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Volunteers

An Intergenerational Win-Win

Each summer, high schoolers volunteer us as classroom aides in our much-loved summer program – our Summer Youth Leaders. They expand their skill sets, enjoy time with the younger kids, and have fun with fellow volunteers. It’s an immersive way to learn professionalism and build key soft skills while giving…...

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February 2021 Volunteer of the Month: Ann Lange

“I came to PEF when everything shut down… I was looking for another way to support the public school community and do something purposeful.” – Ann Lange Ann Lange moved to Pasadena with her husband in December of 2019 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A mother of three and a grandmother of…...

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C is for Cookies and Clinic Workers

“I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life.” – Martha Stewart Greenleaf Chop Shop takes its job seriously –  that’s why they make such delicious fresh food. So when…...

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A Delicious Thank You for Vaccination Workers

Blaze Pizza made a generous donation of 30 pizzas to Pasadena Unified School District vaccination clinic workers and volunteers last week. PUSD healthcare professionals were assisted by PUSD non-teaching employees who volunteered to help with registration and observation. What a delicious thank you for their dedicated service! After caring for…...

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Seasonal Produce Distributed to PUSD Families

Pasadena Educational Foundation volunteers helped distribute 420 boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to area families this week. Tangerines, apples, onions, and potatoes –  all in-season produce – was distributed at four of Pasadena Unified School District’s regular curbside meal pick-up sites. Our volunteers were instrumental in determining the processes…...

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Helping PUSD Get Back On Campus – Altadena Grocery Outlet

Thank you to the Altadena Grocery Outlet for supporting Pasadena Unified School District staff Covid-19 vaccination clinics! “Many of our customers’ children attend Pasadena Unified School District schools, especially Eliot Arts.” said owner Michell Guajardo. “We’re happy to do what we can to help get the kids back on campus.…...

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More than Warm Wishes – Curbside Holiday Meals

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | Volunteer & Engagement Manager The holidays come with countless expectations – from family gatherings to shiny gifts to office parties. This year our expectations were altered, given the global COVID-19 pandemic. Most focused on the meaning of the holidays, tried to find joy in simplicity,…...

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2,000 Volunteer Hours in 2020 – Extraordinary Work

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager We had no idea how much would be asked of Pasadena Educational Foundation volunteers in 2020. Our community needs changed drastically… and our volunteers met those needs. On reflecting on this year, I looked back at the wonderful things our…...

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Video: Teachers’ Share Challenges & Victories During Remote Learning

“Public education has always been the great equalizer. It is an essential component to our country’s past successes and enduring idealism. Every student deserves access to high-quality, well-funded public education.” – Patrick Conyers, Executive Director By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager Like an unwanted guest, Covid-19…...

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Supporting Community Through Volunteering & Leadership: Felicia Williams

Former Pasadena Educational Foundation board member Felicia Williams begins her tenure as District 2 representative on the Pasadena City Council this week. Felicia holds a B.A. from Stanford University in Urban Studies, an M.A. from UCLA in Urban Planning, and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of…...

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