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Healthy Jurupa Valley meeting: Monthly meeting open to all residents that would like to be informed about specific monthly topics, listen to speakers and be engaged with their fellow community members.

Meeting: 2/06/2018

                Healthy Jurupa Valley meetings are filled with great knowledge from what great guest speakers deliver as well as community event updates and announcements. This meeting consisted of speakers from United Way and Huerta Del Valle, who discussed the importance of being united to live a healthy and better lifestyle.

 Anthony Richardson from United Way of the Inland Valleys spoke about how his organization envisions a world where all individuals achieve their human potential through education, financial stability, and housing. With the union of community members and United Way, there are various opportunities to make its vision a reality. Programs offered through United Way are, born learning, FIT, and early grade literacy, in which they strive to meet community challenges by educating them in the most effective way with an intelligent, measured approach - assessing the problems, researching the solutions and evaluating the results.

Huerta Del Valle has partnered with Healthy Jurupa Valley to plant community gardens throughout our city to give residents opportunities to plant their own plants and increase healthy food access. With joint efforts, Huerta Del Valle is working on their first community garden in Jurupa Valley, where they are offering residents the opportunity to plant their own plot as well as buy fresh fruits and vegetables if they do not wish to plant. There will also be a CSA opportunity where residents can pay weekly to receive a box full of fresh fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis.  The vision of this partnership with Huerta Del Valle is to see progress in the first garden and continue to plant more throughout the city. As this project is coming together, all resident suggestions and opinions are being taken into high consideration. Join Huerta Del Valle staff at their weekly meetings at Glen Avon Heritage Park every Saturday starting at noon, where all your questions and suggestions can be discussed upon. The overall goal is for this garden to benefit our residents by educating them and engaging them into community involvement. 

Meeting: 11/07/017

In honor of Veteran’s Day, November 11th, Reach Out hosted HJV’s monthly meeting by honoring those who have served in the U.S military. This meeting was very touching and informational as fellow speakers: Senator Richard Roth, Mayor Verne Lauritzen, and James Anderson from Riverside County Department of Veterans, spoke on veteran life quality issues, veteran resources/benefits, and how honorable it was to have individuals fighting, or who have fought, for our country. The meeting was then followed by handing out certificates of recognition to veterans who were present as well as to those who mentioned having veteran family members. It was enlightening hearing stories from those who have served in the military, as this was one of many other possible things attendees had in common. As Mayor Pro Tem Michael Goodland mentioned during the meeting, “Learning about one another is what these meetings are about; it is what makes us family”.

Gardens & Markets: To provide gardens and markets for easier healthy food access.

Action Team Chair: Pauline Cook-

Co-chair: Natalie Rocha-

Meeting: 11/14/2017

Come and celebrate the one year anniversary of The Valley Patch, one successful year down many more to go!

 Join us on Saturday, November 18th; we will be having a celebration to commemorate this exciting occasion. There will be many fun activities for community members starting at 9:00am and we encourage you to come out and support our local vendors!

Gardens & Markets update:

   The Butterfly garden is looking great and we appreciate all participants for their continuous support. Walking paths, stepping stones, and painted/sponsor rocks are needed as well as donations for decomposed granite, pavers-orco block, and rocks

  Heritage Park’s grand opening will now be held on December 8th from 12-4 pm and there will be live music, city officials, and the Mayor for the red ribbon cutting portion.

Currently looking for volunteers for the Glen Avon Elementary School garden on December 5th and 6th, times will be announced shortly.

·         Kick-off for the County Circle Dr. Farmers Market will be on Thursday November 30 at 9:00 am.

Announcements: We will be making holiday buttons at the Jurupa Valley City Hall Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and currently looking for volunteers. Come get crafty with us as we get into the holiday spirit!  


Meeting: 9/19/17

 New Farmer's Market was launched on September 18th, located at 5473 Mission Blvd., and will be operating every Wednesday from 8am-1pm. Vendors from produce, to organic food products, fruits and vegetables, and popcorn attended as the idea was to have a different variety. In honor of Substance Abuse Prevention in the month of October, the action team's Farmers Markets will unite to the "Drug Free" pledge, stating that Markets are drug free.

  The timeline for the upcoming Butterfly Garden has now been developed and members are working wisely to meet the deadlines.  In the meantime,  donations are being accepted: flowers, soils, rocks, and irrigation materials are need to begin the process of the garden creation. Other upcoming community gardens will be located at: Glen Avon Heritage Park, Jensen Alvarado Ranch, and Jurupa Mountain Discovery Center.

 Get ready to paint rocks for our upcoming Community Health Fair; Gardens and Markets will have a rock painting table for all to join!

Meeting : 8/15/2017

 With the approval from the Rubidoux Community Resource Center and the L.R Library,a new Farmer's Market is to be established as well as a butterfly garden. The action team is working on finding donors and ideas on how to make the garden effective with ideal butterfly attraction plants. This will be an opportunity for children to learn more about what type of plants were used to create the garden and how they are maintained!

Heritage Park will be opening field trips for the public and providing community garden and nutrition classes, animals present for entertainment, and education on plants and a healthy eating lifestyle will be provided. Implementing creativity within the community parks will be done by writing healthy messages on the walls, playgrounds, etc., to emphasize the  importance of staying active and eating healthy!

Safety & Readiness Action Team: To provide residents with guest speakers , bring awareness, and prepare JV residents when an emergency occurs.

Action Team Chair: Anna Gamble-

Co-Chair: William Seals-

Meeting: 9/28/2017

Get ready for safety & readiness HJV monthly meeting takeover!!! This month safety & readiness welcomes: Jessica Former and Robert LaChausse from Cal Baptist University and Coach Mason from Stallion Inland Empire Track Club. Topics that will be covered by these great speakers will be Drug prevention and how to stay active and involved within the community. Be prepared to be involved in games and activities representing special upcoming dates : Great Shake Out October 19th, National Take Back Day Octber 28th and Red Ribbon week Oct. 23-31st.

Safety & Readiness will be teaming up with JVFRN's chair, Sharoon at Country Village for Veteran's Day Celebration held on November 11, 2017. Time and futher details TBA.

At the Health Community Fair, there will be a booth set up including prescription pill drop-off box, Roscoe videos, pool safety information, and "It's not IF, but WHEN" Flyers. Be prepared, educated, and ready !

Meeting: 8/17/2017

The Safety & Readiness Action team is working on developing ideas for ideally educating its residents on drug prevention and emergency preparedness plans . Jessica Folmer, a CBU employee, gave a presentation on drug use data and introduce the, "talk , they hear you campaign, in which S & F will be presenting at the Community Health Fair on October 14th. The goal is to set a social media trend with the hashtag, #wetalked, to illustrate that parents are talking to their children. Further ideas that were mentioned: Rosceo Videos at Community Fair and HJV meeting, safety- kit, future collaboration w/ Citizen Corps, and ellaborated on videos for Red Ribbon week!

In collaboration with the Farmer’s Market, employees from Riverside University Health Systems will be presenting visuals on how to operate a fire extinguishers as well as their knowledge on pedestrian safety, in honor of Walk to School Day being held on October 4th.

Community Prosperity: Strives to show a strong correlation between health and economic prosperity, thus the more economically stable a community is the healthier its residents will be

Action Team Chair: Michael Goodland-

Meeting : 12/20/2017

          The meeting began with an overview of the Small Business Summit & Expo., held last month on November 14th at Country Village. This was a spectacular event that left attendees impressed and informed on topics such as business marketing, customer service, and finance. According to the results of the surveys, those who attended enjoyed the guest speakers, the event setting, and the opportunity to network during the mixer portion. Our goal is to make this event as beneficial as possible to all those in attendance as we highly take into consideration all type of feedback.

As the year is coming to an end, we hope to work on new projects and goals in 2018 to enhance the overall vision of this action team. Goals for 2018 are:

·         Build a supportive and viable Environment for Business and Entrepreneurship: How can we achieve this goal?

·         Build strength and prosperity in families – How can this be achieved?

Join us for our next meeting and be ready to bring your ideas, suggestions, input on how you would like to see the Community Prosperity Action Team grow!

Next meeting date:  January 17th from 9:15am-11am, at our new location, Adopt a Family- 8304 Limonite Ave Ste C.  

Meeting: 9/20/2017

 Planning for the Small Business Expo. has continued to take place, as there has been an establishment for guest speakers and confirmations from vendors located at "The Walk", Rubidoux & Mission Blvd. area. The Work Force, Chamber of Commerce, and John, Chamber of Commerce employee, will speak on printed media, and the services offered by the Work Force as well as the Chamber of Commerce.  Discount cards consisting of 25 vendors from the Rubidoux Village will be distributed at the event.

Meeting: 8/16/2017

The team is currently seeking sponsorship from companies and partners to contribute to its upcoming event, Jurupa Valley Small Business Summit & Expo, being held on November 14, 2017 at the Country Village, 4pm-7:30pm.  This is a great opportunity to encourage Jurupa Valley residents to shop locally and be involved in the contribution that will benefit the community economically. The event will include a ceremony, followed by a mixer, with speakers whose fortes are  finance, social media, and marketing. All information given will be a great opportunity to learn about your business can expand and become more successful!


Arts & Recreation: Sending out healthy messages through creativity.

Action Team Chair: Emilee Fox-

Meeting: 12/14/17

                                Updates on current projects: One of the biggest Arts & Recreation projects is the “Little Free Libraries”. The goal is to have “Little Free Libraries” all over the city to promote community unitedness and share books with other individuals that might have the same interest. We are currently looking into possibly having little libraries stationed at community parks such as: Glen Avon Heritage, Vernola Park, Serrano Ranch, Clay Park, and Veterans Memorial Park.

Challenge America Grant Brainstorming: Discussed the idea of future murals and individuals/artists who may wish to be involved in these projects.  Plans for the murals are tentative, but the group is actively seeking ideas, suggestions and community input at the next meeting.

Next meeting date: January 11th from 9am-11am, at Adopt a Family- - 8304 Limonite Ave Ste C.  


Meeting: 11/09/2017

As the year is coming to an end, the action team has developed a couple of SMART goals for the year of 2018. The 2018 goals will be a continuation of what has already been started in 2017:

1)      To design and print out several “The Walk” maps by June 30, 2018.

Outcome: Awareness of “The Walk” area and its resources.

Actions: Collaborate with the City of Jurupa Valley for design and installment procedures, work with designers, and facilitate installment.

2)      To design and install two crosswalks enhancements on Mission and Rubidoux Blvd. by June 30, 2018.

Outcome: Increase walkability, arts visibility, traffic calming effects, and public art expansion.  

Actions: Meet with the City of Jurupa Valley and designers for the approval and procedure process.

Overall goal is to get more community artists and volunteers involved.

Announcement: Jurupa Valley City Hall Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st from 6-8pm.  There will be a mixture of crafting activities for kids, such as decorative Christmas themed Popsicle sticks as well a visual for the “Little Free Libraries” with informational flyers for those who are interested in adopting one! Come visit our table during this fun filled in preparation for the Holiday season!

Next meeting will be held on- December 14th, 2017 at Adopt a Family from 9-11 am.

Meeting: 9/14/2017

 "Little free library” visuals and information on how to register for a little library, where they will be located, and how to get started on decorating will be provided at the Community Health Fair. FREE books will be given away to serve the purpose of a "Little Free Library" experience to all attendees.Rock painting will also be taking place; you could decide which message will be printed on your freshly painted rock!

The NEOP team is inviting the community to come out and be part of their mural event, encouraging the younger population (8-12 years of age) to help paint this mural, Agate Park on October 7th, 2017, 8am -2pm. Three walls will be painted with healthy messages: “Get active, drink water, live better"!

Meeting: 8/17/2017

Jurupa Valley’s very first mural was recently flourished and finished by volunteers and action team members along La Rue up to Crestmore Rd. now known as, “ The Walk”. Reach Out’s NEOP team is also going to work on their very first mural which will be taking place at Agate Park on October 7th, 2017, 8am -2pm.  This is a great opportunity for children to come in unison and promote health through art work!

The "positive campaign”, that highly forms part of this team, addresses “inspirational” quotes that will be placed on “The Walk” along the side walk in both Eng. /Spanish.  Quotes such as, “Walk the Extra Mile”, and “Smile, it’s Free” will be printed on Spanish design stickers to be placed on the sidewalk.  The action team is also working on implementing 14 more “Little Free Libraries”, total of 30, throughout JV and is looking for volunteers to adopt one in order for residents to be able to take advantage of the “take a book, and return a book” purpose. The bigger picture is that residents will be sharing and presenting their favorite books within their community; Little Libraries have been called “mini-town squares.”

Family Resource Network:  Network of healthcare providers within JV; sharing knowledge and resources about local organizations.

Action Team Chair: Sharron Lambeth-

Meeting Update: 9/27/2017

JVFRN is always thrilled to invite healthcare providers and diverse professionals to its monthly meetings to speak on behalf of their organizations and services provided for JV residents. This meeting, special guest speakers were as followed: Donna Pierce from Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Christina Krahenbuhl from Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, and a legislative update by David Santillan and Denisse Lopez from the State Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes and State Senator Roth.

There are many times where biological parents do not have the capacity or willingness to provide for their children; thus grandparents take the role. Grandparents Raising Children offers parenting assisting, support groups, social workers, child care, and financial support for the elderly (+55) who involuntarily or voluntarily take responsibility for parenting their grandchildren. Pet adoption Center offers veterinary services for the elderly (66+) whom have pets but need financial assistance to care for them; Pet Adoption provides them with grants/funds for pet owners who meet the requirements. Senator Roth and Assembly Sabrina Cervantes have proposed several bills, although their main focus in on passing bills on employment, economic development, education, and veteran services. Senate Bill 438, Successor Guardianship, regarding legal and safety guardianship for children, has officially been signed by the Government.