“We’re teaching kids about how to effect local and global change,” she said. “We’re teaching kids how to run a business. One of our board members calls it an ‘inoculation to entitlement.’”
Baden calls it “character development.”
Team Kids has a staff of seven and many volunteers, some of whom once took part in the Team Kids programs.
Kim McFarland first got involved with Team Kids when she was in the third grade. She’s now studying sociology at California State University, San Diego and volunteering as a Team Kids intern this summer.
“It’s awesome to be able to come back and help out,” McFarland said.
Hudash’s board includes fire, police and school representatives.
Other board members include Jack Toan, regional vice president for Wells Fargo Foundation, Dan Lubeck, managing director at Solis Capital Partners, and Michael Cupps, a philanthropist and husband of Wendy Cupps, managing director at Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co.
Team Kids holds three fundraisers a year, which account for about half of its $400,000 budget. Its biggest event is held at Il Fornaio in Irvine.
For the past six years, Il Fornaio managing partner Marcello Apollonio has donated the restaurant, food and staff. The contribution is worth about $18,000, Hudash said.
The event raised $82,000 this year.
Hudash said much of what she knows about business she learned from her board and other business leaders.
For Hudash, her husband Ray and her five kids, Team Kids also has been a family project.
“This organization has been a hands-on thing for our whole family,” she said. “As far as balance, I don’t even know what that means.”