SBCO honors volunteers and supporters
For more than 20 years, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) has supported food, clothing and educational programs for local children. Annually SBCO serves a 100-mile corridor stretching from Catalina to Miami and San Carlos, which includes more than three counties, eight communities, 17 schools, three Head Start programs and approximately 4,000 youngsters.
On April 8, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach board members, volunteers and sponsors gathered to celebrate the achievements of the past year and honor the special contributions made by the supporter and volunteer of the year.
Robson Communities was recognized as the Supporter of the Year for its long-time commitment to SBCO, including providing office space in the Minit Market Plaza for a token $12 per year. Steve Groth, president of the SBCO Board of Directors, presented the award to Tim Fudge, Robson Communities Director of Facilities.
Mimi Sander was honored as Volunteer of the Year for giving generously of her time and talents to make the Teen Closet very successful. Ken Siarkiewicz was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-time volunteer work on countless projects, including Special Events, Finance Committee, administrative operating documents, website management and promotional material. Nan Nasser was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Nan has twice served as president of the SBCO board as well as serving as Executive Vice-President. She helped develop administrative operating documents and is currently serving as SBCO Historian.
Two departing board members, Elise Grimes and Anne Everett, also were honored for their many years of service to SBCO. Elise served as Executive Vice President of SBCO and worked tirelessly as Vice President of Education, helping to ensure that local children have access to educational enrichment opportunities. Anne served for several years as SBCO’s Treasurer. Thanks to Anne, our financial accounts have been well managed, which is essential to the proper implementation of SBCO’s many programs and grants.
The next SBCO General Meeting will feature the annual Golden Goose Fashion Show held at the MountainView Ballroom on September 23.
SBCO champions community sports programs for kids
It’s summer; time for local school children to play ball! Since 2017, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach has provided financial support for the Mammoth and San Manuel Little League Baseball Programs and Girls’ Softball teams. For 2019, a total of $10,000 ($2,500 for each team) was awarded through educational enrichment grants. These programs run from the end of April to the end of June. SBCO’s assistance has been needed to fill the void left when other sponsors, particularly the mining companies, reduced their donations.
SBCO also has granted $2,500 to the Mammoth Lions Swim Team. This grant supports a free summer basic swimming skills program at the Mammoth pool. Approximately 60 children ages three through 12 take lessons each year. Since Mammoth has the only working swimming pool in the area, swimmers enrolled in the program come from Mammoth, San Manuel, Oracle, Hayden, Winkelman and Catalina. Through its grants, SBCO helps to ensure children in these communities continue to have meaningful summer activities.
SBCO elects new Board of Directors
On April 8, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach elected its Board of Directors for 2019-2020: President, Steve Groth; Executive Vice President, Denise Anthony; Recording Secretaries, Cheryl Smith and Marcia Van Ommeran; Corresponding Secretary, Karen Green; Treasurer, Camille Esterman; Assistant Treasurer, Esther Moen; Vice Presidents of Kids’ Closet, Jan Olsson and Melanie Stout; Vice Presidents of Education, Denise Anthony and Jim Weeks; Directors of Special Events, Beth Fedor and Patricia Parker; Directors of Membership, Vivian Errico and Sandy Miller; Director of Communications, Nancy McCluskey-Moore; Golden Goose Representative, Ann Coziahr and Past President, Joan Roberts.
SaddleBrooke Community Outreach is committed to providing local children with food, clothing and educational opportunities. We always are looking for volunteers for both long and short-term commitments. You can help with a wide range of tasks from staffing the office to helping with fundraising events, helping children choose new clothing or serving on our board of directors. The opportunities are endless. To become involved, visit https://community-outreach.org/volunteers/ to see a list of volunteer opportunities and to complete an interest form.