Volunteer Update
January 29, 2021
Dear CRC Volunteer,

I’ve kept a journal since I was 11 years old and had my first crush. Just a few days ago, I finished up a journal and yesterday I began a fresh one. There is something so nostalgic for me as I write the final page in what has become a therapist, confidant, historian, and to-do list collector. Some years I write as if I will write again tomorrow and it just...ends. Other journals end with me waxing poetic and giving a summary of the journal’s pages and my life’s journey. In my teen years I may or may not have spent time venting about my unreasonable parents, listing the “cute boy list” of the month and possibly even embellishing stories so that my future self (or grandkids) would be impressed. Reading back on a journal’s contents is always educational, sometimes entertaining, often enlightening. And in hindsight, always 20/20. 

A NEW journal is something else entirely. A story that is yet to be written, choices yet to be made, circumstances out of my control yet to happen. I begin that first page a little bit wistful, a lot hopeful. I’ve never started a new journal and a new year so close together and the similarities are not lost on me.  

2020 took its toll on CRC Volunteers in many ways and impacted the program in challenging but also rewarding ways. But now we ask...what does 2021 have in store for us? How will we continue to make a difference in the world around us? How will we partner with those in need? What friendships will develop and memories will be made?  

I am excited to find out and I hope you are too!  


Sara Rosenbaum,
CRC Volunteer Manager
The Latest Volunteer News
Holiday Baskets Volunteer Survey Feedback

Thank you to all the 2020 Holiday Baskets volunteers who filled out the post-event survey! We take into account all feedback and hope it makes our program even better in 2021. Here is what some volunteers had to say:
“It was a wonderful experience and I loved helping.”

“I thought everyone adapted wonderfully to the change in venue/circumstances.”

“It was amazing to see everyone waving at you with their faces lighting up – even the children were all excited.”

“You are all wonderful for all that you do!”
Sick Policy and COVID Policy

Thank you to all volunteers who continue to follow our COVID protocol. Please continue to stay home if you are sick and if you test positive for COVID within 10 days of working a CRC Volunteer Shift, please inform your supervising manager and the volunteer manager right away.

Please note the CRC sick policy for non-COVID illnesses. All staff and volunteers must adhere to the following guidelines:

Do not come in if you are sick. Let your lead know as well as the FNC Manager.  

If your symptoms include a fever, along with cough and respiratory symptoms, you must remain away from your CRC volunteer shift until:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery. Recovery is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and, 
  • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • If your symptoms resemble a cold or flu but do not include fever you may still not return to the campus until at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
Food Pantry volunteers wearing masks donated by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce
Vaccinations for Food Pantry Volunteers

January has provided some hope on the horizon. As of January 21, the county of San Diego expanded its definitions of health care workers to include homeless outreach as part of the Phase 1A list currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Because of our work and proximity to working with the homeless population at our Second Street location, CRC considers everyone working at the Second Street location as part of the Phase 1A eligible population under the new definitions released. Eligible volunteers received email communication on steps to obtain an eligibility letter. We are excited that our Food Pantry volunteers will be able to have access to the vaccine so that they can even more safely serve our participants moving forward.
Front line Food Pantry worker James Zemel getting his first vaccine dose!
Volunteer TEAM of the Month
Congratulations to Joanne Charlebois and Laura Tarabini!
Nominated by Yanira Frias, Food and Nutrition Manager 

Joanne and Laura work as a team packing fresh Rescue boxes for CRC food pantry participants. They make sure to pack nutritious and balanced food in each box they assemble. They go out of their way to tailor the boxes to meet any special dietary restrictions and allergies that our clients may have. Laura and Joanne make an excellent team and they enjoy giving back to their community! Thank you, Joanne and Laura!
Get Involved
We continue to have limited volunteer opportunities due to COVID.
However, all of our existing volunteers are hard at work keeping our programs going! Thank you! We will send out email notices as new opportunities come up. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

Enjoy social media and making short videos? Feel like you need a little bit of “Resale Therapy”? Consider contributing to a CRC project that we are putting together over the next two months. It’s easy to do!

  1. Go to one of our three Resale Stores in Carlsbad, San Marcos or Encinitas.
  2. Do some shopping! Put together an outfit and show us via video your new look!
  3. Be sure to let us know on the video either in the audio or on a tag how much you spent on the outfit(s).  
  4. Tag @sandiegocrc and use the hashtag #reducereuseresale.
  5. Email the video to srosenbaum@crcncc.org

We will be compiling some of the best videos and showing how the money you spend puts money straight into our programs that provide safe housing, food assistance and other resources to those in need!!
Photo Submissions

The CRC Volunteer Program is collecting photos from the last 9 months of volunteer and non-volunteer related events in your life! We will use these for a compilation video in May (and we like to plan ahead!). If you have photos you’d like to share, email them to srosenbaum@crcncc.org. Please include the subject line “Volunteer photos/your name.” If you forget, don’t worry...we will remind you again over the next few months!
Attend these virtual events and trainings
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month - Orange Day Q&A
February 9, 10:30 am

This February, wear the color orange to show your solidarity during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Join us on February 9 for the virtual California Youth in the Lead Orange Day Q&A. Register here
A Conversation about Healthy Teen Relationships
February 23, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Join CRC’s prevention educator, Luis Canseco, and other teen dating violence preventionists for a conversation about how parents, coaches, advisors, mentors and other influential adults can talk to teens about healthy relationship skills – what they are and how to develop them. Register here
Intro to Domestic Violence Training & Education
Friday, March 19, 2021, 8:30 am- 12:30 pm

CRC Board members, staff and volunteers are encouraged to attend this introductory training on the dynamics of violence in intimate partner relationships, its prevalence in our society, and CRC’s domestic violence prevention and intervention services. The training takes place online via Ring Central Meetings.

For more information and to register contact Jani Sepanik at jsepanik@crcncc.org.
If you know of anyone in need of food, housing or shelter, please pass along this link to information on how we can help: CRCNCC.ORG/COVID-19
If you have a good story of volunteering, please share with me at srosenbaum@crcncc.org. I can include those stories in future newsletters as an encouragement to our team.  
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