We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Kindness is contagious. San Diego Foundation Scholarships. Help with holiday spending. Mental Health Peer Educator jobs. Thanksgiving meal for students. Holiday jobs. 40 ways to save. Cell phone plans. Giving away a fortune. Meals on Wheels. Car giveaway. Items that save money. 100K jobs. Azim Khamisa. Little Free Library. Best used cars. Dance2Heal. A drive to help.

The veterans page: Happy Veterans Day! Helping make a Marine's dream come true. GI Bill. Friendship. Faith and PTSD. Bell tower at Miramar Cemetery. Shelter to Soldiers. Homes For Our Troops. Impacting Veteran Homelessness. Project COMBAT. Honoring our Veterans on Memorial Day. Preventing veteran suicide. A gift of a home. Humanitarian food and toy drop. Breaking new ground as a female combat engineer. "Just A Common Soldier." Volunteers help a former Marine with Leukemia. Expanded Veterans' Services.

Memorable quote: "Before you sleep, ruminate on things that you can give thanks for, and end your day on a positive note in order to sleep happy and wake up happy." -- Ryan Help, Overcoming Insecurity, Jealousy and Anxiety in Relationships

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kindness Goes a Long Way

A Toys R Us employee steps in to help a mother who was a little short on cash, and the kindness was repaid tenfold. This story appeared on MSN News.

San Diego Foundation Scholarships

If you're a graduating high school senior or a college student, the San Diego Foundation has local scholarships to help you go to school. You can use one common application to apply for 100 scholarships.

Even if you’re not a straight-A, star athlete or student body president, they have scholarship opportunities if you have:
  • Commitment to your education
  • Potential for success in college
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Participation in community service, extracurricular activities and/or work experience
  • Need of help to pay for school (including middle-income families)
Deadline to submit: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 2pm PST.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ways to Avoid Spending Too Much

One way to help with holiday expenses? Sell some of your excess stuff and use the extra cash for your holiday budget. Here are some other tips: Prepare Your Finances for the Holidays from MSN.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Jobs Available!

Mental Health Peer Educators and Military Veteran Peer Educators needed for Spring 2017. Work 10 hours a week at the Mental Health Counseling Center on campus.

  • Oversee information tables
  • Classroom presentations
  • Represent the Mental Health Counseling Center at campus events
Contact: Alyssa Panyawai at apanyawai@sdccd.edu

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Students Provide Food for Thanksgiving

"We started it because many students on campus are not able to spend Thanksgiving with their family." -- Yasmeen Obeid, social vice president for the Associated Student Organization at Southwestern College

Students Organize Thanksgiving Dinners for Others at Two Colleges was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on November 23, 2016.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Remember to thank the people you love and embrace gratitude on this day and throughout the year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Cell Phone Plans

Here are some no-contract cell phone carriers that could save you money over the big companies:

Consumer Cellular took first place in the PC Mag Readers' Choice Awards for mobile carriers and the company was recognized by JD Power for best-in-class customer service. Their plans start as low as $10 a month.

Republic Wireless also ranked high in the PC Mag Readers' Choice Awards. Republic Wireless has 4G LTE and WiFi. Plans start at $15 a month with unlimited talk, text, and WiFi data and you have the ability to change your plan based on your use needs.

Cricket Wireless plans start at $30 a month with 4G LTE, 1GB data, and unlimited nationwide talk and text. Cricket Wireless has been recommended by Consumer Reports and the PC Mag Readers' Choice Awards.

Page Plus has been recommended by Consumer Reports. Their plans start at $12 a month with 250 minutes or $39.95 with unlimited minutes.

Ting has been recommended by Consumer Reports. Their plans are based on your actual usage and their average customer monthly bill is $23.

MetroPCS is ranked highly in the PC Mag Readers' Choice Awards. They have a $30 plan that includes unlimited data, talk, and text.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Giving Away a Fortune

"We live only one life. When you die, there's nothing great about being the richest person in the world. That doesn't count. What's important is to have a positive attitude, come up with good ideas and have a willing heart." -- Charlie Yim

Self-Made Millionaire Plans to Give It All Away was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 8, 2016.


Delivering Meals and Much More

"When I was here in this country, my mom was really sick. Some of the guys I grew up with, whenever she needed something done, they would do it. This is my way of giving back. If someone could help my mom, then I feel it's my duty to help someone else's mom." -- Meals on Wheels volunteer, Allan Thomas.

Retiree Finds Second Career With Meals On Wheels was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on Oct. 25, 2016.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Nominate Someone for a Free Car!

Napa San Diego Auto Repair is accepting nominations for a free car giveaway through "Car for a Cause." If you know of someone deserving, go to Napa's website to fill out a nomination through November 30th.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Items that save you $

How can a crock-pot, coffee maker, or cable modem save you money? Check out this MSN article to find out.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

100K Jobs

These 11 jobs can pay $100K or more a year and there isn't a medical doctor or lawyer in the group.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Forgiveness, Not Violence

Azim Khamisa lost his son, Tariq, to a senseless act of violence. Forgiveness gave his life a new purpose. Khamisa and Ples Felix, the grandfather of the boy who killed Tariq, have formed a bond to prevent youth violence. 

"I like to quote Gandha. 'The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.'" -- Azim Khamisa

"Mr. Khamisa's forgiveness and the forgiveness of Mr. Khamisa's family helped my grandson realize he is not a throwaway person." -- Ples Felix.

Senseless Violence, Unbelievable Forgiveness: The Tariq Khamisa Foundation was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on October 8, 2016.

Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Monday, October 3, 2016

Little Library

The message below was sent recently from Mesa College regarding a worthwhile project they just completed. Even though City sometimes sees Mesa College as a rival big sister, the project is notable for the spirit of promoting literacy in its community:
On Friday September 23, 2016, Mesa’s Honors staff collaborated with Principal Sarah Saluta of San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools to place the little library right outside of the elementary school located on the corner of Linda Vista Rd. and Genesee Ave. If you’d like to learn more about the little library project, please go to https://littlefreelibrary.org/

I got the idea for this project one day when I was jogging in my neighborhood, Hillcrest. I saw one and thought, Linda Vista, a community that Mesa is a huge part of, needs to have one of these. A lot of generous individuals put in time and money to make this happen, so I’d like to take a moment and give them all a shout out:

San Diego Mesa College Foundation; AFT Local 1931; and Mesa’s Honors program helped fund the project.

Professor Sam Lee, Math professor at Mesa and Miramar, volunteered his time all Summer 2016 to paint it.

Honors student staff members, Andrew Rice, Erik Tomlinson, and Carissa Carrasquillo, all of whom are works studies Veteran students, worked with the elementary school students to place it outside of the elementary school.

Arthur James, Stockroom Clerk at Mesa College Receiving, helped transport it to the elementary school. He helped with the digging too. :)

Mesa Facilities allowed us to borrow their shovels.

Please go and visit the little library located on 7260 Linda Vista Rd. San Diego CA 92111 (corner of Linda Vista Rd. and Genesee Ave.) Take a book, give a book, and spread the importance of literacy.


Pegah Motaleb

Monday, September 5, 2016

Best Used Cars!

If you're in the market to buy a used car, we are listing the best choices. According to the April 2016 Consumer Reports, these are the best used cars for reliability and safety based on model year. Make sure your vehicle includes electronic stability control for safety.

Less than $10,000:

Small cars:
Ford Focus 2009-10
Pontiac Vibe 2006-09
Scion xB 2008-09

Acura TL 2006
Acura TSX 2006
Hyundai Sonata 2007-09
Mazda 6 2009

SUVs and Minivans:
Honda CR-V 2006
Honda Pilot 2006
Toyota Sienna 2006

$10,000 to $15,000:

Small cars:
Honda Fit 2011-13
Kia Soul 2011-13
Mazda 3 2011-12

Infiniti G 2006-08
Lincoln MKZ 2009-10

Acura MDX 2006
Toyota Highlander 2006-07

$15,000 to $20,000:

Small cars:
Toyota Prius 2012-13
Hyundai Elantra 2014-15
Honda Civic 2013-14
Honda Accord 2011-12
Toyota Camry 2012-13
Lexus ES 2009-10

Mazda CX-5 2013
Toyota Rav4 2010-11

$20,000 to $25,000

Ford Fusion 2014-15
Subaru Legacy 2014-15
Toyota Avalon 2012

Nissan Murano 2012-13
Subaru Forester 2012-13
Toyota Sequoia 2008

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2009
Acura RDX 2011
Lexus RX 2010