Steering Committee Newsletter
March 2021
Healthy RC Living
SUSTAINABLE RC

After a long winter, spring is finally here! Spring into energy efficiency by taking advantage of natural light throughout the day, switching to LED lightbulbs, and unplugging unused appliances in your home. You can also sign up to receive weekly energy saving tips by clicking the button below! #KeepItGolden #HealthyRC #SustainableRC
MENTAL FLEX

The pandemic has immensely affected every aspect of life, from toilet paper to relationships! It is important that we take care of ourselves by cultivating supportive relationships with the ones we love. Our relationships can offer support during these difficult times and even improve our overall mental health and wellness!

Check out these helpful tips to fostering a genuine connection with those around you. 
CASA CORNER

Green Smoothie
serves 3

Ingredients
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 large green apple, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • ½ tbsp. ginger, fresh chopped
  • ½ tbsp. turmeric, freshly chopped
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 2 oz. apple cider vinegar; water as needed for blending
  • honey as needed
  • 2 cups ice cube

Click on the video above to watch and learn the simple step-by-step instructions for creating this recipe from Chef Geno!
VIRTUAL REC CENTER

While our facilities may provide limited services and programs to keep our #RCcommUNITY safe, you can still visit our Virtual Recreation Center for fun, creative, and educational content!

If you’re unable to make it out to one of our local parks, the City of Rancho Cucamonga's Community Services Department offers plenty of virtual options for you to stay active at home. Visit our Virtual Recreation Center or go to RCpark.com for more information.
HEALTHY RC UPDATES
Healthy RC Highlights
Get Affordable Transportation through RideRC
The City of Rancho Cucamonga and the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District are excited to announce a new pilot program, RideRC! For a limited time, qualified residents can take discounted Uber rides to medical appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, and City facilities. This means affordable rides to important locations for those who live in a qualified area or are enrolled in a government assistance program. After completing a quick application to verify eligibility for the program, residents will use the Uber app to get to where they need to support their health as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

This pilot program will run through June 2021 or until the funds are exhausted. If you live in the qualified area and/or are in a government assistance program, apply today! For questions regarding the application process, please call 1-909-774-2713 or email RideRC@CityofRC.us.

For eligibility:
  • Must be 18 and over
  • Must live in Rancho Cucamonga
And meet at least one of the following requirements:

**Locations are pre-determined. Select locations offered in Ontario and Fontana.
Get ready for Healthy RC's 3rd Annual Virtual Teen Summit!
Calling all high school teens! The City of Rancho Cucamonga's Healthy RC invites you to its FREE virtual 3rd Annual Teen Summit on Wednesday, March 24th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This year's theme, BUILD: Build your best self, your community, and your future, is designed to empower high school teens to focus on self-growth and self-development in order to build confidence within themselves. This event will showcase how to build a positive mindset, find hope, and develop resilience in any situation that comes your way.

Participants will have the opportunity to make their voices heard, build connections with their peers, and learn how to make a meaningful difference in their community. The day will include interactive breakout sessions, inspirational speakers, fun activities, and a chance to win raffle prizes!

For inquiries, contact us HealthyRC@CityofRC.us or at 1-909-774-2043.  
COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY
Healthy RC’s Compassionate Community Subcommittee continues to lead the City’s efforts in engaging with stakeholders to identify community-centered strategies that tackle critical race-related issues, particularly in working towards a healthier and more equitable environment for all. Come join us in our regular (virtual) subcommittee meetings, typically held every 3rd Tuesday of every month at noon.

To participate or for inquiries, email HealthyRC@CityofRC.us or call 1-909-774-2043.
Helpful Resources
In collaboration with the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, the Compassionate Community Subcommittee recommends the following resources and reading lists that may provide additional guidance on important conversations regarding the topics of race, social justice, and celebration of diversity:
Join us every 3rd Tuesday of the month!
Come join us in our regular (virtual) subcommittee meetings, typically held every 3rd Tuesday of every month at noon. Together, we can create a healthy, equitable, unifying, and compassionate environment for all! To participate or for inquiries,
email HealthyRC@CityofRC.us or call 1-909-774-2043.

Don't forget to share your #BeKindRC story and tag us on social media. You can also participate by joining our subcommittee or getting involved in any of our activities.
MENTAL HEALTH
Teen Self Love Event Touches the Hearts of Teens
Healthy RC’s Cupid’s Guide to Selflove, a teen virtual wellness workshop, gathered teens from across the region from various middle and high schools, and activated youth voice through panel presentations, break-out discussions, and a presentation on resilience and selflove. Nohelia Orellana, Field Representative from Assemblymember James Ramos’s Office, who provided the opening remarks, shared how mental health is a priority issue for the Representative and that hosting community events such as these is important for breaking the stigma around mental health. We had over 89 participants who listened and learned coping skills including how to manage anxiety, stress, and how to find support, as presented by Kyoni Cummings, Education Coordinator from Pomona Valley National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). A teen shared that one take-away from the presentation was that, “It’s okay to not be okay and “Just because something could’ve been different, doesn’t mean it would’ve been better!” 

The highlight of the evening was the teen panel discussion that allowed teens to use their own experiences of navigating their own mental health journeys. We are grateful for Nicole Iftekhar (Rancho Cucamonga High School), Shuvette Marshall (Chaffey Community College), Nicole Chavez and Max Serna (Ontario High School), who shared their individual stories with their peers. The panel was a powerful element that created a safe space for teens to have moments of connection. For example, one participant shared, “Something that stood out to me was that I am not alone, and there are people that will be there with me and for me.” We hope to continue supporting the teen community through these virtual safe spaces and encourage our community to get involved and be a part of this critical process!
To join Healthy RC's Mental Health Subcommittee or for any inquiries regarding its initiatives, email HealthyRC@CityofRC.us or call 1-909-774-2044.
Helpful Resources
SUSTAINABLE RC
The City of Rancho Cucamonga is now a certified LEED Silver City!
As the City of Rancho Cucamonga continues to celebrate its Silver Certification in the 2020 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Cities and Communities Program, we invite the entire #RCcommUNITY to learn more about this remarkable achievement, particularly with improvements to our transportation system.
 
This includes completion of the Traffic Signal Synchronization Project, Traffic Signal Communications Master Plan, and Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan. These accomplishments and their impact on health and the environment show why the City has been recognized at a global level through the LEED for Cities. Join us on the road to making Rancho Cucamonga a healthier and more sustainable community for all!
 
For inquiries, email HealthyRC@CityofRC.us or call 1-909-774-2047.  
Lower your Electric Bill by 50-90%
Have solar installed on your home free of charge through the Grid Alternatives program! Income-qualified homeowners living south of Foothill Boulevard can qualify. Save money and join your fellow Californians to make a positive difference by applying today! Call 1-951-465-2864 or visit EnergyForAllProgram.org.

“I love these free solar panels on my home! My electricity bill is almost nonexistent, and it will make a huge difference in the summer when we need to keep the house cool with the air conditioner. I am encouraging my friends and family to apply!”   

-Claudia Paz, RC Resident
GET INVOLVED WITH HEALTHY RC!
Mental Health
Subcommittee Meeting

Every 2nd Tuesday
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Every 4th Tuesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Community Champions
Meeting

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Compassionate Community Subcommittee Meeting

Every 3rd Tuesday
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Youth Leaders

To learn more about the application process, visit: Healthy RC website

For inquiries, contact:
1-909-774-2044
Safe Routes to School

For inquiries, contact:
1-909-774-2045
Evaluation Subcommittee

Every 4th Thursday
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
For inquiries, e-mail HealthyRC@CityofRC.us or call 1-909-774-2043
*Locations and times subject to change.
PARTNER UPDATES AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Facing an eviction?
Behind on your mortgage?
Have a landlord-tenant or mobile home issue?
Feel you've been discriminated against in your housing choice?

Inland Fair Housing Mediation Board can help you! IFHMB serves as an intermediary to assist individuals in resolving issues related to housing discrimination, homeownership sustainability, rental complaints, and disputes in court through the provision of resource recommendations, education, and mediation.

For inquiries, email info@ifhmb.com or call 1-909-984-2254. For further details, visit www.ifhmb.com or click on their brochure below:
Community resources at your finger tips! Connect IE helps you connect to the resources you need: housing services, job training, food pantries, transportation and other low-cost or free programs. Visit www.connectie.org to begin searching today from your smartphone or computer.
Terra Vista
Farmers' Market
Every Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
GREAT NEWS!
Heritage Farmers' Market has set up an online ordering system for those who may not be able to make it to the market due to transportation and/or other quarantine-related issues.
City of Rancho Cucamonga
10500 Civic Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
1-909-477-2700