Friday, April 7, 2023

Dark Skies & Wonder Valley - Fri, April 14, 2023 @ WVCC

Join us to learn how we can protect the Dark Skies in Wonder Valley.

Friday, April 14, 2023 • 7:30pm
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, 92277

Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Upcoming events at the Wonder Valley Community Center

It's been a busy Spring so far at the Wonder Valley Community Center (WVCC) with many of the events sponsored by the Friends of Wonder Valley (FOWV) or staffed by volunteers working with the FOWV.

Here's a calendar of events at the WVCC through the beginning of Summer. Besides the monthly USDA food distributions we've supported there an Bystanders Overdose Response Training (Narcan training) in February, a Dale Basin Well Owners Association membership meeting in March, and the first of a series of monthly 'Chit-Chat and Chew' Saturday morning community drop-in's scheduled for 2nd Saturdays through June.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

New Projects in the Works

SBC Special Districts are currently in the process in applying for special funding for a couple of projects to benefit the Morongo Basin. The first is an upgrade to the Wonder Valley Kitchen and Playground. The second is a Phase II project for the DVCA Recreational Trails. This Presentation briefly outlines the projects. 

Please go to these perspective surveys to provide input on these projects or to express interest in being more involved in the planning process: 

Click here for a .pdf file of photos of the DVCA Recreational Trails Phase I project completed 06/30/2020. 

Thank you for your support! 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Third Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

The Friends of Wonder Valley was thrilled to be able to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to the Wonder Valley community on Saturday, November 21st. 

This year we partnered with the 29 Palms Community Pantry & Outreach and Ministries Inc. Because of this partnership we were also able to deliver a bag of fixin's with each turkey. The FOWV contributed $500 to the effort and we were able to deliver the turkeys and groceries to 65 Wonder Valley residents in need. This far exceeded our previous two years wherein we served about 40 or 50 people.

This drive through event was in compliance with State and Local COVID 19 guidelines. Masks were required by all participants and social distancing was practiced.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Lucky Dog Event a GREAT Success!

FOWV Board Member Jill Reinig holds dog Andy.

FOWV Board Member Jill Reinig produced the Lucky Dog event on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

The event was a great success. Everyone remained masked and observed social distancing. The event provided needed shots administered by a licensed veterinarian.

A previous fundraising event raised $803. Friends of Wonder Valley matched $100 in donations, and later contributed another $200.

The event served 19 Wonder Valley residents and their 27 dogs and 2 cats.

Residents were also treated to donated gifts including pet food, cages, leashes, beds, and other things. 

Many thanks to Jill Reinig for putting together this amazing event.

Photo credit: Florrie Holloway

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Grocery Bag Distributions


The Friends of Wonder Valley has partnered with the 29 Palms Community Pantry & Outreach and Ministries Inc. to provide the community of Wonder Valley with bags of groceries in between USDA Food Distributions.

We were worried that people might be running out of food near the first of the month. We've had three drive through grocery distributions this fall, and plan to continue the program through the new year. 

This has been a drive-through event to protect the health of our residents and our volunteers.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Pandemic Certificate recognizes FOWV Board Members and Others

From our current MAC Rep, Steve Reyes:
"I want to recognize and thank certain individuals who have been instrumental in keeping Wonder Valley afloat during this trying times. I asked Mark Lundquist if there was a way San Bernardino County could accomplish this.  Without hesitation, Mark Lundquist recommended a Certificate of Recognition signed by Supervisor Rowe. 

"Teresa and Ken Sitz
Although the community center has been closed Ken and Teresa have worked tirelessly in organizing food distributions.  Feeding those less fortunate living in Wonder Valley. These food distributions are no small effort and would not take place if it were not for Ken and Teresa."

"Max and Olympia Rossi
Pastor Max and his wife Olympia have offered spiritual support to people living in Wonder Valley.  Living in a rural community offers its own challenges and the Rossi's continued their efforts regardless of the current environment.  Olympia learned of a fresh fruit and vegetable program and she quickly organized volunteers and distributed much need produce.

"John Bradford and Dylan Baudounie 
Special Districts and Road Maintenance - Our road grader has been doing an outstanding job in maintaining our roads and keeping traffic flowing. Traffic includes much needed services provided to the most fragile members the community. On many occasions, I have spoken to John Bradford and made special requests in regard to sign replacement and the grading of specific roads. On each and every occasion he has directly helped me and or directed me to the correct county entity.

"Randy Harrison (UPS)
Randy our beloved 'UPS Guy' never stopped his timely and much needed parcel deliveries.  His deliveries are a gamut of Amazon, medicine and food.  His service to Wonder Valley cannot be underestimated!  Randy knows all the roads in Wonder Valley and always delivers packages as close to peoples doors as possible.  Randy once told me 'I am just doing my job.' In these difficult times this cannot be further from the truth and his efforts are truly appreciated by all. "

Congratulations everyone!