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The Fountain of Giving to help volunteer-driven events

FALLBROOK – According to Jackie Heyneman, "a website that the good people of Fallbrook should know about is The Fountain of Giving" ( It was developed to showcase opportunities for members of the community to participate in volunteer-driven events beneficial to the Fallbrook community at large.

In Fallbrook, and the surrounding area, there are lots of people willing to lend a hand, but it's sometimes hard to find out where the opportunities are, Heyneman said.

As an unincorporated community, with no tax base to provide for amenities, Fallbrookians have always had to "do it themselves." Whether it be a tree planting, street clean ups, pulling together major street fairs, removing major dump sites, weeding a trail through town, or making downtown itself ready for guests, they do it. This website is designed to detail upcoming opportunities that could use some additional community help.

The event "Perking Up the Pico," held at the Pico Promenade and covered in the Village News last week, is evidence of the type of event that can benefit from this website.

Produced and maintained by Roy Batchelor, an avid volunteer, it offers the opportunity for individuals and organizations to post their upcoming events for specific, posted projects and allows individuals to join a mailing list to be notified of upcoming projects and activities that deserve support.

The Fountain of Giving is symbolized and conceptually framed from the sculpture piece in the Village Square. Donated by artist Don Rambadt, the dedication plaque reads "this fountain is dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy." The name is the "The Larger Circle." The inscription is, "We clasp the hands of those who go before us and of those who came after us," by Wendall Perry.

"Fallbrook's community spirit and camaraderie of working together is amazing, renewed by the Pico Promenade event," commented Jackie Heyneman of Save Our Forest. She was recalling large tree planting events from long ago, merely echoing the recent comment by a young teen, Leah Dipinto, who so wisely said as much that day. This unique quality of the makeup of Fallbrook is one to be treasured and valued.

Heyneman continued, "If you have a desire to know more about volunteer opportunities in our community, or you are an organization that could use some extra help on a project, we hope you'll visit the Fountain of Giving website and help us grow this valuable resource."

Submitted by Save Our Forest.


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