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This group is different.

Many volunteer opportunities are posted.

If you want to make a difference and "be the change,"

Consider volunteering for community service events.

Giving back & helping others is rewarding, fulfilling, and satisfying!

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Examples of volunteering:

https://www.facebook.com/socalvolunteers/photos/?tab=albums

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3 groups to choose from:

• Volunteer in LA — https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer

• People Helping the Community in LA — https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers

• SoCal Volunteers United in OC — https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers

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Introduction & Elaboration:

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682

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Suggestion:

If anyone joins this group, editing your email settings is recommended. Many "reminder" emails are automatically sent everyday by Meetup.com, which can become annoying and overwhelming. Changing email preferences takes a few seconds and is worthwhile.

After joining this group, go to https://www.meetup.com/account/comm/SoCalVolunteers

...and set "Meetup reminders" to "Never"

Feel free to change other settings to reduce emails.

For anyone using the Meetup app, in the lower right corner, click "Profile"

...then in the top right corner, tap the 3 vertical dots and then "Manage notifications" and then "Email Updates" and scroll down to tap SoCal Volunteers United and set "Meetup reminders" to "Never"

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Excerpts by JFK:

"Never before has man had such a great capacity to control his own environment, to end hunger, poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make the best generation of mankind in the history of the world."

"We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world."

"My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."

"Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."

— John F. Kennedy

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Food Distribution (La Habra)

Behind The Gary Center in the back

Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, etc.). Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food. Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate. If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some). Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions. ____________________ All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions. In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up. Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors. ____________________ Okay...finally, here are the details for this specific food distribution. This food distribution used to be at/with another church group, Vineyard, but it appears to now be with Rise, and they are at a new location. https://www.riselh.com/copy-of-visit Every Thursday at 6:00 pm, they offer free food to people. Setup starts at 5:00 pm. If arriving at 5:00 pm is challenging, arriving at 5:15 or 5:30 pm should be okay. Some/many of the other volunteers are part of a church group, but they are very welcoming and friendly of new volunteers. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855689574541077 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855585111218190 https://www.facebook.com/pg/Storehouserisechurchlh/photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1256485037794870 ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. Coppie told me they will have a food distribution every Thursday, except on major holidays. And it's possible things happen (e.g., project leader gets busy/sick, inclement weather, lack of food donations, the venue is unavailable, etc.)... So if this day is on a holiday, or if it might rain, or there's any other reason you want to check before going, please feel free to contact them to confirm the date, time, location, and if they still need volunteers. Ask for Coppie. She and her husband, Rick, are really friendly and nice. https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29601620/477839378 [masked] (562)[masked] btw, sometimes events like this are unpredictable...maybe one week they are low on volunteers and another week/month they have a bunch of unexpected volunteers show up (students, another group/company, etc.). So if they are crowded and have "too many" volunteers, thank you for your patience and understanding with whatever happens. ____________________ At the end of Hillcrest Street (cul de sac) is The Gary Center. https://goo.gl/maps/ZGzHJNUearo Street parking should be free. If you see people standing by the side of the building, then you're at the right area. https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29601620 Walk toward the back of the Gary Center and you should see people setting up tables/pallets and moving food. https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29601620/#[masked] Ask for Coppie or anyone who looks like they know what's going on, and they can instruct you on what/how to help. - And if anyone gets thirsty, just ask Coppie. They usually have some extra water or other drinks in the refrigerator that is available for volunteers. And if anyone is hungry, sometimes a "soup lady" brings soup for the people, and there usually is enough soup for volunteers too. https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29601894/477841965 Oh, and sometimes at the end of the food distribution, they might have leftover fruit and vegetables, or other perishables like bread, salads, or other refrigerated items that will expire soon, so instead of throwing them away, they encourage volunteers to take some extra items, either for yourself, or drop it off at a shelter or elsewhere....so feel free to take some items so the food doesn't go to waste. ____________________ If this location is not geographically convenient for you or your schedule. Other cities throughout SoCal have food distributions that might need volunteers. Some food distributions occur on weekday mornings. A few occur on weekday afternoons or evenings. While some occur on weekends. So there's a chance you can find one that is near you and fits your availability. Orange County http://feedoc.org/get-help/get-food-2 https://www.wastenotoc.org/pantries http://ocfoodbank.org/csfp - Greater Los Angeles https://www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator https://foodforward.org/about/who-gets-our-food - Southern California http://www.foodpantries.org/st/california http://ampleharvest.org/find-pantry http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/CAfoodbanks.html

Play with Kids at a Motel (Anaheim)

El Dorado Inn

Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from another group, OC United. https://ocunited.org/what-we-do/homelessness "In 2011 we began to show up at the El Dorado motel every week, multiple times a week. Wednesday nights we have rotating teams serve dinner to approximately 125 residents providing connection and community. Friday nights we bring families together through pizza, root beer floats, fun activities, crafts, dominos, and laughter." On Friday nights, they serve pizza & root beer floats, and play games/sports with the kids. Some of the regular volunteers who attend every Friday are from nearby church groups, but they welcome new volunteers. Even though some participants are Christian, being religious or Christian is not required nor expected. ____________________ They are pretty friendly and open to new people helping play with the kids. You can play basketball, throw a football, play with jump rope, play card/board games like Uno, Jenga, etc. Sometimes the kids play musical instruments. Their video shows what this is about - https://vimeo.com/203622461 If anyone wants to help serve the food/ice cream or play with the kids, feel free to just show up or contact them in advance. Jay via [masked] or Katie via [masked] ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but if anyone wants to check before driving there, please feel free to contact them to confirm this event is happening this Friday. It's possible they might not have an event on this date (e.g. holiday, inclement weather, lack of food donations, the project leader is busy/sick, etc.)...so please confirm with them. Regarding parking....the motel has two entrances/gates. Look for the entrance on the west, next to the shopping area (stores like 99 cent store & O'Reilly Auto Parts). If parking at the motel isn't available, try street parking or by the shopping plaza. They meet in the back (west-side) of the motel. Go past the gate toward the back of the motel - refer to this visual - https://goo.gl/maps/wkhTWttnuEz ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1037895316320511 Video: https://vimeo.com/203622461

Help Renovate Schools & Homes (Compton)

Compton Courthouse Parking

Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Note: This isn't in/near Orange County per se, but individuals and other groups in OC have gone to help in previous years, so maybe others might be interested in helping too. ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ Thanks to Lisa for sharing about this. I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from The Compton Initiative. http://www.justdogood.org Hundreds of volunteers (individuals and church groups) join together for this community service project. Volunteers help with painting, cleaning, landscaping, and other tasks for schools and homes in Compton. Their video elaborates more on a work day - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTRpaIwn0O0 ____________________ Note: Being Christian/religious or a part of a church group is not required. They welcome anyone / everyone who wants to help. Volunteers first meet together in the morning and are then placed into small groups and assigned a home or school. Children/minors can help with adult (parent/guardian) approval and supervision. Their answers to FAQs - http://justdogood.org/faq_volunteer ____________________ To help, sign up at go to http://justdogood.org/Volunteer and click "Volunteer" or register directly at http://justdogood.org/time - Tools and supplies are usually provided. Since this involves physical labor outdoors, wearing old/casual clothes and closed-toe shoes that you don't mind getting is recommended. Maybe bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. if the weather is warm/hot. Lunch, water, and a light breakfast snack are usually provided. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/thecomptoninitiative/photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463801680396547 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462537870522928 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.460380587405323 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.459995090777206 Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/ComptonInitiative/videos ____________________ They used to post the meeting location/address on their website and Facebook page, but it doesn't look like they do anymore. I could be wrong, but I'm going to put the Compton Courthouse as the meeting location. After registering with them, they will provide the exact address/location - http://justdogood.org/time If they are meeting at the Compton Courthouse, when parking, look for people wearing yellow t-shirts on the street/side-walk. They will direct you on where to park. The Courthouse address is on Compton Blvd, but they sometimes park (for free) in the Courthouse parking garage on Acacia Ave. https://goo.gl/maps/2BZLrgnk4Dq ____________________ If any members want to work together, consider coordinating with one another beforehand and maybe exchange contact info and decide how best to find each other. If nobody else from this group signs up, feel free to just show up. Many other volunteers will be there and nearly everyone is friendly with new volunteers. There are multiple sites to help with. Your choice. Look for signs that say "Site" followed by a number and pick a group to join. For example, you can choose to help at a school or at home/residence. ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: The Compton Initiative, City of Compton, & Louis Kravitz

Food Distribution (Riverside / Jurupa Valley)

Jurupa Valley High School

Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/154414682 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, etc.). Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food. Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate. If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some). Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions. ____________________ All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions. In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up. Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This food distribution is from another group, God's Pantry. http://www.gods-pantry.org/volunteer They distribute food every month on Saturdays to people in the communities of: Pomona - 1st Saturday Azusa - 2nd Saturday Fontana - 3rd Saturday Mira Loma / Jurupa Valley - 3rd Saturday Chino - 4th Saturday Covina - 4th Saturday ____________________ Note: This event has a religious affiliation and association. I asked and they welcome anyone/everyone who wants to help. Being Christian or religious is not required. To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. If anyone wants to help, please check their website to confirm if this event is really happening on this date just in case anything changes (weather, holiday, venue unavailability, etc.): https://www.gods-pantry.org/calendar Or check their FB page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/godspantryca Scroll down on their website for the address/location of each Saturday: http://www.gods-pantry.org To help, "check-in is between 7:30 am for setup or 8:30 am for the line. Register at the front of the line (the check-in table) to get a name tag and assignment and report to area leader." ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/godspantryca/photos Video: https://vimeo.com/82867219 ____________________ FAQ Q: Can kids volunteer? A: From https://www.gods-pantry.org/volunteer "Children are welcome but we ask that they stay under your supervision at all times." ____________________ Some other volunteer projects in the area: - Ontario - Every 1st Saturday at 9:00 am at a garden in Ontario http://www.inlandvalleyhopepartners.org/uploads/AmysFarm.pdf http://www.inlandvalleyhopepartners.org/Ways-To-Help/Volunteering.asp - Pomona - Every 3rd Saturday at Purpose Church https://purposechurch.com/localimpact Scroll down their website to "Monthly Homeless Outreach" - Pomona - Every Sunday at 3:00 pm at New Harvest Community Church https://www.hhchpomona.org/get_involved https://www.facebook.com/HHCHPomona - San Gabriel Valley - http://vcsgv.org

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