February 9, 2001

Community Notes


Cal State San Marcos seeks nominations for outstanding North County student community volunteers

For Ricardo Favela, community service is a way of life. The California State University San Marcos senior and visual arts major has been a volunteer tutor since 1997 with Hispanic and Latino children in Fallbrook. Last year, his efforts were recognized at the annual Celebration of Service. "My personal objective is to do community work and be involved," says Favela. The university's Office of Community Service Learning is currently accepting nominations for outstanding student volunteers whose service has made a contribution to the quality of life in North County. Consideration is given to students of all ages. The Celebration of Service" is an invitation-only event scheduled for May 8 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Deadline for nominations is March 5.

Three award levels (Distinguished, Exemplary, and Honorable Mention) will be given in each of six categories:

Students ages 5-9; Students Ages 10-14; Students Ages 15-17; Students ages 18-23; Adults students ages 24 and older; Student Groups.

Nomination forms are available at schools throughout North County, from area libraries, and from the Office of Community Service Learning at California State University San Marcos (760-750-4055). Forms must be completed and returned by Monday, March 5 by mail or by fax to 760-750-3550.


Foundation for Change Seeks Grant Applications

The San Diego Foundation for Change (SDFC) is seeking grant applications from grass-roots organizations working to promote social equality, economic justice, and environmental sustainability. SDFC anticipates distributing more than $50,000 in 2001.

Grant amounts will range from $500-$6,000, with proposals due by 5 p.m., Thursday, march 15. Application guidelines and additional information may be obtained from SDFC's web site at www.foundation4change.org or by contacting SDFC by phone at 619-235-4647 or e-mail to info@foundation4change.org.

Potential applicants will have an opportunity to have their questions answered at a grant writing workshop on Monday, February 19, at the Joyce Beers Community Center (in Hillcrest on Vermont Street just north of University Avenue). From 6:30-7:30 p.m., the workshop will focus specifically on the SDFC application process. A general grant writing skills presentation will follow from 7:45-6:45 p.m. The workshop facilitator will be Kimberly Dark, owner of Current Change Consulting and vice president of the San Diego Foundation for Change. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited, so participants are asked to RSVP to the SDFC office by Wednesday, February 14.


Guidelines and applications for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts Are Now Available

Each year the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (Commission) provides matching funds for over 50 neighborhood street fairs, community cultural festivals and regionally significant sporting events through the Festivals and Celebrations Program.

Eligible applicants must be tax-exempt organizations or have an appropriate tax-exempt fiscal sponsor. Eligible programs must be a community or neighborhood celebration or a regionally significant sporting event within the San Diego city limits that take place between July 1, 2001 and June 30, 2002. Competitive projects must provide access to the widest public possible, while broadening an understanding and appreciation of our heritage and culture.

Guidelines and applications can be obtained by calling (619) 533-3042. They are also available on the City of San Diego's website www.sannet.gov/artsculture. The application deadline is Monday, February 26, 2001.

The Commission's purpose, through the Festivals and Celebrations Program contract for services, is to enable the delivery of quality arts and cultural programs and services, which enrich the quality of life of San Diego neighborhoods.


City of San Diego Now Registering at-Risk Youth For Lifeguard Training Program

The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department is now registering for the Spring Aquatic Vocational Educational, or SAVE Program. The SAVE Program is an intensive six week lifeguard training and job preparation course for at risk youth ages 15 and up from low income and minority households. Through the program participants can earn American Red Cross lifeguard certifications at an affordable price.

On Saturday, March 3, 2001 at noon tryout sessions will take place at the City Heights Swim Center on 4380 Landis Street and at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Swimming Pool on 6401 Skyline Drive.

Tryout sessions will include the successful demonstration of swimming endurance skills as well as a written questionnaire for applicants to explain why they want to participate in the SAVE Program.

The registration fee is $75.00, with scholarships for up to $65.00 available for those who qualify. To register call the Swim Hotline at (619) 685-1322 extension 8.

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