By Megan McClain
Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage being altruistic and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature shares the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform, inspire and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.
Day 12 - Pomona Valley Workshop
Developmentally disabled adults can find vacational and socialization services in the Pomona and Montclair areas with an organization that has a long history of providing support.
Pomona Valley Workshop was founded in 1966 as a source of support for adults with disabilities. Currently, it has 400 clients and strives to be a premier provider of assembly and packing subcontracting.
Pomona Valley Workshop employs adults with learning disabilities, either working as a subcontractor or hiring them to work at one of its four facilities in Southern California. It also offers daytime resources, bringing in volunteers to support and educate.
PVW offers four programs, including an adult development center, round-about senior services, work program and supported education services.
The program offers valuable vocational training, life skills and socialization.
Currently, PVW is looking to expand volunteer opprotinities at its facility and seeks those willing to work with people with learning disabilities or teach them vocational skills at PVW facilities. The organization also wants volunteers willing to teach skills like Zumba, art and more.
“Going into the future, we have a lot of volunteer opportunities for anyone with knowledge who wants to pass on skills,” said Director Mitch Gariador.”
Pomona Valley Workshop also is available as a resource for companies looking to hire developmentally disabled adults or looking for a packaging and assembly sub-contractor for their business.
Pomona Valley Workshop is currently raising funds to update its cafeteria for employees and clients. It also seeks sponsors and volunteers for its April 1, 2017, PVW Fun Run at Fairplex in Pomona. The event is a major fundraiser for the organization.
Pomona Valley Workshop is located at 4650 Brooks Street in Montclair. For more information about volunteering or to schedule a tour visit pvwonline.org or call (909) 624-5675.