Volunteers Have The Heart

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

~Elizabeth Andrew

This quote by Habitat for Humanity volunteer Elizabeth Andrew is so true. All the volunteers I know are extremely busy, yet they believe so strongly in giving back to their community, they find the time. The folks we are highlighting this month certainly have the heart and share their time, effort, and creativity to make Scripps Ranch a better place to live.

This is the Newsletter issue where we thank some of our dedicated community volunteers. In fact, we have seven pages that feature these special people. Some have just started on their volunteer journey, while others have been on that adventure for quite some time.

One stalwart volunteer started the SRCA standing committee Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR) to help our community “go green” and preserve our resources. Helen Plutner had her timing right too! This venture came as the drought became a big issue. That’s just one of the concerns addressed by SSR. For Helen’s time and ingenuity, she was named the 2017 Citizen of the Year. Congrats! Read more about her accomplishments on page 25.

That’s also where you can start reading about the other volunteers honored at the SRCA’s Annual Recognition Night. Please be sure to thank these residents who may not have the time but certainly have the heart to help our community.

Some of the volunteers you will read about in our Recognition Night coverage will be at the SRCA’s newest event: the Community Meet & Greet, on Saturday, May 20. At this fun get-together you can find out about Scripps Ranch organizations. If you are looking to join a group or get involved, this is the perfect opportunity. See pages 34 and 35.

Huge thanks goes out to volunteer Rob Holmes, who not only came up with the Meet & Greet idea, he put in a lot of time and effort to make it happen. Thanks, Rob, for having so much heart!

I remember so clearly how, when my kids were young, they loved to visit Fire Station 37 and tour the facility or thank the firefighters. You can take your kids to do just that on National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, on Saturday, May 6. In addition, you can get fire-related information to help keep your family safe. Check out page 17.

I realize it’s only May, but SRCA volunteers are hard at work planning the biggest event of the year in Scripps Ranch—the 4th of July Parade! “Hip-hip Hooray” is this year’s theme and can be demonstrated in many ways. Get your friends and neighbors together and design a float! We have so many creative folks in Scripps Ranch who can make this theme come alive. The entry form is on page 7.

Other events put on by volunteers with heart are the Symphony in the Park concerts. These are such popular events that you better get to Hoyt Park early in the morning to save a spot for that evening’s concert! The dates and bands have been announced, and it’s another great lineup. That’s on page 17. Mark your calendars!

If you’re looking for some great summer reads, stock up now. The Scripps Ranch Library’s used book store will hold a Big Book Sale on Saturday, May 6. You’ll find so many bargains that you’ll be set for the season! Details are on page 53.

Our Scripps Ranch High School writer this month, Docean Park, shares what the main topic of conversation is…not only on campus but everywhere! True confession: I am totally guilty of this, Docean, because I have a senior! So if I run into you, I will try to hold myself back. See what I’m talking about on page 36.

Throughout this editorial I have written about people with heart who share their time with others. The ones who embody this concept are moms! To all the amazing Scripps Ranch moms, happy Mother’s Day. I hope you—and I, hint, hint!—are spoiled on our special day.

Gloria Tran, Editor