Avant-Garde Foster Family Agency
Avant-Garde Foster Family Agency of Corona, CA is a private non-profit 501(c)3 community service agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in foster care in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange counties.
Avant-Garde FFA’s mission is to serve the individualized needs of children in foster care through the recruitment, training, and equipping of quality resource parents. They are caring and compassionate social workers and staff, committed to the well-being of the entire foster family unit. Avant-Garde FFA provides support, counseling, and mediation that brings healing and hope.
For more information visit https://www.avgffa.org or call 951-735-5300
Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, implemented in many communities across the country, is designed to increase individual and community preparedness and self-reliance in the event of man-made or natural disasters. The CERT Program is a partnership in preparedness for emergencies while teaching individuals to take care of their family and neighbors and to assess hazards after a disaster as part of a trained team. The 27 hour FEMA based course is free to Corona area residents and includes training in: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, CERT Organization and Terrorism.
For more information, please call (951) 279-3765.
Christian Arts & Theatre of Corona
Christian Arts & Theatre of Corona (CAT) is an after-school theater and visual arts educational program for students ages 6-18. CAT is committed to building up kids through excellence in the arts as well as modeling for them the highest morals through traditional Biblical values. All CAT Instructors are qualified professionals, who not only give the children valuable skills in every aspect of creative arts, but also understand our fundamental goals.
Our Vision: To enrich the life of individuals, families, and the community through experiences in the arts within an atmosphere of positive Biblical values
For more information visit www.CatCorona.com or email Cyndi@CATCorona.org.
Corona Art Association
The Corona Art Association, which was founded in 1963, is a non-profit organization with a history of community involvement. Our membership includes many recognized artists in the Southern California area whose work spans a variety of styles and media. We promote art in the community and provide opportunities for individuals to learn about the visual arts, enhance creative skills through classes and demonstrations, and by participating in art shows and various community events.
Circle City Chorale
Circle City Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization singing proud from Corona, California.
Founded in January of 2010, the Circle City Chorale is a community choir made up of singers from the greater Inland Empire/Orange County area. We sing a variety of music, ranging from folk tunes and spirituals to Broadway showtunes to more challenging "serious" music. In addition to presenting concerts in early summer and in December, we perform for special events such as the Empty Bowls fundraiser for Settlement House and the Corona City Council's annual State-of-the-City meeting.
Circle City Rotary Club
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
1) The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
2) High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society
3) The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life
4) The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service
For more information visit www.CircleCityRotary.com or call (951) 737-3550.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
Our club began in August of 1955. The charter members were all men and business people who wanted to network, so they met during lunch. Over the years the club grew and became a success in the community; so much so that two additional clubs - Circle City in Corona and the Norco Club were born. The Corona Kiwanis Club quickly became known in the community for their annual pancake breakfast, a tradition that continues today. They are also known for the placement of American Flags on Sixth and Main Streets on most major holidays. They also support 9 elementary schools with the Terrific Kids Program.
Corona Lions Club
Our Mission is to Create and Foster a Spirit of understanding among all people for Humanitarian needs by providing voluntary service through our community involvements.
As one of the premier community service organizations, the Lions Club fosters service to the community through camaraderie and individual growth. There are about 1.4 million members, in over 46,000 Lions clubs, in 197 countries and geographic areas, with a focus on the concept of 'We Serve.'
Founded in 1917, members have enjoyed opportunities to give something back to their communities. Lions clubs have embraced the commitment to building a brighter future for their community without personal financial reward, and to promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.
Corona Host Lions was founded in 1923 and supports some 22 charities that are involved with the conservation of sight and the blind. Among other areas Lions clubs provides assistance is in research for diabetes, disaster relief and drug abuse prevention.
For more information please call (951) 735-8860.
Corona Model Railroad Society
A great place to visit along with the beautiful Corona Heritage Park where its located. The CMRS has an HO model railroad that represents Corona, Riverside, and Fullerton about 1949, before citrus gave way to housing and as steam was about to give way to diesel.
CMRS members have worked hard to create a historically accurate representation of these cities and the four railroads that served them.
Come visit us at the Corona Heritage Park located at 510 W Foothill Parkway, Corona, 92882. We are open the first and third Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is always free and always lots of free parking available.
Interested in history, railroads, and citrus? Ask about joining. Monthly membership is available at a very reasonable rate.
For more information visit www.cmrsclub.com.
Corona Norco Rescue Mission
Our Mission: To minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the Last, and the Lost of our Community through the provision of assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care and independent living communities.
Our Philosophy: As a ministry is to operate in a dynamic, entrepreneurial manner, expecting to grow and expand numerically, programmatically, and geographically. We seek to be constantly challenged with fresh vision and well-prepared strategies that originate with the President and the senior professional staff, and that are refined, confirmed, and approved by the Board of Directors prior to implementation.
Our Value: Inspiration of Hope in those we serve. Excellence in everything we do. Leadership centered on servanthood. Respect for each person as an an individual. Integrity and accountability. Moving our clients toward self-sufficiency. Commitment to spiritual, emotional, social and vocational growth. Maintaining an environment that fosters teamwork, success and trust
Corona-Norco United Way
The Corona-Norco United Way (CNUW) is a non-profit organization, located in Corona, servicing the cities of Corona, Norco and Eastvale. The focus of CNUW is changing the conditions in education, financial stability and health; creating programs to achieve its goals in stability and independence.
The core services provided are:
Corona-Norco United Way (CNUW) knows that a good education is an important building block to a good life; to be able to get a good job and to be self sufficient.
Corona-Norco United Way believes Financial Stability is one of the building blocks for a good life. Financial Stability means having and keeping a good job that provides a sufficient income; money management skills to protect and build assets; planning for children’s education or retirement; and affordable housing.
Corona-Norco United Way believes that good health is an important building block to a good life. As the World Health Organization’s Constitution states, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” United Way’s goal is to increase the number of children, young people and adults who are healthy and reduce risky behavior.
Corona-Norco United Way also provides funding to other non-profit organizations maintaining health and human services in our community like: Food, Clothing, Shelter, warm meals, utility assistance, rental assistance, prescription drugs, and referral services among many of its basic programs.
For more information visit www.cnunitedway.org or call (951) 736-0620.
Corona Symphony Orchestra
"The mission of the Corona Symphony Orchestra is to bring the richness of live orchestral music to the people of the Inland Empire and to represent Corona and the region with musical excellence as one of its premier performing ensembles.”
Recognizing the convergence of musical and artistic talent in a region with a growing appetite for quality entertainment, coupled with the central location of Corona as a geographic, cultural, and commercial crossroads of counties in the California southland, the Corona Symphony Orchestra is a welcome addition to the growing cultural wealth of our region and will promote "the Circle City" as a thriving hub for music and the arts.
The Corona Symphony Orchestra will create expanding musical, cultural, and educational programs that not only entertain, but also enrich our community. The symphony plans to perform concerts in Corona’s newly renovated Civic Center auditorium, as well as other historic and modern concert venues in our region. Its repertoire will explore many genres: classics, choral works, light opera, pops, film and television scores, original works, and more. It also plans to support the City of Corona in selected civic events; cultivate a relationship with local schools for promoting the life-enriching and elevating quality of the arts; foster the growth of student musicians through mentor relationships and performance opportunities; provide accompaniment resources for local choral and theatrical groups; and numerous other contributions to our society yet to be imagined.
The symphony is organized as a non-profit orchestra, presently without financial compensation to its members. However, as its reputation and value to the community are established, ticketed events are enjoyed, grants and endowments are garnered, and its members are sought after for other artistic endeavors, the potential for more practical benefits to its members is obvious.
The Corona Symphony Orchestra promises to offer a uniquely rich experience for qualified musicians who are either on their way to a career in music, or to those of similar caliber who have chosen other career paths. It will be an environment for serious musicians to develop, enjoy, and share their gifts with the community around them, to the mutual benefit of all.
Corona Fire Safety Foundation
Corona Fire Safety Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation that provides a partnership between the community and the Corona Fire Department to expand public safety for the citizens of Corona. Recent activities and programs have included: Supplying digital cameras, confined
space rescue equipment, firefighter rescue belts, and automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) funding for Vials of Life, Fire Explorer, Burn Institute of Inland Empire, fire service scholarships, and programs for swimming pool safety, smoke detectors, and Freddy the Fire Truck. General meetings are held quarterly and are open to all interested parties. To join or donate contact Corona Fire Safety Foundation at www.CoronaFireSafetyFoundation.org.
Food Runners Club
Food Runners is a life skills program that provides the opportunity to serve others.
Our youth volunteers expand their personal horizons beyond their immediate peer group to a larger community, their neighborhood, their city, and surrounding county areas.
Food Runners is run in part by our youth volunteers.
Our youth volunteers are encouraged to make decisions and work as a team experiencing leadership and responsibility by participating and organizing hospitality and service projects throughout the community.
Our youth volunteers learn valuable life skills that will benefit and prepare them to take on the challenges of the real business world. They learn the value of teamwork and the benefits of helping others along with obtaining the satisfaction of personal achievement.
Friends of the Corona Public Library
Friends of the Library is an independent, 501 (c) (3) non-profit support group that creates community interest in the Corona Public Library, and promotes increased knowledge and understanding of the Library’s services and needs. Volunteer members receive the Friends’ quarterly newsletter and discounts on bookshop and donated book purchases. Activities and projects include: Friends’ Book Shop, Adopt-a-Book-Program, Summer Reading Program, Author Talks and Special Programs, Major Gifts to the Library, donations of money, used/new books, and DVDs/CDs. More information and applications for Friends membership are available at the Library, online at www.FriendsoftheCoronaPublicLibrary.com or by calling (951) 279-6604.
Governing Hearts' main purpose is to help members of the disabled community. Teens and adults who are high functioning to provide services such as short term (day program) and long term ( 24 hour facility) care. Through the IHSS action plan, they provide a list of services. They also provide transportation to appointments and grocery shopping. Accompaniment and companionship are two main important focuses for the mental stimulation that is lacking in some adult facilities that cater to special needs individuals. To learn more, please call (951) 603-4548.
Heritage Park and Museum
Heritage Park and Museum is a volunteer-operated 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and a permanent center for the community’s history, art and culture. The museum was once the company store of the Foothill Lemon Ranch and had been the agricultural hub of the City that became known as “The Lemon Capital of the World.” In addition, the Park consists of four historic homes, several citrus packing houses, botanical gardens, specimen grove and entomological laboratory. The Corona Heritage Park and Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tues. through Sat. It is free to the public and membership is open to everyone.
For more information visit www.CoronaHeritage.org or call (951) 898-0687.
Historic Preservation Society
Historic Preservation Society is a local non-profit tax exempt organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Corona’s historic buildings, neighborhoods and sites. CHPS educates citizens about Corona’s history, historic resources and enhances historic preservation within the City of Corona. Programs include: the Historic Marker Program, Vintage Home Tour, Heritage Home Awards, educational seminars and field trips, and numerous community preservation projects and activities. For more information, go to www.Corona-History.org, pick up one of the Society’s bi-monthly newsletters located at the Corona Public Library, call (951) 898-2044.
INSPIRE believes education is the key to breaking the cycle of abuse and poverty in families.
Currently, less than 6% of former foster youth attend college and only 2% obtain degrees. They are in need of educational and employment guidance as well as life skills training and affordable housing. By providing these services, Inspire seeks to assist these youth in overcoming their past and gain the skills and support needed to choose a positive and rewarding future
Our youth attend college or vocational school full time and work part time while provided with safe and stable housing in a community setting. They are charged a nominal rent per month to help teach self-sufficiency. They receive personal mentoring, professional counseling, life skills training, employment and educational support. One of the keys to our success is our volunteer one on one mentoring program. The youth are modeled healthy lifestyles and choices and are given encouragement and accountability to reach their goals.
Education, employment and wrap around services are preventative measures against unplanned pregnancy, incarceration, drug and alcohol addiction and gang prevention. We teach and model for our youth that they are able to choose a better, more productive life for themselves and break the cycles of abuse and poverty in their families.
INSPIRE has served over 50 former foster youth since 2005. Of those 50, 93% attended college and 82% gained employment while in the program. Many youth have completed degrees or vocational programs with the assistance of Inspire. What began as one home has now become six – with more planned for the future
Kids Rock Free
We believe that music should be unrestricted
You don’t need us to tell you what freedom is. Freedom is something that can never be fully expressed, only felt. Here at Kids Rock Free® at Fender® Center, freedom is in the air. What we offer is complete unrestricted access to music. Here is the ability to carve out your own personal niche, and uncover your passion. The freedom to access a drive within yourself. To learn true music appreciation. To uncover the artist within.
KRF is committed to creating and maintaining a world-class educational facility to grant kids the freedom to learn and express their passion for music in all the diversity the performing arts has to offer.
The foundation founded in July of 1997 as a private, 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. The continuing goal of Kids Rock Free at Fender Center is to provide the community with a music school that welcomes kids and adults to learn and experience the arts. And to create a safe, compassionate environment where no one is ever turned away. Because we still believe In a perfect world…Kids Rock Free.
Kids Rock Free is a proud member of Arts Alive Cultural Arts Council of Corona, American Alliance of Museums and Americans for the Arts.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals and personal contact to senior and disabled adults in an effort to keep them healthy, safe and living independently for as long as they are able.
We provide a vital service to community residents that would otherwise go hungry and/or live in isolation.
Partners for Parks & Recreation Foundation
Partners for Parks & Recreation Foundation is a 501(C)(3) non-profit, community-based fundraising and support foundation for the Recreation Services. The focus of this foundation is to work with local individuals and businesses to support and assist in the development and maintenance of City facilities and to assist in the advancement of recreation services and programs. With City funds becoming more limited, the Foundation’s fundraising efforts are essential to the continued development of facilities and services in the City of Corona. Joining or donating to the Corona Partners is easy! For more information, please call (951) 736-2241.
In 1945, Bob and Mary Jeffery had a son with multiple disabilities. As he grew, they looked for services to assist them. Finding nothing that met their standard of care, they started their own program with six boys in their home in Norco. Their reputations for helping the boys reach their full potential in a loving environment spread quickly and they had to expand twice to meet the demand.
In 1965 the First Congregational Church in Corona, a United Church of Christ (UCC) developed in interest in the program when the pastor’s son became one of the residents. An endorsement by all UCC churches in southern California resulted. A nonprofit corporation was formed which purchased the property and contracted with the Jefferys to continue to manage the program. There was widespread support by church members and community that resulted in many contributions and volunteer help.
By 1968, 17 boys were in residence and they had a long waiting list. A federal grant opportunity prompted the development of plans for five Community Care homes for twelve residents each on a five acre site in Corona with a price tag of close to one million dollars. The grant was applied for and approved. It would provide approximately one-third of the cost ($366,333) if that amount could be matched by Peppermint Ridge supporters. A bank loan would finance the remaining third.
In 1971 a fundraising campaign began that raised a total of $400,000 from Corona residents and members of the UCC Churches in southern California. In 1975 residents in the Norco home and people on the waiting list were moved into what continues to be the main campus at 825 Magnolia Avenue in Corona. Since 1975 Peppermint Ridge has opened six homes in the community which serve residents who need various levels of care.
As resident’s medical needs increased and the demand was present, Peppermint Ridge licensed some homes as Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) which are designed to serve adults with more medical needs.
In the 1980’s the VIP program was launched which supports people who are able to live on their own, but need some help in areas of daily living skills such as money management, meal preparation or cultivating social relationships. Four homes were opened in the community of Corona delivering various levels of care to the residents.
Through the 1990’s and into the new millennium, additional homes were opened in the community. On the campus licenses were converted from a lower to higher level of care to meet the changing needs of those living at The Ridge.
In 2008, a capital campaign and a lead gift from a couple made it possible to purchase Dudley Home, dedicated to serving six disabled adults with intermittent medical needs. This home opened in July of 2010.
Peppermint Ridge continues to provide quality care to its residents so that they can reach their full potential.
Corona Police Community Partnership
Corona Police Community Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enhance cooperation between the police and the citizens of Corona to ensure a safe community. Activities and programs include: scholarships to local high school seniors wanting to enter law enforcement upon graduation, participation in community events, and the Corona Police Department Employee Recognition Banquet. Membership is open to any person over 18 years of age who lives or works in the City of Corona. To join or donate, contact Corona Police Community Partnership (CPCP) c/o Corona Police Department, 730 Corporation Yard Way, Corona, CA 92880 or call (951) 736-2310.
Redeeming Hearts was created to meet the need of teen girls and young women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and need a place to turn.
Redeeming Hearts is a live-in program that provides emotional, practical and physical help for young women who are either homeless, in an abusive situation or in need of support during pregnancy.
Redeeming Hearts live-in program serves up to 5 young women at a time and is provided free of charge for those who need assistance.
Redeeming Hearts currently serves girls ages 16-30 years old in the Corona/Riverside communities.
For more information visit www.RedeemingHearts.org, or call (951) 818-8811.
Soroptimist’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. We are an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women.
Soroptimist International of Corona strives to be a global voice for women through awareness, advocacy and action. The organization is committed to serving local, national and international communities, and participating actively in decision-making at all levels of society. The word “Soroptimist” was coined from two Latin words, “sorror” and “optima”, which loosely translates as “best for women.”
Who is a Soroptimist? Soroptimists are women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups. They are working moms and single women; small business owners and corporate executives; attorneys, teachers and physicians.
Soroptimists are leaders across all professional disciplines who also serve as role models for younger women at the beginning of their careers. The common thread that connects all Soroptimist is their desire to make a difference for others through volunteer service.
Trauma Intervention Program
Trauma Intervention Program is an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that those who are emotionally traumatized in emergency situations receive the immediate assistance they need. TIP works closely with local emergency responders and hospital personnel. Well-trained citizen volunteers are called to emergency scenes to assist family members, witnesses, and other bystanders whom the emergency system must often leave behind in order to respond to other emergencies. Services are provided to victims and their families free of charge and are made possible through grants from local government and the fund raising efforts of individuals. For more information about the Corona TIP program and the next training academy, please call 951-736-2373 or visit www.TIPCorona.org.