Local Volunteerism Keeps Our Community Strong
Whether it’s a way to feel a sense of pride and ownership in the community, or to ease the burdens of their neighbors who may be in need of assistance, volunteers are the heart of any community. We have a variety of volunteer and service organizations that give our community that special feeling that makes people who grew up here want to stay, those that visit want to raise their children here, and many who decide they want to open businesses here.
The Grand Terrace Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to personally recognize the many volunteers in our community who give their time and talent to make Grand Terrace a great place to live.
The success of our community is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers. We cannot begin to list all of the volunteers in our community: we know there are so many. So to those involved in service organizations, youth programs & sports organizations, churches, schools, etc. your gift of time, energy, enthusiasm, and sometimes monetary contributions, are greatly appreciated.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt Thank you! You are shaping the future of Grand Terrace through your ongoing efforts.
Friends of Blue Mountain
Friends of Blue Mountain is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization dedicated to the long-term protection of Blue Mountain’s natural habitats and open spaces.
The group’s vision is to create a wilderness park on Blue Mountain that will preserve the space as natural habitat and establish equestrian and hiking trails connecting Blue Mountain with neighboring Box Springs Mountain Reserve.
Friends of Blue Mountain board members and volunteers are citizens from Grand Terrace, Colton, Highgrove and surrounding communities. The organization is working together with other community organizations and government agencies to secure funding to purchase and protect Blue Mountain. Friends of Blue Mountain hold meetings at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, except for December, at the Grand Terrace Senior Center, 22627 Grand Terrace Road, just East of Mt. Vernon Avenue.
Grand Terrace Senior Services
The Grand Terrace Senior Center provides a full spectrum of services and activities. There is a daily lunch for seniors aged 60+ for a $3.00 donation. For those under 60, the lunch donation is $5. All adults are welcome. Activities include: arts & crafts, bingo, bridge, card games, daily lunch, educational classes, guitar lessons, health screenings & services, senior boutique, senior service advising, support groups and workshops.
The center also has a wide variety of social gatherings, including monthly general meeting with entertainment on the second Friday of every month at 10:00 a.m. The center is open from 9:00 a.m. 0 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Pick up free monthly newsletter at the center, or for more information, please call 909.824.1491 or visit us at 22627 Grand Terrace Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313
Grand Terrace Lions Club
In the fall of 1973, Tom Green, a resident of Grand Terrace, started asking friends and neighbors about starting a service club in tow. Tom, with dedication and a lot of hard work, got the support and the commitment from the community. On January 26, 1974, Grand Terrace Lions Club chartered with 43 members. Two original members still serve today.
The Grand Terrace Lions Club Community Center is its largest service project, helping over 40 non-profit organizations by providing regular meeting space free of charge. Grand Terrace Lions holds various fundraisers throughout the year to support their many charities, including Friday Night Bingo, semi-annual pancake breakfasts, annual Golf Tournament and Pot of Gold Dinner.
The Lions Club prides itself on providing service projects that assist those in need with food, clothing, sight and vision clinics providing for the needy, community clean up and support projects, assisting the local high school and much more!
The Grand Terrace Lions Club serves and positively impacts our local community as well as around the world, changing lives. Please visit our website at www.grandterracelions.com for more information about our amazing organization.
Grand Terrace Republican Women’s Federation
The California Federation of Women accomplishes its goals and objectives through numerous volunteer programs, activities and events. Our programs are designed to educate our members and to provide outreach activities to our surrounding communities.
Our organization offers scholarships to deserving men and women, political internships, and through our Lobbyist Advocate, present a proactive position on indemnified bills. We provide educational services on elections and on current public policy issues, and through our activities, provide training for community leaders and activities.
The GTRWF meets the 2nd Monday of each month at Grand Terrace City Hall, 22795 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313. We meet in the evenings: Social hour is at 6:30 p.m. and our general meeting and speaker are at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there. Visitors are always welcome!
Grand Terrace Woman’s Club
In the early 1900’s, Grand Terrace was agricultural community-mostly citrus and truck farming. It was in June 1908, one of the Grower’s wives decided to invite some neighboring wives to an afternoon of “social enlightenment and tea”. It was a delightful afternoon, and the women decided to “do this more often”. In fact, it was September 25, 1908, when the next they met. The committee recommended that they form the “Grand Terrace Woman’s Club”. It was unanimously adopted, and therein was born the Grand Terrace Woman’s Club, the purpose being for self-improvements, camaraderie, and to assist in the development, safety and beauty of the Grand Terrace community.
The Grand Terrace Woman’s Club meets the Third Wednesday of the month, September through May, at the Community Center. Our business meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served, followed by an educational or entertaining program. Our purpose is to promote education, industrial, philanthropic, literacy, artistic and scientific culture. We are women of all ages, interests and experience, and members of the largest and oldest non-profit, non-denominational, non-partisan, international services organizations of women of the world.
Toastmasters rocks for a multitude of reasons. It’s a safe place to learn how to communicate more effectively. It’s an encouraging environment full of individuals who have a common goal – to become proficient public communicators and effective leaders.
No matter what your experience has been in the past, when it comes to speaking in front of a group of individuals, be it large or small groups, we possess the ability to learn new skills and aid us in the future. Giving one an opportunity to fine-tune their delivery, their setup, their conclusions, is where Toastmasters is built to excel.
Everyone is a leader. At some point in one’s life, somebody will look to you for leadership. You may find yourself in a scenario that demands your expertise for resolution. Learning the appropriate leadership skills gives you the tool-set to call on at a moments moment’s notice. Leadership is not necessarily based on position, stature or rank. Leadership, true leadership, will inspire confidence in others to action. This is you!
Toastmasters rocks because it’s a safe harbor to explore, experiment, and expand on your communication/leadership skills. Toastmasters rocks because you learn how to use your mistakes and your failures as compelling and useful educational moments. Toastmasters rocks because just as much as you were born to follow, you were born to lead!
Meetings are held every Friday at 7 a.m. at the Grand Terrace City Hall Community Room, 22797 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313
The Foundation of Grand Terrace
In 2003, a small group of leaders were looking for a way to strengthen their community and create a lasting and indelible imprint upon our City. These visionaries began The Foundation of Grand Terrace. These founders started with a simple mission, and that mission has remained unchanged in the last decade. The mission statement they penned is worded so beautifully.
“We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of like in our community by working with our neighbors, service organizations and civic leaders to undertake projects that support the future of Grand Terrace. We accomplish this by harnessing the power of philanthropy, hometown commitment, and the resources provided by neighbors helping neighbors.”
The goal of our Foundation was never to go it alone, but to partner with carious stakeholders in the city. Community is not created by one group individually, but the collection will of everyone who has a stake in the future of Grand Terrace. And we remain committed to seeking out synergy with others to help us accomplish this mission of enhancing the quality of life in Grand Terrace.
From the very beginning, the mission of The Foundation always focused on the future of Grand Terrace. Building an endowment that can support larger and larger projects in not something that happens overnight. This is a long-term project, which spans decades, and hopefully centuries. The first decade of The Foundation’s existence has contributed significant benefits already.
In 2011, we realized that to accomplish our mission, and focus on several projects simultaneously, we had to reorganize the way we operated. So that year, we formed several committees that focus on a specific project. Those committees include:
- Community Events
- The Dog Park
- Veteran’s Memorial
- Youth Services
- City Beautification
- Marketing Coordination
This new organizational structure allows us to accomplish more with the volunteers that we have and allows. The Foundation to be able to focus on more than one project at a time. It also allows residents to engage in their areas of interest.
The other thing is critical to ensuring The Foundation of Grand Terrace achieves its mission, is being good stewards of the funds that we have been given. We turned an initial $45k of donations into an endowment that exceeds $100K while continuing to support the community. But it is the efficiency with that which we use these finds that is really astonishing. Out of every dollar donated to The Foundation, 98% goes right back into the community. All of our board members and committee chairs are volunteers, and most of the Foundation’s overhead expenses are donated. The additional 2% simply to help manage and invest our endowment funds.
So if someone is looking for ways to invest in their community, there are few better ore more efficient ways to do so, than the Foundation of Grand Terrace.
Over the next ten years, we anticipate an increase in volunteerism. We expect more people to come to us with passion and great ideas to make Grand Terrace a better place to live. And we are setting up ways to managed and mobilize volunteers, get new ideas, and drive engagement within this city, so that our collective effort can make a larger impact.
The future of The Foundation has never looked brighter. But community is no built in a vacuum. To build community, to create great neighborhoods, we have to realize that we are all in this together. The good work of our City is not solely owned by any one group or individual, but we are a collective force that keeps Grand Terrace great. We ask that you join us on this journey. We have room for you at The Foundation, and if we are going to continue our mission of enhancing the quality of life in our city, then we need you more now than ever.