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Laguna Niguel mayor: Things get solved when you get involved

Laguna Niguel is blessed with an abundance of service clubs and charitable organizations comprised of committed community leaders who make the time, because they have heart to give. The common trait among our community leaders is “optimism”; they know that the good works of their organization will benefit those that they serve. One of the most inspiring things about our city is that each year we have new volunteers with new ideas.

The types of groups you can get involved with are endless. There are traditional service clubs like Rotary, the Lions, and the Laguna Niguel Woman’s Club. For those inspired by a specific interest, there is Arts Laguna Niguel, the Niguel Botanical Preserve, Friends of the Library, or the Laguna Niguel Senior Citizens Club. We have religious ministries such as Knights of Columbus, LDS Relief Society, and Church Councils. Groups serving our youth are Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, School PTAs and sports leagues. Serving our veterans are the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. Then, of course, we have our volunteer city committees like the Parade Committee, Community Emergency Response Team, and Police Auxiliary Citizens Team. And for those who are ready to make a commitment as a resident representative serving on an advisory board to the City Council we have our city commissions such as Planning, and Parks & Recreation, just to name a few.

We all have gifts, skill, and talent to volunteer. During our last round of commission interviews, the City Council was impressed with the overwhelming number of well-qualified applicants. To provide these talented residents with the opportunities available to serve the community, we are revitalizing the Volunteer Opportunities Page as we update the city website, www.cityoflagunaniguel.org . It will be ready later this month; keep checking back as more opportunities are added. We are also adding an event calendar for Laguna Niguel community organizations to list their upcoming events.

I’d like to acknowledge one of our residents who had the professional expertise to offer support and education to parents. Due to recent events with youth in our immediate and national communities, there was a need for parents to learn and discuss how to keep our kids safe. Donna Gugliotta, LMFT, facilitated an evening where parents were able to come together to have a discussion that was very beneficial. This is but one example of when a need is recognized and one of our wonderful residents stepped up to fill that need. Thank you, Donna!

Gennawey, Elaine. “Laguna Niguel Mayor: Things Get Solved When You Get Involved.” Orange County Register , Orange County Register, 5 Mar. 2018, laguna niguel mayor things get solved when you get involved.

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