I joined the Pomona Beautification Day 2018 event. We worked on the Renacimiento Community Center Garden Project as well as built bookcases and additional resources for the community to use. The Garden project was the best part of the event for me because I learned so much about the proper way to plant fruits and vegetables. We built 2 garden boxes from hammering the redwood to the actual planting of the seeds and plants. The lunch event was also a fun experience as I got to network with others from the community. The event itself left me curious to reach out to my own city within Pico Rivera to find out if they have an event like this for my community.
I went to the Pomona Day Labor center to volunteer for the day. Javier had me enter employee names into the system from Jan-April. I was able to ask him a few questions about what the site does for the workers and how they distribute the jobs. It was a great experience because it made me appreciate what I had. I began to notice the consistent men who arrived early and out of the average 25 men only 3-4 would get small jobs for a few hours. When I returned to work I debriefed with my team and spoke about my experience at the center in hope that they also volunteer their time at the center. It was a gratifying experience.
The event for Fernando Pedraza was a great experience. We were able to hear about the efforts currently affecting the community. It was nice to see that Fernando's family was continuing to embrace his memory and legacy. I was able to share his struggle and bring awareness to those at my site in the phone bank. They were interested in learning more and obtaining more information on how they could volunteer to help. I will be providing the site more information after I complete some hours at the Pomona Center.
Obtained response/update from Daniela to focus on donating desserts: sweet bread or donuts for May 5th contribution. Met with Diversity committee to update them on the plan and discussed returning materials that was previously purchased. Contacted HR to discuss an off cycle fundraiser event to raise money to purchase the desserts. Obtained site managers approval and conducted brainstorming for the site activity. Edited site communication to reflect the update and obtained site coordinators approval distribute information in the facility. Event was scheduled for Friday May 4 we will be selling aguas frescas and nachos.
Met with the Diversity team to discuss site event. Educated on what and when we will be delivering supplies. Provided brief overview of Jornalero and how we will support his family on the day of. Discussed the organization of supplies needed for budget. Met with site manager for supply budget.