Calvin Christian walkers raise $2,400 for ICS

March 28 was a beautiful day for walking at Calvin Christian School in Escondido and a great day to raise money for charity.
That’s what students did during the school’s annual Grandparents Day Walk-a-Thon. Each grade chose a charity to support and collected financial pledges to aid those charities.
The first- and third-grade classes chose the food programs serving the homeless at Interfaith Community Services as the charity they wanted to support. And they followed through with enthusiasm, raising $2,400.01.
Forty students in the two classes participated in the walk, with the third-graders averaging about 15 laps during the hour of the event, reported Anita Termaat, who with fellow teacher Pat Medendorp, led the third-graders.
Termaat said the school was very pleased with the total collected, noting that it increased from the $1,379 raised last year for Interfaith.

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ICS to benefit from San Diego North Chamber golf tournament

The San Diego North Chamber of Chamber of Commerce is offering an opportunity to play golf while helping Interfaith Community Services.

The chamber is holding its second charity golf tournament Monday, May 12, at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe and has chosen Interfaith as the event’s beneficiary. Click here for event details.

“We select different charities every year that are members of our organization. We selected Interfaith based on the great work they do in San Diego,” said Rich Kwiatkowski, director of business development.

Supporters of Interfaith Community Services are invited to join the chamber’s members and the general public in sponsoring or entering a foursome for the tournament. The chamber is hoping to attract a full field of 144 golfers for the scramble-format tourney, which tees off at noon.

“I think people will enjoy playing that course. It’s one of the better courses in San Diego County,” said Kwiatkowski.

“They host several celebrity tournaments a year. The course was just renovated. It’s got a lot of new features,” added Cathleen Galicinao, the chamber’s marketing and events manager.

Along with the golf, the event will feature a silent auction, a hole-in-one contest, a raffle, assorted games, and opportunities to win prizes at various holes on the course. An awards reception with appetizers and drinks will follow the tourney.

“It’s golfing with a purpose: a day of fun and networking while benefiting Interfaith Community Services,” said Galicinao.

Cost for a foursome is $800. Single players are $200. The chamber is offering a discounted price of $750 for groups registering using the code ACE. To attend just the reception is $30.

Tournament packages include greens fees, carts, range balls, gift bags, drink tickets, awards, lunch and dinner. To register, visit or call 858-487-1767.

“You don’t need many reasons to play golf,” said Kwiatkowski. “I think this is a great way to support the regional chamber and a great organization. It will be a good day playing golf with good people.”

Bob Adams, Interfaith’s director of development, is grateful for the chamber’s support.

“We are so appreciative that such a prominent group of North County leaders has chosen Interfaith Community services as the beneficiary of its annual golf tournament,” he said.

For more information and to register, click here. 


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Letter carries work to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

The National Association of Letter Carriers will pick up more than mail on May 10, much to the benefit of food providers for the poor such as Interfaith Community Services.

On that day, letter carriers from more than 1,200 post offices will spread out across the country, collecting food donated by customers as part of the 22nd annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Interfaith will be the beneficiary of contributions collected by carriers from the Escondido and Orange Glen post offices. Typically, the drive has brought in nearly 75,000 pounds of food for the ICS pantry. Last year, no bags were provided in which customers could leave food. As a result, just 25,000 pounds were collected.

Jerry Morgan, food and basic needs manager at Interfaith, is optimistic that collections will return to the 75,000-pound level because of a generous donation that has allowed for the purchase of 62,000 bags. They will be distributed in Escondido a few days before the May 10 drive.

Customers are encouraged to fill those bags with nonperishable food that will be delivered to Interfaith.

“The ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive is the single most significant food drive that we have every year,” said Morgan “It is held the second Saturday in May every year, which just so happens to be about the time we start running out of the food we collected during the Christmas holidays.”

That lull in donations is the main reason for setting the food drive on that date, noted Fredric Rolando, president of National Association of Letter Carriers, in a news release about the event. Many school meal programs are also suspended for the summer, leaving millions of children seeking alternate sources of nutrition.

“Summer is usually a slow time of the year for food donations, as schools are closed and people are on vacation,” agreed Morgan.

More than 120 million postcards will be sent to customers across the country to remind them of the drive. Last year’s drive brought in 74.4 million pounds of food nationally, bringing the total collected since the drive began in 1992 to nearly 1.3 billion pounds.

Locally, Interfaith will have its large truck parked at the Orange Glen Post Office as letter carriers return from their rounds May 10 with bags donated by people on their routes. Trucks from the Escondido Post Office will stop by the agency headquarters at 550 W. Washington Ave. to drop off their collections on the way back to their nearby office.

“It is a sight to see when five or six postal trucks are backed up in the parking lot waiting for us to unload,” said Morgan.

Helping with that unloading process this year will be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who have pledged to provide all the needed volunteers.




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Interfaith set to host veterans wellness fair at new Oceanside center

Active-duty and reserve military members, veterans and their families are invited to attend a Wellness and Resource Fair, sponsored by Veterans Assistance of San Diego, in partnership with the Veterans Association of North County.

Access to employment services, education and housing assistance, veterans health and benefits processing, veterans advocacy and wellness resources will be available at the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Veterans Association of North County, 1617 Mission Ave. in Oceanside. Admission is free.

The wellness fair is a kickoff event for the new partnership between Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services, and Veterans Association of North County. VASD moved its operations from Interfaith’s Coastal Service Center to the Veterans Association building on April 1.

The event also serves as an open house for the partner programs sharing the building.

“It is geared toward the active-duty military, veterans, their families and dependents. It’s not just for veterans. Anybody can come,” said Dean Dauphinais, director of veterans services for Veterans Assistance of San Diego. “It’s also an opportunity for members of the public interested in what services are out there to come out and participate.”

Oceanside Deputy Mayor Jerry Kern is among the scheduled speakers. Some services will be available at the resource fair, noted Dauphinais.

“Hopefully some veterans and active-duty military will leave the event with strong leads on jobs,” he said.

For information on the Wellness and Resource Fair, call Rod Santulan at 760-529-9979.

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Heartbeat Classics car show to raise funds for ICS

The Heartbeat Classic Car Club has a heart for Interfaith Community Services.

For the last five years, the club has donated proceeds from its annual Heartbeat Happening Car Show to Interfaith. Over time, those donations exceed $18,400.

ICS will again be the beneficiary of this year’s Heartbeat Happening show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center.

More than 300 restored cars and trucks are expected to be exhibited, said club President Mark Pilch. That’s up from previous years.

“This is the first time we’re giving away T-shirts with (the first 250) registrations, so we’re expecting a lot more cars,” said Pilch. “In past years, we had a date conflict with (another) car show. They changed their date this year.”

A disc jockey will play music of the 1950s and ‘60s to set the nostalgic mood for the event. Prizes will be awarded for trivia challenges and raffles. Trophies will be presented to top vehicles. Host club members will not be eligible for trophies.

“We’re probably one of the top three or four car shows in San Diego County. Everybody likes to come out,” said Pilch. “People are supportive (of Interfaith). Last year we gave $4,500. We’re shooting to do better this year.”

The show is being held in conjuction with the Spring Fling Arts ’n Crafts Fair at Bates, making for full day of activity for visitors. About 80 artisans will display and sell their one-of-a-kind creations.

The Bates site at 15954 Woods Valley Road has plenty of room to provide parking for the classic cars as well anyone interested in the car show, the crafts fair and/or the Valley Center Lions Club pancake breakfast, which will run from 7 to 10 a.m. A barbecue will be held during the car show.

Admission is free to the car show and crafts fair. There will be a charge for food and raffles.

The Heartbeat Classic club was founded in 1997 by a group of North County Chevy
enthusiasts. It recently dropped the Chevy affiliation from its name to be more inclusive to car buffs. About 35 classic vehicles are owned by club members, many of them couples.

Information and entry forms for the show can be found at or by calling Pilch at 760-221-6869, Cathy Lewis, 760-297-1501, or Joan Schneider, 760-931-8411.

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