The tagline we use with the College Area Community Council (CACC) logo is “neighbors helping neighbors.” We are a multi-faceted community made of families, empty-nesters, students, businesses and organizations devoted to serving the needs of the community and beyond.
As an organization, the CACC was formed to help and serve the community. I see us as a forum or vehicle for sharing causes and information. I think, that to a certain degree, we have fallen short in this goal. Unless you go to a CACC meeting where announcements are made, you may not hear or learn about what’s going on around you. I see an opportunity to change that.
The CACC maintains an account with Constant Contact to send out information to all those on our mailing list of over 700. Typically, these e-mailings are for agendas for upcoming meetings or other CACC activities. I want this tool to be used to inform the community, and beyond about as many activities and causes as possible.
To this end, you have noticed that our e-mailings have announced non-CACC events such as COVID-19 testing. You will see more of that going forward. I encourage organizations to send information to me and I will make every effort to publicize it to the broader community.
At this point in time, we hear the phrase “we’re in this together” or “together, we’ll get through this.” Even with the pandemic — or maybe because of the pandemic — we should all take this to heart. There are many ways to get involved and help. Here are a few:
Aztecs Rock Hunger: From Sept. 28-Oct. 18. This annual food-drive by the Associated Students at SDSU raises money and collects food donations for the hundreds of thousands of San Diegans, including many SDSU students who face food insecurity and homelessness.
Working with the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, they provide food and funds for the greater community but also for the SDSU Economic Crisis Response Team, which assists students facing food or housing insecurity and financial crises and to the on-campus Associated Students Food Pantry where students are able to access nutritional, non-perishable food and fresh produce.
Their goal is this year is to collect 650,000 pounds of food. Several local businesses such as Corbin’s Q and Woodstock’s Pizza are holding fundraisers to benefit the campaign. Go to the campaign’s website and get more details on how you can help: as.sdsu.edu/rockhunger.
Hardy Elementary (or any school in our community): Many schools are in the process of finalizing plans for a return to onsite instruction. Issues must be addressed — paramount of which is the safety of the kids and staff.
As is perennially true, resources from the district and government in general are stretched so thin that it falls on support organizations like the PTA and, in Hardy’s case, also the Dads Club to provide many of the supplies and needs that many of us took for granted when we were in school. I’m talking, basic classroom supplies, field trips or supplemental enrichment programs like art, music, etc. These are funded by fundraisers put on by the support organizations I just mentioned. This year, the primary need is for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and supplies like face masks hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, etc.
The biggest fundraisers for the PTA, like the Fall Carnival and Jogathon are not do-able this year. But family dinner nights at local restaurants are. These events are held at local restaurants and the PTA receives a percentage of sales — mainly takeout this year.
It is too late to promote this month’s fundraiser at Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen, but they will be held once a month and I hope to promote them. They help the school and the local business.
The Das Club is holding its biggest fundraiser, the annual Christmas Tree Sale ,in early November. It’s an opportunity to get your tree and support a great cause or if you don’t need or want a tree, you can buy one for a military family. More details to come. If you want to directly contribute or donate some of the needed products, call Hardy at 619-860-5700.
College Area Triangle Community Cleanup: Our newest community group (the area bounded by Montezuma Road and El Cajon Boulevard, east of College Avenue — hence the triangle in the name) is holding a community cleanup on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 1:30-3 p.m. Meet at the corner of 64th Street and Mesita Drive.
Even if you don’t live in that particular area, why not come out and join your neighbors? Then schedule one in your community and invite the surrounding communities. We’re all neighbors. My wife and I plan to help. You get my point.
There are many things we can help with or get involved in in our community. intend to get the word out to as many people as possible. I encourage Tubman school and St. Katherine Drexel Academy, the Language Academy, and any other organization or group to get the info to me so I can get the word out on your events. We are neighbors helping neighbors.
—Jose Reynoso is president of the College Area Community Council.