Kindness Matters


Walking Shield loves to receive calls from new friends. Our new friend this week is Larraine Redondo. Larraine came across our brochure and contacted us to see if we would be interested in a donation of crocheted items. We answered her with a very grateful, “YES!” This kind donation contributes greatly to our Humanitarian Aid program which touches the lives of thousands of Native American families across the nation. Larraine’s kindness goes a long way and truly matters. Thank you Larraine Redondo for sharing your beautiful crocheted pieces with those who need it the most.

Walking Shield welcomes donations year round and of course, we welcome new friends daily!

Welcome our Interns!

andy-jorge-101116Walking Shield is pleased to introduce two new members of our team.  Jorge Cortez and Andy Ceron have joined us on a temporary assignment as our student interns.   Jorge and Andy are students at California State University, Long Beach Master of Social Work program.

Both young men are in their final year of the program and are currently working with us to expand the work we do with American Indian families.   Their experience in the human services field ranges from working with the Department of Children and Family Services to working with older adults.

It has been very nice having Jorge and Andy in the office two days a week and we are excited to  help them reach their educational goals over the next several months.  We believe the feeling is mutual, as they nicely stated the following.

“We have the pleasure of working with John Castillo and the wonderful staff at Walking Shield. We look forward to contributing to Walking Shield’s mission to improve the lives of American Indian families and are enjoying the learning opportunities that have been provided to us.”

In their free time, Andy enjoys playing the guitar and working out. Jorge likes jogging and spending quality time with friends and family.

Please join us by giving Jorge and Andy a very warm welcome to Walking Shield!

Our Donors Have our Back!


Thanks to Common Ground in Santa Ana for always having our back!   We received another generous donation of new backpacks filled with school supplies, personal hygiene products, socks and other goodies.

It’s days like this that remind us of why we do the work we do.  With the help of our kind donors, we are able to provide humanitarian aid to thousands of American Indian youth across the country.

A huge thanks to Common Ground and to all donors who remember us especially during this time of the year.

Holiday Gift Program

The Walking Shield elves are busy collecting wish lists from the many Native American children from tribes across the United States.  The children will agree that Christmas is the most anticipated event of the year!  We are in the process of gathering new, unwrapped items such as toys, school supplies, backpacks, baby supplies, shoes, sporting goods, cold weather clothing.  Your support continues to make our gift drive possible and plays an integral role in spreading joy and hope to thousands of American Indian children.