The Rutherford Report: Council Brings Groups Together to Serve

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Council Brings Groups Together to Serve

The City of Rancho Cucamonga is very fortunate to have many service clubs, nonprofits, churches and other groups working to better the community.  

And the Rancho Cucamonga Service Council (often referred to as the RC Service Council) brings these local do-gooders together to coordinate and collaborate on projects, so they can combine their resources and magnify their efforts to support the city and its residents.  

Caryn Payzant helped organize the group in 2012. She is the Director of Public Relations for the Rancho Cucamonga Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which regularly organizes service projects in the community, and she was aware of many other groups doing similar work.  

“You have different goals in mind, but the one common denominator that brings everyone together is service,” she said.  

Caryn contacted the Rancho Cucamonga Community Services Department to see if she could get the city’s help creating the group. Having the city involved gave the effort legitimacy and helped convince groups the Service Council was worth joining.  

“They’ve proven to be invaluable partners,” Caryn said.  

The city provides a room at the RC Family Resource Center for the group’s regular meetings, which occur January through October from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month. The group goes dark November through December because of the holidays.  

During the meetings, representatives from various groups and organizations talk about projects they are working on so they can find extra volunteers to help or groups to partner with.  

“People walk away from those meetings feeling empowered,” Caryn said.  

The city also provides a venue for the annual RC Service Fair where community groups can set up booths to share information about their programs and to find volunteers to support their efforts.  

“A lot of organizations don’t have a lot of money to tell people about their organization and the services they provide,” Caryn said. “The RC Service Fair provides a venue for them to do that for a very nominal fee.”  

Additionally, the city provides a location for the RC Service Council’s annual Service Awards Dinner giving groups an opportunity to publicly recognize and thank their key volunteers.  

“There are so many people who go about giving, and they don’t want anything in return,” Caryn said. “This is an opportunity to thank them.”  

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