Hiking, Helping, and Hoorahs! – California Community Service

To Family and Friends of California Community Service CA6,

What a weekend it has been! When we last left off, we had begun our work at the Ronald McDonald House, so as a nice break from the hard work, the group visited a water park on Saturday! Chaz (Chase) immediately realized it was the same water park the movie “Norbit” was filmed, which was only the first surprise. He and Zack caught yet another California celebrity sighting; James Harden of the NBA’s Houston Rockets! Everyone found something that suited their interests, whether it be lounging in the lazy river, or zooming down slides like Big Ang (Angelina), Sassidy (Cassidy), and Meredith ventured out to do.

Sunday included an ascent to Bear Lake, located amidst the California mountains. The group hiked to the very top of a nearby mountain and took some awesome photos. But it was actually the trek up and down the hill that provided us with the biggest laughs! Whether it be in Converse Shoes (Talia) or gymnast Livi, we all made it back safe and sound with great views and memories.ca6 bear lake

Today, we finished up our community service at Ronald McDonald House (RMH), as the group prepared a spaghetti and meatballs lunch for the residents and actually managed to complete every single task assigned to us for the duration of our stay (it was quite a long checklist)! We participated in a trivia game at the end and the winning team came home with some tokens of appreciation provided by the Directors at RMH.

Perhaps the most exciting of all was the Colour Wars team competition that took place over these few days. We had Team Black (Meredith, Angelina, Katie, Chase, Talia, Paul, Victoria) face off against Team Red (Livi, Merri, Zack, Daniel, Cassidy, Matt, Sloane) in a series of challenges that tested their wit and teamwork. Despite Daniel winning the award for creativity in the final round, Team Black came home with the victory! Events included the Trade-Up Game, Spud, Water Volleyball, and Capture the Flag.

Tomorrow CA6 embarks on our trip to San Diego! We’ll be writing about our experiences in the next few days so stay tuned!

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Competitive Flair For Service! – California Community Service

Hello again Family and Friends of California Community Service CA6!

Since our last update, CA6 has gone on to work with two new community service partners! We spent some time getting to know the Village of Hope at the OC Rescue Mission, and meeting some of the wonderful people that help to help the homeless and hungry. While running a two-day food drive at three different stores, we decided to give our work a competitive flair. A well-deserved shout-out goes to Katie for being a great team player during the food drive. The team that raised the most food for the Rescue Mission consisted of Sloane, Mederith, Zack, Dylan, and Daniel. But in the end, we were all winners, as CA6 worked hard to raise a grand total of 1,979 pounds of food for those in need.

After a few days of hard work, we got to enjoy two of California’s must-see’s; Diddy Reese ice cream parlour, and Universal Studios. At Universal, everyone went on a studio tour where the group saw the actual filming sites of many famous TV shows and movies, as well as a 360/3D King Kong visual spectacle! Later, the fierce team that is Angelina, Talia, Merri, Meredith, Zack, Chase, Cassidy, and Victoria went on every ride that they could. The favorite was the “Jurassic Park” water ride that left the group laughing and soaked! Paul, Livi, and Sloane prefered the spooky Haunted House where the group was laughing and running the whole way through the creepy passages.

Our next service partner is the Ronald McDonald House of Loma Linda, California. We just finished our second day there, where we cleaned up the indoor and outdoor premises. Matt, Dylan, and Daniel’s group even got to host a barbeque and games day for the local children. A group of us also prepared a taco lunch for the residents. We will be taking the weekend off of community service to go to a water park and on a hiking trip. But on Monday we will be back at Ronald McDonald House to finish up our work and say goodbye to the great staff who work to support the families of hospitalized children.

Until next time, CA6 is signing out…

Lauren, Danya, and Alen

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Cookie Decor – California Community Service

Another update from California Community Service: Today was such a wonderful day and something different from that of what we have experienced thus far. Today we ventured out of the city and into the country. As we worked our way to Big Bear Lake, we saw beautiful views from the mountains. The hike was quite […]