CONEJO VALLEY VOLUNTEERS PITCH IN TO SUPPORT NATIONWIDE PROGRAM : RESOURCE FAIR SET.Byline: Jesse Hiestand and Teresa Jimenez Daily News Staff Writers
Joining the chorus of voices touting volunteerism Monday was a Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. man who started donating his time well before there was a national call for this type of service.
Steve Venezia has been a Big Brother to a 12-year-old Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. boy for the past year and a half, an experience he says has greatly benefited them both.
``There's more reward than I ever expected,'' said Venezia, a 41-year-old film industry worker.
Venezia says he agrees with President Clinton and others - including retired-Gen. Colin Powell Noun 1. Colin Powell - United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)
Colin luther Powell, Powell - who are leading the three-day Presidents' Summit for America's Future, which began Sunday in Philadelphia.
``I agree with what Colin Powell was saying,'' he said. ``We're not going to solve the problems we have . . . unless we take care of our kids.''
Although the national summit is focusing on the needs of youngsters, volunteers in communities like Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village regularly touch the lives of people across the social spectrum.
They drive cancer patients to doctor's appointments. They help police agencies. They organize fund-raisers for charities. They even reshelve books at county libraries.
Taking the latter as an example, there are about 1,000 people who volunteer at the county's 15 public libraries each year, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Trish Cavanaugh of the Ventura County Library Services Agency.
The 96 people who volunteer at the Simi Valley branch last year donated a total of 4,500 hours, she said.
``Some of the tasks are not too exciting but they need to be done,'' she said. ``If we didn't have (the volunteers) we would have a terrible time keeping the library looking as neat as it does.''
This basic refrain - we couldn't do it without them - is heard from officials at organizations throughout eastern Ventura County.
``If we didn't have the volunteers, we wouldn't have the programs,'' said Peggy Christianson, a manager at the American Cancer Society's Simi Valley unit.
From the cancer society's all-volunteer board of directors to its office workers and drivers, the spirit of volunteerism pervades this nonprofit organization Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. and its various programs.
``There are patients that wouldn't get treatment without (volunteers),'' she said. ``The work they do is lifesaving.''
To some of the area's needy, emergency food or shelter, help finding a job, or simply having someone to talk to in a time of need are also lifesaving gestures.
The Lutheran Social Services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales in Thousand Oaks does all of this and more for people throughout the Conejo Valley The Conejo Valley is a region spanning both Southeastern Ventura County and Northwest Los Angeles County in Southern California, United States. It was discovered in 1542 by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and eventually became part of the Rancho El Conejo land grant by and other parts of the county, according to program director J.R. Jones.
``We rely very, very heavily on volunteers,'' Jones said. ``We have (volunteers) who come in for three- or four-hour increments helping people, talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to them and giving advice.''
Volunteers are also the lifeblood life·blood
1. Blood regarded as essential for life.
2. An indispensable or vital part: Capable workers are the lifeblood of the business. of the Boys & Girls Club Girls Club is a 2002 American television series created by David E. Kelley, who was also it's producer and executive producer. Only two out of a total of thirteen episodes created were broadcast on Fox Television in the United States and Global Television in Canada. of Simi Valley, which provides after-school activities for about 2,000 kids ages 7 to 17, said assistant executive director Paula Mackelburg.
``Colin Powell talked about boys and girls boys and girls
mercurialisannua. clubs on television (Monday) morning,'' she said. ``We have a great base of volunteers now, but we hope it (the volunteerism summit) will help us get stronger so we can grow.''
Venezia says the cost of volunteering, a few hours each week, is far outweighed by a sense of personal accomplishment that comes from knowing you've truly helped someone else.
As for his ``Little Brother,'' the son of a single mom, ``He needed someone to tell him he's a smart kid,'' Venezia said.
``I know when I was that age my parents would tell me I could do anything and I believed it,'' he said. ``That's what he needs. The self-esteem he's gained is the most evident result.''
More than 40 private, nonprofit and government agencies are scheduled to participate Thursday in the Volunteer and Family Resource Fair in the main courtyard of the Ventura County Government Center.
The event, sponsored by the Volunteer Opportunity Center for Active Living and the county's Work Family Program, will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The purpose is to inform the public about resources available for families, from child care to recreation. The opportunities to volunteer are equally broad, from learning pet-assisted therapy with the Humane Society A humane society is a group that aims to stop animal suffering due to cruelty or other reasons. Examples
Examples of humane societies include: The Humane Society of the United States, Peninsula Humane Society, American Humane which was founded in 1877 as a network of to helping seniors read their mail and write letters.
For more information, call Betty Krause at (805) 654-3361.
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