This statewide Earth Day event is a great opportunity for Californians to do something meaningful for their communities and the planet by helping improve their local state parks. Due to a history of underfunding by the state, the parks system faces a $1 billion backlog of overdue maintenance projects as well as reduced staffing and programs.
Businesses and individuals are needed to actively participate with their communities to help steward and care for California’s treasured state parks. Trail and road repair, campground improvements, fence and boardwalk building, tree planting, and wildlife habitat restoration are just some of the projects planned for Earth Day.
Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like Meals on Wheels San Diego County, will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America's seniors all year long.
Meals on Wheels San Diego County’s March for Meals celebration will include:
• March 2017 – Local San Diego restaurants will participate in the “MOW”jito’s & More challenge. Local eateries and bars will have a delicious specialty cocktails featured at their restaurant of which $1 of each specialty cocktail served will benefit Meals on Wheels San Diego County. Participating establishments are: Indigo Grill, The Prado, Coasterra, Brooklyn Girl, The Cosmopolitan, Casa de Reyes, and many more. For a complete list visit www.meals-on-wheels.org.
• March 17, 2017– South County Flapjack Breakfast from 8:00AM - 10:00AM at Bonita Mall Applebee’s, 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., Suite 1298, National City, CA 91950. Tickets $10.00 per person. 50% of proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels San Diego County
• March 20 - March 24, 2017 – Champions for Meals Week: Mayors, elected officials, and local celebrities deliver meals throughout San Diego County to our seniors.
• March 25, 2017 – Wiggin’ Out for San Diego Seniors: This 4th annual event is perfect for anyone interested in a 5K or 1M Run/Walk that will help combat senior hunger. Join us in beautiful Crown Point South at Mission Bay Park at 7:30 AM Registration - Crown Point Dr. & Moorland Dr., in Pacific Beach, 92109.
BAGS & BAUBLES
Traveling Stories is a nonprofit organization working to outsmart poverty one book at a time and inspire a love for reading everywhere. Their Story Tent program is in need of Story Tent Readers, people who have a chance to read with kids and have kids read to them. They can also motivate kids to read by awarding book bucks for books read.
For Story Tent locations and to register, visit www.travelingstories.org/volunteer. Want to know more about Traveling Stories? Read about the organization at http://www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/san-diego-heroes/1319-emily-moberly-traveling-stories.
LEND A HELPING HAND AT COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
Be part of this organization that has provided one-on-one mentoring for kids facing adversity in the county. Since boys comprise more than 80% of the waiting list, men are encouraged to be ‘Big Brothers’ to these children and help make a difference in their lives. To learn more, visit http://sdbigs.org/volunteer.
After spending the day with their sick child at the hospital, meals at the Ronald McDonald House are a time for family members to nourish their bodies, unwind and regroup. It takes the efforts of many volunteers and food donors to make mealtime special for these families, and more help is needed year round as more and more families take advantage of meals at the House.
THE GIVING EFFECT
Take time to share your blessings with those in need. Check out www.thegivingeffect.com that connects you with charities and organizations that need pretty much everything you can spare – from clothes, food and shoes to cleaning supplies, computers and furniture. Browse the site by zip code, items you’re donating and special interests to find causes you’d like to support.
» Find more volunteer opportunities, visit our TOTALLY TEENS page.
Cecily's Closet is a non-profit organization that provides room makeovers (and other items) for children with special needs with the help of local businesses, designers, friends and the community. They provide this service at no cost to the recipients. If you'd like to donate your time, talent or gently used equipment, please go to http://www.cecilyscloset.org/volunteer.html.
THE ARC OF SAN DIEGO
Put your old phones to good use by donating them to this recycling program that helps our troops stay in touch with their loved ones back home. Before donating your phone, make sure to use the free cell phone data eraser on their Website that helps you remove personal information from your cell phone. For a donation center near you, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
VISIT THESE WEBSITES FOR MORE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Updated: March 2017