January 9, 2011 (La Mesa)--For the fourth consecutive year, youths at United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) are active participants in the “Souper Bowl of Caring,” a month-long, nation-wide program in which donations of food, goods, and money are solicited to benefit local service agencies.
The collection of canned goods and other non-perishable foods, along with blankets, clothes and toiletries, will culminate on Super Bowl Sunday, February 6, 2011, with cash contributions accepted after worship.
January 2, 2010 (San Diego) – As winter temperatures locally dip below freezing, San Diego Veterans For Peace is distributing sleeping bags and ponchos to the homeless.
“So far we have distributed 145 sets, and are seeking donations to continue,” said Ramona resident Dave Patterson, Veterans for Peace spokesman. The group seeks donations of cash, sleeping bags and ponchos to help protect local veterans from winter storms and cold. Last year, more than 60 homeless people died on the streets of San Diego, many from exposure to harsh winter weather.
January 2, 2011—“New Year’s Day is a perfect day to celebrate Peace on Earth,” said El Cajon resident Norrie Robbins.
Perhaps you were among the people passing by who honked car horns or displayed the two-finger peace symbol throughout the day, as Robbins shivered on a sunny but cold mid-winter afternoon to bring her message of peace to East County residents.
January 1, 2010 (La Mesa) --Kids and Seniors Together (KAST) is looking for a few good volunteers! Jointly sponsored by the City of La Mesa and La Mesa Spring Valley School District, KAST is an intergenerational after-school program that matches mature adults with second through-fourth-grade students. It is designed to provide mature adults an opportunity to share their talents, skills and special interest with students who benefit from one-on-one mentoring.
January 1, 2011 (Alpine) – Hit by a double whammy of storm damage followed by thousands of dollars in veterinary bills, the Alpine-based big cat rescue facility Lions Tigers & Bears is seeking help from the public in both cash donations and a wish list of items needed.
By Cate Sacks
December 23, 2010 (Blossom Valley) – Just in time for the holidays, several former shelter dogs need permanent homes—including a litter of eight-week-old puppies and their mother, Momma, a 3-year-old dachshund-spaniel mix.
Christmas puppies have all been spayed/neutered, received shots and micro chips. Find additional “dream dogs” here:
KRC Rock Partners with Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy
San Diego, CA, (December 15, 2010) – KRC Rock, a San Diego natural stone and boulder provider, has partnered with the Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy to help them in their mission to preserve and restore the biological integrity and beauty of the San Diego River.
December 17, 2010 (La Mesa) – “Food, wine, art and a chance to talk with local people who are going about making the world a better place, one village at a time…what could be more in the holiday spirit?” asks an invitation from Shannon O’Dunn, owner of O’Dunn Art in La Mesa. Tonight from 5-7 p.m., she will host a wine-tasting event to benefit H.U.G.S. (Helping Ugandans Grow Stronger). The organization is raising funds to build a bakery in western Uganda that will provide jobs for women and girls in this impoverished area.
ASSEMBLYMAN BLOCK HOSTS "HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS" DEC. 16 IN SPRING VALLEY TO ASSIST FAMILIES AND EXPECTANT MOMS
December 15, 2010 (Spring Valley)– To help make the holiday season brighter for low-income families in his district, Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) will sponsor the “Holiday Helping Hands” Event on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 12-1:30 p.m. (while supplies last), at the Family Health Centers of San Diego at 8788 Jamacha Road, Spring Valley.
In partnership with the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Block will distribute toys to children and families at the health center. He will also donate baby clothes and supplies to the health center’s Holiday Baby Boutique Program to assist expectant mothers and newborn babies.
Dec. 16, 2010 (San Diego) – For the second consecutive year, Sempra Energy Foundation today announced $1 million in charitable donations to non-profit organizations in California and the U.S. Gulf region to help people in need. The contributions also include a grant-incentive program to support the Sempra Energy family of companies’ employee volunteer efforts.
December 13, 2010 (La Mesa) -- State Senator-elect Joel Anderson, County Supervisor Diane Jacobs and other community leaders will join Skyline Church this Wednesday, December 15, at 10 a.m. to celebrate the start of construction for a new Worship Center at Skyline Church in La Mesa.
December 10, 2010 (La Mesa)-- La Mesa Police Department seeks donations of teddy bears and other stuffed animals for the 20th Annual Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive, which benefits children at Rady Children’s Hospital. The public is encouraged to donate new and unused teddy bears (with tags still affixed) or other stuffed animals, which can be dropped off in the La Mesa Police Department lobby in the designated barrels.
By Caleb Trainer
December 10, 2010 (Blossom Valley)--Puppies are popular gift choices this time of year. But, it’s all too common for pets to become discarded holiday presents left at shelters as Christmas morning becomes a distant memory, according to dog rescue groups.
Cate Sacks, in the Blossom Valley area of El Cajon, works hard to turn around the fortunes of those puppies and hundreds of other shelter dogs. Through her dog-adoption program, “Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs,” Sacks places animals with qualified adoptive owners -- but only after both dog and person receive a dose of intense attention and training.
December 8, 2010 (Lemon Grove) -- They make a difference everyday and they do it for free. Volunteers play a vital role in building a community. On December 7th, Sheriff Bill Gore and the County of San Diego honored Lemon Grove Senior Volunteer Patrol member Dale Kephart, 93, with a “Volunteer of the Month” award.
December 7, 2010 (San Diego) – Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) aims to load up ten buses with 8,000 pounds of food for hungry families this Saturday, December 11, at ten Vons stores across San Diego County.
“So many hard-working San Diegans, many of whom are members of our military, are struggling...Let’s all pitch in and share in the true holiday spirit,” said Councilwoman Marti Emerald at a kick-off for Metropolitan Transit System’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign today. “The need this year is unprecedented. Within the City of San Diego alone, requests for meals have increased by 72% over the past two years, with equally stunning numbers from other cities in San Diego County."
Breast cancer rehab center can now receive tax-deductible donations
December 7, 2010 (Alpine)--Just in time for the holiday giving season, Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy received approval this month from the IRS to operate as a non-profit. Newly established last summer, Dream Rider seeks donations to improve facilities and to provide therapy to more breast cancer patients and survivors. Those diagnosed with cancer often lose their ability to work and therefore, cannot afford the rehabilitation they sorely need.
Funds raised will help stop abductions, child soldiers in Africa
By Jeremy Los
December 4, 2010 (Santee)--Santana High School students channeled their inner super models on Friday night for a charity fashion show at the New Heights Community Church in Santee. Using clothes from their own wardrobes, students from Santana high’s Invisible Children club took to the catwalk to raise money for the Invisible Children Foundation.
December 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Authority in partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will be holding its annual Fill The Boot Drive to raise funds to battle this debilitating disease. Locations and times of East County locations where you can help “fill the boot” with donations are listed below:
December 2, 2010 (Spring Valley)—Firefighters and Sheriff Deputies received a special gift on November 16. Elizabeth Swoyer, a Brownie with Troop 6107, and her brother Nathan, a Webelo Scout, stopped by San Miguel Fire Station 15 in Spring Valley to present firefighters and Sheriff’s officials with the fruits--or rather, nuts--of their their labor.
December 2, 2010 (El Cajon) -- A crowd of nearly 150 children, parents, community members and government leaders gathered Wednesday November 17 to celebrate completion of the new “Little Rascals Rooms” youth facility constructed at the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) Clubhouse in El Cajon.
December 1, 2010 (El Cajon)--You're invited to join downtown El Cajon businesses in a special neighborhood clean up day scheduled for Saturday, December 11th from 9:00 to11:00 am at Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon.
December 1, 2010 (San Diego)--On any given day, 50 to 75 foster children are waiting for permanent adoptive homes in San Diego County.
A court ceremony in November celebrated the successful adoption of many foster children locally. Those are the lucky ones. Many more children remain in need of a permanent home this holiday season.
November 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- Get ready for the Holidays with the La Maestra Foundation.
Now through Christmas, Noble fir trees and Paul Ecke poinsettias are available for pickup in El Cajon and City Heights to benefit the La Maestra Foundation. To order, click here and view hours here. They also offer an inspiration gift for under the tree, available here. The Soul Speaks is the first book from La Maestra Publications celebrating the triumph of the human spirit.
Ex-inmate and author of I Was...I Am is now an advocate for the formerly incarcerated
By Dennis Moore
November 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- Author Allison "Tammy" Moore will bring her message of hope and redemption to San Diego during the Christmas season, speaking at an Urban League reception as well as to women prisoners at Las Colinas and a church prison ministry group.
November 25, 2010 (Washington D.C.) –The First Family carried out a tradition of community service by volunteering at Martha’s Table, a food pantry, the day before Thanksgiving. Earlier, President Barack Obama was joined by his daughters as he carried out another tradition, the “pardoning” of two turkeys at the White House. There, he reflected on the meaning of Thanksgiving and delivered this message on the importance of taking time during the holiday season to give back to our communities:
November 25, 2010 (Sacramento) -- After hearing that a Salvation Army in Compton was overwhelmed with 140 more requests from needy families for turkeys than it could fill, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took action. He called the center and wrote a check for 240 turkeys, "to make sure you don't run out," the Los Angeles Times reported.
In his weekly California Report, the Governor recalled his immigrant roots, expressed gratitude for his success in America, and urged all Californias to give back to people in need. Here are his remarks:
By Miriam Raftery
November 22, 2010 (Alpine) – “Although we are a long way from having all the funding, it looks as though Liberty will be able to call Lions, Tigers and Bears her permanent home,” founder Bobbi Brink wrote in an e-mail to supporters. Liberty is a black bear cub that was rescued and brought to the rescue facility in Alpine on July 4th. “Her new three-acre habitat will be located adjacent to the lion habitat, and will feature an animal and people friendly design.
Construction is now underway on the facility, which is being set up to accommodate up to three more rescue bears, "so Liberty can have a friend,” Brinks said.
November 20, 2010 (San Diego) – Yesterday, Caltrans District 11 hosted a blood drive with the San Diego Blood Bank, capturing 42 pints to help members of the Lakeside Saddletramps motorcycle club who were injured in a November 13 crash in Ocotillo that also killed four club members.
Story and photo provided by Heartland Fire
November 19, 2010 (La Mesa)--On October 2, 2010, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Richard Morse, 59, of La Mesa collapsed outside the beer garden at the annual La Mesa Oktoberfest. An off-duty Pasadena firefighter and a Scripps Hospital nurse witnessed Morse collapse and determined that he went into cardiac arrest and began CPR. Two La Mesa Firefighters, Captain Todd Feneis and Captain Steve Pullen were working EMS Bike Patrol and responded to the incident.
Information courtesy of Alpine Community News Network
November 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A memorial/celebration of life and fundraiser will be held this Sunday, November 21st at 2 p.m. for members of the Saddletramps motorcycle club in Lakeside who lost their lives Nov. 13th in a tragic accident in Ocotillo.
The event will be held at the Renegade Bar, 14335 Olde Highway 80, in El Cajon to honor the memories of Amy and Lance Heath, Bill Miller, and Tonya Trayer. Numerous other fundraisers are also planned.