The Ramona High School Habitat Club has been approved to become a Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter. Through this partnership, the students will be able to use additional resources and materials to make a greater impact in their community.
For over a year, the Habitat Club at Ramona High School has been advocating on their campus for Habitat for Humanity’s mission of eliminating substandard housing and volunteering their time on Habitat projects. The students have shown a major commitment to Habitat’s cause especially when called upon to help thank one of Habitat’s biggest donor’s, Valspar. The students assembled on their campus football field to spell out Thank You on behalf of the homeowners who were helped by Valspar’s paint donation.
The club has also donated to Habitat Riverside, volunteered for several projects, and held a benefit concert on April 14, 2012 at Back to the Grind café to raise awareness and funds for affordable housing.
The City of Arts & Innovation thrives on local philanthropy and the students volunteering their time to Ramona High School’s Habitat Club are doing their part to come together and give back to their community. The club sets an example for Riverside youth of how rewarding it can be to get involved in the community.
La Sierra University kicked off the new school year with community service work from approximately 420 freshman and 100 upperclassmen. The volunteer work is a new component called iServe that was added to the annual IGNITE freshman program held before the beginning of school each fall to welcome freshman to the university. IGNITE includes a talent show, “Hello Walk” to introduce freshman to faculty and administration, a “Blessings” service for parents and their students, as well as workshops and meals.
iServe allowed students the opportunity to work with about 20 community service organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, the Riverwalk Dog Park and La Sierra University Church. Students worked with Habitat for Humanity to paint a double-wide trailer in a mobile home park to prevent the eviction of a tenant who is on a fixed income. Some students also helped organized craft supplies in the children’s room at La Sierra University Church, while others helped to clear debris from a dirt lot on the corner of California Avenue and Tyler Street.
The Riverside Police Chief, Sergio Diaz visited with students at the three work sites to thank them for their service and recognize the importance of their contributions to the city and the integral role the university plays in the community. The Riverside Police Department and La Sierra University have recently formed a partnership for the university’s new Criminal Justice bachelors degree undergraduate program. RPD has arranged guest speakers for criminal justice classes and helped to facilitate the Ryan Bonaminio Scholarship Fund in memory of the 27-year-old Riverside police officer who was shot to death last November when he ran after a suspect through Riverside’s Fairmount Park.
La Sierra has always played an integral role in the community with a nationally recognized service learning program and the new iServe program is no exception and only further shows the commitment the university holds to providing a valuable educational experience while helping others and giving back.