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Christopher Furton's current and past volunteer activities

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Urban Angels is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization formed to nourish and provide food for the homeless of San Diego.

From cooking to serving to cleaning, Urban Angels runs the entire kitchen at Connections Housing - San Diego's brand new, state of the art homeless facility. We provide food services to Connections residents 7 days a week, every day of the year.

Urban Angels also assists with feeding services every Wednesday at The Salvation Army.

At Urban Angels, I participated in the feeding services in coordination with The Salvation Army.  Serving San Diego's homeless was probably one of the most touching and moving experiences of my life.  Seeing the warmth in their eyes despite the challenges they face gives hope that someday we - as a community - can end homelessness in San Diego.

For information on volunteering with Urban Angels, visit the Urban Angels website:

Christopher Furton Lupus Walk Team Captain                                                                 Lupus has impacted my life.         
Annual Walk to raise funds and awareness for those with Lupus.

In 2015, even the rain didn't stop us from gathering together and making the event memorable.  This was my first year as a "team captain" and I look forward to joining the planning committee in 2016.

For information on participating in an event, visit the Lupus Foundation of America website.

Christopher Furton Walk for Animals
Dog and Human walk at the NTC Park in Liberty Station to support the San Diego Humane Society

Two mile dog walk to help raise funds for San Diego's Humane Society.  This annual event is a great experience for dog lovers as hundreds of dogs mingle about the park and interact with each other.  Booths are available from local vendors offering free samples and pet treats.  Most importantly, money raised helps take care of animals in our San Diego community.

For information on participating in an event, visit the San Diego Humane Society website.

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This unique 1-mile dog walk raises funds to support Quality of Life Programs for Navy personnel.

This unique 1-mile dog walk raises funds to support Quality of Life Programs for Navy personnel. MWR Quality of Life programs support the 500,000+ members of our San Diego Military Family.

MWR provides healthy and affordable fitness and recreation opportunities at each of the six Navy bases in San Diego County – MWR operates multiple gymnasiums and fitness centers, swimming pools and beaches, free movie theaters, bowling centers, golf courses, discount ticket offices, marinas, gear rental centers, youth and teen recreation centers, food and beverage facilities, childcare centers and more.

MWR is also the event planner for the military. Beyond the Woof Walk, we produce fitness and sports competitions, educational activities and seasonal celebrations such as The Navy’s Bridge Run/Walk, Spring Fling family event, Freedom Festival 4th of July event, Oktoberfest, Military Child Appreciation events, Military Family Appreciation events, and our winter Family Holiday Party.

For information on participating in an event, visit the Navy MWR website:

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The Burn Institute is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Founded in 1972, one of the Institute’s first accomplishments was to help establish the UCSD Regional Burn Center. Today, the Burn Institute continues to: reach thousands of children and adults each year with lifesaving fire and burn prevention education; fund vital burn research and treatment; and conduct burn survivor support programs that help children and adults cope with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their injuries.

At the Burn Institute, I participated in the Senior Fire Safety & Smoke Alarm Program where San Diego's Senior Citizens can have smoke detectors installed in their homes free of charge by the Burn Institute, community volunteers or members of the fire service.  Through this truly amazing program, I have visited approximately 42 homes, installed 89+ smoke alarms, and 42+ carbon monoxide detectors.  Best of all, I have had the opportunity to meet some of the sweetest seniors in our community. (view letter)

For information on volunteering at the Burn Institute, visit the Burn Institute website:

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight.

Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

As a 2014 event participant, I joined over twenty five thousand others San Diegans walking through the 4 mile course in effort to bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families.  If you have never experienced an event like Making Strides, I highly encourage it!! 

For information on participating in an event, visit the Making Strides website:
Making Strides San Diego Event
For information on volunteering, go to the Making Strides Volunteer website:
Making Strides Volunteer

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The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc., (d.b.a., The Center) is the nation's second oldest and one of the largest LGBT community centers.

Today we know our best weapons to fight back against HIV/AIDS and prevent its spread are to get tested regularly, know your status and stay connected to medical care and medication. AIDS Walk began by raising funds to help San Diegans fight and continues that mission 25 years later!

For information on participating in an event, visit the Aids Walk SD website:

Lester to Torii Station Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and Run

This event is held annually in Okinawa, Japan where service members embark on a walk/run from Naval Hospital Camp Lester to the Army post on Torii Station.  I had the fortunate opportunity to take part in this international event in 2005.

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The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Prior to serving on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, I was a Marine Corps Reserve member from 2000 to 2003 where I volunteered for toy collection/toy drive activities throughout the Metro Detroit area.  During this time, I traveled to local businesses and coordinated toy drop box locations.  Those toys were later taken to local distribution centers where other Marines distributed them to families.

For information on Toys for Tots, visit the official USMC Toys for Tots website: