VOCAL Call for Participation

We are seeking a diverse group of individuals representative of the Southeastern San Diego neighborhoods with community based or regional experience with volunteer and/or professional knowledge in the fields listed below to participate in Voices of Community at All Levels (VOCAL) working group. This group will provide insight and ideas on a broad range of issues relating to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s initiatives and projects.

If you have experience in any of these areas and are interested in volunteering with VOCAL, we invite you to complete the form and get involved:

  • youth development
  • business ownership
  • arts and culture
  • real estate
  • faith-based communities
  • health and wellness
  • communications and marketing
  • finance
  • technology
  • education
  • leadership
  • civic engagement.

If you have any questions, please contact Venus Molina at 619-527-6161 or VMolina@jacobscenter.org.


Estamos buscando un grupo diverso de personas representativas de las comunidades del sureste de San Diego con base en la comunidad o con experiencia regional. Clic aquí

5K Urban Run/Walk for Health Awareness – March 15th 2014


The day’s events will begin with a 5K run/walk, beginning at Chollas Lake and ending with a health and food justice fair at the Jacobs Ctr. 404 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA. 92114.

This event is designed to positively affect the health and well-being of our communities by educating and heightening healthy lifestyles for ourselves, our families, friends and neighbors.

To join follow the link: http://bit.ly/1i2HQ8N

The proceeds of the event will be used to support:

Jackie Robinson YMCA

San Diego Black Health Association

The Urban Collaborative Project

Ongoing Meals4Hunger Volunteer Opportunities


St. Vincent De Paul Village- 1st Mondays of every month

We need 12 volunteers to help serve at St. Vincent De Paul Village. Check in time at 4pm.  Please be prompt.  You will check in at the main lobby.

Description: Prepping and serving meals to residents living at the shelter.
Address: St.Vincent De Paul Village 1501 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Check in at Joan Kroc Lobby.
Volunteer Shift: 4pm-7pm (Volunteers are to check at 4pm). Time Commitment: 3 hours
Attire required: Closed toes shoes, long pants and shirts.  Please be sure that you don’t bring any valuables with you to St. Vincent De Paul. There won’t be a secure place to keep anything.

San Diego Food Bank Distribution- 2nd Tuesdays and 4th  Fridays of every month 9am-11am

We need 2-4 volunteers to help load and unload food items from the San Diego Food Bank Miramar location. Let me or Tisha know at tisha@meals4hunger.org know if you are available to help serve with this program

Bayview Housing Great Start Nutrition Program- 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month 930am-1030am/11am

We need 6 volunteers to help serve at our Bayview Program on Saturday, July 13th from 930am-10am/11am.  Let me know if you are available to serve for this program as well.

Description: Assembling and distributing meals to residents living within the housing development.
Address: Island Garden Apartments, 3545 Island Ave, SD, CA 92102-4409.
Volunteer Shift: 930am-1030/11am. Time Commitment: 1.5 hours
Attire required: Long pants/ shirts. Closed toed shoes. Please note that there is no secure place to leave personal belongings.

 ***Interested, please contact Beverly Tubon, Volunteer Coordinator at
858-457-4917 x 177 or email at

From Stumbling to Strolling With The Stumblr


Connie Lambert used to walk to Sprouts, a grocery store less than a half-mile from her Hillcrest senior-citizen apartment complex, but stopped when she fell over broken sidewalks along the way.

The weekend after Lambert’s photos of the sidewalks were featured on The Stumblr blog, the sidewalks had a fresh coat of asphalt over them, smoothing out their rough spots. Sprouts is a go again…

Check out this article written by the Voice of San Diego to learn about this new resource that’s helping to draw awareness to San Diego’s sidewalk policies.


11th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup This Saturday

c2b13_flyerCommit to a cleaner community and register today for 11th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup, scheduled for Saturday, April 27th from 9AM – 12noon.

The 2013 updated list of sites is posted under Cleanup Sites, and cleanup sites with the highest need for volunteers are listed in red text.  Gather a group together and register today! 

Many local residents will be at the Zone 3 location listed as City Heights – Chollas Creek at Chollas Parkway and Boyce Lane. Get the family, scouting group, class or work team to sign up. Registration and more information available online at: creektobay.org or call: (619) 704-2772.

Chollas View Cleanup Update

Each year the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department conducts special community cleanup events in neighborhoods throughout the City. Areas are selected for these events based upon citizen requests, pledges of community involvement and previous citizen participation levels. On Saturday, Dec. 1 this department, along with the Chollas View Neighborhood Council, conducted a community cleanup in the Chollas View area. This successful cleanup removed a total of 32.50 tons of waste (29.35 tons of non-recyclables and 3.15 tons of recyclables) consisting of metals and appliances from the neighborhood. Mrs. Matthews and the Chollas View Neighborhood Council are to be commended for their assistance and support.

For more information regarding this cleanup, contact Solid Waste Code Enforcement Officer Stacy Workman at: (858) 492-5084

Upcoming Cleanups

Join the San Diego Canyonlands and Friends of Chollas Creek on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at 47th Street and Chollas Parkway (next to Leisure Land) for the routine 4th Saturday event at Chollas Creek. This group and its volunteers do habitat restoration, trail main-tenance and clean-up, which includes removal of invasive weeds, planting/watering native plants, trimming brush, removing trash and painting out graffiti. Please bring a pair of gloves, a bottle of water, sturdy shoes and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.). San Diego Canyonlands will provide tools and materials, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

For more information, contact Bill Babcock at: (619) 207 5809 or online: chollascreek.org.

Encanto Cleanup

Each year the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department conducts special community cleanup events in neighborhoods throughout the City. Areas are selected for these events based upon citizen requests, pledges of community involvement and previous citizen participation levels. On May 23, this department, along with volunteer Susan Asuncion, conducted a mini community cleanup in the Encanto area. This successful cleanup removed a total of 6.52 tons of waste (6.1 tons of non-recyclables and 0.42 tons of recyclables consisting of metals and appliances from the neighborhood. If there are questions regarding this cleanup event, please feel free to call Solid Waste Code Enforcement Officer Christopher Penman at: (858) 492-6027.

Volunteer drivers are needed for “On the Go” transportation services

Volunteer drivers are needed for “On the Go,” a transportation solution program for older adults who need rides to everyday activities such as religious services, medical appointments, grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-ups.

Learn how easy it is to become a volunteer driver by attending one of the upcoming training sessions at the Turk Family Center, 8804 Balboa Avenue: Friday, April 20 at 9 a.m.; Monday, May 7 at 3 p.m.; and Friday, May, 18 at 9 a.m. On the Go provides low and no-cost transportation services to older adults, age 60 and over. For more information about the volunteer driver program or to enroll for transportation services, please call toll-free: 1-877-634-6537 or online: jfssd.org/onthego.

Community Volunteers Needed

The Jacobs Center is seeking residents from southeastern San Diego to help select the next president of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Our mission, “Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change,” is based on the philosophy that residents must envision and create change in their own community to make it meaningful and sustainable. As we move into the next phase of the work in The Village at Market Creek, we are asking residents to be a part of the team that chooses the leader of that work.If you are interested in serving the community in this way, please fill out an application of interest, available on the website: www.JacobsCenter.org/jobs.htm and in the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center lobby reception area. The Joe & Vi Jacobs Center is located at 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, 92114.For further information, please contact MaryJane at mgarcia@jacobscenter.org.   

Application deadline is April 15.

NOTE: This is a volunteer position.

Honoring the Class of 2012 at the 4th Annual San Diego County High School Filipina/o Graduation

Honoring the Class of 2012 at the 4th Annual
San Diego County High School Filipina/o Graduation

San Diego, CA – Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP), Kalusugan Community Services (KCS) and Filipino American Educators Association of San Diego (FILAMEDA)
will be hosting the 4th Annual San Diego County High School Filipina/o Graduation (HS FilGrad). The celebration will take place on Sunday, May 27, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park. With a large Filipina/o American community in San Diego, it is important to celebrate the successes of our graduating youth. FilGrad is a graduation organized by the Filipina/o American community that recognizes
the academic and community achievements of all San Diego High School Filipina/os graduating seniors.

“The reason I wanted to do this was because I promised my mom when I was younger
I would look into the audience and say ‘I did it, I graduated!” – Eddie Bernardo, Westview HS c/o 2011

KAMP, KCS, and FILAMEDA will be partnering with several community organizations to contribute to the success of this event. FILAMEDA will be honoring their 2012 scholarship recipients who have exhibited great dedication to their community and academics.
Also, present will be Kalusugan Community Services who is the proud fiscal sponsor of this event.

“…It [FilGrad] fosters a lot of good things for our community and I think it needs to keep going,” Christian Rodriguez, HS FilGrad Graduate c/o 2010.

If you are interested in participating in the graduation ceremony, schedule a visit to your school, make a donation, or volunteering for FilGrad 2012.

Contact: Lily Prijoles, HS FilGrad Committee 2012
Email: hsfilgradSD@gmail.com

For more information please visit us at www.hsfilgradSD.webs.com

Learn how to make Chamorro tools

Tungo Chamorro Gi Halum Pachotmo, Kanainmu I Korasonmu

Know Chamorro with your Voice, Hands & Heart

Ramenta Chamorro
Chamorro Working Tools

January 21, 2012
1:00pm – 2:00 pm
Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation
404 Euclid Ave. in the Community Room

Learn how to make Chamorro tools used for fishing, hunting, cooking, and jewelry making. Come and experience the oral tradition of storytelling of our Mariana legends.

Breakout Sessions

  • Tool Making
  • Weaving
  • Storytelling
  • Jewelry Making
  • Coconut Carving

Contact Information: CheluSD@gmail.com or (619) 395-3627

Name: ___________________________________________________
Phone: ___________________________________________________
e-mail: ___________________________________________________
Date:    Jan 21

Breakout Sessions: Put sessions in order of preference, 1 being your first choice.
Tool Making  _______         Weaving   _______          Storytelling  _______
Jewelry Making   _______          Coconut Carving  _______

Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Return form to CheluSD@gmail.com or (619)395-3627

Workshops made possible by a grant from the Neighborhood Unity Foundation. Sponsorship by CHELU & The Jacobs Family Foundation & Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

We Love Our Radio Canyon! Planting Day

Residents of Southeastern San Diego: Get tuned into your community! Radio Canyon needs your help! Please join Groundwork San Diego, the children of Encanto & Emerald Hills, and local organizations at this community service event. Help us make Radio Canyon a beautiful place to walk and play by planting and watering new native plants!

When: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Where: Radio Canyon, Encanto
Time: 9am-12pm
Entry Points: 1) Market & Radio; 2) Kenwood & Merlin; 3)Radio & 60th; 4) 60th & Weaver; 5) Gravity Way

Individual or group registration at: http://radiocanyon.eventbrite.com


UNCF San Diego Super Viewing Party of  An Evening of Stars

Save the Date:  Saturday, January 21, 2012

An Evening of Stars® Event  
Taped at the Pasadena Civic Center, this year’s
UNCF AN EVENING OF STARS® was nothing short
of amazing. From the electrifying performances
to the personal testimonies of success by UNCF students, it was a night to remember. The entire theatre, filled with elegance and inspiration, locked eyes on singer Erykah Badu as she took the stage to perform “Kiss Me on My Neck.” Legendary songstress
Patti LaBelle and R&B star Ledisi received a standing ovation as they belted out the classic hit “New Attitude.”

Please join us, and the rest of San Diego’s UNCF supporters, for our An Evening of Stars® (AEOS) Super Viewing Party.  AEOS, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars®, is credited with helping raise more than $200 million for UNCF scholarship recipients and member institutions.

Please come out and join us at our local celebration here in San Diego.The evening will include dinner, live entertainment, and lots of fun for all!
Tickets go on sale soon.

Pamela K. Davis  Many San Diegans remember Pamela Davis as the anchor for the number one weekend newscast on KFMB, Channel 8. Reporting local and national stories, she was a featured correspondent on CNN, HBO’s Real Sports and the CBS news magazine “48 Hours.” In addition to the rigorous duty of covering the top stories, she was the original producer of “Adopt 8” featuring children in the foster care system. As a result, nearly 300 children were placed into permanent homes. Please join Ms. Davis as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 33rd showing of the UNCF An Evening of Stars Super Viewing Party here in San Diego on January 21, 2012 at the Jacobs Center.

Click HERE to learn more about Ms. Pamela K. Davis.

Save The Date
When:  Saturday, January 21, 2012
Where:  Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114
Time:  6:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Attire:  Semi Formal

Presented by
Vernon Evans, Chair
UNCF San Diego Leadership Council
Reggie Gee, Steering Committee Chair

UNCF San Diego Campaign
Keep Watching Your Email for Alerts and Update

UNCF San Diego Campaign Needs Volunteers
Call: (619) 884-0195
Email: reggie@uncfsandiego.org

This Weekend: Extravaganzas and fundraisers

Check out some of the happenings taking place in and around southeastern San Diego this weekend, including a Christmas Extravaganza and a fundraiser for CHE’LU.

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Christmas Giveaway 2010-12-24Shabach House is hosting its annual Christmas Extravaganza on Friday evening at Market Creek Plaza. Attendees can receive groceries, toys, and other giveaways donated by individuals and organizations throughout San Diego. The event is free and open to the community.

Volunteers are still needed: call (858) 380-4238 to sign up and provide a helping hand at the event.

  • Friday, December 24 from 6-10pm
    Market Creek Plaza
    310 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114 (Google Maps)
    Free admission and free parking

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CHELU Sakman Fundraiser 2010-12-26

Join CHE’LU, Inc. (Chamorro Hands in Unity-Links-Education) for Sunday’s casino run to Golden Acorn to support their sakman (outrigger canoe) project. A bus filled with jolly folks and holiday cheer will leave the Sons & Daughters of Guam Club at 10am for a day of fun and gaming.

The money raised will support CHE’LU’s efforts to celebrate and revive Chamorro canoe-building and sailing traditions here in San Diego and in the Mariana Islands. The organization is getting ready to launch their recently-completed, hand-crafted, 47-ft sakman and to lead interested people of all cultural backgrounds in re-learning how to sail using traditional navigational methods.

For more information about the casino run or the sakman project, contact Jojo Borja (619-993-1348) or Janice Bouffiou (619-261-4285).

  • Sunday, December 26 from 10am-5pm
    Bus pick up is at the Sons & Daughters of Guam Club
    334 Willie James Jones Ave, San Diego, CA 92102 (Google Maps)
    $20/person (you’ll receive $20 in free play on your player card)

NUF Board Nomination Deadline: Friday, September 17

Are you interested in working with others to improve and unite the community? Then the Neighborhood Unity Foundation (NUF) wants you!

NUF is seeking nominations to its Boards of Directors for its upcoming elections. New board members will serve two-year terms from January 2011 through December 2012. No formal leadership experience is required: all board members receive an orientation as well as ongoing leadership development.

NUF is looking for people who…

  • …are of good character
  • …care about the community
  • …are at least 18 years old, and
  • …are connected to southeastern San Diego (see the flyer below for details).

If you think that you or someone you know would make a good board member, fill out a nomination form and return it to NUF by 5pm on Friday, September 17, 2010.

For more information, call Maslah Farah, NUF Program Manager, at 619-527-4570 or send an email to mfarah@neighborhoodunityfoundation.org.

Click here to download the NUF Board Nominations Brochure for additional information about NUF and its Board of Directors.

Click here to download the NUF Board Nominations Form (English/Spanish).

NUF Board Nominations Flyer 2010

Dancers for Samoa

In preparation for this year’s annual Pacific Islander Festival in Mission Bay, the Samoan Community Council of San Diego (SCCSD) is hosting the first of several dance rehearsals at Market Creek Plaza on Wednesday, August 11.

Volunteer dancers from ages 5 and up are encouraged to participate!

For more information, call Estelle (619-721-6188) or Kiki (619-888-1037) at SCCSD.

SCCSD - PIFA Rehearsals

Are you looking for volunteer hours/community service?

W e are looking for fun outgoing and reliable volunteers to help us with this years Art and Culture Festival!

The Art and Culture Festival will be on Saturday October 16 from noon to 6:00pm

If you are interested please call me, visit me or email me!

I have a volunteer form you will need to fill out and attend volunteer orientation with me so I can explain more about the Festival.

Bevelynn Bravo

619-527-6161 ext.188


404 Euclid Ave. SD Ca.92114

Relay For Life in southeastern San Diego

Kick off event! It’s about a community taking up the fight against cancer!

Thursday, April 1st at 6:00pm
San Diego National Bank
5106 Federal Blvd, San Diego

Make friends, make memories, make a difference!

Get involved:

  • Join a team
  • Become a team captain
  • Participate as a cancer survivor
  • Become a sponsor
  • Volunteer at the event

For more info or questions please contact Diane Moss at d.moss28@yahoo.com or (619) 262-2022.