Be a Champion for Riverside!

championsEveryday people are working to help Riverside realize its vision of being a city that honors and builds on its assets to become known as a location of choice that catalyzes innovation in all forms, enjoys a high quality of life and is unified in pursuing the common good.

Whether helping at-risk youth or volunteering for local nonprofit organizations, Riverside has Champions of all ages and backgrounds making a positive impact on the community. Are you a Champion or know of a great story that should be celebrated? Tell us!!

  • Check out these Riverside Champions…
    • Donation Helps Cal Baptist Aviation Program Prepare for Takeoff

      (Source: CBU Media Center) Two hangars and a 1954 twin-engine Piper Apache airplane have been donated to California Baptist University’s aviation science program just weeks before for the launch of its inaugural class. The gifts were presented by George and Helene Galik who first became interested in CBU’s aviation science department after seeing its Boeing … Continue reading »

    • McKenzie-Ransom Real Estate Team Is Telling Riverside’s Story

      Charlotte McKenzie and Connie Ransom are true champions for Riverside! The mother-daughter real estate duo have lived in Riverside for over 40 years and are very familiar with the City and each neighborhood’s history, character and diversity. They also have 14 years of experience in the Inland Empire Real Estate Market and are committed to providing … Continue reading »

    • Riverside Magazine Recognizes Heroes of Giving for Their Dedication to Community

      This month’s issue of Riverside Magazine includes a feature on Riverside’s “Heroes of Giving” which shines the spotlight on some of the community’s brightest stars of philanthropy. These individuals are true champions for Riverside and represent the spirit of Seizing Our Destiny and heart of our community, each of them passionately pursuing the common good. … Continue reading »

    • Local Woman Helps Underserved Communities Cook Up The Education They Need

      Starting a nonprofit is no easy endeavor, but local college professor and consultant with a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology, didn’t shy away. With a strong desire to make a difference in her community and a strong understanding of what the community needs, Robin Goins founded Smooth Transition Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides … Continue reading »

    • UCR Women Honored for Contributions to STEM Learning

      On October 16th, eleven women statewide were recognized as a California Leading Woman in STEM (science, technology engineering and math) at the California STEM Summit 2012 in San Diego.  This first-ever award by the California STEM Learning Network honored leaders in STEM fields from education, business and industry, policy, research, non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies. Of the … Continue reading »

    • United Way Of The Inland Valleys Enhances Quality Of Life For Locals

      (This article contains excerpts from and a press release from October 3, 2014.) Modeling Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar, United Way of the Inland Valleys (UWIV) is a local non-profit with a regional office based in our beloved city; Riverside.  The mission of UWIV is building community resources to improve life in Riverside … Continue reading »

    • Student Volunteers Help Keep Free Clinic Open

      (Includes excerpts from the PE article written by Mark Muckenfuss) At the UC Riverside Student-Run Health Clinic – a free clinic held every other Wednesday at the First Congregational Church in downtown Riverside - residents not able to afford traditional healthcare services are offered check-ups and chronic disease management. The undergraduate volunteers observe or perform administrative tasks. … Continue reading »

    • La Sierra University Business Students Tally Over $2K for Riverside Afterschool Programs

      (Excerpts taken from the article written by Darla Martin Tucker and published on the La Sierra University website, Myra Linn and La Granada elementary schools in Riverside got an early Christmas present on Dec. 4—stacks of donated games, art supplies, books, industrial-sized first aid kits and other paraphernalia. Nearly 100 youngsters at Myra Linn … Continue reading »

    • Champions Council Focuses On Promoting Mentorship Programs For 2014

      The Seizing Our Destiny Champions Council convened in late February and brainstormed possible projects for the Champions in 2014.  While focusing on the intelligent growth pillar, a common message seemed to surround the subject of mentoring. After brainstorming and discussing potential projects and developments, the groups agreed on the fact that allocating their efforts toward … Continue reading »

    • Riverside Alum Pilots Bobsled At Winter Olympics

      (Excerpts from this post were taken from an article written by Ross French, and published today on UC RiversideThursday, February 6, 2014.) During his time at UC Riverside, Cory Butner was what Student Recreation Center Associate Director Mike Eason describes as a “gym rat.” Whether it was working as a SRC staff member in the weight room, … Continue reading »

    • YWCA 2012 Women of Achievement Awards Honor Champions for Riverside

      (as published by the Press-Enterprise on October 4, 2012, written by Marilyn Jacobsen) More than 300 attended the Sept. 21 luncheon for the YWCA 28th Annual Women of Achievement, held at The Grove. The YWCA recognizes women who are role models in civic, economic and cultural life of their communities, advancing the YWCA goals of … Continue reading »

    • STEM Educator Michael Martin Recognized as ‘Innovation Honoree’

      Michael Martin, a teacher at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside who has spent more than a decade successfully encouraging local students to pursue careers in engineering, has been named the City of Riverside’s Innovation Honoree of the Month. Martin was recognized by Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey and Technology Ombudsman Gregory Lee at a … Continue reading »

    • Riverside School Bus Driver Celebrated as Local Hero

      (The following includes excerpts from the Press Enterprise article written by John Asbury and published August 30, 2013.) A Riverside school bus driver is being lauded as a hero after he rescued two children who were being carried away by floodwaters during a sudden downpour on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Ricardo Ramos, 24, had gotten … Continue reading »

    • Riverside Ranks #8 in Forbes’ Coolest Cities In America!

      (This article contains excerpts from an article published on on August 8, 2014) Forbes just released a list a of America’s “Coolest” Cities, and Riverside ranked #8.  How do you define “cool”?  According to Erin Carlyle, Forbes staff, “We sought to quantify it in terms of cities, partnering with Sperling’s BestPlaces to rank the 60 largest Metropolitan … Continue reading »

    • Riversiders Pledge Over 9,600 Volunteer Hours for 2013

      The Pick Group, Young Professionals of Riverside, ran a successful social media volunteer drive in January in which young professionals and others in the Riverside area were called upon to promote volunteerism. The Pick and Pledge Challenge provided a media forum to publicly post hours that participants will volunteer in 2013 to local organizations and … Continue reading »

    • Fireball Run Gives Students Opportunity to Check-In With Mayor Bailey

      Check in Daily with Mayor Bailey provides Riverside students the opportunity to connect with Mayor Bailey as he participates in the 2013 Fireball Run Adventurally. Team Riverside’s Mayor Bailey and local business owner Glenn Rowden of Champion Electric have embarked on this epic adventure and action packed 2,500 mile trivia game from Longmont, CO to … Continue reading »

    • UCR Names Interim Athletics Director Jim Wooldridge

      (Includes excerpts from the July 10, 2013 UCR Today article written by Kris Lovekin) University of California, Riverside continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to providing its students and the greater Riverside community with high quality athletics and world class sports facilities. The success of the university’s efforts have been shown through several post season appearances … Continue reading »

    • Riverside Loses a Community Hero

      Ameal Moore, longtime community leader and advocate for Riverside to be a truly ‘Unified City’ passed away early on Monday, April 29, at home after a long battle with cancer. In a statement issued yesterday by Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, he described the three-term City Councilman as having “exhibited a quiet strength – a leadership … Continue reading »

    • Coming Together to Make a Splash for the Kids

      (Includes excerpts from the August 17, 2013 Press Enterprise article written by Brian Rokos)  Michelle Moses wanted to start a swim club at UC Riverside, which does not field an NCAA team. But she needed money for uniforms and equipment. The Riverside Police Foundation, which raises money for and pays for youth programs, was looking for more kids to … Continue reading »

    • Wood Streets Neighbor Network Recognized for Improving Riverside’s Quality of Life

      Each month the Riverside City Council in partnership with the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership (RNP) – a gathering of neighborhood leaders and activists from the community, business and faith-based organizations – celebrates an achievement or success of a local neighborhood group or effort. Earlier this month, the RNP 2013 Chairman and Seizing Our Destiny Champion Pastor … Continue reading »

    • Discovery May Improve Insect Repellants

      (This article includes excerpts from the article written by Mark Muckenfuss and published in The Press Enterprise on October 3, 2013.) UC Riverside researchers say they have found the long-sought receptors in mosquitoes that are affected by DEET, the most common active ingredient used in popular insect repellents. Identifying the receptors, they say, could lead to more effective … Continue reading »

    • Eastside HEAL Zone Initiative Launches With Neighborhood Health Fair

      (Includes excerpts from the July 27, 2013 Press Enterprise article written by Alicia Robinson) Saturday, July 27, 2013 was the kickoff of the Eastside HEAL Zone initiative, a three-year cooperative effort of local agencies to reduce obesity by helping Eastside residents eat healthier foods and exercise more. HEAL stands for Healthy Eating, Active Living, and … Continue reading »

    • Riverside Voice Coach Has Surprise Hollywood Bowl Debut

      “Tonight I sang “For Good” with the LA Philharmonic and Kristin Chenoweth at the Hollywood Bowl. I never thought I would be able to say those words even in my wildest dreams.” Those are the words of Sarah Horn, a Riverside native and adjunct voice professor at California Baptist University, in her own account of the … Continue reading »

    • Riversider Strengthens Self and Community Through Dance

      Anyone who has witnessed the transformation of the Riverside arts scene as it grew into the richer, broader landscape of culture and creativity that it is today, can tell you it wouldn’t have happened without the collaborative, passionate efforts of the community. Recently Patrick Brien and Brandi Clark, Riverside Arts Council, co-wrote a feature on … Continue reading »