winner of LJCSC’s 2011 Charity Giveaway contest. To learn more, click here: www.animalcenter.org


Helping Women Help Themselves Here and Abroad

The Foundation for Women (FFW) is a local organization that serves impoverished women locally and globally by funding and creating micro-credit programs. FFW programs reach women in transition, at risk, and in crisis, as well as offering programs to inspire and educate all women. Since its inception, the FFW has touched the lives of thousands of women in their local and international programs. We applaud and support their efforts. To learn more, click here: www.foundationforwomen.org.


Transforming Lives at the Monarch School

It’s a tough reality that not all kids have the same opportunities. This is especially true of homeless and at-risk kids. The Monarch School transforms the lives of these children. It provides an accredited education while caring for basic needs such as healthcare, food, clothing, and personal hygiene. This organization makes a difference every day. We support their efforts at the Children’s Champion level. To learn more, click here: monarchschools.org.


People Helping People

Las Patronas

Las Patronas is a volunteer organization whose goal is to help support nonprofit organizations. For over 60 years this organization has been helping charitable institutions throughout San Diego County.

LJCSC supports Las Patronas and its tradition of providing financial assistance to grass-roots nonprofit groups in the San Diego area. To learn more, click here: www.laspatronas.org


Reaching Out to Our South-of-the-Border Neighbors

nunFor over 25 years, we’ve supported the work of a remarkable American nun, Mother Antonia Brenner, who lives at the La Mesa Penitentiary in Tijuana. Two Pulitzer Prize winning authors wrote about her incredible life in Prison Angel. She has always understood the relationship between self-esteem and personal appearance. She appealed to dentists and plastic surgeons to help her “children,” the prisoners.

In the early years, Dr. Olesen went to the prison regularly and performed plastic surgery on the prisoners. Later, LJCSC began to support Casa Campos de San Miguel, a refuge for women leaving prison and for women visiting incarcerated family in the nearby prison. Women and children who come to Tijuana for cancer treatment also use the house.

Our support continues to this day as Mother Antonia and her nuns help so many begin their lives anew. Find more information here: www.servants11th.org or here: abcnews.go.com/GMA/Story?id=796310&page=1


Service Dogs for the Disabled

San Diego service dog

A service dog is a dog that has been specially trained to assist a disabled person. The assistance provided by a service dog changes a person’s life, making daily tasks easier, so that living a fuller life is a little less challenging for the person.

A service dog can also become a beloved companion who offers unconditional love and joy every moment of each day. LJCSC is sponsoring a service dog in training. The dog’s name is Freedom.


Supporting Those Who Enrich Our Community

Making beautiful music in San Diego

The La Jolla Music Society brings world-class music to San Diego. From its early beginnings in Sherwood Hall to its current broad-based programs, La Jolla Music Society is a great asset to our community. The Society’s SummerFest series receives international acclaim. The Society also provides programs for schools and young musicians.

Our support for the Society extends back to the 1970s. Over the years, LJCSC surgeons and their wives have taken leadership roles and given substantial time and money to this wonderful organization that enriches our community. For more information, click here: www.ljms.org.


Breast Cancer Issues

Over the years, LJCSC has given to many breast cancer groups. The most recent statistics from breastcancer.org, state: “About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.” As over 80% of our patients are women, LJCSC remains committed to helping support breast cancer research and awareness.


Youth Causes & Sports

LJCSC routinely supports youth activities including soccer, water polo, and volleyball. We support Rotary, Lions Club, and Children’s Hospital programs as well. We believe participation fosters a healthy community.


Making Loans That Change Lives

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website. You can go to kiva.org and lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is only 56 months old (as of June 2010.) During that time, over 460,000 donors have loaned $141,555,785 to over 365,521 entrepreneurs in 199 countries. The repayment rate has been an astounding 98%. We are happy to be a part of this global effort. Click on the link for more information: www.kiva.org/about/how/.


Changing the World—One Girl at a Time

Because LJCSC serves so many women, we take a special interest in women’s issues. Using the principle that it’s better to teach someone to fish than to give the person a fish, we are strong supporters of programs that provide micro-credit loans to would-be entrepreneurs. Here’s a great video about the impact of changing the lives of girls around the world. To find out more, click here: www.girleffect.org.