What we're about

Shortcut to Calendar - https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/calendar

Hi.

Thanks for checking out our group.

A quick note to any who message(d) me – Meetup has a weird bug where anyone can email (me) an organizer, but if you're not a member of this group or another group we're mutually both in, then Meetup won't allow me to respond. It might be an anti-spam feature. So if anyone messaged me in the past, I'm sorry for not replying. I honestly tried, but Meetup's messaging system is strict. If anyone doesn't want to join this group, but has a question, try emailing me at wisejunkemail@gmail.com

Okay...now about our group:

This group is different.

Various volunteer opportunities are posted.

Events are flexible. You choose what interests you and fits your schedule, availability, and geographic area.

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!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, gathering in large groups is not recommended, so meeting new people is tricky right now. However, many people are struggling and suffering, so if anyone feels comfortable going out in public, a few volunteer events are posted in this group, so you and a few others are welcome to participate in helping our neighbors and fellow Americans.

COVID-19 is dangerous and possibly deadly, so please do not leave home unless you understand and accept the inherent risks, and can/will take the necessary safety precautions to protect yourself and others.
During these difficult and scary times, fortunately some kind, caring, compassionate, and good-hearted people are here to lend a hand and help others in need.

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Examples of volunteering:

https://www.instagram.com/socalvolunteers

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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FYI: Many people ask, so I'll mention it here. Wiseman sounds like a fake name, internet moniker, or nickname, but it's my real name. Ironically, I'm pretty dumb. ;)

And if what I look like matters, use a web browser and go to

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/members/69743242

and under my main photo, click on "Tagged photos" and you can judge me...and decide if you want to join our group/events/trips. :)

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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 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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https://vimeo.com/13081404

Upcoming events (4+)

Write Letters to Cancer Patients [Flexible Date, Time, & Location]

Needs a location

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

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Hi.

Meetup.com used to offer members & organizers the ability to post ideas and suggestions for meetup events.

This is posted as an idea/suggestion for the group.

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.

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These videos explain what this is about:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tun8xulLqsk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuEcGHywXV0

FAQ

Q: Where is the meeting location?

A: Well, this is something you can do wherever you want, so it's your choice (home, work, coffee shop, library, a waiting room somewhere, by yourself, with family & friends, etc.).

If anyone wants to plan a get-together with other members from this group, feel free to suggest a date, time, and location in the comments section or message me directly and I'll add it to the group calendar.

Q: Where should letters be sent?

A: Girls Love Mail
193 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 120
Folsom, CA 95630

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I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work.

This is from Girls Love Mail.

http://www.girlslovemail.com

Some events in this group might be far or not fit your schedule, so this is something you can do wherever and whenever you want, at your convenience.

This idea is posted once a month (Monday night), but you can choose another day/time.

If any group members want to do this together, post in the comments section or email me with a date, time, location, etc...

Maybe bring some paper, pens, blank cards, and other supplies, and meet at a public place (e.g. coffee shop, restaurant, library, etc.).

This also can be done on your own, by yourself. If you have extra time during a lunch break, or when sitting in the waiting room for a doctor, dentist, DMV, or car repair/maintenance, oil change, etc., maybe bring some supplies and a clipboard and write a letter in 10 minutes or so.

If your commute home after work is bad, and you don't want to be stuck in traffic, maybe find a nearby coffee shop or bar/restaurant, and write a letter/card while traffic subsides.

Everybody is busy and writing cards/letters for our family & friends can be time-consuming and challenging. Totally understandable giving up one's own time and doing this for a stranger might not appeal to everyone. But for anyone who wants to show support and convey encouragement to someone newly diagnosed with breast cancer, surely that person will be touched and moved by the kindness of a stranger.

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"A hand-written letter has the special power to heal. Girls Love Mail collects your hand-written letters of encouragement, bundles them, and sends them, via the caring staff at cancer centers, to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Every letter is a gift from you to a woman going through a difficult time."

"Anyone can write a letter! All it takes is a little of your time and the cost of a postage stamp to help a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer."

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Your time is valuable and I don't want anyone to invest time in writing a letter that later is unacceptable and rejected.

They have some guidelines, preferences, and requests regarding letters.

Sorry, the following is long and detailed, but is intended to provide guidance and avoid any problems. It's your choice to read it or not. Thank you.

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The following is their FAQ from

http://www.girlslovemail.com/faqs

Q: Do I need to hand-write my letter?

A: Yes. Remember, you’re doing more than writing a letter, you’re sending a hand-made gift.

Q: How do I begin/end my letter?

A: The best way to start your letter is with “Dear Friend” or “Dear Sister.” We encourage you to sign your first name and last initial (Gina M.). For safety, children should NOT include their last name.

Q: What should I write about?

A: We encourage you to share your experiences and tell the reader you are thinking of them. Some people share inspirational quotes, things that make them laugh, words of sympathy, or simply what’s going on in their own lives that day. Often it’s not what you said that mattered so much as that you cared enough to say it.

Q: Should I date my letter?

A: Please do NOT date your letters or reference any holidays. It may be 6-8 weeks before your letter is handed to a recipient. Avoiding dates and holiday references ensures your letter will still be “fresh” when it arrives.

Q: Is it okay to mention prayer or religion?

A: The goal is to help every recipient regardless of race, religion, age, type of treatment, or cancer stage. For this reason, we are unable to hand out letters that contain religious references and other wording that would not be universally welcome.

Q: Should I mention someone who has passed away?

A: This one is a little tricky. We want you to share your personal experiences, but it’s hard for someone newly diagnosed to hear about others who have died from cancer or other diseases. You can certainly mention your loved ones without necessarily sharing the outcome. For example, “My grandmother fought breast cancer and she liked to wear a different wig every day.”

Q: Can I write a letter even if I’ve never had cancer?

A: Yes. Anyone with a story to share or desire to encourage a woman can write a letter. You don’t have to be a breast cancer survivor to write a letter. We encourage children to include their age or grade level in their letters.

Q: Can I write the same letter many times?

A: We ask that you write no more than 5 of the exact same letter. This helps us ensure each cancer center will receive a unique letter for each woman they serve. You can definitely use the same sentiment and style, but please limit identical letters.

Q: Can I write in another language?

A: Yes! We especially need letters in Spanish!

Q: Can I include stickers, crafts, etc?

A: Unfortunately even small crafts or inserts make closing our envelope very difficult. We ask that you refrain from including extra materials with your letters.

Q: Is a child’s drawing considered a letter?

A: Drawings from young children are always welcome. To make them even more special please write the child’s first name and age on the drawing.

Q: Do I need special stationery or envelopes?

A: Feel free to use any note card, stationery, postcard, or other paper of your choosing that fits or folds into our GLM program envelopes (4.75” x 6.5”) for bundled delivery to each participating center. Because we use our own envelopes you are welcome to keep any envelopes that may have come with your stationery.

Q: Can I mail multiple letters in one envelope?

A: Yes, you can definitely send as many letters in one package as you’d like. We don’t need the original envelopes that may have come with your stationery since we place every letter in a special GLM envelope.

Q: Where do I send my letters? Do you need a return address?

A: Girls Love Mail
193 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 120
Folsom, CA 95630

Please include your full name and return address on the mailing envelope. If we don’t have your email address, you can send it to us using the Join Us form or include your email with your letters. We send thank you emails to let you know we received your letters, and can only do that if we have your email address and know who the letter is from.

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Photo Source/Credit: Girls Love Mail

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Guidelines, Tips, and Samples:

http://www.girlslovemail.com/what-to-say

http://www.girlslovemail.com/what-to-say/writing-tips

http://www.girlslovemail.com/what-to-say/sample-letters

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If anyone is interested and available for a long-term commitment with someone undergoing chemo therapy, another group is looking for "Card Angels"

http://chemoangels.wixsite.com/chemo-angels-1

http://chemoangels.wixsite.com/chemo-angels-1/angel-pre-app

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNMKzZHX-J8

If anyone has long hair and is willing to cut and donate some hair; kids and adults could benefit from wigs.

Chai Lifetime - http://www.chailifeline.org/program/hair

Children With Hair Loss - http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us/donate/donate-your-hair

Locks of Love - http://www.locksoflove.org/get-involved

Pantene Beautiful Lengths - http://pantene.com/en-us/experience-main-section2/beautiful-lengths

Wigs 4 Kids - http://www.wigs4kids.org/donate-hair.html

Wigs for Kids - http://www.wigsforkids.org/donate-a-ponytail

Food Distribution (Pomona) [Flexible]

God's Pantry

Hi.

Since mid-March, I've canceled / removed in-person events due to health & safety reasons. Despite some cognitive dissonance, I'll post a few volunteer opportunities.

Please keep in mind that COVID-19 is still an issue, and some events, charities, non-profits, etc. might have enough volunteers, so it's totally okay to stay home and avoid going out in public. However, if anyone really wants to help, then some events will be scheduled.

Large gatherings should be avoided due to the coronavirus pandemic, so if 1 - 2 people are interested in this, feel free to communicate and coordinate with each other on where & when to meet, how to find each other, etc.

I am mostly just posting various volunteer opportunities. I myself might not attend, but you and other group members can still attend and meet without me.

Meetup allows group members to host events without the main organizer (me); so if any of you want to be the point-of-contact for others, lmk.

The following section below contains relevant info/details. Please read carefully, and if you decide to attend/participate, please take the necessary precautions and be safe (face mask/covering, physical distancing, wash hands, use hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.).

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Clarification:

I'm not affiliated, associated, nor connected.

Similar to a family member, friend, or co-worker sharing on social media about a restaurant, movie, book, song, etc. they like, I use Meetup to share about volunteer opportunities.

A librarian might not have written the books in a library, but s/he can still recommend books to the public.

So I'm simply suggesting some volunteer events that I think others might be open to helping with.

If you're new and/or want a further explanation, refer to:

https://tinyurl.com/volunteer-clarification

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FAQ

Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person or register on another site?

A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help.

Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes.

Scroll down for more info on how to register with them.

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I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work.

This event is from God's Pantry.

http://www.gods-pantry.org

https://www.facebook.com/godspantryca

https://www.instagram.com/godspantry_org

https://www.instagram.com/godspantry

They distribute food every month (usually on Saturdays and some weekdays) to people in the community.

Before the pandemic, they had food give-aways in Azusa, Chino, Covina, Fontana, Mira Loma / Jurupa Valley, and Pomona.

Due to COVID, they limited their food distributions to fewer cities per week, and are doing drive-thru style distributions.

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 to vehicles, and clean-up.

My impression is they only need a few volunteers, and they might get full.

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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 nor expected.

Some from God's Pantry (or a church group) might ask/offer to pray for those receiving food when they drive by, but for regular volunteers, they mostly just help with loading food boxes, or helping with checking in. So to repeat, being Christian/religious isn't necessary. The one time I went, nobody asked me about my faith/beliefs, and I felt they were inclusive and welcoming of everyone who wants to help.

Examples of shifts are (you choose):

1:00 - 2:30 pm
and
2:30 - 4:00 pm

or

2:00 - 3:30 pm
and
3:30 - 5:00 pm

If interested in helping:

  1. please read both

https://www.gods-pantry.org/gods-pantry-operations-covid-19-protocols

and

http://www.gods-pantry.org/volunteer

  1. sign up on their website (blue shortcut button under "Volunteers") for the respective date & location:

http://www.gods-pantry.org

Note: If you don't see a blue button on their website under "Volunteers - Voluntarios" -- then it likely means they have enough volunteers and are full.

They usually remove the blue sign up button when they have enough volunteers.

If interested in helping in the future, check back on Sunday or Monday morning...they usually update their website for the new week's food distribution, and the blue sign up buttons/shortcuts should be visible.

If you see a yellow button for "Food Appointments - Citas" -- that's different. It's not for volunteering, but for those who wan to receive free food.

So if interested in volunteering, sign up on their website by clicking a blue button under "Volunteers."

To repeat, if interested in helping, registering with them is needed. Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. They have their own sign-up process. Due to COVID-19, many places prefer to limit # of volunteers (to allow for physical distancing), so if serious about helping, sign up with God's Pantry on their website or the aforementioned Google Doc. They can provide more info/details (e.g. when to arrive, where to park, what to bring, etc.).

Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group on a monthly basis. I'll try to check each week/month, but please check their website to confirm this food distribution is happening on this date and at the location/address posted. Regardless of what is shown here in this meetup group, please sign up with God's Pantry. They can notify you in case anything changes (cancelation/reschedule), and they can provide the accurate info (start time, address, etc.).

https://www.gods-pantry.org

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Photos:

https://www.facebook.com/godspantryca/photos

https://www.instagram.com/godspantry_org

https://www.instagram.com/godspantry

Video:

https://vimeo.com/82867219

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Food for the Homeless (Orange) [Flexible - Breakfast or Lunch Shift]

Hi.

Since mid-March, I've canceled / removed in-person events due to health & safety reasons. Despite some cognitive dissonance, I'll post a few volunteer opportunities.

Please keep in mind that COVID-19 is still an issue, and some events, charities, non-profits, etc. might have enough volunteers, so it's totally okay to stay home and avoid going out in public. However, if anyone really wants to help, then some events will be scheduled.

Large gatherings should be avoided due to the coronavirus pandemic, so if 1 - 2 people are interested in this, feel free to communicate and coordinate with each other on where & when to meet, how to find each other, etc.

I am mostly just posting various volunteer opportunities. I myself might not attend, but you and other group members can still attend and meet without me.

Meetup allows group members to host events without the main organizer (me); so if any of you want to be the point-of-contact for others, lmk.

The following section below contains relevant info/details. Please read carefully, and if you decide to attend/participate, please take the necessary precautions and be safe (face mask/covering, physical distancing, wash hands, use hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.).

____________________

Clarification:

I'm not affiliated, associated, nor connected.

Similar to a family member, friend, or co-worker sharing on social media about a restaurant, movie, book, song, etc. they like, I use Meetup to share about volunteer opportunities.

A librarian might not have written the books in a library, but s/he can still recommend books to the public.

So I'm simply suggesting some volunteer events that I think others might be open to helping with.

If you're new and/or want a further explanation, refer to:

https://tinyurl.com/volunteer-clarification

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FAQ

Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person or register on another site?

A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help.

Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes.

Scroll down for more info on how to register with them.

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I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work.

This event is from Mary's Kitchen.

http://maryskitchen.org

https://www.facebook.com/MarysKitchenoc

https://www.instagram.com/maryskitchenoc

They offer free breakfast and lunch, six days a week, Monday - Saturday.

In the past, I posted a volunteer opportunity just on Saturday, since most people work Mon - Fri, and also because they typically had regular volunteers who helped weekly...such as retired seniors or a church group, or other individuals/groups.

Well, due to COVID, they might have less returning volunteers (for example, some retired seniors who helped in the past on a regular basis, might be staying home for safety/health reasons).

Fellow group member, Wayne, contacted me, and said on some days, they might be low/short on volunteers.

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/members/298063957

Yes, I know most people might work Mon - Fri, but if anyone is available, I'll add this to our group calendar, just in case anyone is interested in helping.

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In the past (before COVID), they prepared breakfast in their kitchen and served food for people to sit down and eat at their outdoor eating area on wooden, picnic tables.

Volunteers helped with tasks such as food prep, cooking, making sandwiches for sack lunches, re-stocking the pantry, sorting through food & clothing donations, cleaning/washing dishes, serving food & drink, etc.

Now because of COVID, I could be wrong, but I think they are still preparing/making food, but are now putting them in to-go containers for people to take with them.

Their photos should give a better idea of what they now do:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CIgKoyGhVEt

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDmsZnbJi0y

https://www.instagram.com/p/CH06xFpBIJN

https://www.instagram.com/p/CF3XZVgh7im

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFA8FYzhkIL

https://www.instagram.com/p/CD4rjcuh4AY

https://www.instagram.com/p/CD6z0LLB_PF

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDw6kXNJ8n1

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According to Wayne, the two volunteer shift times on Monday through Friday are:

8:00 am - 11:00 am
and
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

My guess is they probably get enough volunteers on Saturday, but I could be wrong.

Wayne says wearing masks and gloves are required.

I think if you can bring your own, that probably helps them conserve resources.

He also said volunteers "will work indoors (meal prep) and some outdoors (food receiving and distribution)."

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In the past, I just showed up early on Saturday morning, and they usually let me help (and didn't turn me away).

I don't know if they are strict now due to the pandemic...so if anyone is interested in helping, feel free to

contact them directly to ask about a specific day you want to help on

You could try calling[masked]

or emailing via http://www.maryskitchen.org/Volunteer

but they might be busy and not respond immediately on phone/email, so maybe try DMing them on IG:

https://www.instagram.com/maryskitchenoc

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEnyaf-hRhP

If anyone lives nearby and just wants to drive there and show up, then maybe that's okay. As mentioned earlier, in the past, I showed up early on Saturday morning, and they were friendly and cool with me helping...but tbh, one time, a few students showed up later in the morning when it became crowded, and they sort of got asked to leave since extra help/volunteers wasn't needed.

But now with COVID, it's hard to say...because on the one hand, they might genuinely be low on volunteers, and could use all the help they can get...but on the other hand, for safety & health reasons, they might not want "too many" volunteers in order to maintain some distance/space inside their kitchen.

However, Wayne did mention some volunteers help outside with food & clothing donations, so maybe they can keep their indoor kitchen safe with only a few volunteers inside at a time...while assigning extra volunteers outside.

So it's up to you...if you have time, then feel free to call, email, or DM them on Instagram to check if a certain day is good for them and you.

Or if you don't mind taking a chance to drive there and just show up, then stop by in the morning, and maybe they'll find a task/role for you to help with (in their kitchen or outside).

If you're busy/working on weekdays, and only are available on Saturday, then same thing, contact them in advance to check if they need extra help, or take a chance and show up early on Sat morning, like 7:30 or 7:45 am.

If you show up early, there's a higher chance you get assigned something to do before it potentially gets full/busy with other volunteers who arrive later.

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Photos:

http://maryskitchen.org/gallery

https://www.facebook.com/MarysKitchenoc/photos

https://www.instagram.com/maryskitchenoc

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1856848477758520

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.552382411538473

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463094470467268

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462534703856578

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462257320550983

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU4FPfOee2E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_t1o-JRyU0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3xSFgilstU

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Mary's Kitchen isn't visible from the street.

It's at the end of the street (cul-de-sac).

https://goo.gl/maps/J9eiQgSusgEdVdB39

The driveway entrance is on the left.

Their parking lot sometimes has room, but if the fence/gate is closed, parking is available on the street (Struck Ave).

If you see people standing/sitting on the sidewalk or grass area, then that's normal. They are waiting for breakfast/lunch.

After parking on Struck Ave, look for a driveway entrance and behind the gate/fence, the soup kitchen is there.

After passing the gate/fence, walk toward the kitchen. Look for a side door (red), next to the ramp and a light blue wall with "Mary's Kitchen" in white paint -

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29604036/477859951

After entering the door, on the right side, sign in and get a name tag.

If you don't have a face mask/covering or gloves, ask the lead, and maybe they might have extra available.

If anyone feels scared/nervous with the people on Struck Ave (cul-de-sac), then if you want, try driving up to the gate/fence, and if it's open, some volunteers park inside their small parking area...but if the gate/fence is closed, then if someone's there, maybe they can open the fence/gate to let you park inside.

In my opinion and observation, most people who are there are accustomed to volunteers, and won't bother/trouble you if you park on Struck Ave, and walk to Mary's Kitchen. But if you honestly feel unsafe/uncomfortable, then feel free to try to park inside their parking lot.

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Wayne said he helps on Tuesdays, so if anyone wants to help on Tues, consider contacting him directly -

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/members/298063957

On IG, this says Chef Claude helps on Mondays and Fridays:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDmsZnbJi0y

I could be wrong. My guess is this is the same person based on his photos:

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219869727586787&set=pcb.10219869732226903

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219417081241201&set=pcb.10219417082081222

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219781099331136&set=pcb.10219781102131206

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219637770708010&set=pcb.10219637771628033

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219597976673184&set=a.1711333736362

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10218929907731878&set=pcb.10218929909571924

So if anyone wants to help on Mon or Fri, maybe contact him via FB to see if he & Mary's Kitchen need any more volunteers.

https://www.facebook.com/clauderobertsjr

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Photo Source/Credit: Claude Roberts Jr, Mary's Kitchen, Patty Barnett Mouton, & Sapvn Charity
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Food for the Homeless (Orange) [Flexible - Breakfast or Lunch Shift]

Hi.

Since mid-March, I've canceled / removed in-person events due to health & safety reasons. Despite some cognitive dissonance, I'll post a few volunteer opportunities.

Please keep in mind that COVID-19 is still an issue, and some events, charities, non-profits, etc. might have enough volunteers, so it's totally okay to stay home and avoid going out in public. However, if anyone really wants to help, then some events will be scheduled.

Large gatherings should be avoided due to the coronavirus pandemic, so if 1 - 2 people are interested in this, feel free to communicate and coordinate with each other on where & when to meet, how to find each other, etc.

I am mostly just posting various volunteer opportunities. I myself might not attend, but you and other group members can still attend and meet without me.

Meetup allows group members to host events without the main organizer (me); so if any of you want to be the point-of-contact for others, lmk.

The following section below contains relevant info/details. Please read carefully, and if you decide to attend/participate, please take the necessary precautions and be safe (face mask/covering, physical distancing, wash hands, use hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.).

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Clarification:

I'm not affiliated, associated, nor connected.

Similar to a family member, friend, or co-worker sharing on social media about a restaurant, movie, book, song, etc. they like, I use Meetup to share about volunteer opportunities.

A librarian might not have written the books in a library, but s/he can still recommend books to the public.

So I'm simply suggesting some volunteer events that I think others might be open to helping with.

If you're new and/or want a further explanation, refer to:

https://tinyurl.com/volunteer-clarification

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FAQ

Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person or register on another site?

A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help.

Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes.

Scroll down for more info on how to register with them.

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I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work.

This event is from Mary's Kitchen.

http://maryskitchen.org

https://www.facebook.com/MarysKitchenoc

https://www.instagram.com/maryskitchenoc

They offer free breakfast and lunch, six days a week, Monday - Saturday.

In the past, I posted a volunteer opportunity just on Saturday, since most people work Mon - Fri, and also because they typically had regular volunteers who helped weekly...such as retired seniors or a church group, or other individuals/groups.

Well, due to COVID, they might have less returning volunteers (for example, some retired seniors who helped in the past on a regular basis, might be staying home for safety/health reasons).

Fellow group member, Wayne, contacted me, and said on some days, they might be low/short on volunteers.

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/members/298063957

Yes, I know most people might work Mon - Fri, but if anyone is available, I'll add this to our group calendar, just in case anyone is interested in helping.

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In the past (before COVID), they prepared breakfast in their kitchen and served food for people to sit down and eat at their outdoor eating area on wooden, picnic tables.

Volunteers helped with tasks such as food prep, cooking, making sandwiches for sack lunches, re-stocking the pantry, sorting through food & clothing donations, cleaning/washing dishes, serving food & drink, etc.

Now because of COVID, I could be wrong, but I think they are still preparing/making food, but are now putting them in to-go containers for people to take with them.

Their photos should give a better idea of what they now do:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CIgKoyGhVEt

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDmsZnbJi0y

https://www.instagram.com/p/CH06xFpBIJN

https://www.instagram.com/p/CF3XZVgh7im

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFA8FYzhkIL

https://www.instagram.com/p/CD4rjcuh4AY

https://www.instagram.com/p/CD6z0LLB_PF

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDw6kXNJ8n1

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According to Wayne, the two volunteer shift times on Monday through Friday are:

8:00 am - 11:00 am
and
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

My guess is they probably get enough volunteers on Saturday, but I could be wrong.

Wayne says wearing masks and gloves are required.

I think if you can bring your own, that probably helps them conserve resources.

He also said volunteers "will work indoors (meal prep) and some outdoors (food receiving and distribution)."

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In the past, I just showed up early on Saturday morning, and they usually let me help (and didn't turn me away).

I don't know if they are strict now due to the pandemic...so if anyone is interested in helping, feel free to

contact them directly to ask about a specific day you want to help on

You could try calling[masked]

or emailing via http://www.maryskitchen.org/Volunteer

but they might be busy and not respond immediately on phone/email, so maybe try DMing them on IG:

https://www.instagram.com/maryskitchenoc

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEnyaf-hRhP

If anyone lives nearby and just wants to drive there and show up, then maybe that's okay. As mentioned earlier, in the past, I showed up early on Saturday morning, and they were friendly and cool with me helping...but tbh, one time, a few students showed up later in the morning when it became crowded, and they sort of got asked to leave since extra help/volunteers wasn't needed.

But now with COVID, it's hard to say...because on the one hand, they might genuinely be low on volunteers, and could use all the help they can get...but on the other hand, for safety & health reasons, they might not want "too many" volunteers in order to maintain some distance/space inside their kitchen.

However, Wayne did mention some volunteers help outside with food & clothing donations, so maybe they can keep their indoor kitchen safe with only a few volunteers inside at a time...while assigning extra volunteers outside.

So it's up to you...if you have time, then feel free to call, email, or DM them on Instagram to check if a certain day is good for them and you.

Or if you don't mind taking a chance to drive there and just show up, then stop by in the morning, and maybe they'll find a task/role for you to help with (in their kitchen or outside).

If you're busy/working on weekdays, and only are available on Saturday, then same thing, contact them in advance to check if they need extra help, or take a chance and show up early on Sat morning, like 7:30 or 7:45 am.

If you show up early, there's a higher chance you get assigned something to do before it potentially gets full/busy with other volunteers who arrive later.

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Photos:

http://maryskitchen.org/gallery

https://www.facebook.com/MarysKitchenoc/photos

https://www.instagram.com/maryskitchenoc

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1856848477758520

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.552382411538473

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463094470467268

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462534703856578

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462257320550983

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU4FPfOee2E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_t1o-JRyU0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3xSFgilstU

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Mary's Kitchen isn't visible from the street.

It's at the end of the street (cul-de-sac).

https://goo.gl/maps/J9eiQgSusgEdVdB39

The driveway entrance is on the left.

Their parking lot sometimes has room, but if the fence/gate is closed, parking is available on the street (Struck Ave).

If you see people standing/sitting on the sidewalk or grass area, then that's normal. They are waiting for breakfast/lunch.

After parking on Struck Ave, look for a driveway entrance and behind the gate/fence, the soup kitchen is there.

After passing the gate/fence, walk toward the kitchen. Look for a side door (red), next to the ramp and a light blue wall with "Mary's Kitchen" in white paint -

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/29604036/477859951

After entering the door, on the right side, sign in and get a name tag.

If you don't have a face mask/covering or gloves, ask the lead, and maybe they might have extra available.

If anyone feels scared/nervous with the people on Struck Ave (cul-de-sac), then if you want, try driving up to the gate/fence, and if it's open, some volunteers park inside their small parking area...but if the gate/fence is closed, then if someone's there, maybe they can open the fence/gate to let you park inside.

In my opinion and observation, most people who are there are accustomed to volunteers, and won't bother/trouble you if you park on Struck Ave, and walk to Mary's Kitchen. But if you honestly feel unsafe/uncomfortable, then feel free to try to park inside their parking lot.

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Wayne said he helps on Tuesdays, so if anyone wants to help on Tues, consider contacting him directly -

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/members/298063957

On IG, this says Chef Claude helps on Mondays and Fridays:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDmsZnbJi0y

I could be wrong. My guess is this is the same person based on his photos:

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219869727586787&set=pcb.10219869732226903

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219417081241201&set=pcb.10219417082081222

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219781099331136&set=pcb.10219781102131206

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219637770708010&set=pcb.10219637771628033

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219597976673184&set=a.1711333736362

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10218929907731878&set=pcb.10218929909571924

So if anyone wants to help on Mon or Fri, maybe contact him via FB to see if he & Mary's Kitchen need any more volunteers.

https://www.facebook.com/clauderobertsjr

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Photo Source/Credit: Claude Roberts Jr, Mary's Kitchen, Patty Barnett Mouton, & Sapvn Charity
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