Rocking and Rolling with Ronald McDonald House – California Community Service

We are in the home stretch, doing community service and enjoying the California sun into our last week. We had a great visit to Skyhigh Trampoline park where Allie and Daniel showed off their skills doing flips into the foam pit, and they made it seem like the hardest part was getting back out of the foam to do it more than once! Getting sweaty while bouncing on a trampoline followed by a good night’s sleep allowed us to spring into action for the week ahead.
The next day we headed out to San Dimas to visit Raging Waters waterpark.  Jessica and Ludovica made sure to hit all the best slides, and stayed cool as they made their way around the park. While some of us were a little too nervous to get out on the slides (Trip Director Aryn), our thrill seekers of Shira, Rachel, and Allie had some fun on the “Drop Out” slide — it’s name indicates just what happens on the ride that goes straight down. It also happened to be national ice cream day, so we made sure to get some cold treats to beat the heat!
Monday marked the start to our final service project at the Ronald McDonald house in Long Beach. For 3 days we cooked some delicious lunches including Mac and Cheese, pancakes, and grilled cheese for the 23 families who are currently residing at the home. Many of us baked some tasty desserts too, but Erika and Maddie really shone with their “brookie” recipe. Monica’s salad making skills were in a league of their own, and she made enough for many to enjoy! Some students got to connect with some of the kids at the house helping them with some crafts like pipe cleaner statues and foam door tags, but Halle really found her type of project when she helped to create Ronald McDonald House folders for distribution. Another aspect of the service project was some cleaning and organizing of the house to keep it looking so nice for the guests and visitors, and both Danny and Nina tackled this task with those terrific smiles on their faces. Our debriefs at night included thoughts about breaking tasks into smaller more manageable chunks, and the final conversation with the group was fantastic as we reflected on the role of community service in our lives and in the world.
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With our final service project behind us, we’ve only got a few more days at beautiful UCLA, enjoying the campus and great food. We have our second surf lesson today and some of us are so excited they might just jump right out of our wetsuits! Friday we are going to Six Flags for some incredible adrenaline rush roller coasters, followed by our banquet dinner and some closing activities. It is incredible to think about how fast the last week is flying by, but we are all looking forward to the final days together!
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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 […]

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 […]