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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS IN CRISIS

Source: Trauma intervention Programs (TIP) of San Diego

January 27, 2023 (San Diego) - Neighbors helping neighbors in crisis.  That is what local nonprofit, Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego (TIP), thrives on. For over 37 years, TIP volunteers have been responding to a continuous high demand need of crisis intervention requests in San Diego County. 


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DOG RESCUED FROM WELL FILLED WITH OIL IN RAMONA

By Chuck Westerheide, County of San Diego Communications Office

January 17, 2023 (Ramona) - County Animal Services officers rescued an 11-year-old dog from an oil-filled mechanic’s well inside a private garage in Ramona.  The owner of the shop called the County Department of Animal Services the morning of Jan. 17 saying a dog was trapped.

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Mia rescued from oil filled well

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EVENTS ACROSS CA, U.S. TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

January 16, 2023 (San Diego) -- Tomorrow is the 7th Annual National Day of Racial Healing, which is commemorated every year, always on the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation created the National Day of Racial Healing to promote the idea the journey to racial equity begins with taking steps toward racial healing.


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SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY NEEDS COMMUNITY'S HELP

With shelter locations over capacity, community is asked to assist in caring for animals
 
December 27, 2022 (San Diego -- This holiday season, San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) is facing unprecedented challenges in housing animals who need help and is turning to the community to assist in creating much-needed space in their shelters.

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SHANE HARRIS HOSTS CHRISTMAS DAY BREAKFAST AND GIFT GIVEAWAY FOR FOSTER KIDS, HOMELESS YOUTHS AND STRUGGLING FAMILIES

East County News Service

December 20, 2022 (San Diego) – The 6th Annual Shane Harris Community Christmas Day Breakfast & Gift Giveaway will take place on Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 6125 Imperial Ave. in San Diego. San Diego's only Christmas Day gathering for foster families, unsheltered youths and struggling families will feature thousands of wrapped gifts for kids, bikes, electronic devices and 16 tons of snow!

Families countywide can register and volunteers can sign up at

shaneharrischristmasbreakfast.org/. Donations can also be made at this link.


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER WEBER COMMUNITY RECOGNITIONS CELEBRATION

Source:  Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber

December 12, 2022 (San Diego) -  Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D. (D-79) held a community recognitions ceremony on Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the George Stevens Senior Center in Encanto. The purpose of the year-end event is to honor community leaders and small business owners in District 79 who were recognized for their hard work and public service during the year. Each honoree was nominated by their fellow community members and invited to attend the in-person ceremony with their family. Students who completed Asm. Weber’s Young Legislator’s Program were also invited to the celebration.


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OPERATION GOBBLE SERVED UP TURKEYS TO 1,000 FAMILIES

East County News Service

December 1, 2022 (San Diego) – A thousand local families received free turkeys for Thanksgiving as part of Operation Gobble.  The effort was organized by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, with giveaways in Lemon Grove, City Heights, Southeastern San Diego and the County Administration Center.


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CHAMBER HOLIDAY PROJECT HELPS LA MESA SENIORS: DONATE ITEMS BY DEC. 2

East County News Service

November 21, 2022 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce seeks donations of items to help 16 homebound seniors locally, which will be assembled in large gift baskets and gift bags.

The gifts will be delivered by the La Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. To allow time for wrapping and delivery, all donated items must be received by Friday, December 2. Please bring items to Fran Smith at the La Mesa Chamber’s office, 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 214 between Monday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Mary England, Chamber President, can also meet donors seven days a week to pick up items directly from you by calling her at 619-251-7730.

Suggested items to purchase or donate:  Canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, crackers, pasta, marinara, macaroni & cheese, instant cereals, bars of soap, tubes of toothpaste, tissues, bottles of hand soaps, hand sanitizer, socks, pens and pads of paper. Gift cards in any denomination from the following locations: Walmart, Target, or any grocery store. Please double check expiration dates, If you have another item you believe will put a smile on their faces, drop them off.


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THIS WEEK: DROP-OFF SITES OPEN FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

East County News Service

November 16, 2022 (San Diego) — As the Thanksgiving season approaches, many families and children are giving thanks and giving back—to children in need around the world through Operation Christmas ChildShoebox gifts prepared by generous donors and filled with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies may be dropped off now during National Collection Week, Nov. 14 ­– 21. More than 4,500 drop-off sites are now open across the country, including 18 in San Diego County. East County sites include Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon and Pine Valley Community Church. 


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HELP A CHILD, IT'S TOYS FOR TOTS TIME AT COUNTY AIRPORTS!

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 15, 2022 (San Diego) - One of the best feelings anyone can get during the holiday season comes when you put a smile on someone else’s face—especially when it’s on the face of a child.


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NEED EVENING WEAR BUT CAN’’T AFFORD IT? GOODWILL OFFERS DESIGNER DRESSES AND MEN’S DRESS WEAR NOV. 18

East County News Service

 

Photo: CC via Bing

 

November 15, 2022 (San Diego) – All Goodwill retail stores in San Diego County will be filled with little black dresses as well as men’s formal wear for the holiday season – along with accessories such as jewelry and shoes -- on Friday, November 18 starting at 10 a.m.


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RADIO MUSIC HOST AND JOURNALIST TAYARI HOWARD HONORED IN LEMON GROVE AFTER BRAIN CANCER DIAGNOSIS

East County News Service

Photo: Shane Harris, President of the People's Association of Justice Advocates, Tayari Howard, and Mayor Racquel Vasquez raise gold shovel to plant tree in Howard’s honor.

View video: https://fb.watch/ggcAWhC1OD/

November 13, 2022 (Lemon Grove) – Community leaders and elected officials gathered at Treganza Heritage Park in Lemon Grove last month to honor Tayari Howard, founder of Legacy Media Publishing, Promotions and Production. The award-winning broadcaster, legendary smooth jazz radio voice and host of the “Music for Lovers” program   and activist was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.


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SUPERVISORS ANDERSON AND FLETCHER JOIN JAMUL CASINO AND TRIBE IN HONORING VETERANS

Tribe doubles annual donation to organizations serving veterans

November 9, 2022  (Jamul) – Today, Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Joel Anderson of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will join Jamul Casino and the Jamul Indian Village of California Tribe to commemorate Veterans Day with the sixth annual luncheon at Jamul Casino paying tribute to the 53 members of the Tribe and Jamul Casino team who have served in the military.  The event will also feature check presentations to veterans’ organizations: Saddles in Service and Zero8hundred


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ROCK CHURCH TO HOST EIGHT FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS THROUGHOUT HOLIDAY SEASON

East County News Service

November 2, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) -- During November and December, the Rock Church will host eight food distributions throughout the San Diego region, including El Cajon in East County.  The distributions are free and open to the community and will include frozen ground turkey, food, diaper and supplies distribution. Additionally, there will be 400 gallons of Hollandia milk distributed at the San Marcos location.


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MAMA’S PIES THANKSGIVING BAKE SALE RETURNS: ONLINE SALES NOW OPEN

Online pie sales help raise critical funds for Mama’s Kitchen’s nutrition services to support San Diego residents at risk of malnutrition due to critical illnesses

Photos courtesy of Mama's Kitchen

 

October 28, 2022 (San Diego) – The holidays will be here before we know it and with the giving season comes local nonprofit Mama’s Kitchen’s highlighly anticipated 18th Annual Mama’s Pies Thanksgiving Bake Sale. This popular fundraiser helps raise critical funds needed for the nonprofit to continue to provide nutritional support to San Diego residents at risk of malnutrition due to HIV, cancer, congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.


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LEMON GROVE LIONS CLUB DONATES $1,000 TO FISHER HOUSE

Source: Lemon Grove Lions Club

Photo: Ken Burke,  JoAnne Burke, Tobi Gary, Cathy Froelicher, Barbara Sala and Jeannie Lopez

October 23, 2022 (Lemon Grove) -- Lemon Grove Lions proudly presented a $1,000 donation to Fisher House San Diego, on Thursday Oct 14, 2022.  

 

The Lemon Grove Lions Club serves their community, hosting fundraising events which allow for donations to be given, such as the one just presented to Fisher House San Diego. This donation was from the proceeds from their recent Cornhole Tournament.  


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TINY HOMES OFFER HOPE FOR HOMELESS WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN EL CAJON

By Christianne McCormick

October 21, 2022 (El Cajon) – Colorful tiny homes now occupy a formerly vacant lot at Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon. Built by the nonprofit Amikas, the tiny homes were completed last month and will soon serve as safe, temporary havens for women and children experiencing homelessness.

Pastor Ronald Slade, who is also serves as a board member for Amikas, explained the lot’s recent history to East County Magazine (ECM). “We were just growing tumbleweeds on this lot. The unofficial nickname for the congregation was ‘tumbleweed village,’” he recalled.


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FEEDING SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES FRIENDLY FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE WITH PHILADEPHIA’S FOOD BANK PHILABUNDANCE

Donation challenge kicks off today as the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres face off on the field 

Source:  Feeding San Diego

October 22, 2022 (Philadelphia) - Feeding San Diego, the county’s leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization, has accepted a challenge from fellow Feeding America organization Philabundance – Philadelphia's food bank – to see who can raise more funding to help feed their communities during the baseball series between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres. This friendly fundraising challenge will raise critical funds and awareness for the hunger-relief organizations during a challenging economic period that has made the cost of operations skyrocket.  


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JULIAN FARM AND ORCHARD RESCUES STRANDED PIGS FROM LOCAL RESERVATION LAND

East County News Service

October 16, 2022 (Julian) - Julian Farm and Orchard has just rescued 17 Pot Belly Pigs from the local Santa Ysabel area. The pigs were rescued in partnership with the Mesa Grande Indian Reservation and the USDA after more than 100 pigs were dumped on the Reservation landJulian Farm and Orchard coordinated with Mesa Grande Tribe to pick up 17 pigs and bring them to their new permanent home on the farm.

“We learned about the plight of the pigs on the Mesa Grande Reservation through Facebook and immediately wanted to help. Working with the Mesa Grande Tribe, we were able to rescue 17 of the pot belly pigs” said Robin Madaffer, owner of Julian Farm and Orchard.

 

Staff will be working diligently to bring the pigs to good health and ensure they have a wonderful life in their new home. Visitors to Julian Farm and Orchard will now be able to visit the pigs along with the other furry friends that reside on the farm.

 

“We are excited to have them as part of our petting zoo family where they will be well-cared for and loved” Madaffer said.


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LA MESA VIETNAM VETERAN CHOSEN FOR HONOR FLIGHT

East County News Service

October 9, 2022 (La Mesa) -- Long-time La Mesa resident Garry Armacost, a Vietnam veteran, will be flown to Washington D.C. on November 4 aboard an Honor Flight to be hailed as a hero. He will spend two days in our nation’s capital, where he will visit war memorials.


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NEW ECTLC LEADER SPEAKS ON FUTURE OF CENTER SERVING HOMELESS

By Christianne McCormick

September 28, 2022 (El Cajon) -- The East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) in El Cajon announced that it has appointed a new CEO to take over after the passing of its previous CEO and founder, Harold Brown.

Michael Branch, the center’s new CEO, is a Navy Veteran who has an extensive career in treating those with addiction, mental health and those experiencing homelessness. The center held a meet-and-greet on September 14, which marked his official fourth week as ECTLC’s new CEO. In an interview with ECM, Branch shared how ECTLC helped him during a difficult time in his own life, and his goals as leader of the nonprofit that helps homeless people transition off the streets.


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TWO ORPHANED BEAR CUBS REHABBED AT RAMONA WILDLIFE CENTER FIND NEW HOME IN AMARILLO ZOO

Source: San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife
 
September 27, 2022 (Ramona) -- Two orphaned bear cubs, who have been growing strong at San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center for more than a year, have a new home at the Amarillo Zoo in Texas. The 18-month old bears were transferred in an airconditioned van by San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife staff. The team arrived this morning and successfully unloaded the bears.

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NOAH HOMES FUNDING RESTORED WITH NEW DDS REIMBURSEMENT RATES SIMPLIFIED

“I am happy to share that the California Department of Developmental Services just announced Noah Homes’ reimbursement rate – and all other large home providers across the state – is being increased to better align with the actual costs of care. The change is retroactive…” --Molly Nocon, CEO Noah Homes

 By Henri Migala

 

September 21, 2022 (Spring Valley) - The California Department of Developmental Services announced yesterday new reimbursement rates for Community Care Facilities (CCF) that supersedes a funding formula announced earlier this year and restores nearly $1 million of state funding to Noah Homes in Spring Valley.


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HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS IN LAKESIDE

By Shiloh Ireland

September 16, 2022 (Lakeside) – On September 12, Hope for the Homeless Lakeside (www.hope4homelesslakeside.org) organized an outreach event held in the parking lot next to the Parks and Recreation Building in Lakeside. Also present was a mobile unit from the county, HHSA-Health and Human Service Agency and several deputies from the HART -Homeless Assistance Resource Team of the San Diego Sheriff Department.

Judy Scheuer (photo, right) is the executive director, spoke with East County Magazine about how she came to establish the organization to help homeless people in the community – help needed now more than ever, after the August 31 Willow Fire destroyed homeless encampments in the riverbed and one homeless man was found dead in a pond days earlier.

“Three years ago, it started as a grassroots effort; then I hired a homeless woman and then began taking water, food, blankets tents and also hauled out trash weekly in the riverbed,” she said.  “Showers were offered weekly and  Otay Mesa Detention Facility fixed broken bicycles for us.”  Now bicycles are going to be repaired by a resident she knows.


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GOFUNDME SITES SET UP TO HELP SURVIVORS OF BORDER 32 FIRE

By Miriam Raftery

September 11, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – Some lost homes. Others lost outbuildings, horses, and vehicles.  Damages included wells needed for water, orchards, and more. One needs help to pay her dog’s emergency veterinary bill. All are survivors of the Border Fire, which scorched through the Barrett Junction, Dulzura and Potrero communities – and all need your help through donations at GoFundMe.com.


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THE BEAGLES HAVE LANDED

108 Rescued Beagles reach El Cajon animal shelter and prepare for adoption

Story & photos by Josh Stotler

August 31, 2022 (El Cajon) -- As the wheels of the Embraer Brasilia touched down on the runway of Gillespie Field at 1:43 p.m., 108 rescued beagles officially became San Diegans. The dogs, rescued from Envigo, a Virginia-based company that breeds animals for sale to scientific research & testing facilities, arrived on time and in good spirits.


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SAN DIEGO MOTORCYCLE RIDERS TO HONOR FALLEN VETERANS AT MIRAMAR NATIONAL CEMETERY SEPT. 3: YOUR HELP NEEDED

December 17th is National Wreaths Across America Day and one local program is working hard to honor veterans

East County News Service

August 30, 2022 (San Diego) -- Freedom is often defined as “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” However, a special few Americans will forgo some of their personal freedoms by choosing to serve their country and its citizens. This selfless sacrifice is what makes every veteran a hero. In addition, when asked why they did it, many will answer simply by saying, “Because it was the right thing to do!”


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HUMANE SOCIETY RESCUES DOG AFTER 100-FOOT FALL INTO CANYON

Source: San Diego County Humane Society

August 29, 2022 (San Diego) -- A deaf dog is safe this evening, after falling 100 feet down a steep ravine in Sorrento Valley. 

San Diego Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team deployed to help just before 2 p.m., after a call from the owners of the dog asking for help.


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SAN DIEGO BISHOP MCELROY INDUCTED AS CARDINAL

East County News Service

Times of San Diego contributed to this report

Pope Francis urged new cardinals to remember “poor families, migrant and homeless persons.”

Photo:  Pope Francis speaks with Cardinal Robert in St. Peter’s Basilica. Screenshot of EWTN

August 28, 2022 (San Diego) – Former San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy was inducted yesterday as the first cardinal from our region. McElroy, 68, along with 18 other new cardinals from five continents, received a scarlet skullcap, gold ring and silk hat from Pope Francis during the consistory ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.


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BARKS ‘N BLUES CONCERT AUG. 25 BENEFITS LITTLE ANGELS, BRINGING BIG CHANGES TO PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM SEIZURES AND OTHER DISABILITIES

Facility trains therapy dogs for people with epilepsy, autism, hearing impairments, physical and mental disabilities

By Henri Migala

 

August 23, 2022 (Jamul) -- Little Angels Service Dogs, an Assistance Dogs International (A.D.I.) accredited organization based in East County, is entering into a creative and exciting two-year partnership with San Diego-based Neurelis to help people suffering from epileptic seizures obtain life-changing companionship and other benefits provided by service dogs specially trained to care for people suffering from epilepsy.


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