At the Heart of Helping - February 2018 Update
In This Issue:
letterLetter from the President/CEO
...At the Heart of Celebrating Family Volunteering

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We are often asked how parents can encourage and teach younger children about helping others. We know that volunteer opportunities are limited for children under 13, and that's why we're excited to present a fun way to teach kids about helping others in a carnival-like atmosphere right here in Torrance!
Our second annual Heart of Helping Family Fun Fair will be held outside the Volunteer Center (rain or shine), featuring carnival games, crafts, face painting, drawings, prizes, an appearance by Wonder Girl, and a kindness-themed story time... all to benefit our programs and services.
You can pre-purchase Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Drawing Tickets and Game/Activity/Food Tickets online, and if you register for the event ahead of time, you'll get 2 FREE Game/Activity/Food Tickets (one offer per family). Tickets will be available for pick up the day of the event.
We are extremely grateful to our sponsors at the Simon Law Group, Torrance Memorial, Torrance Refining Company, Keenan & Associates, Kinecta, Impact Production, Saatchi & Saatchi, Smart & Final, South Bay Mommies and Daddies, the California Water Service, MOOG, Torrance Bakery and Torrance Community Credit Union for helping us make this community celebration possible!

partnershipsNew and Renewed Partnerships
...At the Heart of Our Community of Support

Torrance City Council Member Tim Goodrich with Sara Myers
We are thrilled to announce that the Volunteer Center has received a grant from the City of Torrance Parks and Recreation Commission for our Food For Kids program! Torrance City Council Member Tim Goodrich stopped by recently to congratulate us in person, take a tour the food pantry, and learn more about Food For Kids and the Volunteer Center. We are proud to be a part of this fantastic Torrance community and grateful to the City for selecting us for this grant once again this year!
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers_ Charities
We are also proud to announce that the Volunteer Center is now a partner charity with the
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities (LATLC), which is led by attorneys in Los Angeles who are dedicated to giving back in the community. On top of volunteering in the community, they are dedicated to supporting issues related to children and education, as evidenced by their support of Operation Teddy Bear. Their recent gift perfectly matches their motto: "Justice in the Courtroom, Service in the Community," and we look forward working with the volunteers of LATLC this year!
switzerSwitzer Center's Women of the Year Awards
...At the Heart of  Recognizing Leadership

Switzer Learning Center_s 2018 Women of the Year Awards
Honoree Lea Ann King (center) with Volunteer Center Board Members Shirley Starke-Wallace, Jean Adelsman, Lynne Neuman, Steve Kovary and Jack Messerlian; Volunteer Center President/CEO Sara Myers; former Volunteer Center President/CEO De De Hicks; and Torrance City Council Members Heidi Ashcraft and Milton Herring

Every year, the Switzer Learning Center honors four incredibly dedicated, hard-working, innovative and generous women who have made significant contributions to the South Bay through their work in the community. We are proud to once again congratulate longtime Board Member and dedicated volunteer Lea Ann King for being among this year's honorees.
Lea Ann was nominated by Torrance City Council Member Heidi Ashcraft and honored for her work to champion social inclusion. The 2018 honorees also included Laurie Brandt, co-owner of Red Car Brewery & Restaurant, for community unity; Supervisor Janice Hahn, representing the 4th District on the LA County Board of Supervisors, for civic leadership; and Jill Smisek Maroney, current president of the Torrance Historical Society, for volunteerism. An honorary Woman of the Year award was also bestowed upon the event's emcee, Carolin Keith Wade, an equally dedicated and generous woman with a strong history of contributions to the South Bay, including the Volunteer Center.
Fellow Board Member Jean Adelsman presented the award to Lea Ann, noting that she is a "bias buster" who began a life after college focused on others, and she lives to bring people together. Lea Ann began her remarks by saying it is "so great to be a part of all the women who rock the South Bay" and continued with an informative civics lesson - partially for the benefit of her children and grandchildren in attendance, whom she noted as the motivation to build a more inclusive society. She spoke about her efforts to further diversity and inclusion in our community, as well as her work at the Volunteer Center.
Supervisor Janice Hahn summed up the contributions of the women nicely when she joined in the congratulations to her fellow honorees and said, "You are making your corner of the world so much better and so much more valuable," and we couldn't agree more!
GriswoldSteven Griswold Honored by PVP Chamber
...At the Heart of Recognizing Volunteer Stars

Sara Myers and Steven Griswold
Congratulations to Steven Griswold of 
Griswold & Griswold Insurance Agency, Inc. for being named Volunteer of the Year by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at their annual Economic Forecast Breakfast. Steven was an integral part of our planning team for the South Bay Escape Room and his company sponsored the fundraiser. He's also helped serve our Corporate Volunteer Council and we're proud to call him a member of our Volunteer Center family!
ffkFeeling the Love for Food For Kids
...At the Heart of Spreading Kindness to Alleviate Hunger

Food For Kids Donations January_February 2018

A huge thank you for the recent generous support of our  Food For Kids program from the following organizations:
  • Girl Scout Troop 3655 and Hermosa View Elementary School in Hermosa Beach joined together for "Kindness Week" to collect and donate 179 pounds of food!
  • Journey of Faith in Manhattan Beach continues support of Food For Kids through their quarterly Pop-Up Pantry, and we are so grateful for their support with these large donations multiple times a year. Their latest delivery contained 152 already-packed bags and an additional 1,400 pounds of food, for a total donation of nearly 3,000 pounds of food! See a video of their donation delivery here.
  • Seaside Parent Participation Nursery School in Torrance collected and donated 75 pounds of food to Food For Kids!
  • Volunteer Action for Aging at the Bartlett Center in Torrance donates to Food For Kids regularly, and their most recent donation contained 34 pounds of food!
  • Welbrook South Bay Senior Living in Torrance hosted a food drive to benefit Food For Kids, culminating in a donation of 101 pounds of food!
We are currently in need of breakfast items (cereal, oatmeal, granola bars) and shelf-stable fruit (canned fruit, raisins, apple sauce, fruit cups; no glass containers please) - click here  to learn more about Food For Kids, how you can contribute and view/download a copy of our Non-Perishable Food Shopping List.

D on't forget - we also host a booth at the Wilson Park Farmer's Market a couple times a month. Visit us next on Tuesday, February 27 between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to say hello, drop off food donations, and learn more about Food For Kids and the Volunteer Center (check out the Upcoming Events on our homepage for future Farmer's Market dates).
rakweekCelebrating Random Act of Kindness Week
...At the Heart of Leaving the World a Better Place

Did You Know an Act of Kindness Can
Did you know that this week is Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week? Just like volunteering in the community or the kindness lesson we teach to the students during Operation Teddy Bear, RAK Week is an opportunity to leave the world an even better place and inspire others to do the same.
RAK Week was formally recognized in 2000 as a seven-day celebration to demonstrate how kindness starts with one: one act, one smile, one cup of coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It is observed every February as an annual opportunity to unite through kindness, led by the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation. Click here to learn more.
voloppsVolunteer Opportunities Available 24/7!

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The Affinity Group
Battle Creek Community Foundation
Crail-Johnson Foundation
John Deere Foundation
Keenan _ Associates
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers_ Charities
The Molina Foundation
Moog_ Inc.
The Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation
The Port of Long Beach
The Port of Los Angeles
QuinStar Technology_ Inc.
Torrance Refining Company
Saatchi _ Saatchi
Watson Land Company
Carl E. Wynn Foundation
Whitney Young Children_s Foundation
The Volunteer Center  South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach
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The Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach recognizes the valuable role volunteers play in our society and has been "at the heart of helping" for more than 50 years. We recruit and refer volunteers to more than 400 nonprofit organizations in our service area, as well as for our own signature programs, Operation Teddy Bear and Food For Kids. Potential volunteers can contact us to obtain information and connect with just the right service experience, fulfilling our mission of "mobilizing people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community needs." Visit to learn more.