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Giving Back, Paying It Forward

In the social isolation era, service unto others is a precious resource

This summer, with kids out of school and more daylight hours to spare, volunteering at local nonprofits is a way to stay involved and give back to those in need. It can also be a great way to connect with places of worship and strengthen faith within. Volunteering and serving are not only rewarding to others, but it also feels good to be of service and make a positive impact in someone else’s life. 

Giving back can mean different things, not just donating time and physical effort. Nonprofits, such as Isaiah’s Rock, Young Life, and the Let It Be Foundation accept monetary donations or supplies in addition to or instead of service hours. 

Featured here are three local non-profits that you can begin your volunteer journey with, each with its own purpose, values, and outreach opportunities here in Chino Valley. Find one that fits best for you or your loved ones. 

This Christian fellowship, founded by the King family, is a cornerstone of the community, providing volunteer opportunities for all ages. Their message is built on caring for one another and helping others facing hardships. They provide homeless services, hunger relief, and holiday volunteering with food and toy drives. Their commitment to showing God’s love through service is no secret- ISAIAH'S ROCK was awarded 2022 California Non-Profit of the Year. 

YOUNG LIFE is a ministry geared towards middle school to college students. They have over 30 offices in California, providing mentorship allowing young adults to grow their faith in a service-based environment and in some cases find the only father figure they'll ever know. Young Life values diversity and stewardship for all youth. While Young Life has opportunities like camping retreats for young adults in the ministry, adults can contribute by volunteering with kids or donating to their different outreach programs.

Founded by the Rosen family, the LET IT BE foundation specializes in family care and assistance for loved ones facing life-threatening illnesses. With over 6,000 volunteers, they host multiple fundraising events like concerts, cancer awareness campaigns, and 5k run events providing sibling support and more. The Youth Leadership team is a great way for middle schoolers and high schoolers to be hands-on in their community, making this an incredible volunteering option for the entire family. 


 

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