We applaud those who put together and participated in the benefit
for Joey Masella.
A year ago many people were talking about what they could do for
him and his family. But the attention wore off and it took that year
for someone to come along and revive the interest. On Aug. 22
[seven-degrees] of Sound hosted a show for Joey and raised about
Unfortunately there’s no end to the need for volunteers and
donations -- even with all the charitable events in this most
generous of cities.
Joey’s medical needs will continue for some time and the Masellas
continue to fight to pay for it all. To make donations to the Joey
Masella Fund, call Sande St. John 499-9429 or Sandy Thornton
In case giving to the Masella Fund isn’t satisfying enough for
your generosity gene, fear not, there are many other worthy community
programs in the city. There’s the Cross-cultural Council with its Day
Worker Center and the La Playa Center offering English as a second
language classes with free child care. Anyone who wants to volunteer
to help with the program can call Sally Rapuano at 494-8618.
Even Start provides pre-school for low-income families.
Kindergarten teachers can usually tell which kids have gone to
pre-school -- yes, some kids just have great home-schooling type
parents who give them the necessary edge. But pre-school typically
makes a difference in a child’s behavior and ability in his or her
first year of school, which can make a difference to the quality of
education for the whole class. To give to that program, call Terry
Anne Barman at 376-7113.
The Benevolence Fund, which recently raised more than $12,000 at a
fund-raiser at the Sawdust Art festival, helps Laguna artists who
need medical assistance. To make donations, write to the Sawdust
Festival, attn: Benevolence Fund, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna
The Community Service Program Youth Shelter provides a safe place
for teens who are having trouble at home. The home provides a place
for them to “take a break.” The shelter needs clothes and lots of
food -- they are growing teenagers after all. To help, call Carol
Carlson at 494-4311.
There’s also the Friendship Shelter, a rehabilitation shelter for
the homeless. They need towels, toiletries, food and money, call
494-6929. The animal shelter’s number is 497-3552.
The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach is trying to rebuild its
center, which is pretty much in need of a complete overhaul. To help
the club, call Kim Maxwell at 494-2535.
If none of these groups pique your interest there are plenty more
in the city who could use your help. This is just a taste of what the
city has to offer to those looking for a good cause. Have at it.