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Touching Hearts and Opening Minds

Over $100k Raised at Heart to Heart Gala

Thank you for answering the call to help us raise urgently needed funds at Heart to Heart 2024! We are happy to report over $100,000 was raised to support all of our programs.

A special thank you to our gala chair Brenda K. Williams, Dianne Bozler (Immediate Past Chair), and Sandy Montalvo (Vice President) along with our special honoree Jean Adelsman and all of our volunteers and attendees for making this night a huge success!

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We know this is a busy time of the year. If you were unable to attend but want to support our efforts, please consider making a financial gift and designate "Heart to Heart" before June 30th.

Congratulations Impact Maker Graduates

Congratulations to our Spring 2024 Impact Makers cohort for completing the 12-week program. These amazing students, representing 8 different schools, took part in our program focusing on Identity Development, Leadership Skills, Community Awareness, and Wellness Support Resources. Furthermore, they applied what they learned by volunteering with various local nonprofits, contributing over 350 volunteer hours!

Read Our Spring Impact Report

Join our Summer 2024 Cohort

Impact Makers is a unique program to help youth gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. In a condensed 8 week summer cohort, participants learn about the issues facing our local community and the support resources that are in place to help address them. 

Students receive a service learning certificate to supplement their college applications and resumes!

Learn More: volcenter.org/Impactmakers

Summer cohort will begin June 26, 2024

Online Application

Community Leadership

Our CEO, Josh Gezahegn was honored to participate in the Executive Leadership Long Beach series this May to learn more about the needs of the Long Beach community and connect with city leaders across sectors. We are excited to expand our service in our Long Beach branch beginning this fall.

We were also honored to host Leadership Torrance in their final activity of Non-Profit Day at our Torrance center. Congratulations to our board member Sacha Ohara and long-time volunteer Bob Hagel for completing Leadership Torrance 2024!

These programs offer an amazing opportunity for collaboration and community impact, working together to empower leaders in Torrance and Long Beach.

Together, We're Feeding Our Community!

In-kind food donations delivered from April 1, 2024 - May 31, 2024

Donations can be dropped off any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For after-hour donations, please schedule a time with Jon Phelps at jon@volcenter.org.

Affinity Group - 262 meals

Anonymous - 894 meals

Bank of America - 916 meals

Carolyn Pohlner/Affinity - 62 meals

Carson Lions Club - 369 meals

Elsa Camacho /Torrance Refining Company - 93 meals

Fern Ruiz - 42 meals

Gajanan Maharaj America Devotees Parivar - 1,019 meals

Heather Myrick - 70 meals

Journey of Faith - 10,122 meals

Meg Greenwood - 69 meals

National Charity League, South Bay Chapter - 314 meals

Phelps Family - 110 meals

Relay For Life - 534 meals

Sandpipers - 64 meals

South Bay Food Initiative Manhattan Beach - 447 meals

South Bay Food Initiative Palos Verdes - 3,679 meals

Sue Golden, Judy Golden, & JoAnn Frisch - 285 meals

Temple Menorah - 65 meals

Torrance Woman's Club - 144 meals

United States Postal Service - 976 meals

Total Meals Donated - 20,534

Thank You Journey of Faith!

One of our biggest FFK partners, Journey of Faith church continues to put their faith and empathy into action by feeding the community! Their team collected and delivered over 4,420 lbs. of food (10,122 meals) to feed children and families throughout the South Bay community.

Featured Volunteering Opportunity

Plant the Future at South Coast Botanic Garden

Volunteers Aged 15 and up can support SCBG connecting all to the wonders of nature. Through outreach and horticulture, volunteers can help create wonderful experiences for visitors that inspire stewardship and sustainability. Specific areas include:

  • Hort Support
  • Green Team
  • Discover Station
  • Dog Walking
  • Special Events

Learn More Here

Thank You to Our Loving Hearts Donors:

The following supporters have given $1000 or more since July 2023


Jean Adelsman

Eric & Christine Alegria

Charles & Karen Arbuckle

Pauline Beecroft

Janet Baszile

Dianne & Hans Bozler

Anne & Ray Destable

Harvey Eastman

Bob Gold

Robert Hall

The Holt Family

Jane & Jim Isomoto

Laura & Juris Kauls

Lea Ann King

Patricia Kromka

Congressman Ted Lieu

& Hon. Betty Lieu

Connie Robinson

Fern Ruiz

Steve Yeager & Samuel Sampson

Maureen Vague & Richard Tovo

Kay Wardell

Dr. Vernon & Brenda M. Williams

Thank You to Our Loyal Hearts Donors:

The following supporters make an automatic donation every month to support our programs


in honor of all the children and families

Jean Adelsman

Barbazette Family Trust

Pauline Beecroft

Denise & Vince Beggs

Dianne & Hans Bozler

in loving memory of our nephew

Colin Tyler Arbuckle

Anne & Ray Destabelle

in honor of Dianne and Hans Bozler

Heather & Kevin Goyan

Sue Herbers

The Holt Family

Jane & Jim Isomoto

Mildred Jones

Laura Kauls

Susan Kettel

in honor of Richard Kettel

Ellen and Bob Kircher

Sherry Kramer

in honor of Lilyanna Kramer

Trish Krusee

in honor of Adam Heath

Cari Lesser

Sue Munson

Pamela Popovich

Liz Reinhardt

Susan Rubio

Fern Ruiz

Steve Yeager & Samuel Sampson

Thank You to Our Major Corporate and Foundation Grantors:

(Gifts Made in Support of July 2023 - May 2024 Programs)

For 60 years, the Volunteer Center has been a vital and trusted partner mobilizing support for those in need throughout the South Bay, Harbor, and Long Beach communities. Our approach and programs have evolved as times have changed, but our focus on deeply rooted relationships and a spirit of cooperation has never wavered. We are still here today because of partners like you who volunteer with your time, in-kind, and monetary donations.

To learn more about our programs and impact, visit volcenter.org

The Volunteer Center South Bay/Harbor/Long Beach
310-212-5009 | 1230 Cravens Avenue Torrance, CA 90501 | www.volcenter.org
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