Thank You South Bay Community

Over 14,000 Meals Donated!

Last Thursday, Nov 9th, was an incredible celebration as the community came together to celebrate Six decades of empathy in action at the Volunteer Center. Thank you to the Chamber, Mayor Chen, Torrance City Council, and many of our community leaders for donating, volunteering, and celebrating this significant milestone with us. Your presence made this event truly special. Cheers to more milestones as we continue to meet urgent needs in our community through empathy, kindness, and volunteerism. We are forever grateful to all of YOU!

A slideshow of some of our favorite moments...

Our Center Upgrades...

Our Torrance center was purchased in 1993 through the generous donation of the South Bay community in honor of our retired CEO, De De Hicks. The recent upgrades are a testament to our commitment to remain a vital center for volunteerism in South Bay. A special thanks to Denise Beggs (Board Secretary) and Sandy Montalvo (Vice President of Operations) for their tireless work upgrading our building, roof, and parking lot! The results look amazing in beautiful Oldtown Torrance. 

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Catherine Paez

Photo by: Axel Koester

NCL - South Bay Chapter

Photo by: Vince Beggs


Volunteer of the Year

Catherine Paez


Volunteer Group of the Year

National Charity League - South Bay Chapter

We were immensely proud to celebrate and recognize this year's honorees for their unwavering commitment and contributions to the Volunteer Center and the South Bay community. Catherine and NCL are the heartbeat of our Food For Kids Program and we are delighted the community got the chance to feel their impact.

Volunteer Center, based in Torrance, celebrates 60th anniversary

The organization, which serves as the volunteer hub for hundreds of nonprofits, marked the milestone with a food drive-thru and a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.

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Thank You, Teresa Liu and the Daily Breeze for the wonderful article & images.

Together We Are Feeding Our Community...

The Food Drive-thru and volunteering event helped to collect over 6,200 lbs. of food and counting... which will serve approximately 14,000 meals to Title I schools throughout the South Bay Community. We are incredibly grateful to all of YOU for dropping off your food donations and/or volunteering to replenish our pantry.

Our Food For Kids program continues to serve weekend meals to students in need, because of your generosity, volunteerism, and support.

The following group donated over 100 meals...

Cub Scouts Pack #718 7,440 Meals

Switzer Learning Center 1,118 Meals

South Bay Food Initiative 705 Meals

Congregation Ner Tamid Sisterhood & Hadassah 543 Meals

Torrance Community Credit Union 376 Meals

Anonymous 321 Meals

Heather Goyan 238 Meals

Janet Payne 235 Meals

Saint Matthew Orthodox Christian Church 224 Meals

Charlene Nishimura 203 Meals

Fern Ruiz 153 Meals

Katie Kang 139 Meals

Bob Hagel 139 Meals

Pat & Terry Furey 116 Meals

Sue Golden 115 Meals

Richard & Loretta Rose 110 Meals

Debbie Hays (OTNA) 109 Meals

The following Group donated 25 - 100 Meals

The Torrance Woman's Club

Sara Myers

Hans & Dianne Bozler

Brenda Williams

Eric Smith

Carmel Tapia

Kris Barba

Cardoza Family

Bo Labizi

Molly Moen

Barbara Whitten

Jean Adelsman


Gail Vranicar

Denise Beggs

Donna Duperon

Davet Scott

Betty Lieu

Ellen Kircher

Sue Munson

Pamela Aldana

Leslie S Chaveza

Marc Paez

Phelps Family

We are grateful to each of you for your generous contributions to Food For Kids.

For 60 years, the Volunteer Center has been a vital and trusted partner mobilizing support for those in need throughout the South Bay, Harbor, and Long Beach communities. Our approach and programs have evolved as times have changed, but our focus on deeply rooted relationships and a spirit of cooperation has never wavered. We are still here today because of partners like you who volunteer with your time, and in-kind or monetary donations.

Currently, our Food For Kids program operates at a cost of about 51 cents a meal, monetary contributions of any amount can go a long way in delivering meals directly to students in need. Thank you for considering the volunteer Center as part of your end of the year giving.

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