Local nonprofit Engage Encinitas recently celebrated its first anniversary by volunteering at Ocean Knoll Farm for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The group was established at the beginning of 2015 to enrich the lives of Encinitas residents, encourage collaboration, and strengthen civic engagement. Since then, they have helped many locals become more involved with their community by hosting “Citizen Academies” – informative talks about relevant topics – and other events.

As for the most rewarding aspect so far, President Teresa Barth said, “The enthusiastic support we have received. It reaffirms our belief that Encinitas is full of people looking for an opportunity to participate in positive and meaningful ways.” Teresa, a former mayor of Encinitas, was one of the four original founders including Liz Taylor, Tiffany Fox, and Mim Michelove. The team is currently hard at work for 2016, booking compelling speakers, tours, and community building activities. Learn more about their programs at www.engageencinitas.org.