Who We Are
No one expected the series of wildfires that ignited in Northern California on October 8 to spread so quickly. As our disaster assessment began in the hardest hit areas in Santa Rosa, the smell of smoke still filled the air. People here were evacuated in the middle of the night, without any warning, as walls of flame closed in just a few feet away. Many are now coming to terms with the loss of absolutely everything they owned.
Many residents of Ecuador were still making strides toward recovery from the devastating 2016 earthquake when floods surged at their doorsteps, and brought down mudslides to cake the streets. With the aid of our Cash-For-Relief program, residents of Pisloy are receiving a fresh start, and renewed hope. Find out more about how we’re making a difference.
Mountains are a symbol of stability and an unwavering nature, as they remain fixed and true despite the turbulence of change and the unexpected. This is our heartfelt vow and aim, to be like a mountain as we serve those in need. Our actions and spirit are guided by immovable determination and loving kindness, dedicated to cultivating wellbeing through Tzu Chi’s missions of Charity, Medical Care, Education, and Disaster Relief.
We are the National Headquarters for Tzu Chi USA, and our campus in San Dimas is beside a mountain, as is the Jing Si Abode, Tzu Chi Foundation’s global headquarters in Hualien, Taiwan, where our founder, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, resides. We are thankful that at both headquarters, our volunteers can draw inspiration from the sight of mountains, since they echo our deepest aspiration to be a support that people can always lean on.
The welfare of the underprivileged is our heartfelt concern, and we help those who suffer due to poverty, hunger, and homelessness through charity. Our volunteers offer winter distributions, assist disadvantaged students with food bags and scholarships, track homeless demographics to better serve their needs, provide free income tax preparation for low-income families, and offer spiritual support to inmates.
Our volunteers are at the ready to provide disaster relief in the U.S. and internationally. Close to home, since California endures devastating and recurring wildfires, we are there to offer aid and loving support after many families have lost everything they own. We also collaborate with the American Red Cross in a fire prevention effort, installing fire alarms and educating the public.
Good health is a foundation everyone deserves, and we are there to provide free medical, dental, and vision care for those in need. These health care services are offered through our permanent clinics, mobile clinics, Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) community medical outreach, and our Healthy Community Program.
Children are the future, so equipping students with the tools for success is important to us, as is nurturing humanistic values. Our preschools, elementary school, and Tzu Chi Academies offer high-quality academic instruction as well as moral education. Our student services and character education programs complete the ways in which we cultivate humanistic culture and aid underprivileged youth.
Offices in the National Headquarters(11)