Headshot Photo of Liesl Eibschutz
2015 Award Recipient


Project Strengthen Our School (SOS)

Location San Luis Obispo, CA

Issue Area Philanthropy | Poverty

In 2012, Liesl was surprised to discover a considerable number of students at her seemingly affluent high school were either homeless, in foster care, living independently, and/or experiencing significant financial difficulty. Liesl describes these classmates as an invisible minority on campus that wish to remain indistinguishable. Upon discovering that school resources were virtually non-existent for these peers, Liesl created the SOS, or “Strengthen Our School” program. For the past three years, under Liesl’s leadership, SOS has raised awareness and funds both on-campus and within the San Luis Obispo community.

The SOS Program provides emergency financial assistance, basic necessities (such as teen clothing, groceries, gas, and school supplies), items important to teens (such as gift cards for sporting goods, movies, restaurants, prom wear, and graduation apparel), and, most importantly, college scholarships. In 2015 alone, $20,000 was raised for the SOS College Scholarship Fund, and 14 graduating seniors received scholarships.

As a Jew, my responsibility is a significant one. That is, to ameliorate global iniquities and ensure all individuals receive the most fundamental of human rights.

Liesl Eibschutz
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller