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Denise Torres

Denise @ Second Harvest Food Bank

Today arrived early and the staff appointed me one of the team leads. Set up the Hub area with tables, produce, bins and bags. I didn't have to pack the potatoes or the onions, but I did support all the volunteers at each table. I brought to the tables that needed the 50 pound onion bags and opened them up, made sure their crates were stacked up on the ends of the table to fill, and made sure each table had bags to pack the produce. Once each table had a crate filled with 8 bags of onions, I took it over to the pallets. I was able to be in-place were ever I was needed. I emptied the onion peels out the 50 pound onion bags and placed them in a recycle bin and the bad onions and onion peels were in a bin that will be for compose. I love that about Second Harvest, they always use everything to its full potential. There was a group from the University of San Diego and I also worked with one of my classmates in CS305, Lois. It was a great team today! Todays team was able to package 19 thousand pounds of onions/potatoes!
This day was a another great day just knowing how many of those bags will help feed families.

Gave 3.10 Hours on Feb 25, 2018 with Learning Thru Community Svc (305) - Section E, The University of La Verne
Lois Ortiz

Another edifying experience helping package food in banana boxes at Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine, CA. I will totally see banana boxes in a different light. In the morning session I boxed items that were sitting in huge open cardboard bins and barrels. The items were holiday candy, coffee, teas, canned food, crackers, peanut butter, pastries. I met a women formerly from England and she shared she became involved in volunteering because her job required everyone to take a day off of work, with pay, during the year and do community service. She now does it on her own on weekends when she has time. Second Harvest allows you to suggest a better process then what they instruct. I made a simple yet effective suggestion on how to box items more smoothly and once my table made the switch the other tables followed. In the second session I bagged potatoes and onions. The boxed Potatoes and 50lb sacks of onions were broken down into small bags, eight small bags per banana box, for distribution to the various organizations. I met some University of San Diego Alumni Members, the Catholic university where my niece graduated from. I got contact information that I will pass along to my niece. I was networking on her behalf. I also worked with Denise Torres, fellow CS305 classmate from the University of La Verne. She was upbeat and enthusiastic as always. She met my husband who loves helping me with my volunteer work. The potatoes and onions were quite heavy so you had to be careful lifting the bagged product. There were plenty of young, strong, men and women who assisted in lifting the heavy boxes. With the potatoes, you had to remove the sprouts before bagging. We didn't know this until some of our bags were rejected by the Second Harvest supervisors. I met some dedicated volunteers like a young adult man, Northwood high school senior, who along with his siblings volunteer several weekends a month. He worked tirelessly lifting the heavy boxes of potatoes and onion and carried them to the staging area. He did this for 3 hours non-stop. Amazing young man! Another great experience and met some wonderful, giving volunteers.

Gave 6.20 Hours on Feb 24, 2018 with The University of La Verne

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Kimberly Gonzalez

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Tina Fierro

Tina @ Ronald Mcdonald House Pasadena

Today I prepared both breakfast and lunch for the families at the RMH. I also was able to assist them with organizing their recycling bins and helped them clean and wash down their outdoor toys for the children. Today I was able to meet more children and their families staying in the house. Although there was a language barrier with a few of the families that were from other countries, we still found a way to communicate with each other and enjoyed playing the good old fashion basketball game around the world.

Gave 9.00 Hours on Feb 18, 2018 with Learning Thru Community Svc (305) - Section E
Danielle Sanchez

Danielle @ Don Bosco Technical Institute

Gave 6.00 Hours on Feb 18, 2018 with Learning Thru Community Svc (305) - Section E, The University of La Verne
Sonia Pimentel

Sonia @ cookie cupboard

This is my third day distributing cookies to troop leaders. There are so many cases of cookies that go out in a day. Some troops can pick up as many as 100 cases or more a day. There is so much work in keeping track of the count of cookies. Damaged cookies must be put a side to be returned to the baker.

Gave 5.00 Hours on Feb 17, 2018 with Learning Thru Community Svc (305) - Section E, The University of La Verne
Tina Fierro

Tina @ Ronald Mcdoanld Haouse Pasadena

I really enjoyed cooking food for the families, and playing basketball with the children. Many of the children had prosthetic limbs and it was inspiring to see them not let anything stop them. One of the older boys also played in a specialized wheelchair and he maneuvered around so well and had a really good shot.

Gave 6.00 Hours on Feb 17, 2018 with Learning Thru Community Svc (305) - Section E
Martha Maciel

Today was a good day. We finally got a chance to go over the rules and procedures. There was structure to the madness that goes on in a Thrift Store and all the donations dropoffs. When you have structure things tend to run smoothly and you can get more accomplished. This week was the last of my twenty hours, but I did sign some paperwork that I will continue to volunteer on weekend as time permits. Again, I leave with a feeling of gratification.

Gave 5.00 Hours on Feb 17, 2018 with Learning Thru Community Svc (305) - Section E, The University of La Verne
Lidia Bejarano

Completing my hours went very well this week. All moved along smoothly as they now have a new procedure for receiving, inspecting and sorting the incoming donations. I also decided that after my hours are completed, I would like to return and continue serving here. I filled out the paperwork and completed their volunteer training. It is official, I am registered as a volunteer for future hours.

Gave 5.00 Hours on Feb 17, 2018 with Learning Thru Community Svc (305) - Section E, The University of La Verne

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