Steering Committee Newsletter
May 2021
Healthy RC Living
SUSTAINABLE RC

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. As we honor and celebrate these cultures and traditions, let’s work to be more energy efficient to ensure there are many more AAPI Heritage Months to come! #KeepItGolden #HealthyRC #SustainableRC
MENTAL FLEX

Sleep is an essential part of life. Just like water and oxygen, we can't live without it, yet many try to! As we adjust to the new normal and try to remain healthy, focusing on sleep and getting enough of it is critical! A good night's sleep is linked to less stress, boosted immune systems, and overall improved health and wellness. If you want to be your best, getting enough hours of sleep should be a top priority. 

Whether you're going through a tough time now or you want to be prepared for next time, click the button below for some helpful resources to fostering your own resilience!
CASA CORNER

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup
serves 4

Ingredients
2 tbsp. grape seed oil
✔ 1 cup chopped onion
✔ 2 small celery stalks, chopped
✔ 1 medium leek, sliced (white and pale green parts only)
✔ 1 large garlic clove, chopped
✔ 1½ pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 5 cups)
✔ 3 cups russet potato, peeled and cubed
✔ 4 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth (use vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
✔ 1 cinnamon stick
✔ ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
✔ 1 cup evaporated milk The leafy tops of the celery stalks, chopped


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
Healthy Mind & Body Virtual Series
In honor of May as Mental Health Awareness Month and National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, the City of Rancho Cucamonga invites you to its upcoming Healthy Mind & Body Virtual Series presented by Healthy RC. Join us for the upcoming workshops on May 19th and May 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. To RSVP, click the button below. 
 
What to expect: 
✔ Learn resources on how to incorporate a holistic lifestyle. 
✔ Gain an understanding of the benefits of making healthy behavior changes in your life. 
✔ Discuss barriers or challenges alongside a supportive community. 
 
Upcoming Workshop Schedule:  
5/19 Workshop #2: Managing Diet & Lifestyle 
5/26 Workshop #3: Mindfulness & Sleep 
 
For any inquiries, please email HealthyRC@CityofRC.us or call 1-909-774-2044.  
 
*Each workshop is a stand-alone. Spanish translation is also available. Please dial-in for each workshop: 1-909-774-3500 Passcode: 10700400# 
Youth Summer Camp
Who’s ready for SUMMER CAMP?!
 
Summer Camp 2021 offers a fun and safe environment for youth ages 6-12! Camp activities foster growth and development by instilling self-confidence and respect for others. Participants will have an opportunity to meet new friends and explore a variety of new ideas through arts and crafts, games, and special event activities. The City's goal is to successfully offer participants quality weekly programming with SAFETY being our number one goal. 
 

Camp Dates: June 7th – July 30th
Space is limited! 
For more information, call 1-909-477-2765
RC Public Art Survey
Where would you like to see public art in our city? How do you envision the arts becoming a core part of our community? Have the arts improved or transformed your life? These questions are at the heart of the City of Rancho Cucamonga’s new Public Art survey.

The City of Rancho Cucamonga is developing its first Public Art & Placemaking Plan, and we need your input! Please take our survey by clicking here and share your thoughts on how we can incorporate art into neighborhoods, streetscapes, parks, and more. Survey participants are eligible to enter and win a raffle!

For more information, please visit www.cityofrc.us/PublicArt or click on the button below.
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 until 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.
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.
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 celebrating 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
Healthy RC Connects Residents with Mental Health Strategies for Cultivating Self-care and Resiliency
Healthy RC continues to implement innovative strategies in reducing the stigma associated with mental health. Healthy RC's Mental Health Subcommittee has identified topics to support residents in navigating internal and external challenges, which include resiliency, setting boundaries, self-care, and coping with caregiving. Last month, Healthy RC's Cultivating Selfcare & Resilience Series was launched as a way to teach specific coping skills and to provide resources to residents who urgently need support.

Darlene Merkler from Inland Caregiver Resource Center presented on various subjects such as 'Resilient Aging' and 'Stress Management', which introduced the mental, social, and physical characteristics of resilience, as well as recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and how to create a stress management action plan. She also taught the Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience, which involves strategies to change the narrative, face your fears, practice self-compassion, meditate, and cultivate forgiveness. Attendees also learned coping skills such as a journaling and 'body scan meditation'.

One participant shared, “I loved how Darlene weaved in time to do the exercises in her presentation because it was a reminder and refresher for me to use these practices in my daily living. The meditation was so valuable because I’m always in a rush and the time I spent breathing mindfully in today’s session was just gold.” The small breakout groups also gave attendees a chance to normalize discussions regarding their own challenges or stressors. Participants benefitted from having a supportive community that provided a safe space where they can be vulnerable.
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
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