September 2023 Steering Committee Newsletter

In lieu of our regularly scheduled Zoom Healthy RC Steering Commitee meeting, we are hosting an in-person networking lunch. Please join us on Tuesday, September 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at City Hall*(10500 Civic Center Dr.). This meeting will be informal with lunch served. Please feel free to bring business cards, promotional material, and anything you’d like to share with the group.

*RSVP to by Wednesday, September 20 and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. We look forward to connecting with you in-person!

August's Healthy RC Steering Committee Meeting Recording

Thank you to everyone who attended our August 2023 Healthy RC Steering Committee Virtual Meeting! We appreciate your continued support, time, and energy as we work together on impactful projects, programs, and initiatives that make Rancho Cucamonga the healthiest it can be!

Be sure to check out the most recent meeting updates, Healthy RC highlights, and upcoming events by watching the video or clicking the link below to view the meeting agenda and slideshow.

Meeting Slides

September is Suicide Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and as we collectively strive to prevent suicide, we'd like to emphasize the importance of embracing the T.A.S.C. tips outlined below as valuable tools to enhance our prevention efforts.

  • Tune in and notice changes in behavior that are out of the ordinary. Notice the signs; every age group is different.
  • Ask questions, be curious, be an active listener by giving them your full attention. Don't be afraid to ask directly if they are planning or have thought of dying by suicide. 
  • State the seriousness. Come from a place of non-judgement and share your concern about their thoughts. Create a safety plan for them and help them be safe at that moment. Ask if they have access to any lethal means (i.e,, weapons or medications) and develop a plan to remove them from their vicinity. 
  • Connect them with resources. You can help be their advocate and ask them how they would like to receive help. You can offer to help them call or text the 9-8-8 Life Line or visit

The Department of Education also has a 'Living Works' free training available for those interested in building their skills in preventing suicide in their community.

Learn More About Living Works Free Training

Compost & Mulch Giveaway

The City of Rancho Cucamonga is hosting a multi-day compost and mulch giveaway!

Visit one of our two (2) locations to load up on garden essentials:

  • Civic Center Dr. at Haven Ave.
  • Cucamonga Station - 11208 Azusa Ct.

Each site will be open daily to Rancho Cucamonga residents, September 15 -

October 1, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Here are a few things to know before you go:

  • This is a self-serve event. Please come ready with shovels, bags, tarps, containers, and gloves. Be prepared to load the materials to your own vehicle (we recommend bringing a friend or family member along to assist).
  • This is a first-come, first-serve event with a limited supply. We are limiting pickups to 1 cubic yard of material (about 5 standard trash bags worth) to allow as many residents to benefit from the giveaway as possible. Commercial trailers and vehicles are not permitted.
  • This event is open to Rancho Cucamonga residents only. Proof of residency is required to participate.
  • Sites will be periodically restocked. Residents are encouraged to check back and/or visit both sites for material.

Healthy RC Plans to Visit Paws 4 Success

You’re cordially invited to join the Mental Health Subcommittee on Tuesday, October 3 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Paws 4 Success, 3141 English Rd. in Chino Hills, with a field site visit to meet David Harrison, Director of Paws 4 Success. We will be learning about their resources related to animal therapy, dog training, and equine-assisted training. 



Dealing with financial uncertainty? Need mental health support? You are not alone. Our HOPE Resource Card provides housing, food, and mental health resources. The City of Rancho Cucamonga and the Healthy RC Mental Health Subcommittee are committed to providing you and the community with resources and opportunities. Now translated in Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic.

For more mental health resources and tips, visit

Mental Health Page

Healthy Recipe

Apple and Yogurt cups


✔ 1 1/2 cups of plain whole yogurt

✔ 1/4 cup of honey

✔ 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon

✔ 1 tsp of vanilla extract

✔ 3 cups of chopped apples

Click on the video to learn the simple step-by-step instructions for creating this recipe.

Compassionate Corner

Being kind to yourself is essential for your overall well-being. Be sure that you surround yourself with positivity by acknowledging your achievements, no matter how big or small they are, and practice self-compassion. Set healthy boundaries to protect your mental and emotional health, and remember that self-care is not selfish but necessary for a balanced and fulfilling life.

Do you have a kindness story you want to share? Please email them to 


Thank you to those who helped make LOVE RC a success! 

On September 9, over 400 volunteers came together to participate in a day of service known as LOVE RC, in partnership with Abundant Living Family Church and the Healthy RC Compassionate Community initiative. Together, we were thrilled to have partnered with various schools and organizations across the City to partake in service projects at nine project locations (trail clean ups, beautification projects, farmers’ market bag distribution, gardening, and community arts activities, and more).

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who attended the Community Fun Day hosted at Los Amigos Park. It was an event filled day complete with bounce houses, complimentary hot dogs prepared by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District team, gardening, and arts and crafts activities led by Nanette Hart! The LOVE was felt and we appreciate you all! 

Congratulations to Douglas Calderon for his first presentation at the Rally Point Wednesday on September 6 at Chaffey College. Veteran and Chaffey Student shared, “Douglas helped me identify three areas that could help me with my personal goals, which are drive, ambition, and purpose. This presentation really made an impact, it was amazing!” Another student shared, "I learned that it’s important to step out of my comfort zone. I am inspired to introduce myself to new people and start building new relationships.” 

Congratulations to Kyoni Cummings from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Pomona Valley for hosting Socials with a Purpose on August 26 at the Alliance Community Cultural Center in Pomona! Healthy RC was able to share our partnership with NAMI Pomona Valley and make many new connections. 

15 Youth Leaders have been selected to join the 2023-2024 cohort. Participants were selected from a variety of schools throughout the city, including students from Rancho Cucamonga Middle School, Day Creek Intermediate School, Rancho Cucamonga High School, Alta Loma High School, Etiwanda High School, Los Osos High School, and Chaffey District Online High School. All applicants received additional youth leadership opportunities from City Departments and outside organizations, including our newly formed Healthy RC Teen Summit Advisory Committee that will meet monthly for anyone interested in planning the 2024 Teen Summit. 

Youth Leadership Opportunities

Congratulations to our Mental Health Subcommittee Member, Natalie Boehm, from the Defeating Epilepsy Foundation. She recently presented at the Senior VIP Club meeting about how to advocate for yourself in healthcare if you have a disability. She also provided resources on Seizure First Aid and Safety Plan to educate the community.

Defeating Epilepsy Foundation

Mental Health

Subcommittee Meeting

Are you interested in

de-stigmatizing mental health in the community?

Create the change alongside other passionate members at our next meeting!

Meetings take place every 2nd Tuesday

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Community Champions

¡Llamando a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad que hablan español!
Únase para la próxima reunión para desarrollar programas personalizados para garantizar que reflejen las necesidades de nuestra comunidad.

Meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(10500 Civic Center Dr.)
Compassionate Community Subcommittee Meeting

Are you interested in building a culture of compassion and kindness in the community?

Meetings take place every 3rd Tuesday
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(10500 Civic Center Dr.)

Youth Leaders

Take Action, Make a Difference. Our Youth Leaders program provides middle school and high school aged kids the leadership development skills to advocate for policies and programs that positively impact our community. 

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

Safe Routes to School

For inquiries, contact

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 to begin searching today from your smartphone or computer.
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City of Rancho Cucamonga

10500 Civic Center Drive,

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730


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