November 2019

Pomona Hope News

Student Spotlight: Jessica Garcia
By Julie Venegas
The 2019 Pomona Hope Annual Fundraising and Awareness Gala recognized Jessica Garcia for her outstanding devotion to Pomona Hope. Jessica, who has been an After School and Summer Enrichment attendee since the first grade, is one of the longest-attending members in our community. At the gala, she spoke of her experiences and how she has grown to be an effective student and leader.

Jessica has taken advantage of leadership opportunities by presiding as the first Associated Student Body (ASB) president of Pomona Hope and by becoming one of our Young Adult Scholars where she has instructed students in performing arts workshops. As a senior in the School of Arts and Enterprise, she has organized school-wide protests and participated in civic actions. She hopes to continue this outstanding work by pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California as a business administration major. 

To show our appreciation for Jessica’s contributions and her devotion to Pomona Hope, we have honored her with the Jonah’s Light scholarship to further support her academic and career aspirations.

Thank you to Rite Aid and Union Pacific!
Pomona Hope is excited to announce that we have received two first time grant opportunities. Rite Aid and Union Pacific have generously donated funds that will advance our Junior High and High School programs focused on advancing leadership skills and other youth centered programs and services.

Their support will especially empower us to instill professional development in members who are approaching higher education and must familiarize themselves with their positions as prospective leaders. 

The 2019 Pomona Hope Annual Awareness and Fundraising Gala
By Julie Venegas

The 2019 Pomona Hope Annual Fundraising and Awareness Gala was an extremely successful and heartwarming event! Many of our loyal volunteers, longtime sponsors, and community members were in attendance to show their support for Pomona Hope and our surrounding community.

It was clear that every attendee has devoted themselves to serving their community in some way. Whether through education, the private sector, or through volunteer work, they were concerned with developing a stronger community through actions that ensure all members are acknowledged, valued, and supported, regardless of their background.

As we began our presentation, we acknowledged the generous sponsors who support our center. We extended special appreciation towards our Gold Level Sponsors, La Verne Heights Presbyterian church and Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, for their charitable donations. We are grateful for their ongoing support and consideration of our services. 

After acknowledging the generous sponsors who support our services, we honored Jessica Garcia with the Jonah’s Light scholarship to support her future endeavors. Read more about Jessica in the student spotlight to the left. 

Later, Jeff Johannsen, our Executive Director, spoke of his personal experiences with mentorship and emphasized the ways in which Pomona Hope’s staff and volunteers are strong mentors that can make a difference in the quality of students’ lives. As we continue to develop programs for our community, Pomona Hope will surround our youth with positive role models that will help guide them towards success. 

As the gala came to a close, winners of our raffle and silent auction were announced. Thanks to our wonderful guests, the gala was a complete success! We’ve raised over $50,000 to continue supporting our work to strengthen Pomona’s children, youth, and families. We are very grateful for the generosity of this year’s attendees and our supporters.
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