Events and Opportunities

There are many opportunities to engage with your community, your county, your state, and more. From working on political campaigns to donating to neighbors in need to helping clean local trails to serving on any of a number of local committees, we hope to keep you informed about the various ways you can involve yourself.


Interested in running for local office or working on a campaign in 2022? The campaign season is quickly approaching for next year’s midterm elections — when hundreds of local seats on city councils, school boards, community planning boards, and other districts across San Diego County will be on the ballot.
This is the perfect time to learn more, and the San Diego County Democratic Party is here to help get you started! You’re invited to sign up for Campaigning 101: Overview and Fundamentals, a virtual info session on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Zoom. 

Open to Democratic prospective candidates and campaign staff alike, this session will cover topics including: the process of becoming a candidate and determining which seat to run for; the roles and structure within a campaign organization; an overview of the San Diego County Democratic Party’s endorsement process, and guidance on next steps and considerations for a possible run for office. Attendance is free of charge, but advance registration is required. If you’re interested — or know anyone who is — please sign up now at

Please contact Maral at, or 858-218-6998, if you have any questions. 


Sharp Medical is now running the vaccination site at Cal State San Marcos. They are open 7 days a week and looking for MEDICAL and NON-MEDICAL volunteers for 4-5 hour shifts. The most needed days are Monday – Friday. The jobs are easy to learn and a lot of the positions include directing people through the lines.

This is the link for non-medical:

This is the link for medical (vaccinators):

Diversity Book Drive/Food Drive

Thanks to all who donated to the diversity book drive in January and food drives in January and February. We couldn’t support our community in need without you! Thanks to Greg and Chris Armstrong for their book and food donations, to Tanis Brown for her book and food donations, to Cathy Yavorsky, Monica Marvin, Toni LaHera, Maria Reyes, Jennie Brawner, and Ammi Bozonelos for their generous donation of diverse books. Thanks to Gary Hansen & Peggy Chute, Mike & Mary Lou Phipps, and Doris Payne for their donations of much-needed food. Thanks to those whose names I don’t know who sent checks to Universidad Popular. Those go a long way in helping to fill gaps in donations. We also received many donations from people outside our club and hope that effort goes toward building a stronger, more supportive community. If I forgot anyone, please let me know. We want all of your generosity to be recognized!

Food Drive for Universidad Popular

People in our community are suffering from food insecurity due to Covid-19 and they need your help. We will continue to collect donations monthly to help serve them. One of our members, Arcela Nunez-Alvarez, is spearheading this effort in the Universidad Popular community. If you are able, please add a shelf stable item or two or a personal care item to your grocery list when you shop. If you’re more comfortable sending items, please consider using Amazon or Wal-mart or another shipping services. If you’re not shopping now due to Covid risk, would you consider sending a check to Universidad Popular?  Their mailing address is P.O. Box 1712, San Marcos, CA 92069. For drop off information, please contact Kathy Steel at either or 760-889-0207 or Greg and Chris Armstrong at Call or text Chris at 760-720-9224 or Greg at 760-390-7857. This month, please drop off items no later than March 12. If you are unable to drop off food and/or personal care items at either of our homes, please contact one of us and we’ll pick them up.  As a rule, we will collect by the middle of each month.

Here’s the list of items most needed:

Food: applesauce, breakfast cereals (hot and cold), canned meats (tuna and chicken), dried fruits, mac and cheese (dry), dried fruits, energy/granola bars, healthy snacks for kids, honey, instant oatmeal, juice boxes for kids, nuts and seeds (salted and unsalted), olive or vegetable oil, pasta sauce, peanut butter & jelly, popcorn kernels, quinoa, rice, pasta, dry beans (variety)

Personal Care Items: shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper, toothbrushes & toothpaste, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer

Other items: can openers, paper towels, and socks, craft items for children

Covid-19 Vaccination Information

If you qualify for Covid-19 vaccine and would like to receive one, please go to or where all vaccination sites in San Diego County are listed. Follow the instructions on the site for booking a vaccine. Please note that it may take several tries. If you don’t have a smartphone or computer, call 2-1-1 and you will receive help setting up an appointment. If you need help finding a vaccine, please contact Kathy Steel at 760-889-0207 or at, and she will either walk you through the process or provide the name of someone else who can help. If you need transportation, please let her know and she will help you find a ride to a local vaccination site.

If anyone has suggestions for a community service project they’d love to see, please contact Kathy Steel at In the meantime, look for different community service projects every month!