SaddleBrooke Community Outreach

Buzz Hackett is a volunteer receptionist for SBCO.

Become a SBCO office volunteer

Pat Andrea

Looking for a local volunteering opportunity with flexible hours and a chance to meet new people? Working in the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) office might be the right choice for you.

The SBCO office is located in Suite L (next door to the dental office) in the SaddleBrooke Plaza and open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office makes SBCO accessible to the community, providing a convenient location for residents to join SBCO (it’s free) and sign up for events, such as the Walkathon.

We need more office volunteers. Our receptionists work three hour shifts of their own choosing. There are presently a number of regular shifts open and volunteers can choose a regular shift or be on call to fill in as needed. Advanced training is provided to all receptionists.

Being a receptionist does not require any computer skills or clerical experience. It only requires a smiling face, the ability to answer the phone, receive donations and deliveries, accept membership forms and help people register for SBCO community events.

If you are interested in becoming an SBCO receptionist or have any questions, please contact Pat Andrea at whatsnewpat@gmail.com or 520-904-4832 or Jo Parsons at joparsons44@gmail.com or 520-825-2790.

Please consider joining our team! We would love to have you.

We love those hotel toiletries

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

When you go on a trip, be sure to bring home those unopened bottles of shampoo, conditioner or lotion from your hotel stay and Kids’ Closet will put them to good use. Annually, in the spring and fall, Kids’ Closet provides school wardrobes to approximately 3300 needy children in our tri-county area. In addition to shoes, clothing and books, they are given soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush. Children in grades four and above particularly appreciate receiving a small bag of hotel toiletries instead of the soap. Please only contribute unopened items. Any partially used products will be thrown away.

Donations of hotel toiletries are collected all year long and can be delivered to the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach office, located at Suite L in the SaddleBrooke market complex, during regular weekday office hours. The office phone number is 825-3302. SaddleBrooke Ranch residents can bring their donations to the front desk at the clubhouse or deliver them to Jan Olsson’s doorstep at 60402 E. Arroyo Vista Dr. Toiletry donations also can be brought to the Kid’s Closet in Mammoth when volunteering. Stalwart volunteer Willie Reich bags the collected items, which then are distributed to students when they shop at Kid’s Closet in the fall and spring.

2019 home tour – April 7

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

The SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) home tour will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019. This fundraising event helps SBCO support a wide range of programs benefiting youngsters in nearby communities. This year’s tour will once again focus on remodeled homes in SaddleBrooke. You’ll see extensive as well as budget-friendly changes, perhaps sparking ideas you’d like to implement in your own home.

Tickets for the home tour will go on sale Monday, March 4 at the SBCO office at Suite L in the Minit Mart plaza. Tickets cost $15 per person or $25 for two people and are only sold to SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch residents. You can purchase tickets every Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the SBCO office until all 300 tickets are sold. Call your friends and plan now to attend this delightful fundraising event.

If you would like to serve as a docent in one of the 2019 tour homes, or offer your home for the 2020 tour, please send an email to Perry Schapiro at SBDocents19@gmail.com.

Coronado K-8 teacher Lauren Marlatt holds the VEXIQ Clawbot used by robotics students in sixth and seventh grades.

SBCO meeting to feature robotics program at Coronado K-8 School

Plan to attend the SBCO General Meeting on Monday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the MountainView Ballroom. At that meeting, in addition to learning about SBCO’s upcoming events and activities, teacher Lauren Marlatt will describe the robotics classes offered at the Coronado K-8 School in Catalina. For several years Lauren has led an elective class titled “Engineering and Robotics.” The class, supported by SBCO grants, is offered to students in sixth through eighth grades and involves programming Lego NXT and VEX robots purchased from a division of Carnegie Mellon University. For the past two years, SaddleBrooke volunteer Robert Springer has taught the students how to program their robots.

In 2018, an SBCO grant funded the supplies needed for the school’s new “Elementary Robotics” program. This initiative was designed to provide students in first and second grades with robotic instruction using Dot and Dash robots. The students discover how to design solutions to challenges involving the robots.

At the General Meeting, you’ll learn how the skills and knowledge students acquire in these innovative educational programs help prepare students for a world involving technological challenges and solutions.