Riverside Water Polo players, parents and coaches achieved a club record when they packed 572 sack lunches for the homeless Thursday, Nov. 19 on the pool deck at the Riverside Aquatic Center at Riverside City College.
Each lunch consisted of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of chips, an orange and water, all of it donated by Riverside Water Polo families.
Charlie Koosed of Riverside Water Polo said in an email the club has been packing sack lunches for the homeless for many years as a way to give back to the community. The number of lunches packed this year exceeded last year’s total by 84.
The group topped off the packing event with a scrimmage pitting coaches and parents against athletes.
Riversiders commitment to making one-other’s life a little better is a great example of Riverside acting as a unified city. The actions of all the students and parents demonstrates that Riverside is a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
Residents of King Arthurs Mobile Home Estates who were up early Saturday morning, Nov. 21, might have noticed the hum of activity emanating from the area around the clubhouse.
A little before 8 a.m., some 90 volunteers were in the process of gathering to clean, trim, rake and paint – in general, spruce up – 15 residences at the mobile home park which sits just a stone’s throw from the I-60 freeway.
The project was coordinated by Habitat For Humanity, which is no stranger to the neighborhood.
“This is one of the parks we regularly work in,” said Kathy Michalak, executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. “We have a really good relationship with this park.”
More than half of the volunteers were employees of local Lowe’s stores. Myrna Vega, a Lowe’s store manager, helped coordinate the project and gather the volunteers.
“We love going out into the communities, not only where we work but also where we live,” Vega said. “So we can help people love where they live.”
Other volunteers came from Habitat for Humanity chapters at Ramona High School and UC Riverside. Funding for the project included a $25,000 grant from Lowe’s for Habitat’s Women Build Week program.
Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified citypillar. We are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
At Image One Camera and Video, there is more to business than just making money. Owner Shadi Sayes came to the United States from Jordan 14 years ago with drive and passion. After managing a handful of industry leading camera stores, Sayes assembled his dream team of professionals he had met over the years to bring Image One Camera and Video to Riverside.
A true photo service camera store, Image One Camera and Video offers everything one would need for photography, videography and cinematography. With a state of the art facility, including the first 4K editing station by GoPro in the country, there are a lot of things that set Image One Camera and Video apart from other photography dealers. Sayes’ dedication and commitment to philanthropy in the Riverside community is inspirational. Through event sponsorships, giveaway contests, discounts, training courses, and one-on-one advising, Sayes works tirelessly to capture the heart of photography in the community; especially with students. Image One Camera and Video holds student photo contests with local Universities and Riverside students to catalyze creativity and spark passion. Starting as young as elementary school, Shadi encourages the youth in our community to follow their passion, while helping them learn.
Shadi’s kindness and passion to make a difference in his community is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Shadi demonstrates that we are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
More than 5,000 military personnel and their families were recently treated to a special day of recognition and fun at the 43rd Annual Military Appreciation Picnic held at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Altura Credit Union was a major event sponsor, and a team of 21 employees volunteered for various duties, including assisting in the Kid Zone.
The picnic is coordinated and hosted by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and the Moreno Valley Chambers of Commerce to support personnel assigned to the local air base.
Hundreds of local volunteers give their time to honor and thank military men and women for their service and recognize the sacrificestheir families make. Numerous local and military-related businesses underwrite the cost of the event, which is free to military personnel and their families.
Held at LeMay Park on the air base, the picnic featured a grilled feast of hamburgers and hot dogs, a water zone, popsicle station, live music, and Kid Zone featuring a miniature amusement park, inflatable play structures, face painting and more.
Altura’s effort to make a difference in our community is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Riversiders are working together everyday to not only address local issues, but to also have a positive impact on the region, nation, and world.
Operated under the Office of Foster Youth Support Services, the Guardian Scholars Program provides a network of resources to students who are transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood in order to facilitate their pursuit of higher education. Established in 2008, the program is staffed by a small group of volunteers and a full-time University-funded director.
“The program offers each scholar a network of material and emotional support, including access to year-round housing, mentoring, mental health resources, financial assistance, and monthly social and team-building activities, which otherwise may be inaccessible for the student,” said Jan Forrester, the UCR Director of Student, Parent and Faculty Initiatives.
Minchin, a musician, comedian, writer and director from Australia is best known for his musical comedy. His support for UCR is a direct result of the personal tie his agent Max Burgos has to the university – Burgos went to school at UCR.
“Tim does these types of charity shows for the fans, and decides to give the money away to do good. I thought the Guardian Scholars Program was a good choice to donate to,” Burgos explained.
The June 8th show led to a donation that will provide academic support services such as tutoring, dental needs, books and school supplies for UCR Guardian Scholar students who do not have the kinds of traditional support so many families provide. Forrester said they are thankful for the donation.
The generosity and kindness show by Tim Minchin is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Minchin demonstrates that we are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
“Sometimes they say that’s the first full meal they’ve had in a couple of days,” said assistant director Inez Fraijo.
Little Caesars filled many bellies Thursday night, June 4. A local franchise donated 40 large cheese and pepperoni pizzas to Path of Life for dinner at its two shelters. One shelter houses single adults and the other is for families. The pizzas could feed up to 160 people.
The pizzas came out of the Love Kitchen, a 58-foot long truck that driver and operator Rick Moreno parked out front on the street. Little Caesars franchisee Seraj Haque donated all of the ingredients and provided three employees who prepared and baked the pizzas in the truck, which is basically a kitchen on wheels.
Little Caesars sends the Love Kitchen all over the country and into Canada, mainly in response to disasters, including 2012’s Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast and the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. When not otherwise occupied, the kitchen visits places such as homeless shelters that serve people in need. It was at a food pantry in Hemet in May and at Path of Life two years ago.
The Love Kitchen has grown to two trucks – one for the East Coast and one for the West Coast – since Little Caesars launched the operation in 1985. More than three million people have been fed, according to the company.
Toni Adkins, director of Path of Life, said as a nonprofit, the ministry depends on donations and volunteer labor.
Around 12 volunteers from The Grove Community Church served the Little Caesars pizza. Members of the Riverside church are at the shelter six days a month. Typically, they provide the food, cook it and serve it.
The generosity and kindness shown by Seraj Haque is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Haque demonstrates that we are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
Keller Williams Realty professionals from Riverside had a RED-letter day Thursday, as they performed good deeds in the name of good health.
Sixty agents and associates joined the American Heart Association to promote hands-only CPR at six locations in Riverside.
The approach, known as sidewalk CPR, takes two steps to help save a life: First, dial 911. Second, place the palm of your hand in the center of the chest, and push hard and fast to the beat of the classic disco song, “Stayin’ Alive.” (I’m not making that part up.)
Sam Othman, a Realtor since 1985 who was part of the Keller Williams team, said the brother of his manager at the Market Center office at 7898 Mission Grove Parkway credits sidewalk CPR with saving his life.
He is alive today because a bystander performed hands-only CPR, Othman said.
Hearing that story was enough to make believers out of the team.
Keller Williams agents and associates have participated in an annual day of “Renewing, Energizing and Donating” to local communities across the U.S. since 2009. The event varies from office to office, and year to year.
“It’s been great serving the community,” Alice Bechtel said, as she and two other colleagues, Paula Moisio and Banesha Baker, gave a CPR demonstration to Sam Luke at LA Fitness, one of 239 people trained Thursday.
Booths also were set up at Anytime Fitness, Albertsons, the Riverside County Administration Center and two other LA Fitness locations.
“Hopefully now, someone will use this to help save a life,” Realtor Brent Bechtel said.
Keller Williams’ effort to make a difference in our community is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Riversiders are working together everyday to not only address local issues, but to also have a positive impact on the region, nation, and world.
Seniors and students gathered this month at the Magnolia Grand Senior Living Center in Riverside for an afternoon of collage-making and trading stories.
The event was organized by Volunteer Action for Aging, a nonprofit group focused on improving the lives of senior citizens across Southern California. UC Riverside’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, sent students to the May 1 event to help the seniors create art.
The class consisted of seven ladies and two tables full of magazines, utensils and cardboard paper. Veora Erwin, a retired artist whose work has been showcased at the Riverside Art Museum, was in attendance to present her work to the other seniors, some of whom had never made a collage before. Erwin displayed three pieces – all abstract pieces predominantly in tan and green. Erwin said she makes collages because she strives to be original and believes that “a true artist never copies.”
Another resident artist was Laura White, who created a collage titled “Bad Trip,” featuring a car and a picture of two people standing in front of an explosion. Plastered all over the walls of the workroom were her drawings of owls. She became fascinated with them after taking a class called Brain Strains, also operated at the center, where she learned about the animal.
“They like to keep you stimulated here,” she said.
Also present were students from Alpha Phi Omega. Christine Billones, a second-year psychology major, said the fraternity teamed up with Volunteer Action for Aging to help their community.
“I’ve never (had)] a chance to do this, and when I joined Alpha Phi Omega I had the opportunity to help and meet new people,” she said.
The students helped residents cut out paper and create designs while sharing stories.
Jan Derny, a retired schoolteacher, had said it was her first time making a collage, but had decided that it “wasn’t (her) forte.”
“I need a focal point to make something,” Derny said. “I like quilting better.” Derny, however, was very appreciative of the students’ charity work. “It’s nice of them to volunteer their time and it’s nice to meet young people.”
Giselle Cruz, the volunteer coordinator for Volunteer Action for Aging, was excited by the turnout.
“We work to keep seniors out of the nursing home and very happy and independent.” Cruz, said adding that the organization recruits mostly through volunteermatch.org and hopes to have more volunteers for future events.
Events like this truly demonstrates what makes Riverside such a unified city. We are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
What is Riverside Small Sparks Neighborhood Matching Grant Program?
For many years residents within the City of Riverside have invested countless hours of time, services, materials, and money in various neighborhood improvement projects. The Small Sparks Neighborhood Matching Grant Program supports local grassroots projects within the 26 neighborhoods in the City of Riverside. Small Sparks provides cash to match community contributions of volunteer labor, donated professional services or materials, or cash donations in support of neighborhood-based self-help projects. Projects are funded up to $500.00 once a year to neighborhood groups.
What kinds of Neighborhood Matching Grant projects are funded? Two categories:
1. Neighborhood Improvement/Beautification: A project that creates or enhances a physical improvement in a neighborhood.
2. Neighborhood Social Enhancement: A one-time grant for a community building activity such as a festival or celebration, workshop/training or educational campaign.
Funded projects should:
• Improve the health & safety of residents
• A significant number of people or a neighborhood
• Be resident initiated and neighborhood based
• Encourage residents to prioritize goals and collaborate on projects
• Build community by connecting neighbors
• Neighborhood Exchange of existing skills and resources
• Occur within the Riverside city limits
What cannot be funded: • Projects for programs developed and delivered by an outside organization, for example, PTA, scout groups, service clubs
• Projects for ongoing operating costs or programs
• Projects for retro-active expenses or debt retirement
• Projects that benefit only one person
• Projects that promote political campaigns
How do I apply for the Neighborhood Matching Grant? • The Neighborhoods Division for an application
• Complete application, pledge form, and budget form
• Call Neighborhoods Division if you need assistance
• All applications for 2015 funding shall be submitted no later than 5:00pm, Friday, May 1st, 2015.
Past projects funded: Community Garden Plant Material
“Meeting tonight” Yard Signs
Historic District Identification Signs
Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Kits
Community-based Traffic Safety Program Materials
Neighborhood Tree Planting/Beautification
Membership Drive Block Party
Grants like Riverside Small Sparks Neighborhood Matching Grant are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Riversiders are working together everyday to not only address local issues, but to also have a positive impact on the region, nation, and world.
The Grove Community Churchreceived their mobile medical clinic last Tuesday, April 7. The mobile clinic has two exams rooms and wheelchair ramp which will be ready to serve the community sometime this weekend. The mobile clinic is part of a larger effort known to Riversiders as Health to Hope Clinics, which is the only federally funded primary care medical outreach organization dedicated to serving homeless individuals and families in Riverside County.
The Grove Community Church is an outstanding example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. They demonstrate that we’re a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
About Health to Hope:
Urban Community Action Projects (UCAP) dba Health to Hope Clinics (established in 2010) was born of Path of Life Ministries (POLM) Health in Motion (HIM), a response to Riverside County’s public health crises that arose from the economic downturn.
In 2009, POLM, in partnership with Riverside Community Health Foundation, implemented HIM staffed by volunteer providers to serve urban homeless residing in the City of Riverside. The model was so successful that POLM subsequently sponsored UCAP’s 501 (c) start-up which now includes the provision of health services from three fixed sites, the expansion of mobile medical services to now include Jurupa Valley in addition to the city of Riverside, and on-site partnerships with homeless service providers across Riverside County.
At Health to Hope, Homeless Health Care, patients receive care from providers experienced in meeting their with their medical complexity, aware of potential behavioral health issues and respectful of their struggles. Through the intake, assessment and treatment process, the behavioral health needs and dental needs of each patient are identified. The clinicians recognize the opportunity that primary care provides-an opportunity to heal the present issue and address the other issues through a model of care that integrates primary care, behavioral health care, dental care and case management services.
The Grove Community Church is currently seeking medical professionals to volunteer for the clinic. If you wish to volunteer, click here to get more information.
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