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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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Upcoming events (5+)

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

Make Hygiene Items for Girls Abroad (Norco or Corona)

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 ____________________ 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. ____________________ FAQ Q: What is the address? A: They used to meet at a Mormon church in Corona, but they seem to meet at a home in Norco. If interested in helping, check their FB page or email them to confirm the date and location/address. https://www.facebook.com/Daysforgirlscorona [masked] Also, to help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. It's possible they might reschedule to another Thursday due to holiday, venue conflict, project leader is busy/sick, etc. I'll try to remember to check each month, but in case I forget, please contact them or check their Facebook page to confirm they are meeting on this date. Thank you. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Days for Girls. http://www.daysforgirls.org https://vimeo.com/204386445 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4K3Y255NYc - "Days for Girls is dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education." The Corona chapter usually meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. Their hours are 9:00 am - 9:00 pm. For this meetup, 6:30 - 8:30 pm is just a suggestion. Feel free to arrive and leave whenever you want. This event is flexible, so you choose what time and how long you want to help for. I posted a time of 6:30 - 8:30 pm, but if anyone is available during the day (morning or afternoon), please feel free to help whenever is best for your schedule. Contact Lauralynn to confirm the date & address, and where to park. https://www.facebook.com/Daysforgirlscorona [masked] ____________________ Sewing is a major aspect of this project. Learning is fairly easy and nearly anyone can help. If you can drive a car, then you can use a sewing machine. It has a foot pedal and similar to steering, you guide the fabric through (usually straight), and the sewing machine does all the work. The sewing machines have a safety guard thing, so nobody should lose a finger/thumb. It's fairly safe and easy to learn. However, help with other tasks is also needed, that doesn't involve sewing. ...such as cutting fabric. Another example of a non-sewing task is ironing: I could be wrong. My guess is every month might differ slightly with their non-sewing tasks...so if anyone goes in the future, they might work on different stages of the kits. The entire project has various parts, so what is shown in my photos might be different from the tasks on a future night. But for the most part, all the non-sewing tasks should be fairly easy to learn/do. The person in charge of the Corona chapter is Lauralynn. She or her mother is usually there in the morning, afternoon, or evening...so at least one person is there throughout the day (and night). They are very flexible and welcome help for whatever amount of time volunteers can offer and give. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1280970598679647 https://www.facebook.com/pg/Daysforgirlscorona/photos - Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz2Pdky23dp0JvS1wgyO3vg/videos https://www.youtube.com/user/DaysForGirlsIntnl/videos ____________________ FAQ Q: Sewing seems impractical and time-consuming. Why not just donate tampons or pads? A: "DfG Kits were designed to work across a variety of environmental and cultural settings. How did we do this? By listening to feedback from thousands of women and girls, and creating 28 different iterations." https://www.daysforgirls.org/the-days-for-girls-kit These kits/items are intended to be cleaned and re-used for years, and therefore end up being cost-efficient and cost-saving in the long term. Q: Do volunteers need to know how to sew (or own a sewing machine)? A: Sewing is an important and essential aspect to this project, but some non-sewing help is also needed, such as "cutting, ironing, tracing, snapping, etc." Q: Do volunteers need to be Mormon/LDS or religious? A: Everyone is welcome to help. Being Christian/Mormon/religious is not required nor expected. Some participants probably are from that church group, but they probably also have non-members and non-religious individuals help too. From what I read, Days for Girls does not appear to have any religious affiliation or association. ____________________ If anyone has family or friends who enjoy sewing, and you want to tell them about this...other chapters exist throughout the country and world. Some chapters don't meet regularly. Some volunteers just sew the kits/items on their own. https://www.daysforgirls.org/usachaptersandteams On the top right corner of the map, click the magnifying glass to search for a chapter by city or zip code. I don't know if all/any of other chapters in SoCal are active, but please feel free to contact any of them: • Anaheim - [masked] or https://www.facebook.com/Days-for-Girls-Anaheim-CA-Team-735718603247795 • Brea - [masked] • Corona - [masked] or https://www.facebook.com/pg/Daysforgirlscorona • Irvine 1 - [masked] • Irvine 2 - [masked] or https://www.facebook.com/Days-for-Girls-West-Irvine-CA-Team-553436648185576 • Los Angeles 1 - [masked] or https://www.facebook.com/DaysforGirls.LosAngeles • Los Angeles 2 - [masked] or https://www.facebook.com/Days-for-Girls-West-Los-Angeles-CA-562122590637959 • Ontario - [masked] • Reseda - [masked] • Riverside - [masked] • Venice - [masked]

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

Cards & Letters for the Troops [Flexible Date, Time, & 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 ____________________ 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. ____________________ These videos explain what this is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyGLIjFP0nY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPD1quy5mIw - 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: Operation Gratitude 21100 Lassen Street Chatsworth, CA 91311 ____________________ One non-profit that collects and distributes letters in their care packages is Operation Gratitude. https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/write-letters 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 twice a month (Friday 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 the brave women & men who are serving (or served), they surely deserve a reminder that our country is indebted and grateful for their service and sacrifice. ____________________ Photo Source: Red Cross & Google Images ____________________ Expressing appreciation and well-wishes to service members and veterans is not limited to the holiday season, but can be year-round. Operation Gratitude is one organization that collects and distributes cards & letters for deployed military personnel, wounded warriors, and veterans. More info & instructions - https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/write-letters After making cards or writing letters, you can drop them off or mail them (in one envelope) to: Operation Gratitude 21100 Lassen Street Chatsworth, CA 91311 Operation Gratitude collects cards/letters... ...and includes them in care packages for active military, veterans, and wounded warriors. ____________________ Other agencies: http://www.operationwearehere.com/IdeasforSoldiersCardsLetters.html http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes http://www.operationwearehere.com/CaringInsightsMilitaryPersonnelLetters.html https://www.veteransunited.com/network/support-our-troops-write-a-letter http://amillionthanks.org/send_a_letter.php ____________________ Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XR-ORMvv7o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFrLfsX9sYI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybycNOkA6AE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcqpY-OEfmw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB78Sdf863E ____________________ 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. ____________________ The following is from https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/write-letters - Start with a generic salutation, such as “Dear Hero” or “Dear Brave One.” Express your thanks for their selfless service. Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you will pray for them is wonderful. Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, School, Pets, Travel, etc. Talk about life and interests: Sports, Weather, Music, Movies, Food, Books, etc. Please do not include a date or year on your letter. Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter recipient can reply. (Recipients may or may not write back; please do not be disappointed if you do not receive a response.) Children’s Letters: Include first names only and do not include addresses (an adult’s address can be used). Can’t find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead; please add a note to kids’ drawings with their age. No glitter or confetti please! Do not put your individual cards or letters in envelopes—they are not needed and create a burden for our letter screeners. Please don’t date your letters, sometimes it can take up to a few months for our Care Packages to be received after they are sent.

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