City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

If you are looking for a great volunteer opportunity this fall please check out our friends Food Forward. At every market, the nonprofit needs three volunteers and a team leader, who coordinates farmers’ donations. It is a daily time commitment of about 2.5 hours. Volunteers are asked to donate their time monthly, so ideally about 16 volunteers are needed to staff each market. For more information you can email

Originally posted on NEWSBREAK LIVE:

A group of volunteers have teamed up with the Torrance Farmers Market to pay-it-forward with fresh produced to the needy.

Non Profit group Harbor Interfaith Services has been picking up enough unsold fresh fruit and produce from the Torrance Farmers Market to feed 40 to 50 people cannot afford to feed themselves. Making those donations possible are volunteer “gleaners” from fellow nonprofit group Food Forward, who pick up boxes of unsold produce from farmers at the end of the market at Wilson Park. The produce is then given to Harbor Interfaith, which, in turn, provides it to families in need.

Food Forward is now preparing to expand the program to the Saturday Farmers Market in Torrance beginning Oct. 18 and in Calabasas starting Nov. 8.

The group already recovers food from seven Los Angeles County farmers markets on Saturdays and four on weekdays.

Food Forward is looking for more volunteers to…

View original 68 more words

City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

Come out this Saturday, September 20th for Coastal Cleanup Day at Torrance beach!

Originally posted on NEWSBREAK LIVE:

Volunteers are getting ready to roll up their sleeves and help clean up the local beaches in the upcoming Coastal Cleanup Day.

Considered one of the world’s largest single days of volunteering, Coastal Cleanup Day is expected to see about 15,000 people across Los Angeles County join other environmental groups and various organizations to fill bags with trash. Volunteers from all ages will scour Torrance Beach this Saturday. It is one of 50 clean-up sites Heal the Bay will oversee.

Since Heal the Bay began participating 25 years ago, representatives said more than 200,000 volunteers have shown up across Los Angeles County, collecting enough trash to fill two commercial airliners. Some of the most common items collected are cigarette butts, food wrappers and plastic bottles and caps.

You can join the event happening at Torrance beach on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. until noon. For more information, call (310)…

View original 1 more word

City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

We offer a huge round of applause to our friends at the Volunteer Center for their great work organizing “Operation Teddy Bear!”

Originally posted on NEWSBREAK LIVE:

A local organization helped pack and deliver 5,600 back packs across South Bay’s first graders who are in need of a little helping hand.

“Operation Teddy Bear” is a literacy program that helps 5,600 disadvantaged first-graders by providing them with backpacks full of supplies they might not get otherwise.

The program is funded entirely by donations from corporations, foundations and individuals. Each backpack includes items such as reading books, flash cards, pencils, coloring books and crayons, a toothbrush and, of course, a teddy bear.

Additional supplies are given to teachers to use in the classrooms.

Organized locally with the Volunteer Center, many Torrance and South Bay businesses and clubs donated their time to help pack the backpacks.

View original

City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

Here’s a great opportunity to give back by donating food and pet care items for abandoned animals housed at spcaLA.

Originally posted on NEWSBREAK LIVE:

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or SPCA and their Los Angeles chapter have partnered with PetSmart to collect food and pet care items for abandoned and abused animals housed at spcaLA.

This past weekend, the PetsSmart at 3855 Sepulveda Blvd. in Torrance was one of nine locations to participate in the PetSmart Give Back Initiative. Some shoppers and residents dropped off items. Others purchased items on-site to donate.

Donated items included and canned foods, treats and durable dog toys.

If you missed this collection and would like to donate you can find a list of items needed. Go to

View original

City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

Please help our wonderful volunteers with the Torrance Rose Float Association in their fundraising efforts to enter the upcoming Tournament of Roses Parade.

Visit Lazy Dog Cafe in Torrance tomorrow, September 11 from 11 a.m. to midnight! 15% of total sales will be donated to help continue this Torrance tradition.

Originally posted on NEWSBREAK LIVE:

One organization is pulling out all the stops to ensure they continue a long standing Torrance tradition.

The Torrance Rose Float Association hosted the first of many fundraisers that are scheduled this month in an effort to raise enough money to enter the upcoming Tournament of Roses Parade which takes place on Thursday, January 1, 2015.

This year’s float will honor the late Louis Zamperini.

In July, the organization announced one of the major sponsors was pulling their donation resulting in financial uncertainty for the float. Board members held a fundraiser at Palos Verdes Bowl over the weekend, with half of the ticket proceeds going to benefit the organization. In addition, organizers were selling baked goods, raffle tickets and rose vials. Volunteers are also adding to the effort to help continue this Torrance tradition.

The deadline to make their first payment is September 15.

Additional fundraisers will take place at…

View original 51 more words

City of Torrance Volunteer Program:

Join Scott Robinson Honda in their back to school collection drive! Through Labor Day all SoCal Honda Dealers are hosting collection drives for school supplies.

Originally posted on NEWSBREAK LIVE:

With kids heading back to school next week, one local business is doing their part to make sure no one misses out on the back to school experience.

Scott Robinson Honda located on Hawthorne and Del Amo Boulevard is hosting a collection drive at their dealership through Labor Day. The dealership plans to fill big blue bins with school supply donations. Residents and community members are invited to join the Guys in Blue’s Random Acts of Helpfulness by dropping off paper, binders, pocket folders, backpacks, rulers, pencils, pencil cases, or other helpful items at their nearest dealer including Scott Robinson Honda in Torrance.

All SoCal Honda Dealers are participating in the Back to School Supply drive helping more than 50 deserving schools.

View original

Originally posted on NEWSBREAK LIVE:

Torrance’s very own Louis Zamperini got a tribute fit for a true hero, more than 3,000 miles away.

A Western New York community where Zamperini was born honored their hometown hero with the installation of a granite monument. Born in 1917 in a city called Olean. The city is located 60 miles Southeast of Buffalo, unveiled the monument located in Olean’s War Veteran’s Park. The 7 ft. tall black granite monument weights about 5,000 lbs. and features images of Zamperini during his Olympic and wartime years along as a 300 word story about his life. Zamperini’s family moved from New York to Torrance when he was only 2 years old.

View original


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.