Help still needed for Help-Portrait Chico on Saturday

Dec 10, 2015 9:55 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

Volunteers are still needed to help with the "Help-Portrait Chico" event at the Jesus Center in Chico on Saturday, December 12th.

Photographers from Butte County will gather for a sixth year to offer free portraits to those in need. More than 150 individuals and families took advantage of the offer last year.

Volunteer photographers Doug Churchill and Greg Arens are heading up the event, and say more help is welcome ... especially people who are talented with hair styling or makeup, to help the subjects of the photos look their best.

The Chico event is part of a the world wide Help-Portrait, a non-profit formed by Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart in 2009. The idea is to give back to those who may not have the opportunity for a professional photo.

Doug Churchill says, "When personal or natural tragedy strikes, family photographs are the once item people rescue and cling to the most. As a professional photographer, I'm able to gift something that valuable to those in our community who can't afford it. A happy moment in tim. Photographs are gifts that will last for generations to come."

Help-Portrait Chico 2015 takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Jesus Center, 1297 Park Avenue, Chico. Santa will even pay a visit from 11 a.m. until Noon.

If you want to volunteer or just want more information you can visit the Help Portrait Chico page on Facebook at

There is also a Go Fund Me site to help raise money for expanses. That can be found at


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