Video Production for AbilityFirst

AbilityFirst ( Intro has served people with disabilities for over 85 years. In the 21st century, it’s important for nonprofits to tell their story with videos, but few nonprofits have the money to hire a production company. JRP has recently placed volunteer Daniel ( with AbilityFirst to create several short videos highlighting clients in their diverse programs. Stay tuned to see Daniel’s videos (and have the tissues handy, as AbilityFirst’s clients’ stories are so heart-warming!)

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Marketing for Santa Anita Family Services

Computer VolunteerDespite serving thousands of needy San Gabriel Valley residents, Santa Anita Family Service ( has never had a regular newsletter to their many supporters. They provide comprehensive services for babies to seniors, including counseling, academic support, and job training – basically everything that a low-income person might need to improve their quality of life. But where does their small fundraising department find the time to set up an eblast service, develop a mailing list and start using it to tell their clients’ success stories?

JRP to the rescue: we have recently placed volunteer Tim, who has a background in technical support and digital media, to help SAFS staff get their service set up in the most efficient way. Although this is an easy project for Tim, the long-term effects on SAFS may be substantial: getting the word out will help them increase donations long-term, and inspire their clients to even more successes. Thanks to Tim for sharing his expertise!

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Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration

HalloweenBring the whole family to Old Pasadena for a frightfully good time with free Halloween fun all month long. In preparation for All Hallows’ Eve, get started by dressing-up for a photo booth party on Saturday, October 12, then come back on Saturday, October 25, to decorate your own jack-o-lantern, and on Sunday, October 26, be sure to bring your primped pup and join the doggy costume parade.  Then, for the main event, on Friday, October 31, put on your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat at more than 100 participating businesses in Old Pasadena. Kids will meet and greet their favorite movie characters along Colorado Boulevard. In One Colorado’s courtyard, families can commemorate the evening with a free “haunted” photo, and end the evening watching a classic stop-animation monster romp on the outdoor screen!

Sunday Funday – Craft & Snap Photo Booth Party: Sunday, October 12, 1:00 – 4:00pm, One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley – (626) 564-1066

Bring your pals to the Sunday Funday “Craft & Snap Photo Booth Party” for some silly fun!  Craft your own or choose from provided props, and then hop into the Magbooth to immortalize the moment. Refreshments will be served, and a DJ will be spinning to set the mood.  MAC, Sephora, and Origins are offering a little beauty lift just for the Photo Booth Party gang.

One Colorado’s Annual Pumpkin Decorating: Saturday, October 25, 10:00am – 12:00pm, One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley – (626) 564-1066

Get busy with glue sticks and (washable) markers creating your own Great Pumpkin. Pumpkins are provided on a first-come first-served basis; all creations go home with their creators.

Growl-o-ween at The Dog Bakery: Sunday, October 26, 9:00am – 12:00pm, The Dog Bakery, 36 W. Colorado Blvd., Suite 3 (on Mills Place) – (626) 440-0443

Bring your pooch dressed to impress for a doggy Growl-o-ween parade around Old Pasadena, followed by a costume contest with prizes for the winners!  The costume contest categories include: Best Large Dog Costume, Best Small Dog Costume, and Best Duo Costume.

Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration Trick-or-Treating: Friday, October 31 – 5:00 – 8:00pm, Participating businesses throughout Old Pasadena

On Halloween, more than 100 stores and restaurants in Old Pasadena open their doors to all the costumed visitors for free store-to-store trick-or-treating. The Dog Bakery is giving out treats to furry friends that are in disguise.  Be on the lookout for Old Pasadena ambassador guides handing out fun little Halloween eggs filled with surprises. Kids will have the opportunity to meet and greet various popular costumed characters along Colorado Blvd. Take your dressed-up family and even four-footed friends over to the One Colorado Courtyard for free professional photos against a Halloween-themed background and hundreds of pumpkins.

Halloween Movie Screening of Mad Monster Party?: Friday, October 31, 7:30pm, One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley – (626) 564-1066

This classic 1967 Rankin/Bass romp is a fantastic flashback to stop animation.  Mad Monster Party? features all of the groovy ghoulies – Dracula, Werewolf, Mummy, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein’s Monster, and more! Voices provided by the incomparable Boris Karloff, Phyllis Diller, Ann Margaret, among others.

The Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration is presented by Old Pasadena Management and One Colorado. All activities are free. For more information, the public is invited to visit or call (626) 356-9725. For events specific to One Colorado, please visit or call (626) 564-1066 for details.

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Art & Soul Event – Friends In Deed

HomeFriends In Deed provides important services for homeless and at-risk Pasadeneans, including the Bad Weather Shelter, The Women’s Room, food pantry and homeless prevention services. They will have an event on Sat., Oct. 11, 2:30 – 5 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. Activities will include music, art displays and sale, a hot dog bar, soda tasting, and a silent auction, and tickets are only $20! Call or visit Friends In Deed to buy tickets: 626-797-2402 or 444 E. Washington, Pasadena.

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Human Resources Volunteer Needed

11-9-11 - PUSD Welcome Ctr 5Nonprofit staff are generally caring people who are dedicated to making the world a better place. However, it’s important for nonprofits to have good human resources manuals both to prevent personnel issues and to keep good staff engaged and committed. Jericho Road Pasadena recruits skilled volunteers and places them in defined, capacity-building projects at Pasadena-area nonprofits. We are currently working with a nonprofit with a many part-time staff and contractors. They would like to review and update their HR manual both to ensure compliance with current employments laws, and also to better serve their employees and overall mission. If you have experience in HR and can volunteer to help this organization, we can use your skills! If you can volunteer, please contact the JRP Director at or 626-319-6466.

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Take the Lead in Securing Your Nonprofit’s Future

AlchemyDon’t miss out! Submit your application for Alchemy Leadership Seminar, the Annenberg Foundation’s signature three-day capacity building training. Leadership Seminar addresses fundraising, board effectiveness, public involvement and accountability.
Our free training is now open to nonprofits from Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The sole cost of admission is the attendance of both the Executive Director and the Board Chair during the three days of training.

Annenberg Alchemy produces results: To date more than 85% of Alchemy Leadership Seminar graduates restructured their boards to more effectively compete for financial resources. As a result, 73% of those organizations raised more money (an average increase of $69,724) in the year following their participation in Leadership Seminar.

Click here to see the eligibility requirements for Alchemy.
Click here to view the 2015 Leadership Seminar schedule.
The last day to apply to Leadership Seminar is October 15, 2014.
For more information, please call (213) 403-3030 or email

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Nonprofit Library

I recently checked out a couple of books from the nonprofit section at La Pintoresca branch of the Pasadena Public Library ( They have great resources on all aspects on nonprofit management, which were donated by the Flintridge Center ( I had forgotten how rich the resources are, so the next time you have a question about nonprofits, visit La Pintoresca!

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