Fall 2022 Kick-Off: The Greatest Good

San Marino Community Church is hosting our second annual Fall Kick-Off in celebration of our Greatest Good Campaign on Sunday, September 11, 2022. 

This event is free to the community! There will be free In-N-Out (suggested donation of $1 per person to benefit the LA Food Bank) and Kona Ice Truck, live music featuring Willow Stephens and the Virginia Road Band, face-painting, popcorn, games and prizes to be won! We encourage anyone who would like to come to let us know you are planning to attend by clicking here, but walk-ins are welcome. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us! 

Each of our ministry groups and committees have invited local non-profit and charity organizations who are doing incredible work all throughout the San Gabriel Valley and L.A. County area. See below to learn more about the organizations we are partnering with and read about the donation opportunities that will be available on the day of the Kick-off! Should you have any questions about this event, please click here

Learn More about the organizations we are partnering with this year

Each of SMCC's committees have partnered with an organization or non-profit they believe are contributing to our local community in meaningful ways. Learn more about each one below, along with information regarding donation and volunteer opportunities. 

  • Families Forward Learning Center

    Families Forward Learning Center provides free education and social services to low-income families with children from birth to five years old. Serving the Pasadena area since 1961, our services are based on a two-generation learning model that empowers both parents and children to gain knowledge and skills that improve outcomes for the entire family. In so doing, we ensure that children in our program are safe, healthy and developmentally on-track, while enhancing parents’ skills, literacy and self-sufficiency so that they can be active participants and advocates for their children’s education.

    Visit their website. 

  • Friends in Deed

    Friends in Deed is an interfaith organization that provides supportive services to meet basic human needs, so our homeless and at-risk neighbors can rebuild their lives. Celebrating more than 125 years of service, we meet the needs of our clients by leveraging our small, but dedicated, staff with many volunteers. Friends In Deed meets people where they are, without judgment or restrictions that deny people the help they need. We bring dignity to homelessness and poverty. Our staff’s smiling faces and helping hands ensure that individuals in need are safe, fed, and hopeful for their futures.

    Visit their website.

  • Iglesia Food Pantry

    Mission Outreach and SMCC provide ongoing support for the Food Pantry at Iglesia de la Comunidad Presbyterian Church in Highland Park, CA.

    Iglesia Food Pantry will be accepting donations of healthy, non-perishable food items at the Greatest Good Celebration. 

    Visit their website

  • La casa de san gabriel community center

    La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center was founded in 1946 by the Reverend César Lizárraga and his wife Angelita. It was during their call as pastors of the Presbyterian Church on East Mission Road in 1943, that the Lizárraga’s realized the community lacked programs to address the educational and social needs of its low income residents. La Casa enhances the well-being of the families it serves today by providing educational and social services that promote self-sufficiency and motivation for lifelong learning.

    Visit their website

  • Ministry of hope

    Ministry of Hope works in Malawi, Africa, one of the poorest nations on earth, to provide hope and a future for orphans and vulnerable children in rural villages. Through a community based care program, over 6,000 children receive physical and spiritual nourishment. Educational scholarships provide tools to escape the cycle of poverty, strengthening the country’s infrastructure. Medical care reaches whole regions through a mobile medical clinic. MoH also sponsors village savings & loan programs to economically strengthen whole communities. A crisis nursery rescues orphaned and abandoned babies. 

    Visit their website

  • miry's list

    Miry's List is a community of welcomers using crowdsourcing and social media to connect people who want to help with families who are resettling in the United States as refugees. Their team works together with families to create a list of items needed to turn their house into a home. With the help of volunteers, each family’s needs are turned into a shoppable online wish-list which we share broadly to a generous community of donors. Each family has unique needs - many with small children, elderly grandparents or members with disabilities.

  • monte vista grove homes

    Monte Vista Grove Homes is a holistic and vibrant senior community – one filled with creativity, love and compassion. The historic vision of Monte Vista Grove Homes has been to be a Christ-centered community that provides Independent housing and services for those who have served the Presbyterian Church (USA) in a variety of ways. In addition to independent living, we offer three levels of Assisted Living: light assistance, memory care, and enhanced assistance for those who are wheelchair bound or bedridden. Assisted Living is open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation. 

    Visit their website

  • My refuge house

    My Refuge House (MRH) is a place where every person’s story is worthy of hope, love, and transformation. Faithfully focused on “Restoring One Life At A Time”, MRH journeys with survivors, families, and communities in Cebu, Philippines that are impacted by commercial sexual exploitation (CSE), online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC), and sexual abuse. Beginning in 2008 as a therapeutic residential home, MRH currently provides comprehensive care for up to 18 survivors ages 9-21. Accredited in the Philippines through the Department of Social Welfare & Development, MRH has grown through the years to focus on three areas of impact: Prevention- Restoration-Reintegration.

    Visit their website

  • North Valley Caring services

    NVCS is a nonprofit organization serving the residents in the Northeast San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. With roots in the community as a soup kitchen in 1978, North Valley Caring Services has grown to become the largest single-site food distribution center in the San Fernando Valley, offering multi-pronged interventions to tackle homelessness, poverty, and food insecurity in the local community. They offer programs for youth enrichment, safe parking, and homeless outreach. 

    Visit their website

  • pasadena Village

    Pasadena Village is an intentional community of adults over 55 who support each other while living independently in their homes. Over 130 Members (and growing) engage in a robust calendar of discussion groups, social activities, support groups, and educational programs. Members nurture new friendships and meaningful experiences while encouraging ways to contribute to the wider community. Pasadena Village is one of 300 villages across the country which are embarking on a new way to support the population of seniors who choose to age in place and remain in their own homes as long as they wish

    Visit their website

  • ronald macdonald house charities - pasadena

    Ronald McDonald House Pasadena is a home-away-from-home for families with critically-ill children, keeping them close to one another, their doctors and needed medical care. The House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child—not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest.

    Ronald McDonald House Pasadena will be accepting donations of paper towel rolls at the Kick-Off.

    Visit their website. 

  • union rescue mission

    Union Rescue Mission (URM) is one of the largest missions of its kind in America — bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles county. Over the years, URM has continued and expanded its efforts to feed both the body and the soul, helping individuals and families break the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency.

    Visit their website

  • union station homeless services

    As the lead agency coordinating homeless services in the San Gabriel Valley, Union Station Homeless Services, benefit a region with a combined population of over 1.5 million across more than 36 cities and communities. Our mission is to help individuals and families end homelessness and rebuild their lives. Along with a focus on permanent housing solutions, they prioritize building authentic relationships and acknowledge that clients are best able to direct their own path toward personal wellbeing. 

    Union Station will be accepting donations of canned goods at the Kick-Off.

    Visit their website