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Community Volunteers

Debbie Medrano Is Passionate About Ending the Fight Against Student Hunger
4 months ago

Debbie Medrano Is Passionate About Ending the Fight Against Student Hunger

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Feeding Hungry Kids

Recent studies show a critical link between sufficient nutrition and a young student’s academic success. According to San Diego Food Bank, hungry kids have trouble concentrating and …
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Naomi Stein Shares Her Landscape Expertise and Love for the Natural World
6 months ago

Naomi Stein Shares Her Landscape Expertise and Love for the Natural World

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The Power of Plants

For Naomi Stein, what grows at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens (AVBG) is a work of her creative expertise, profound loss, and a deep connection to nature. …
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George Tsoris Shares Poetry With Youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista
8 months ago

George Tsoris Shares Poetry With Youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista

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The Power of Poetry

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, a young George Tsoris was a member of the Milwaukee Boys Club (the Boys & Girls Club did not …
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Theater and Music Lover Doris Teich Gives Back to the Local Arts Scene
10 months ago

Theater and Music Lover Doris Teich Gives Back to the Local Arts Scene

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Ushering for the Arts

Though Doris Teich hails from the East Coast and raised her three children in Elizabeth, NJ, it was after visiting a friend in Encinitas in 1979 …
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Camryn Martin Serves Local Students to Ensure They Don’t Go Hungry
1 year ago

Camryn Martin Serves Local Students to Ensure They Don’t Go Hungry

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A Heart for Helping

Camryn Martin first heard about the food pantry for students from a program at Madison Middle School. With the help of her family and Vista Teen …
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Dave Nichols Appreciates the Hidden Gem of Alta Vista Botanical Gardens
2 years ago

Dave Nichols Appreciates the Hidden Gem of Alta Vista Botanical Gardens

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Lifelong Love for the Outdoors

It was his mother’s love for the gardens that originally drew Dave Nichols to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. “It must have rubbed off on …
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Shirley Ehrhardt Delivers Meals and Much More
2 years ago

Shirley Ehrhardt Delivers Meals and Much More

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Helping the Homebound

Every Monday, Shirley Ehrhardt can be found driving her route around 92081. She makes eight to 10 stops each week delivering food to those in need. As …
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Vista Volunteer Kathleen Garcia Helps Make Wishes Come True
2 years ago

Vista Volunteer Kathleen Garcia Helps Make Wishes Come True

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Giving Big

Kathleen Garcia’s first experience with Vista’s Big Give (VBG) started way back in the fifth grade when her class made gift baskets filled with homemade blankets and toys …
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Susan Rhodes Makes it Her Mission to Give Dogs a Second Chance at Life
2 years ago

Susan Rhodes Makes it Her Mission to Give Dogs a Second Chance at Life

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Kira’s Legacy

For Susan Rhodes, family is everything – including all the dogs that come her way. “I consider each and every one of them to be a part of …
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School Supporter
2 years ago

School Supporter

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Carrie Smith Feels Strongly About Contributing to the School Community

With the nonstop chatter about constant budget cuts and problematic academic standards in schools, it’s easy to sit back and …
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