Love San Clemente Week (July 6-9th)

IMG_9659.jpgThis week is LOVE SAN CLEMENTE week (July 6-9). Sharing and caring by doing community service events locally in our city. Sign up to Volunteer for an event today & get a free tee-shirt. Lots of Family friendly projects.

Love San Clemente will begin with a kick off BBQ at 6:00pm July 6, 2016 at Vista Hermosa Sports Park.

Each year Love San Clemente targets five areas to “love bomb.” They target Senior Citizens, Needy Families, Schools, The Military and San Clemente Community Projects. This year’s event will include beautification projects at Concordia Elementary School, Beach Clean Up projects with the San Clemente Watershed Task Force, Maintenance projects with Gilchrest House, volunteering for Family Assistance Ministries and Family Outreach Programs at Max Berg Park, Mendocino of Talega Apartments and Camp Pendleton.

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Community Resource Fair

Community Resource Fair@ Family Assistance Ministries

Saturday. September 13, 2014

8 am – Noon

1030 Calle Negocio

Rancho San Clemente Business Park

Food Distribution, FREE BOOKS FOR KIDS, Back to School supplies
Games for kids

Come and learn more about free

and low cost services

Fitness and Wellness, Cooking for a healthier lifestyle

Learn if you qualify for Medicare/Medical, Cal-Fresh food stamps






  1. San Clemente Collaborative and Wellness and Prevention Center – Susan Parmelee, Kay Childs
  2. Family Asst Ministries (FAM)-Mary Perdue, Lorraine, USDA Food and Back to School supplies
  3. CRCSC -Community Resource Center of SC – Suzanne Ansari –Patricia Drown and Marta Smith– free smoothies/game/coloring/library booth for kids
  4. iHOPE – Homeless services – Ladeshia Goubert
  5. Western Youth Services – Dania Lizalde
  6. Feed OC 2nd Harvest, sign up for Cal Fresh – Alex Pitz


  1. Camino Health Center- Randy Smith or rep. info on programs, and health coverage
  2. CHEC Family Resources Center/Mission Hospital – Info on Services Eduardo Cerezo Moreno
  3. Healthy Smiles – Rita Barstad or rep.
  4. OCHCA – Nutrition demonstration – Patricia Stabile
  5. OC Links/REACH, behavioral health info – Christina Weckerly
  6. Covered Cal

EDUCATION /Community Relations

  1. Bright Futures for Kids – Gina Castillo
  2. Crime Prevention Services – Janet Dunford & explorers (Joan Thompson?)
  3. Fair Housing – April Overlie
  4. Human Relations Commission – Edgar Medina and Joyce Sanchez
  5. Boys & Girls Club –- Rollin Kocher – crafts Kids booth
  6. Consumer Credit Counseling – Maritza Reyna
  7. Big Brothers and Sisters- Cory Scurlock
  8. 211 Social Services information line – Liz Rojas


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San Clemente Collaborative Community Resource Fair- Sept 13th 9am-12Noon

 Community Resource Fair
sponsored by the San Clemente Collaborative

Saturday September 13, 2014 

9 am – 12 Noon

Location: Family Assistance Ministries, 1030 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA

 Learn more about free and low cost services, Medicare/Medical, food stamps and USDA food distribution. Enjoy free back to school supplies and games for kids

Contact 949. 492.8477 for more details

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Nonprofit spotlight- CRCSC looking for organizations to feature in news column

Friends of the Community Resource Center,

Do you know of a nonprofit organization in San Clemente with verified 501 c 3 status who are doing good things in our community?

We are looking for suggestions from our CRCSC partners and friends for a new column in the San Clemente Times called “Nonprofit Spotlight.”

The focus will be on nonprofits that may not always be in the front page of the newspaper but who are doing great things to help others.
We want to know their stories. There are 258 nonprofits registered with the IRS here in San Clemente alone which is an amazing testimony to the wonderful and giving hearts in our community.

Do you have volunteer opportunities available at your organization? If so, the Community Resource Center wants to know that too so we can help spread the word in an effort to fill those volunteer spots.

See link below for the first Nonprofit spotlight article in the SC Times.

Article-Nonprofit Spotlight: Helping Women and Girls Find Hope


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Babysitting volunteers needed at Gilchrist House


Babysitting volunteers needed at Gilchrist House Transitional Women’s Shelter on Thursday evenings from 6:45-8:30pm. Volunteers would be working with another sitter while the ladies are in life skill classes. Babies – 12 years of age. Call FAM at 949.492.8477 for more details on how to sign up to be a babysitting volunteer.

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Mentor a military child with Big Brothers Big Sisters!

Big Brothers Big Sisters SD_with boxBig Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s Operation Bigs is a one-to-one mentoring program for military children ages 7-14, the first of its kind in the nation. Mentoring provides an extra layer of support to local military families whose lifestyle often presents many challenges for children and families.

The military children often face frequent relocations, separation from extended family, school transitions, and increased responsibility coupled with a sense of loss when a parent deploys. The individual attention that the mentors provide in this program makes a huge difference in supporting our youngest service members. Youth enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters improve in school and in relationships with their peers and parents. The need for caring, committed mentors to support the children of those who defend our country remains urgent. Our focus is for the match to develop a one-on-one friendship and for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters to provide the children with positive role models and mentors.

Operation Bigs provides mentors to children of military families through our school-based program. Volunteers meet with their Little Brother or Little Sister for one hour one day a week (times and dates are the same every week) at the child’s school. During that hour the volunteer and child play games, sports, and do other fun activities together, while building a friendship. The support and encouragement these children receive help them cope with the challenges military families face.

As a volunteer you can choose a site and time below that suite your schedule:

Camp Pendleton:
San Clemente/San Onofre: Mondays 2:30-3:30 or 3:00-4:00 p.m.
•School near Mainside/Back Gate: Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m. or 1:50-2:50 p.m.
•Schools near the front gate of Camp Pendleton: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. or 3:40-4:40 p.m. OR Thursdays 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Contact the Camp Pendleton Operation Bigs Hotline: 858-746-9178 or

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to commit to the program for one calendar year. We are currently recruiting civilian, retired, & active military adult volunteers, for this coming school year – come join us!   It’s a great way to make a difference in a child’s life while having fun at the same time!


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“Blood and Marrow Drive @ The Community Resource Center

Blood donor

“Blood and Marrow Drive in San Clemente”

Be a hero, donate blood & bone marrow!
Your invited to become a hero on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 12 Noon to 5:00 pm at a “Blood and Marrow Drive” to save lives and make a difference in reducing summer blood bank shortages. The event will be held at the Community Resource Center of San Clemente (located in the lower level of the San Clemente Presbyterian Church) at 119 N. Avenida de la Estrella, San Clemente.

The Blood and Marrow Drive is sponsored by the San Diego Blood Bank in partnership with the Community Resource Center of San Clemente and Be a hero, Become a donor. The San Diego Blood Bank provides much needed blood donations to Saddleback Memorial Care-San Clemente and several Southern California hospitals.

Donate in honor of San Clemente resident Evan Cousinaeu, who succumbed to a genetic metabolic disease in 2007. By donating blood and getting swabbed to be a bone marrow donor, you can help patients like Evan, whose lives depend on it.

All participating donors will receive a “free” tee-shirt and will be eligible to earn points redeemable towards gift cards, movie tickets, and much more.

To schedule an appointment online, visit and click on Donate Blood and then click “appointments” and provide sponsor code: CRCS.  Contact Suzanne Ansari (949) 303-0353 or via email at for more information.

All donors must show picture identification. Be sure to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood. 

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