“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote
for the kind of world you want.”
~ Anne Lappe
You can complain or you can help. I pray that you spend your money in our town as much as possible. The following is a list of opportunities to help improve our valley.
What is Activism? Activism is quite simply taking action to effect social change; this can occur in a myriad of ways and in a variety of forms. Often it is concerned with ‘how to change the world’ through social, political, economic or environmental change. This can be led by individuals but is often done collectively through social movements.
Did you know that you can support our community with union dues? If your union dues are supporting causes that are against your values, you have the legal right to opt out. You can have your union dues go to a charity of your choice. Please share this information with your friends. To learn more, visit: http://www.pacificjustice.org/union-dues-objectors.html and http://choosecharity.org.
Please also tell your friends that Pacific Justice will defend them in court for FREE if their union tries to retaliate. The following is from a July 7, 2008 article titled, “Union Settles With Professors Who Refuse To Pay Dues” at http://cnsnews.com/node/19582: “”It is in direct compliance with the federal statute, Title 7, Section 701 J, which requires unions to accommodate union workers who have such religious-based objections, and it specifically requires unions to allow the union worker to have all of their union dues to go to a charity instead of a union,” said attorney Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute….”
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The following are local non-profit groups that you can support by volunteering or by donating your union dues to:
- Aspiranet – http://www.aspiranet.org – Marni Strain 951-588-9443 and Vicky 951-729-4040 are in need of people willing to spend time with former foster youth and teach them basic life skill such as cooking and paying bills.
- Assistance League – 180 North Girard Street, Hemet, CA 92544 – 951-652-8307 – http://www.hemacintoassistanceleague.org – “Over 1,300 underprivileged elementary-aged children, from kindergarten through the fifth grade, are clothed yearly through our chapter’s Operation School Bell program.”
- Community Pantry – 521 North San Jacinto Street, Hemet, CA 92543 – (951) 929-1101
- EXCEED – 1285 North Santa Fe Street, Hemet, CA – (951) 766-8659 – http://www.weexceed.org – “EXCEED’s Supported Employment program offers job matching and individual placements within the community. When an individual enters the program, a match of the client’s skills to the appropriate work environment is made. Initially, a Job Coach is assigned to the individual to provide training.”
- Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, tax exempt, organization dedicated to working with people in need to improve the conditions in which they live. For more information, visit http://hemetsanjacintohfh.org, call 951-659-0235, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hemet Cash Mob – https://www.facebook.com/groups/755096714522115 – Volunteer to shopping locally. Visit this site weekly to learn about local businesses.
- Hemet Hospice – 2091 West Florida Avenue, Suite 200, Hemet, CA 92545 – 951-766-9629 – http://hemethospice.org
- Hoarders Without Borders mission is to help recycle back into the community. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hoarders-Without-Borders/253582474653069 or HoardersWithoutBorders@hotmail.com.
- Libraries – Donated books to local libraries helps them raise funds to buy more books.
- Lost Youth Ministry – https://www.facebook.com/LostYouthMinistry or email Jan at LostYouth@OliveGroveChurch.org
- My City Life Youth – – http://www.mycly.org – “My City Youth Center, Embraces the physical and spiritual needs of the at risk and under resourced youth by directing them away from idle street involvement, Engaging them in safe and healthy activities, Encouraging them through the love of Jesus and Empowering them through godly mentors.”
- My City Life Youth, Teenage Parents Program – http://www.facebook.com/teenparent?sk=info&filter=2 – Needs donations of gently used maternity clothing and baby items up to age 2.
- Salvation Army Family Assistance – 951-766-2020
- T.H.E. Center Inc. – 27260 Girard Street, Hemet, CA 92544 – (951) 658-7790 – http://www.t-h-e-center.org – “We are in need of volunteers to help with all aspects of T.H.E. operations. We are in need of people to lead horses and sidewalk with students. No experience necessary, we will train you. Volunteering also counts for community service hours for students.”
- Valle Vista Assembly of God – accepts clothing donations
- Valley Beautiful — meet on third Mondays – Valley Beautiful meetings are open to the public. Their goal is to beautify our valley. Meetings are held at Unitarian-Universalist Church, 796 E. Main St., San Jacinto. For more information, call Diane Mitchell at 951-927-1775.
- Valley Oaks Foster Family Agency – 951-658-4596 or http://www.valleyoaksffa.org – Donate new and gently used kids clothing and toys to foster children.
- V.I.P. TOTS – 41915 Acacia Avenue, Hemet, CA 92544 – (951) 652-7611 – http://www.viptots.org – V.I.P. TOTS provides center-based or home program early intervention services to toddlers with special needs, including autism.
- Valley Restart Shelter (951) 766-7476 -Donate newspapers and electronic waste to help fund their services.
- http://www.locksoflove.org – Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/rodney-osborne-_n_1940675.html – Rodney Osborne, Extreme Couponer, Donates Sale Items To Charities. This would be a great project for a child to practice math and learn how to help others.
- http://www.moneysavingenthusiast.com/2012/10/03/save-money-with-pinterest/#more-1349 – Track prices of commonly purchased items needed at the homeless shelter or charity of your choice. Then alert them when an exceptional deal is available.
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- http://www.stcarriesclassroom.org and https://www.facebook.com/StCarriesClassroom – St. Carries’ S.M.A.R.T. Academy is in need of adult and teen volunteers to play educational games with 3rd-5th grade children. This volunteer opportunity is available Monday through Thursday from 3pm-5 pm. It is located at Alessandro High School 831 East Devonshire, Hemet, California 92543. For details, call (951) 468-8287.
- http://joanmoseley.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/volunteers-needed-to-count-bald-eagles – Volunteers Needed to Count Bald Eagles at Lake Hemet
- http://www.vranch.org/vrlive/index.php/9-uncategorised – Victory Ranch
- http://www.calicintoranch.com/1_aboutus.html – Calicinto Ranch – San Jacinto
- http://www.riversidesheriff.org/volunteer – Law Enforcement Exploring
- http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf/0/89941F85D7A2ECAC802573250030C4F0?Opendocument – Volunteer with The Salvation Army
- http://blog.pe.com/2013/01/11/hemet-volunteers-needed-for-homeless-population-count – Volunteers needed for homeless population count
- http://www.westerncentermuseum.org – volunteer docent
- http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-little-free-library-20120628,0,6029346.story – Little Free Library brings neighbors together through books – A nationwide movement, Little Free Library prompts bibliophiles to put up small shelved structures outside their homes where people can take books and leave some too. The result can be conversation, friendship and a sense of community.
- http://www.ypenergysummit.org – YPE is held its first international summit on April 8-10, 2011 in Las Vegas. Young Professionals in Energy (“YPE”) is the first and only interdisciplinary networking and volunteer organization for people in the global energy industry – a place where bankers can connect with engineers, accountants with geologists and so on. Our mission is to provide a forum for knowledge sharing and camaraderie among future leaders of the energy industry.
- http://www.meetup.com/Young-Professionals-in-Energy-LA – You can sign up for a free YPE membership at http://www.ypenergy.org
- Shopping Cart Hotline to report within Hemet City limits, call 800-252-4613
- http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/hemet/hemet-headlines-index/20120426-hemet-valley-beautiful-landscapes-ramona-bowl.ece – “Because the Ramona Bowl is one of the central features of our valley, we are planting it to look beautiful all year long, not just during pageant season,” Roberts said.” Contact Diane Mitchell of Valley Beautiful at 951-927-1775 for upcoming beautification events.
- http://www.thinkgreen.com – “Most batteries, electronics and light bulbs contain toxic materials that may be harmful to the environment if not handled properly. Click below to find out how to dispose of these items in an environmentally responsible way. You can also recycle CFLs, batteries and more from home with Waste Management’s Recycle by Mail program. Just order your kit, fill it and send it back. Postage is paid.”
- http://www.cityofhemet.org/index.aspx?nid=294 – Neighborhood Watch
- http://www.angeltree.org/helpangeltree?gclid=CO7Z7Iro0KUCFYbb4AodrTwdjg – Angel Tree is the largest ministry that reaches out to the children of incarcerated parents. They biggest volunteer need is during Christmas.
- City of Hemet Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is an active and prepared during non-emergency situations by providing radio communications in support of large community events such as walk-a-thons and parades in which the safety of members of the general public participating in or viewing the event can be aided. Learn more at http://www.cityofhemet.org/index.aspx?nid=184 or call 951) 765-2466.
- http://www.guidedogs.com/site/PageServer?pagename=programs_dog_puppy – Puppy Raising for Guide Dogs for the Blind
- https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/nj/One-Simple-Wish/373604 – Want to see foster kid’s wishes featured on The SuperBowl? Keep voting for One Simple Wish every day.
- http://www.capriverside.org – Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, 2038 Iowa Avenue, Suite B-102, Riverside, CA 92507 – (951) 955-4900 · (800) 511-1110
THE IMPORTANCE OF VOLUNTEERING
- http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/hemet/hemet-headlines-index/20111220-san-jacinto-soboba-awarded-book-of-golden-deeds.ece – Book of Golden Deeds Awards – “The National Exchange Club established the Book of Golden Deeds in 1919. According to its website, the reason was that volunteer efforts are important to society and should not go unnoticed. In selecting an appropriate nominee, local clubs are encouraged to choose recipients who are sincere about helping their communities, have an exceptional track record of continued, unselfish giving and enjoy helping others. The Hemet/San Jacinto club has about 80 members who help make the San Jacinto Valley a better place. A perpetual plaque with all recipients of the Book of Golden Deeds hangs at the Hemet Public Library. Past honorees include 28 individuals, 10 couples, one family and now, with the addition of Soboba, six organizations, groups or companies.”
- https://www.nationalexchangeclub.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?webcode=csbookofgoldendeeds – Book of Golden Deeds Awards – “National Exchange Club’s longest running project, the Book of Golden Deeds Award, recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live.”
- http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/27/volunteering.aspx – Volunteering May Be Good for the Heart in More Than One Way
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“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth,
they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.
The great point is to bring them the real facts.”