The City of Aliso Viejo contracts with the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley to provide after-school Recreational and Homework Club programs at Iglesia Park. The City also collaborates with several organizations to supplement the educational programs in addition to operating a Family Resource Center (FRC) to help families and parents raise healthy, happy children. FRC programs are held at Iglesia Park and throughout the community.
After School Education Programs - Twice a month an educational program is provided for kids 1st-6th grade. Focus includes Safety, Health and Literacy. Examples of programs offered include, Story Time Aliso Viejo Library (AV Library), Helmet Safety (Police Services) Environmental Awareness, Multi-Cultural Awareness, Recycling Awareness (CR& R). Collaborative partners: Mission Hospital, OC Sheriff Crime Prevention, OC Library – AV Branch, Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA).
Abrakadoodle Art - Abrakadoodle is an art program that offers basic instruction in line, shape form, texture shape and color. It enhances the creativity and gives the children in the program an appreciation for the arts. Art education can have major influences on a child’s ability to learn and think creatively. Through carefully designed lessons, students explore these elements using a wide variety of media, and learn about different artist, techniques and art vocabulary.
Family Resource Center Outreach Program - Programs being offer throughout the community this fall including: Basic Raising Skills for Children, Parenting with a Purpose, Aliso Viejo Community Association Events and Special Events. Collaborative partners include: Champions for Change, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Orange County, Foster & Kinship Care Education – Saddleback College, Miracles for Families – Communication Classes, Orange County Police Services, Second Harvest Food Bank, South Orange County Childhood Obesity Task Force, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, and Soka University.
Homework Club- After school program for kids 1st – 6th grade for assistance with their homework, a light snack is provided. Meets Monday-Thursday 2:30-3:30 p.m. After school program for teens 7th – 12th grade with their homework, a light snack is also provided.
Referral Program – Refer families to various programs including and not limited to: Social, Mental Health/Counseling, Child Abuse, Disability Services, Domestic Violence, Education, Employment, Food Banks, Foreclosure Prevention, First Time Home Buyer Programs, Financial Literacy Programs, Financial Assistance, Housing, Identity Theft: Deter, Detect and Defend and Legal Services.
Special Events- Pet & Vet Clinic January 18, 2014, Snow Fest January 25, 2014, Self Assist Tax Services (Tax Seassion), February 27 & March 20, 2013, Job and Resume Classes, February 15 and 22, 2014, Pet & Vet Clinic Saturday August 2, 2014, Community Nights Forums (English/Spanish), A Day for Kid September 20, 2014, Founder’s Day Fair Saturday, October 11, 2014, Holiday Concert December 6, 2014, Operation Homework December 6, 2014 (Tentative) and Seasonal Celebrations for Kids.
Teen Program – Teen program will be is provided by the Boys & Girl Club. Keeping to tradition, the program includes Education & Career Development; Arts, Health & Life Skills; Sports & Recreation and Character & Leaders.
Tax Filing - Residents who earned $58,000 or less last year can file their own federal and state taxes for free just by clicking here.
As a service to the community, the City is linking to the MyFreeTaxes website that is hosted by Goodwill Industries International as part of a partnership between Goodwill, the National Disability Institute and the United Way.
The website, sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, provides a safe and secure place for people who qualify to file their taxes at any time for free. The site features a tax-prep checklist and other detailed information along with a help line.
For more information, visit http://www.myfreetaxes.com/alisoviejofrc. Information is also available by contacting Gracie Duran at 949-425-2519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aliso Viejo Family Resource Center is located at the Iglesia Community Center, 24671 Via Iglesia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. It is one of several Family Resource Centers throughout Orange County and is open to Aliso Viejo residents. The South County Family Resource Center, located in Lake Forest, serves residents in surrounding cities. For more information, call (949) 364-0500.