It’s always a great time to volunteer. Here at the Volunteer Program we are having a blast, having just celebrated National Volunteer Week last week, and now celebrating Earth Day today! Thank you volunteers for all you do for the Torrance community!


The 17th annual volunteer recognition event was an opportunity for the City of Torrance to honor all the volunteers and everyday heroes who help make the community a better place.

It is because of this volunteer effort that the City is able to host a wide variety of programs and services, including the Farmer’s Market, the Bartlett Center for seniors, and the Torrance Art Museum among others.

According to Mayor Patrick J. Furey, the 7,200 volunteers within the City of Torrance have dedicated more than 51,000 hours of volunteer time this year, adding up to more than $1.3 million worth of effort.

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Congratulations to all of the students selected to travel to Kashiwa, Japan as part of the Torrance Sister City Association exchange program! Also a huge thank you goes out to our TSCA volunteers who contribute throughout the year to make these experiences possible!


A group of high school students from Torrance will represent the City in a cultural exchange this summer.

Since 1973, the city of Torrance has enjoyed a relationship with Kashiwa, Japan, through the Sister City Program. The objective of the program is to provide citizens in both countries with an opportunity to discover the similarities and differences of each city, and to promote international friendship.

One of the activities includes a student cultural exchange program, which was introduced in 1974. Selected students from Torrance will have the opportunity to travel to Kashiwa for three weeks this summer to experience Japanese culture and customs first-hand.

In exchange, Kashiwa students visit Torrance for three weeks to learn more about life in the United States.

Selected students have been chosen from Torrance high schools and will be announced at tonight’s City Council meeting.

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Calling all high school students! Volunteering is always a great way to show community involvement when applying to colleges. Make sure to attend the College Fair at West High School this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and let them know how you’ve made a difference in the City of Torrance.


On Saturday, Feb. 21, the Torrance Unified School District will have their 34th annual College Fair at West High School. The event is open to all students from all the Torrance campuses.

Sponsored by the Torrance Council of PTAs, the District and the PTAs at North, South, Torrance and West high schools, the event offers students assistance as they navigate through the various steps to higher education. The day provides students and parents the opportunity to speak to a variety of representatives from junior colleges to Ivy League universities.

The College Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. West High is located at 20401 Victor Street.

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It’s never too early to get engaged in local government and your community, and Students in Government Day is a great way to do so! We highly encourage any and all eighth grade students to apply to this amazing program.


The City’s popular Students & Government Day program is back, encouraging youth participation in community affairs.

Eighth graders interested in applying this year are asked to submit a 100- to 150-word essay on the question: The 26th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants U.S. citizens who are 18 years of age or older the right to vote. What can you do now and in the next few years until you are 18 to prepare yourself to be a well-informed voter and how will this preparation help your decision making? 

Information and forms are available at local schools and online at The deadline for application is Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Selected students will invited to take part in various activities including shadowing the Mayor, members of the City Council, and executive staff in their jobs. Students then act in those roles they shadowed. Participants will open a regularly…

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Thanks for your volunteer efforts and community involvement Saatchi & Saatchi!


One Torrance-based advertising agency is taking volunteering to another level, encouraging the company at large to do good for others.

Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles will close ts office Thursday, Nov. 6 for a “Saatchi Good Day”, allowing staff to volunteer at multiple charities and make a difference in the local and surrounding communities in the Los Angeles area.

Different from other corporate volunteer program models that typically focus on one specific cause, Saatchi Los Angeles staff breaks into smaller groups to work with different organizations in the surrounding communities. Non-profit organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Surfrider Foundation, Children’s Institute, Los Angeles Food Bank, and the Union Rescue Mission are just a few of the charities that are participating in this year’s event.

Saatchi Good Day originated in the early 1990’s when small volunteering gestures led to the development of the Saatchi Community Involvement Team, an extensive strategic philanthropy…

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Thanks Helpful Honda People!


The Helpful Honda Guys in Blue were out in full-force this past weekend.

Helping to kick off the Halloween festivities, nearly 100 families were surprised with free pumpkins at the local Cottone and Sons Pumpkin Patch just outside of Del Amo Fashion Center. The helpful team even offered to carry these heavy pumpkins out to customers’ cars. In addition to the free pumpkins, kids also received complimentary glow-in-the-dark trick or treat pails.

Beyond buying out 24 pumpkin patches across Southern California, the Guys in Blue were also bringing Halloween to children in local hospitals by surprising them with pumpkins for decorating, complimentary costumes, and Halloween decorations. The free events will continue through this weekend with event details available on

Be sure to ‘Like’ them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @Helpful Honda to find out where Random Acts of Helpfulness will take place next.

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Here’s a great option for some Halloween fun for the whole family on Friday!


On Friday, gather up the kids and head over to the Wilson Park for the City’s annual Halloween carnival.

There will be games, music, a costume parade, and many more activities offered between 4 and 8 p.m. as an alternative for those not trick or treating. Then at 6:45 p.m., there will be a special showing of the animated film “Hotel Transylvania.”

Wilson Park is located at 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard between Carson Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.

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