Through his involvement with the EVOLVE program, a course designed to teach valuable job skills to young adults with learning disabilities, Jared Heard learned about AdventurePlex, where he started as a volunteer before working his way up to part-time...

Within minutes of talking to Sally Doyle, her energy and positive spirit come shining through.

Born in New York and raised in Pennsylvania, Sally Doyle didn’t make the Beach Cities home until 1984 when she and her husband, Steve, put down roots...

Although she was born and raised in Minnesota, Marcie Dean made Manhattan Beach her home in the early 1960s. Working as a stewardess for United Airlines at the time, she asked for a transfer to be close to her then boyfriend, Ed Dean, who later became...

Born and raised in Los Angeles County, Lauren Campbell is no stranger to the South Bay. As a young girl, she and her mother moved out this way so Lauren could pursue training for figure skating, something she enjoyed starting at the age of 5. But by...

From volunteering as a Restaurant Ambassador for Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) to managing the choir at her church, Laura Petros certainly keeps herself busy in her retirement.

Though originally from Chicago, Laura considers herself a...

Jada Irving is a hardworking 16 year-old. When she isn’t in high school, this teenager can be found volunteering her time at AdventurePlex weekly.

Born and raised in Redondo Beach, Jada is native to the Beach Cities area. She currently attends...

As dementia numbers continue to spike locally and nationally, volunteers like Redondo Beach resident Avra Diamond bring companionship and joy to those struggling with the degenerative condition through BCHD’s ‘Brain Buddies’ program

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Every thursday afternoon, 73-year-old Avra Diamond (pictured above) visits her 90-year-old neighbor, Ana Marie. They started out in the summer playing games and coloring, but they have now eased into comfortable talks about the older woman’s lifetime...

Fred Manna’s charm and passion can light up a room instantly. The enthusiasm he shows toward his volunteer work is catching and it’s easy to see that he loves doing it.

Born and raised in Chicago, Fred first came to Orange County in 1982 when...

Native to Argentina, Mara Blum immigrated to the states with her parents at the age of 5. As a child, Mara acted in commercials and after-school specials but later decided to leave acting behind to become a medical malpractice lawyer, a career she...

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