Assets In Action: Programs that shape the community

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

 As we look at the category of positive values his month, I thought we could talk about the programs and experiences that help to shape our youth.
Let’s start with the Girl Scouts and their cookie sales that should be wrapping up soon. The Girl Scout program is helping to shape the women of the future through community service and leadership to build courage, confidence and character.
Make sure to stop by your local Smith’s and even on the corner by Warm Heart Yarn, in White Rock. If you don’t want to buy a box for yourself, support the troops, donate a box or two to the firehouse or the police station.
The Naval Jr. ROTC Unit from Los Alamos High School, as well as the baseball team, are both having pasta dinner fundraisers on Thursday night. The JROTC unit will have its at the IMH Catholic Church and the baseball team at the Elks Lodge. Both fundraisers begin at 5:30 p.m.
Their fundraisers offset the cost of travel, hotel stays, entry fees and awards. The programs build character, endurance and a sense of family for their members. The events are even similar in price, just $10.
The Empty Bowls project on Saturday is a program that provides the basic necessities for youth and their families. An added bonus is the fact that many youth of the community have donated time to make the bowls.
The hours donated to a program that extends itself year round will be over in a flash as soup is served up, bread and cookies are baked and funds are raised to help so many.
The Mexico Mission auction on Sunday with a live and silent auction which begins at 2 p.m. at 25252 Canyon Road.
The United Church and the Unitarian Church have blended together to build a bond and several homes along the way.
The work is shared by youth and adults from all walks of life, church folk or not, to benefit those even less fortunate than many can imagine, but may come to know within the next month.
A special kudos to the ladies of the Child Development II class at LAHS, who spent the month of February collecting diapers for those in need. They did a great job and will help families have more money to spend on things like groceries or buying their kids the little extras, that so many take for granted.
Last, but never least, a sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart, for your financial donations to custodian Tony Romero. The LAPS custodian, for the last 34 years, lost his home in a fire in mid January. Since that time, he and his son have been living in a hotel. This weekend they were finally able to move into a new mobile home and begin the process of rebuilding their lives.
Loose change, personal checks and random money just arriving have come together to make someone that serves us constantly, feel like a member of the family, thanks Katie Tauxe, for rallying the troops.

Assets In Action is sponsored by the JJAB and the LACDC.