Volunteer Spotlight - Jeanne Ackerman

Let’s show some sugar for the November Volunteer in the Spotlight, Jeanne Ackerman!


Jeanne is a seasoned veteran in the Sprinkle Squad, already making and delivering 39 cakes for the Sprinkle Squad! A fan of all things Disney, her favorite cake made so far has been an adorable Minnie Mouse cake.

From a young age, Jeanne has had a love for baking, having fond memories of baking with her mom. She remembers baking dozens of holiday cookies in December with her mom. Flour, sugar, and butter fill her counter as she recalls the warm memories, even more so since her mom’s passing.

“Being able to share the results of my baking is just so very rewarding.  Mom always made sure my sister and I had our favorite dessert on our birthdays, a tradition my sister and I still honor to this day.  I can't imagine not having your favorite sweet to celebrate your special day, so being able to give that to someone is such a wonderful experience.”

For her eighth birthday, Jeanne still remembers a special cake her sister made for her decorated like a Raggedy Ann doll. She remembers the time and attention put into the cake as sweet and thoughtful.

Jeanne first heard of For Goodness Cakes when she subscribed to Volunteer Match and listed as a good match. Her passion is baking and being given the opportunity to bake for others brings her such joy. She says the fun comes from the challenge to come up with a cake that will highlight what the recipient likes, and she is always surprised by the range of the interest the kids have!

We asked Jeanne if she had any words of advice for others looking to volunteer: “Find a cause that speaks to you and where you can use your skills. I'm just so grateful to be part of the Sprinkle Squad.”

Thank you, Jeanne, for being such an important part of the Sprinkle Squad and all that you do to help spread love, joy, and frosting!

Volunteer Spotlight - Marijean Armstrong


One of our favorite things to do at For Goodness Cakes is to highlight our volunteers. They are truly remarkable and constantly impress us with their generosity and talent. This month we are highlighting Marijean, and we are excited to share her personal experience with you! 

Last year Marijean was looking for volunteer opportunities where she could use what she loved to do to benefit others. After some research, she found us - it was a truly perfect match because her hobby just so happened to be cake decorating!

She immediately signed up for the next orientation and loved the mission and vision that was presented to her. That very same day, she became a part of the Sprinkle Squad and quickly signed up for her first cake. Now this was no regular assignment - her very first baked good for the organization was, in fact, a Wedding Cake! The Executive Director of Stepping Forward LA was getting married and wanted a way to celebrate with the young adults from the First Saturday workshops because they weren’t able to come to the wedding. She thought she would receive a cake like the others, but Marijean had other plans!


This cake stands out for Marijean for several reasons. It was her first assignment so it held a special place in her heart, alternating layers of yellow and pink velvet cake with buttercream icing. She put in a great deal of effort into creating the bride and groom cake topper by melting white chocolate and pouring it into a candy mold. She had such a wonderful time making it! 

Then, several months after she created the cake she actually got to meet the woman the cake was for! While attending a KidSave event, Marijean met Beth, who learned she was a volunteer with For Goodness Cakes. They began to chat and Beth described a cake that was made for her and showed Marijean the picture of the wedding cake she herself had made! Marijean remarked how funny it can be when things can come full circle. 

Marijean’s top recommendation is to encourage other volunteers to let loose creatively and simply have fun. She likes to try new decorating techniques or a new cake mix flavor when she gets a baker's choice assignment. She has discovered several new favorites that way.

She also stressed to always keep in mind that the kids will love whatever is created for them and it doesn't have to be fancy. It always surprises her how much joy receiving a cake brings to someone especially when they learn it was made just for them.

To hear it directly from this wonderful woman herself, “Everyone should have a cake on their birthday and to get the chance to create one for someone who otherwise might not have one is literally and figuratively icing on the cake for me!”

Thank you, Marijean. It is an honor to have you as a part of our organization. You truly inspire! 


Volunteer Spotlight - Jessie Hill

A bird cannot fly without feathers. A car cannot start without gas. And a special birthday cake for a young person in the foster care system cannot be made without the elbow grease and love of our amazing For Goodness Cakes volunteers.

For Goodness Cakes runs on the dedication of those who offer their time and abilities. Our volunteers are our foundation and we are so proud to connect with the many women and men who go out of their way to make a child’s birthday so much more than it could be.

We want the world to know who these amazing people are, so today, we are highlighting Jessie. She has been a volunteer with us since September 2016 and we could not be happier to have her as a part of the team.

Jessie came across our charity while browsing through the VolunteerMatch website. She dove into researching the organization and when she found it combined her passion for food and helping children, she was in! Once she attended a volunteer orientation, she filled out the intake form and was all set to get started.

At first, Jessie was nervous. She had always loved cooking, but had never been an expert in baking so this would be a bit of a challenge right from the beginning. Initially, she thought baking would restrict her creativity, but she admitted that once she jumped into volunteering, she came to find that her creativity was actually enhanced.


From experimenting with different batters and frosting recipes, to becoming more advanced and exploring fondant, Jessie surprised herself with just how quickly her skills grew. She’ll be the first to admit there have been some failures along the way, but when it came to ensuring a birthday cake delivery, she always had a backup cake and frosting on hand.

During our interview, Jessie said she felt like For Goodness Cakes opened her eyes to issues she hasn’t previously thought about. She gained so much more from this experience than she realized she ever would. She shared some of what she learned that made the experience even more worthy:

“For example, did you know that 3% of children in California are homeless? Or, that LA County has the highest number of children in foster care - literally 20,000+ kids. Perhaps the most valuable thing I learned is that by donating a short amount of my time, I can create a really memorable moment.”

One of her favorite aspects of volunteering with For Goodness Cakes is knowing her cakes and cookies are going to young people who have likely never received personalized, homemade baked goods before. There are not many feelings that can top being able to make each child feel truly special on their birthday.

Pictured above: Jessie’s favorite cake with For Goodness Cakes (so far!)

Pictured above: Jessie’s favorite cake with For Goodness Cakes (so far!)

Having volunteers like Jessie makes all the difference. One seemingly simple action, like giving a child a personalized cake on their birthday, can have a genuinely significant impact. For Goodness Cakes is proud to be able to bring these amazing volunteers and young people together so a positive impact can be made. Thank you for being a part of the team Jessie. You are truly an inspiration!

Volunteer Spotlight is a monthly series highlighting some of our awesome volunteers.