By: Maya Malekian, Sam Ryan, Josh Hall, and Nick Castello
Here at Maranatha it may seem like Pasadena is a perfect place where everyone has a perfect life and access to an education. Unfortunately that is not the case. Just a few minutes away from the minuteman campus, others live a life completely foreign from ours. Children struggle to gain access to a quality education. They come from broken families who often come up short in providing them with the things they need in order to succeed in school, and more importantly, life. We are blessed to attend like a school like Maranatha. However we are called to give back to our community as Christians, and we should do so in good spirit. There are plenty of opportunities to help out in our community and we should be eager to participate.
Pasadena Ronald McDonald House
763 Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
“The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House provides a community supported “home away from home” for families coming into Pasadena to seek advanced medical treatment for their critically or terminally ill children. Premature births, cancer and other critical illnesses can put unimaginable stress on a family and, in addition, many families must travel great distances looking for treatments and answers not found near their home – we’re here to help.”
The House is always in search of volunteers and luckily Maranatha is across the street to help! It is a great opportunity for those who are interested in helping those with illnesses and family caring. Many lessons can be learned from the daily tasks assigned to the volunteers.
As a former volunteer, I can honestly say that Ronald McDonald House played a tremendous role in crafting my working habits and dedication to my work as well as humble my heart and open it to those the families seeking comfort. The beauty in caring for these families was a truly life-changing experience and did not require much besides my time and attention.
The House seeks volunteers who are interested in volunteering any day of the week between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. completing various duties including but not limited to House and clerical work and assisting with office work for the House and for its events. Additionally, help is needed in obtaining in-kind donations of paper goods and other items. This would entail identifying different potential donors, drafting and sending letters, and doing follow-up both on the phone and in person.
If you have any questions about the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House and their volunteer program, please feel free to contact House Director Vicky Garcia or visit their website for volunteer opportunities:
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
The Huntington library located in San Marino, accepts high school volunteers year-round, both on weekdays and weekends, in a variety of areas. High School Volunteers work in areas throughout The Huntington supporting staff and working on a variety of projects. High School Volunteers welcome visitors to the galleries, facilitate demonstrations in the Plant Conservatory, work in the gardens and assist staff and instructors with public programs. Huntington staff provide high school volunteers with an orientation and appropriate training course(s). Volunteers must complete an application, interview, attend all training courses, and be available to volunteer 1 day per week for a minimum of 4 months. Hours of service will vary according to projects.
Here is the application to apply:http://www.huntington.org/uploadedFiles/Files/PDFs/hsvolunteerapp.pdf
Here is the website for more information: http://www.huntington.org/WebAssets/Templates/content.aspx?id=1494
Pasadena Humane Society
Do you have a love for animals? The Pasadena humane society accepts high school students who have a passion for nurturing animals. To become a volunteer you must attend an information session. There is a variety of volunteer positions available for high schoolers. Including Ambassador, Cat Socialization, Docent, Foster Care, Toy Bucket, and Wildlife Husbandry. Each have different requirements and job descriptions. The Humane Society also has a Project to get your service hours done.
Wiggle Waggle Walk Poster Rally!
Help us get the word out about our big fundraising event, the Wiggle Waggle Walk happening at Brookside Park at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on September 25th.
Step 1. Grab any one (or more) of the envelopes containing Wiggle Waggle Walk brochures and posters from the Volunteer Services Office any day, Tuesday-Sunday, during regular shelter hours. Each envelope contains 50 brochures and 5 posters.
Step 2. Deliver the brochures and posters to businesses within any of our nine service cities: Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. Try to leave at least 10 brochures and 1 poster at each business.
Step 3. Collect a business card from each business you leave brochures and posters at.
Step 4. Bring back the original envelope with the business cards to the Volunteer Services Office by September 19th. We will be here, Monday-Friday from 9 AM – 5:30 PM, to sign any service hour paperwork. And now you’re done!
If you enjoy giving back to the community using your artistic ability, you should check out the Art Club and get involved in their service projects at Club Twenty-One. Club 21’s mission is to provide the tools and resources that enable individuals with Down syndrome to be fully included in society. Their goal is for every individual with Down syndrome to have independence, access, and belonging. Art Club paints backgrounds for several Club Twenty-One events. If you are interested in joining, visit an Art Club meeting or talk to Mrs. Barnhart.
Harambee Christian Family Center is dedicated to the development of indigenous leadership through a holistic ministry that seeks to address both physical and spiritual needs by emphasizing community engagement, academic advancement, and spiritual formation to cultivate a thriving urban neighborhood in a sustainable project of biblical hope. High School volunteers can sign up to get assigned a student. Those interested in volunteering should have a steady schedule as the program is on an everyday basis. The range of volunteer activities includes tutoring, supervised recreation, mentoring, facility maintenance, and other needs.Those who have participated in Harambe say that it’s an incredible and rewarding experience. To get involved you can call (626)791-7439 or visit their website, Here.