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April 20, 1997
Leanore Minghini's long list of good works on behalf of Valley youth and seniors needs to be enhanced to do her justice ("Volunteer Aided Disabled Youth," April 8). In the '60s she helped organize the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Ecology Council, which set up a newspaper recycling bin in Sherman Oaks. She and her husband oversaw its operation and, in fact, maintained it even when newsprint prices fell so low that other collectors closed down. Profits were shared with a wide range of community groups.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Joe Zeccola's classroom at Santee Education Complex is crammed full with 43 desks. When class is in session, students occupy every seat. That's the problem, said Zeccola, who teaches freshman English at the secondary school near downtown Los Angeles. Large classes are not conducive to student success. "Unless you're going to give me rollerskates and amphetamines, I don't know how I'm supposed to reach 43 students and add one-on-one interaction," he said. "It's not possible. When they [students]
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TRAVEL
December 20, 2009 | By Judy Mandell
"Volunteer travel is the best way to become part of the local scene, to give of yourself, to see the benefits of your shared skills and time, and to return home with fond memories," says Sheryl Kayne, author of "Volunteer Vacations Across America" (Countryman Press, 2009). Here are some of her favorite volunteer vacations in the U.S. Heifer Ranch Perryville, Ark. Heifer International works to end world hunger by providing sustainable gifts of livestock and agricultural training to impoverished people around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Charles F. Farthing, a physician who was at the forefront of care for HIV/AIDS patients and who drew attention to the need for an AIDS vaccine by announcing his willingness to inject himself, has died. He was 60. Farthing, who collapsed in a Hong Kong taxi April 5, had a heart attack, family members said in an announcement. Farthing was chief of medicine for the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation from 1994 to 2007. He was planning to return to the foundation in June as director of treatment programs in the 32 countries outside the U.S. where it provides services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1996 | ED BOND
Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND), a social service organization at 13460 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, needs volunteer dental assistants for a newly renovated clinic that opened recently after being closed for six months. Volunteer dentists are also needed to serve half-day shifts once a month. For more information, call Sandra Bihlmeyer at (818) 897-2443.
TRAVEL
December 20, 2009 | By Judy Mandell
When Robert Reid discovered that Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula needed volunteers at its 12-Mile Beach, he raised his hand and became one of the corps of souls who collected visitors' fees and inspected the site, which he describes as paradise. Reid, U.S. travel editor for Lonely Planet guides, thinks volunteering closer to home can be every bit as satisfying as going abroad. "So often we automatically consider volunteering as something to do outside the country," he says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1993
The thrust of the article on the library agency on Feb. 6 should (have been) on the volunteer efforts of Linda Kapala, who has organized this money-raising effort for the library. The library services approved Kapala's efforts. She got the names of the businesses, organized the volunteers to stuff envelopes, has planned this countywide drive and should be so honored. MARJORIE GRATE, Camarillo
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 65-year-old retired physicist and park volunteer with a passion for nature died this week when he tried to board a boat and fell, seriously injuring his head, officials said Thursday. Joe Wysocki began volunteering at Channel Islands National Park in the mid-1990s as a naturalist. Wysocki was "highly valued for his skills as an audio visual technician and camera operator for the park's distance learning program Channel Islands Live," officials said. Wysocki's fall was described as an accident that occurred Wednesday about 3:15 p.m. at Anacapa Island, where "Wysocki fell off the landing dock ladder as he was boarding the National Park Service (NPS)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Atop his chocolate mare JJ, Rene Herrera follows a dirt path from Gabrielino Equestrian Park on the eastern end of Hansen Dam Recreation Area to a nearby creek shaded by cottonwoods. Families with coolers and bags of food have beaten Herrera and two other horse riders there, seeking refuge in the wooded waterside from temperatures in the 90s. While a dozen children splash around in a swimming hole, the adults kick back in hammocks and camp chairs, eating grilled chicken and shooting the breeze.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1995
Dr. Lloyd M. Krieger's Community Essay ("In Defense of the VA Hospitals," Saturday, Sept. 16) is thoughtful and true, but he neglected an integral part of the mechanics that make the [Veterans Administration hospitals] work--the volunteers. He speaks of patients, doctors, students nurses, residents' and therapists but no mention of the hard working, dedicated, loving, generous volunteers. Ask any paid VA staff and they will undoubtedly tell you how invaluable the many volunteers are. My mother, Eunice Blank , was a devoted volunteer at the West L.A. VA hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | Angel Jennings
The Los Angeles River that runs through Andrea Iniguez's Boyle Heights neighborhood looks exactly as it does in the movies, with just a trickle of water, graffiti spray-painted on the concrete walls and no wildlife. But Saturday, the 15-year-old experienced a part of the river that conservationists have been fighting for years to bring back: a majestic channel with ducklings wading in the water, greenery sprouting from the center and water rushing over rocks. "I saw this river and I didn't even know it was the L.A. River," said Andrea, a freshman at Boyle Heights High School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | SANDY BANKS
Wendy Newton's first impulse was to just say no: She wasn't going to volunteer her life-coaching services to women on skid row. She has two young children and a "person-centered branding" business with demanding clients. She didn't want to waste hours in rush-hour traffic, crawling from Beverly Hills to downtown Los Angeles every week. But then she remembered how good it felt when she worked with inner-city teens years before. So she agreed to try skid row. "I thought, 'These are grown women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Dianne de Guzman
The L.A. Marathon was a few weeks ago, but this photo is a beautiful reminder of the teams of volunteers that help make the marathon happen -- and provide much-needed refreshments to the runners along the route. Claudia Eastman regularly cheers on those who are running and brought along her camera to shoot some photos. She caught this photo of a volunteer handing out water, also catching some of the action as the runners frame both sides of the photo. "Each year I walk the block and a half and watch the first hour and a half of the race," wrote Eastman, in an email.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The cloudy morning was brightening, the pavement turning hot. The L.A. Marathon had been on for about four hours, and at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills - roughly the 16-mile mark - dozens of volunteers edged the course, eagerly bopping along with outstretched arms, handing water to passing runners.  A pair of Boy Scouts tossed water onto grateful race participants. A runner leaned her head back and spread her arms, letting the water hit her. A beaming Jordyn Jackson, 13, handed out cups to loping marathoners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Anthony Navarro worked with solemn purpose and a box of tools, stripping the old discarded bicycle of its gear shifts, brakes and chain. He cut his finger, wiped a drop of blood on his pants and kept going. "It helps me with my anger when I'm doing it," said Navarro. "It brings me some kind of inner peace. " On Thanksgiving Day 2011, Navarro's 6-year-old son, Anthony, was riding his bicycle in front of the family's Oxnard home when he was struck by a pickup truck. "The moment I saw him, I knew he was gone," said Navarro, who reeled under the weight of sudden, unbearable loss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
You could try to do it with speeches. You could try to do it with laws. Or you could go grass-roots with glue sticks, markers and red hearts. How do you bring the people of a big city together? Big Sunday prefers the making-friends-while-making-valentines approach. The nonprofit, which aims to build community through service, is best known for one big weekend a year when thousands of volunteers fan out to hundreds of projects. But how to keep all those people feeling part of something bigger than themselves all year long?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1997
Re "Volunteerism: Is It, as the President Says, the True Spirit of America?" Commentary, April 25: So, Andrew Lewis thinks volunteerism is not only "un-American" but "has justified all the tyrannies of history." He points to our Revolution and the "frontiersmen who tamed the West" as proof of our commitment to "independence." Yet for someone who relies so heavily on American history for his argument, he certainly seems unacquainted with it. How did we get our independence? Thirteen colonies joined together voluntarily to create a new nation.
NEWS
June 8, 2006
Re Mark Miller's column "A Passion for Doing Good" [Tell, June 1]: While I'm sorry your relationship with Ann did not work out, I am pleased that your experience volunteering at Project Chicken Soup was a positive and worthwhile one. We also appreciate your complimentary description of your experiences. I am a regular volunteer and member of the board of directors for Los Angeles Jewish AIDS Services. Please feel free to join us for either cooking, delivering or both. For dates and further information, please check out our website, www.projectchickensoup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
The sun was shining and the ice cream was melting so Rene Cerritos didn't waste any time. "Chocolate! Chocolate ice cream just for you!" the 18-year-old hollered. "Who wants some?" On Saturday, the high school senior joined 300 students from 36 high schools in a district-wide volunteer day aimed at helping the homeless. Children were bused in to help at six shelters, from Pacoima to Bell to downtown Los Angeles. They served meals, sorted clothes, called donors, picked up trash and painted a mural.
SPORTS
January 18, 2014 | By David Wharton
With organizers reporting that 30% of tickets remain unsold for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin has told volunteers they might be allowed to fill the empty seats. "Why should places go empty?" Putin was quoted as saying by R-Sport. "It's better that they're filled, and occupied by people who love sport. " Blocks of empty seats could prove embarrassing to Russian officials who hope these Games will boost their country's reputation. Putin delivered his invitation during a visit to the mountain venues at Krasnaya Polyana.
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