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Steve Manseau of the High Country Journal receives an AVPORT-Certificate of Appreciation.  The Anza Valley Outlook received one too, along with many others, recognized for a job well done.
Steve Manseau of the High Country Journal receives an AVPORT-Certificate of Appreciation. The Anza Valley Outlook received one too, along with many o...

AVPORT: Paul Pedtke on the Volunteer Program

Jan. 6th meeting continued

Friday, January 25th, 2013
Issue 04, Volume 17.
Jodi Thomas
Staff Writer

"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately" ‚Äď†Benjamin Franklin.

Paul Pedtke new to the Anza community and a director of AVPORT addresses the crowd Jan. 6, "Good afternoon, pleasure to see everyone today. My wife and I just moved to Anza in March, and we feel very welcomed.

"I apologize to anyone who was forgotten, and remind us if we did. (Speaking of the AVPORT Appreciation Certificates just handed out to several citizens and businesses, which have embraced AVPORTís motto ĎCitizens Helping Citizens.í) , I am also a construction manager and deal with projects and with different governments

"Mike was very kind (speaking of his introduction), he mentioned that I am an architect, I am also a construction manager and deal with projects and with different governments. I guess I was shocked to hear the things that were going on (concerning Code Enforcement abuse). I was doubly shocked by the types of people that were being hurt by the government, people who canít find the resources to deal with the problems themselves. Initially the thought that came to me was to organize a volunteer work type program."

So he did; he joined AVPORT as a director and went to work right away to organize a group of volunteers to help clean properties for those in needs.

Paul continued, "The situation right now with the Volunteer Program is that we want to organize the Ďcitizens assisting citizensí concept with direct help. It is an idea that we are going to create lists of all volunteers, so we donít double up on anybody. We want to be able to permeate throughout Advertisement
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the community. We will organize this as an attempt to help those who do not have the resources to contract labor, to help those who canít really do it on their own, whether it is because they donít have a network of friends/ family or are unable physically to do the work themselves.

"You will be seeing some of us (from AVPORT) coming around to your groups; we will be appealing to you. One of the benefits of volunteerism is that we do not have to rely on the government swooping in to help us, (getting into our business and becoming reliant upon them) which is not happening very much anyways in this economy. So this is one way to really get things done without relying on somebody else.

"Itís going to take people willing to step up, wanting to help and participate with the community. After all what choice do we have right now? If weíre going to help people stay in their homes, and avoid fines, we will have to take care of our own. This will strengthen our relationships in our community service involvement. This will be creating a spirit of neighborís getting to know each other. This isnít the first time there was an idea to have a work corps, seems to me there was another one during desperate times, the CCC. (The CCC the Civilian Conservation Corp. was formed in 1933-1943 during the Great Depression," said Paul Pedtke.

If you would like to be involved in the AVPORT Volunteer Program please call AVPORT at

(951) 389-4884 or email AVPORT at

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