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Community Volunteers

Selena Pankretz Fills a Need for Art Education in Poway
2 months ago

Selena Pankretz Fills a Need for Art Education in Poway

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The Picture of Hope

“When my oldest child started school,” said Valley Elementary School volunteer Selena Pankretz, “I realized there was no formal art program.” She immediately volunteered to …
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Andy Achterkirchen Volunteers His Time, Talent, and Treasure to Educating Underserved Students
4 months ago

Andy Achterkirchen Volunteers His Time, Talent, and Treasure to Educating Underserved Students

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Encouraging Education

Teachers can really be catalysts for students, a fact that hasn’t been lost on Andy Achterkirchen. For 20 years, he’s been volunteering one night per week tutoring …
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Rosalie Myers is a Dedicated Volunteer for the Ride Above Disability Therapeutic Center
2 years ago

Rosalie Myers is a Dedicated Volunteer for the Ride Above Disability Therapeutic Center

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Riding for a Cause

Fifteen-year-old Rosalie Myers’ love for riding horses began at a young age. “I got started with horseback riding because my aunt was a rider,” she …
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Paula Claussen and Project Mercy Give Housing and Hope to Those in Need in Mexico
3 years ago

Paula Claussen and Project Mercy Give Housing and Hope to Those in Need in Mexico

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Building Hope

Paula Claussen founded Project Mercy 26 years ago to help devastatingly poor families living along the border in Mexico. Project Mercy is now a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that …
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Former Eagle Scout Ben Neill Is Passionate About Giving Back to the Boy Scouts of America
3 years ago

Former Eagle Scout Ben Neill Is Passionate About Giving Back to the Boy Scouts of America

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A Scout’s Honor

Ben Neill’s connection to the Boy Scouts goes back a long way. Like his father, his two brothers and four cousins, Ben was a Boy Scout during …
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Bob Beavers Enjoys Serving Poway’s Special Needs Community
4 years ago

Bob Beavers Enjoys Serving Poway’s Special Needs Community

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Supporting Special Needs

Bob Beavers moved his family to Poway in 1999 from Santa Maria and confidently admitted, “I have never regretted that decision!” Now he, his wife, and their …
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Kirsten Loy’s Volunteerism Centers on Youth and Education
4 years ago

Kirsten Loy’s Volunteerism Centers on Youth and Education

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Consider It Joy

The Loy family has a large backyard – all the better for hosting Young Life Club on Monday evenings. “All my passion is for teens to be …
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Bridgett Brown Does Her Part to Help Rady Children’s Hospital
4 years ago

Bridgett Brown Does Her Part to Help Rady Children’s Hospital

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Devoted to Children

Bridgett Brown may be retired from her long career as a sixth grade teacher at Twin Peaks Middle School, but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing …
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Blair Evens Donates His Time Towards Great Local Causes
5 years ago

Blair Evens Donates His Time Towards Great Local Causes

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Benefiting Poway

Upon his retirement from the Air Force after 20 years of service, Blair Evens accepted a position as programs manager for Poway-based aerospace/defense manufacturer Rockwell Collins. Now, five …
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Steve Jewett Suggests, “What if Everyone Picked up Just One Piece of Litter?”
5 years ago

Steve Jewett Suggests, “What if Everyone Picked up Just One Piece of Litter?”

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Clean Trails

Steve Jewett hikes Iron Mountain at least every other week. Mt. Woodson with its overhanging Potato Chip Rock is also a go-to. Steve began to see trash in …
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