McDonnell Douglas Workers Pitch In
Who: Employees at McDonnell Douglas
Contribution: They raised $15,420 last month to help the Orange County Food Bank fight hunger. In 1994, the workers collected 18,582 pounds of food and raised $33,903. The company’s Huntington Beach office participated in 20 Volunteer Service Projects, which were coordinated by the company’s Community Help and Involvement Program.
Pest Control Worker Helps at Group Home
Who: Jose Enriquez, vice chairman of the Orange County division of Pest Control Operators of California
Contribution: He donated services valued at $1,400 to the group Help for Brain Injured Children. He made repairs to the group’s home and fumigated it. City officials recently commended Enriquez for his volunteer work.
Latino Health Access Wins $10,404 Grant
Who: Food For All, a national nonprofit organization
Contribution: The group has awarded a $10,404 grant to the Santa Ana-based Latino Health Access. The grant will be used to help meet nutritional needs of 500 people affected with diabetes and their families. Food For All raises its grant money from grocery shoppers, who buy Food For All donation cards. The organization this year gave out more than $150,000 in grants to 46 community-based hunger programs in Southern California.
Anti-Family Abuse Center Seeks Helpers
Laura’s House, a resource center for families threatened by domestic violence, needs volunteers to help answer telephones and do light office work, such as addressing and filling envelopes. Laura’s House refers women and families to shelters, and offers counseling, among other services. If interested in working as a volunteer, call Argi Cupples at (714) 361-3775.
Training Planned for Aiding Seniors
Volunteers are needed to participate in the Volunteer Counselor Certification Program offered by the city, the Seniors’ Outreach Center and Huntington Beach Union High School Adult Education Program. Sessions will be 9 a.m. to noon on 10 consecutive Tuesdays, starting Feb. 7. Volunteers will develop communication and counseling skills, along with a greater understanding of the special needs of older adults. Each session includes topics of interest to isolated senior citizens, such as the death of a spouse, difficulties communicating with adult children, adjusting to new living situations and dealing with depression. There is no fee. For information, call the Seniors’ Outreach Center at (714) 960-2478.
--COMPILED BY LYNN FRANEY, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY MIMI KO, JEFF BEAN AND DEBRA CANO