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Joyce Ayala '19

" I gained confidence; learned to respect the faithfulness and diversity of the larger church; got to try new things; was given the opportunity to speak my truth; felt trusted; stayed in numerous homes and had countless meals out with families. Summer Service was an important experience that headed me down the path I now follow."

 

Soheila Azizi, Attorney, Advocate and Mediator JD'93

" Every year the youth offer their perspectives on faith, traditions, values, and service to our community and enrich our lies by sharing their energy, enthusiasm for learning, and multifaceted talents, global visions and coherent dimensions."

 

Reverend Susan Boyer, La Verne Church of the Brethren '82

" I gained confidence; learned to respect the faithfulness and diversity of the larger church; got to try new things; was given the opportunity to speak my truth; felt trusted; stayed in numerous homes and had countless meals out with families. Summer Service was an important experience that headed me down the path I now follow."

 

Ashley Dang

"I personally had a lot of character building experiences where I grew spiritually as well as some other personal aspects. I loved the adventures and opportunities that I was able to have this summer."

Gail Heisel MA'88

"My favorite part of both Summers was serving as a counselor for one week; the first year at Camp La Verne and the second year at Camp Peaceful Pines, both Church of Brethren camps."

 

Reba Herder '80

" As a ministry intern I got to stretch my comfort zone and do things I wouldn't have done on my own. I helped refinish the sanctuary pews, I preached my first sermon, and I even played a clown for worship! Of course the best part of Summer Service for me personally was meeting my husband and his family. We just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary. I led his mother's memorial service at the Bakersfield Church of the Brethren this past year and I officiated our nieces wedding there too. Beware of Summer Service workers. Once they integrate into your community they may never leave ."

 

Miguel Ignacio '19

"I loved being able to connect with a diverse group of people all from different locations. I learned hard work through the programs and the work projects designated at the camp and I experienced that camp feeling for the first time. in my life."

 

Kimberly Kabluyen

"The best part of my Summer Service experience was the incredible group of people that I worked alongside everyday. I loved being a part of 2 organizations that strive to make a positive impact in our community."

 

Ofelia Lopez

  "I loved being able to get out of my comfort zone and experience helping others and my community in a whole new level."

Stephany Lopez

"Among meeting the most wonderful people, I got to learn about myself and be able to help others in the process. It could not have been any better of any experience, one that I will always treasure in my heart."

 

Hannah Morales '19

"I loved being a role model figure to the children and gaining relationships with some of them. Sometimes I felt like a kid again when I would play games with them and see how competitive they would get."

 

Catherine Rodriguez '19

This summer Daisy and I were given the amazing opportunity of becoming part of the Baha'i religious community and Inland Valley Hope Partner volunteer group. This opportunity allowed us to grow, learn new perspectives, and view the world from different cultures. Our religious experience this summer revolved around learning how to gain stronger spiritual values through different forms of prayer. These forms included singing, playing music, conversations, and meditation. These forms of prayer truly helped Daisy and me become stronger spiritual women.

However, our volunteer experience did require much more dedication and concentration. Every week, we completed either office or pantry work at the Inland Valley Hope Partners' Ontario warehouse. Our Office work included creating family profiles, translating confidential information, and answering important calls. While, our pantry work included packaging food bags, restocking shelves, and creating hygiene bags. At this nonprofit location, we helped, had meaningful conversations, and practiced our communication skills with many wonderful people that are usually ignored due to backgrounds or current living arrangements. Overall, Daisy and I both ended the summer with a new perspective on life.

Jacqueline Perez Valencia '17

"Having had the opportunity to meet people of a different country and culture was an amazing part of my summer"

 

Emma Saturday '17

"I loved being able to experience other cultures and ways of life while pushing myself outside of my comfort zone."

Dylan Serpas '18

"I loved working on the camp because it placed me out of my comfort zone in so many ways. Working a service job also provided me with an immense amount of respect for those that make a career out of it. Overall it was a fantastic experience that showed not only changed my life but also my world."

 

Jennifer Thai '17

"My summer service experience with Hillcrest's Woods Health Services taught me a lot in the short ten weeks I was there. My own perspective broadened every week."

 

Karla Venegas

  "I loved the kids. All of them had qualities that made my summer super memorable! Some kids were shy, some were loud and out going, some were super sweet, and others were a little mischievous. But at the end of the day, they all had their quirks that made them unique and I loved them all. This experience taught me a lot about responsibility and self-care by serving others. And although I am not a morning person, I would spend another summer waking up to work with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club."

Valarie Pineda

"I really enjoyed working with the campers and being able to enjoy the outdoors."