How We Started

How We Started

While volunteering at a homeless shelter, our founder, Rolanda Finch noticed several children running around. She asked the executive director, “How do they celebrate their birthday?” He explained, because of a lack of resources and funding, nothing is done. Rolanda loves to celebrate her birthday. It’s September 14th and she celebrates during the entire month of September! Rolanda felt these children deserved the same enjoyment she remembered as a child and used her personal funds to create birthday parties in shelters where she volunteered.

The children in the shelter became excited whenever the “birthday lady” arrived to give them a smile on their special day. Unfortunately, the shelter closed after a few months. Rolanda was determined to continue bringing smiles to the lives of children in homeless and domestic violence shelters. In 2014, It’s Your Birthday, Inc. was formed.

What Our Shelters Are Saying…

What We Need

In addition to monetary donations, we accept donations of party items. Our wish list includes:

  • Cakes
  • Cupcakes
  • Ice Cream
  • Small Toys
  • Entertainment – clowns, face painters, magicians, balloon artists, dancers, etc.
  • $10 Gift Cards – Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree, McDonald’s, Subway, and White Castle

Our Accomplishments

Since we began, our efforts have been recognized by several local organizations.
For press inquiries, please contact Rolanda Finch at (314) 623-8301 or info@itsyourbirthdayinc.org.

Awards

Community Service Public Relations Council Award – Volunteer of the Year (September 2016)

Who’s Who in Diversity in Color Publication (June 2016)

Certificate of Appreciation – Serving as an Entrepreneurial Leader to Prepare the Youth of St. Louis Public Schools to Be Career Ready (May 2016)

Top Ladies of Distinction Community Leader Award (May 2016)

Reaching Out Award from Town & Style Magazine (October 2015)

Stella Artois Give Beautifully Award (2014)