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Ready to help? Many opportunities
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gh Inland Valley
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Volunteers should think about what interests
them and what they physically can do.
reading is a passion, then the library is
a good place to start. If it’s children, then
school districts are a good place to tutor.
Many nonprofits need receptionists or
clerical help. Think about how many
hours per week, a month or a year that
you want to volunteer.”
RSVP, which partners with 130
agencies, works under the auspices
of the Community Senior Services
in Claremont. It matches individuals
55 years and older with volunteer
positions throughout the area. In fact,
one of its promotional taglines says,
“An Invitation to Serve.”
In addition to the RSVP database,
the local Volunteer Match has a website
offering many opportunities.
“Most nonprofits have volunteer
coordinators who will help place you
in a role that fits what you are looking
for within their organization,” Chavez
said. “Ask friends or neighbors about
their volunteering experience. Once
you have thought about what fits into
your life and find a cause that you
support, chances are you will love
Many people think about
volunteering, but never act. Maybe
now’s the time to step up and follow
Volunteers read to children, collect
canned goods and clothing for the
hungry and homeless, operate telephone
hotlines at shelters, introduce both
young and old to the beauty of nature,
comfort those in need, act as tutors and
With so many options to get involved,
where to start? One place is the Inland
Empire United Way.
“We have opportunities here on-site,
and our HandsOn Inland Empire
Volunteer Program serves as a volunteer
gateway,” said Allan Collins, director of
volunteerism. “We can work individually
with a volunteer or volunteer group and
personalize the experience.”
A great resource is the organization’s
“The best way to find an opportunity is
to do a quick self-assessment — what is
my passion? What is my availability?
What are my skills?” he said.
Once that’s done, it’s time to act.
“We have seen more individuals who
are unemployed seek volunteer
opportunities,” Collins said. “Additionally,
nonprofit organizations are looking for
more assistance since funding has
decreased in this economic downturn.
This reality has created greater
opportunities for people who are skilled
and/or unemployed to volunteer and
meet that need.”
Linda Chavez, director of the Foothill
Communities RSVP, agrees.
“Volunteers should think about what
interests them and what they physically
can do,” she said. “For example, do you
want to work indoors or outdoors? Do
you like to work independently or with
a group? What are your passions? If
Story by Suzanne Sproul
save the date
Nov. 21 — Veterans Celebration Golf
Classic for all Upland veterans who
have served overseas, hosted by the
Landecena Family Foundation and the
Upland Foothill Kiwanis Foundation.
Free to veterans. Sierra Lakes Golf
Course, 16600 Clubhouse Drive,
Fontana; shotgun start at noon;
909-982-9563 or 909-982-4885.
Nov. 24 — Fourth annual Turkey Trot
5K run/walk, with a 1K kiddy trot,
presented by the Upland Recreation
Department and the Upland High
School boys and girls cross country
teams. Registration begins at 6 a.m.
with the 1K kiddy trot at 7:30 a.m.
followed by the 5K run/walk
at 8 a.m. Registration $30 for the 5K,
$20 for the 1K. 909-931-4285.
Dec. 3 — Pomona Fraternal Order of
Eagles is having its annual Christmas
Tree Lane fundraiser to benefit the
Inland Valley Hope Partners food
program for the homeless and hungry.
954 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona; 3:30 p.m.
social reception, 5 p.m. dinner;
$8 adults, $5 children; 909-762-3032.
Dec. 3 — The Casa de Rancho
Historical Society of Rancho
Cucamonga’s Las Guias Auxiliary
of docents will host an old-fashioned
Christmas at a Civil War-era home
off Vineyard Avenue in Rancho
Cucamonga. Hot cider and cookies
will be served, and the house will be
decorated. 3 to 8 p.m.; $3 for ages
12 and older, $2 for ages 5-11;
Dec. 4 — Assistance League of the
Foothill Communities will host its 33rd
Christmas Tree Brunch, Home for the
Holidays. Beautifully decorated
Christmas trees will be on display.
DoubleTree Hotel, 222 N. Vineyard
Ave., Ontario; $100; 909-484-1215,
Dec. 4 — The Pomona Valley Hospital
Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting its
annual Home for the Holidays tour
of three residences in Upland and
Claremont. Event benefits the Sick
Baby and Hospital Assistance Fund.
Theme basket raffles, gourmet shop
and gift shop, English tea with treats
included at The Claremont Club,
1777 Monte Vista Ave.,Claremont;
Dec. 8-11 — 25th annual Elizabethan
Dinner, presented by the Upland High
School Choral Department and its
Madrigals program. Pacific Christian
Center, 800 W. Arrow Highway,
Upland; 909-949-7880, ext. 560.
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At Inland Valley Hope Partners, which opened in
1968, families are provided two basic needs — food
and shelter — along with hygiene products, diapers
and other goods.
“These may seem like simple items, but in fact they
are a tremendous help to a family on a budget,” said
Fran Robertson, the spokeswoman for Inland Valley
Hope Partners, which is based in Pomona.
Volunteers are important to the agency, assisting
in all aspects of its programming and administration.
They also help at one of the four food pantries and
take part in the Gleaning program, which to date has
harvested more than 3,000 pounds of fresh locally
grown fruit and vegetables.
Alicia Castro, the IVHP volunteer coordinator,
can match any person who wants to help with the
“Volunteers are the heart of Inland Valley Hope
Partners, and we could not serve more than 5,000
people a month without them,” Robertson said. “We
are blessed to have them.”
A sampling of local agencies that can use a helping hand:
CLASP — Tutoring in the
Claremont School District,
kindergarten through sixth
grade. Maia Dean, 909-624-9693
Inland Hospice Association
— Claremont agency that helps
seniors with transportation,
companionship; also provides
programs and counseling for
the bereaved and the dying. The
Rev. Jim Covey, 909-399-3289
Learning Ally (formerly known
as Recording for the Blind
& Dyslexic) — Read and record
books to help those with
diminished sight, so they can
continue to enjoy a book or
further their educations.
Maureen Ahrens, 909-949-4316
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
— Help at the Pomona store
that sells household items and
appliances, with proceeds
going to build homes for
families in need. Andrew
LeRoy Haynes Center
for Children — In La Verne,
provides homes for neglected,
abused and abandoned boys
and young men. 909-539-2581
Foothill AIDS Project — Helps
with transportation, delivering
food and providing general
friendship to those suffering
with the disease. Gail Polk,
Steven’s Hope — Provides
financial and emotional support
to families with children
suffering from life-threatening
illnesses by offering food and
shelter. Tony Cappelli,
Foothill Family Shelter —
Provides food plus temporary
and some permanent housing
to homeless families with
children, and tutoring, crafts,
etc. Megan Nehamen,
909-920-0453, ext. 106
Pacific Lifeline — Provides
food, counseling and shelter to
women and children escaping
domestic violence and
homelessness. Kirsten Grubb,
Camp Fire USA Inland
Southern California —
Promotes programs introducing
boys and girls to the outdoors
while advancing self-awareness
and self-esteem. Sandra
Rains House — A Rancho
Cucamonga satellite of the San
Bernardino County Museum;
volunteers help with
maintenance, fundraising and
the docent student program.
Empty Bowls — Glendora
program provides food and
counseling to the hungry and
homeless; main fundraising tool
is hosting soup suppers.
David and Margaret Youth
and Family Services — In La
Verne, provides support and
mentoring to troubled and
abandoned young girls.
Boys and Girls Club
of Fontana — Provides
afterschool activities, tutoring,
crafts and friendship to