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By Stephanie Lai
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Valley Resource Center offers outreach to community

 

Last updated 6/8/2018 at 12:16pm

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A crowd gathers for a ribbon cutting in celebration of the Murrieta Innovation Center's new office on May 17.

Valley Resource Center hosted a ribbon cutting at the Murrieta Innovation Center, May 17, to celebrate their new office and fundraise for upcoming projects.

The ceremony provided free food and drinks from Which Which Sandwiches, Archibald's Drive-Thru and Cynful Sweets. Additionally, the ceremony included a free archery booth courtesy of Faith Archery, a photo experience by TapSnap1215, community partner booth, a special appearance of their mascot Resource Rex and resources for veterans from Temecula Vet Center, Veteran Sisters and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family-friendly event gathered approximately 150 community members in support of the VRC's biggest program, Military Adopt-a-Troop.

Every attendee was asked to bring in care package items for deployed troops for a chance to win raffle prizes such as a Holy Stone Mercury 3 Real-Time HD Drone, Chiropractic Services & Massage, a $300 value, three Mind Trap Escape Room Tickets and more. Raffle tickets were also given for visiting all of the event booths, purchasing an Adopt-A-Troop T-shirt or by purchase. All of the proceeds went toward supporting deployed military members from the community. The Adopt-A-Troop program operates through referrals for deployed community members from the greater southwest Riverside County. Volunteers then collect, assemble and send care packages of snacks, hygiene products and letters from the community overseas.

The local nonprofit group started in 2016 and has since dedicated its time to connecting the community through outreach and providing a platform that combines various outlets for assistance: food, housing, health care, benefits and mental health.

VRC also has philanthropic programs to help the local youth, veteran and senior community. The Valley Resource Center has led classes at the local senior centers to help senior citizens connect to their family through technology. They have also created backpacks for students in need of supplies.

Valley Resource Center founder Raven Hilden's experience as a district associate for state Assembly inspired her to create a platform for people to access an array of local resources, she said.

"Many resources are city specific; I wanted to create an easy tool that anyone can access to find out what is in their community," Hilden said. "We have about 50 volunteers from youth to retired seniors, and they help in different capacities."

One senior community member in particular volunteers through postcard making and crafting, Hilden said.

These postcards have been instrumental in their latest project. They have been assisting a unit of women in the Army, stationed in Iraq.

The original deployed community members have returned, but the unit reached out to VRC asking for continued support.

"ISIS came through and pretty much everything was destroyed. They are now gone, but the unit is running in tents and no running toilets or hot water," Hilden said.

Since then, Valley Resource Center has been collecting nontraditional items such as duct tape, oatmeal, tinfoil and flip flops, in addition to the regular products they collect.

For more information on volunteering, donating or accessing services, visit http://www.valleyresourcecenter.org or email [email protected]

Stephanie Lai can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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