From Homeless to Poet Laureate

Join PCC to honor Los Angeles’ Official Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez. A community activist and award-winning author, Rodriguez will share his life story – from his impoverished childhood and gang life to his rise as a major figure in contemporary Chicano literature. Monday, May 2, noon, Creveling Lounge, Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. Register at For more information, contact Margaret E. Fernandez at

PoetLaureate Rodriguez

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Customer Service Expert Needed

KidsNonprofits want to treat our customers well, whether they’re a paying customer, client receiving free services, volunteer giving time or donor giving money. We are currently looking for a customer service professional to help a youth & family-oriented nonprofit create a customer service plan and train its employees to serve customers well; we think the project would take about 6 months. If you have customer service experience and have time to volunteer, please contact JRP at or 626-319-6466.

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Be a Leader for Your Community

Women at WorkInterested in learning more about Leadership Pasadena and how to join the next class? The Aaroe Group Pasadena will host a reception for individuals and companies interested in the Leadership Pasadena experience. The reception will be held at John Aaroe Group offices at 42 S Pasadena Avenue near Old Pasadena on Wednesday, April 27, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Free. Refreshments. Applicants do not need to attend an information session to apply for the LP Class of 2017 but may apply at For more information, contact Cindy Bengtson at 818-606-5809 or

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Effective Boards

TLC - Christine-Joyce-Judy 2015-10-06Wonderful volunteers Mitch Dorger and Judy Plunkett taught a 3-hour workshop for active board members of Pasadena-area nonprofits. 41 people from 23 nonprofits enjoyed the presentation. Comments included “I have a much deeper understanding of my role as a board member” and “I wish my whole board could get this info!” You can! JRP has board coaches who will work with your board over several months to implement the best practices that your board needs most. To get a board coach, contact Melanie at or 626-319-6466.

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Finance Project Complete

Many thanks to volunteer Bret for helping the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California move their bookkeeping in-house and make sure that their finances are clear and clean. Well-managed finances help sustain good nonprofits, which in turn help more people, in this case, people with hemophilia and other blood disorders. Thank you for being a wonderful volunteer, Bret!

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Updated Website for Ideal Youth

Ideal YouthIdeal Youth educates students about workforce readiness and entrepreneurship through interactive, hands-on advanced job training and internships. As they got ready for their busy summer internship season, they needed an updated application form for students. This was a fairly simple task for a web developer, but would have taken their volunteer leadership a few hours to do; not only did they save valuable time by having an experienced technical volunteer complete the change, the updated form will help volunteers save time on data entry all summer. Even with small tasks, getting a skilled volunteer can save time, money and energy!

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Our Year in 15 Seconds

Vashup ThumbnailWhat was JRP up to in 2015? You can see a few highlights in 15 seconds at and check out our full annual report at

Many thanks to volunteer Max Rivera ( for designing our lovely annual report and Kevin Flood at Vashup ( for creating the video!

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