Cassandra is known for her zeal and compassion for children’s issues and it shows through her work efforts serving the needs of families and children throughout South-Central LA, Culver City, Wilmington, El Monte, North Hollywood and beyond. Her focus, compassion, and determination inspired her to find solutions for children in need and created an organization A Child’s Dream-CA. Since its conception Cassandra has been able to assist many children and families each year. The charity has been able to successfully make a big impact within the community during its annual events. Families have arrived as early as 4 o’clock in the morning to line up to receive items from both “The Annual Back to School Day” and “The Holiday Outreach Event”.
Sheree' M. Bielecki, M.ED
Director of Community Events
Sheree’ Bielecki is the Director of Community Events at A Child’s Dream-CA. She has 16+ years of experience in the fields of K-12 education and higher education, and working with high-risk and underserved populations where access to educational resources is limited. She has extensive know-how in designing and creating educational curriculum and programs for educational and non-profit organizations.
In addition to her experience in the field of education, Sheree has 20+ years of experience working with community-based non-profit organizations. She has worked with teams of people in creating food and clothing programs, after-school tutoring and homework help programs, arts programs, mentoring programs, cultural programs for churches, schools, and other businesses, and volunteering her time as needed. She has extensive knowledge of the people and cultures that constitute the population South Los Angeles and other underserved communities in Los Angeles County.
Sheree received her Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies at California State University, Northridge, Master’s degree in Education at Pepperdine University, and is currently working on her Ed.D in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University. Sheree says, “My main goal is to be a positive role model and leader for youth and young adults and continue to build positive relationships with organizations that help underserved communities.”
Donation Procurement Specialist
I first volunteered for a Child's Dream-CA five years ago only to support my friend Cassandra Sampson. And that's all it took I was hooked. I love being able to help the kids I love seeing the smiles on their faces when they come in to get their backpacks to go back to school or personal hygiene products. These children are our future and we need to help them now so I'm happy to do whatever I can.
Chris Steptoe is no stranger to outreach. Attending church right in the heart of South-Central Los Angeles, near Florence and Normandie, afforded her the opportunity to learn first-hand from her Pastor and mother the importance of giving back. Chris said, "I never knew there was such a need for food, clothing and basic necessities in the LA area other than South Central, East L.A., or even skid row. It is amazing to see the work of Pastor Cassandra and A Child's Dream-CA".
Dana is an awesome father and sportsman. Understanding the perils of the street, Dana has had his own struggles as a youth in South- Central L.A. and was very fortunate to have the strong support of his family and the Boys Scout of America. Dana went on to get his degree in electric engineering at ITT Technical College. Dana is a 3-generation master electrician. Dana enjoys archery, cooking and music (he is a skilled guitar player). It is Dana's past that has him driven to participate in the lives of our youth, especially our sons.
Dana says, “Keeping hope alive is real! I was blown away so see how the children were eager to listen as I gave them instructions prior to the start of our Holiday Outreach. Each child just wants to know that they matter, that they are special. Part of my responsibility is to help keep the children safe during each event, from start to finish. This task is not always easy; but it is well worth it!"
A Child's Dream Ambassador
Ambassador and granddaughter to its’ Founder, Cassandra Steptoe-Sampson. Laila is eager to assist, generous and full of faith that each event will be a child's dream!