"...at the heart of helping."

Affinity Group

At the Heart of Supporting Operation Teddy Bear

Do you believe every child should have a book at home to read?

Are you passionate about childhood education and inspiring children to be kind to one another? 

Are you committed to the idea students need educational tools (pencils, paper, crayons, flashcards) to complete their homework?

Are you looking for a cause that you can meet fellow philanthropists who share your spirit of volunteering?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you sound like our newest Affinity Group member. 

Founded in 2005, the Affinity Group is a group of Palos Verdes area donors who have a passion for the Volunteer Center’s Operation Teddy Bear® program. Affinity members pay annual dues and meet six times annually for regular/social meetings. The group puts on an amazing “Legends in Our Time” annual fund and awareness raiser to raise tens of thousands of dollars for Operation Teddy Bear. This event honors volunteers chosen as Legends for their outstanding contribution to the community. Packing and distributing Operation Teddy Bear backpacks is a highlight of the year.

Benefits Include:

  • Public Recognition on our website
  • First chance to volunteer for the Operation Teddy Bear program
  • Friendship with a group of like-minded philanthropists
  • Special email updates 
  • Monthly eNewsletters
  • Invitations to periodic Volunteer Center thank-you parties and events

How to Sign Up:

Anyone interested in joining the Palos Verdes area organization can call Janey Jones, president of the Affinity Group, at (310) 831-3372.


Past Legends In Our Time Honorees

2016 Donald Crocker William Ailor Richard Moe Robert Medawar
2015 De De Hicks
2014 Jackie Crowley Mary Scott Shirley Starke-Wallace Teresa Sun
2013 Janet Smith Anita Javitt Jane Jones Dorothy Lay
2012 Mary Curtin Stephanie Enright Joan Moe Mary Jane Schoenheider
2011 Yvonne Bogdanovich Anne Destabelle Marylyn Ginsburg-Klaus Sue Soldoff
2010 Pam Barrett Janel Baszile Ginny Bleier Rosemary Humphrey
2009 Shirley Borks Jacqueline M. Glass Maude Landon Harlyne Norris
2008 Glenous Absmeier Keri Gilbert Meredith Grenier Diana Martin
2007 Barbara Dye Arline Grotz Sharon Ryan Sue Seager
2006 Monica McFaden Debbie Richardson Susie Beall Rowena Schaber

Affinity group in at Operation Teddy Bear classroom

Volunteers representing the Affinity Group gather in a classroom to read to first-graders as part of Operation Teddy Bear.