12 Days of Giving 2017





For the past three years we have featured twelve different non-profit organizations every December. This article series is called “12 Days of Giving.” We’re so glad that we continued the tradition this year. IEShineOn.com is in a great position to share the stories of our local non-profit organizations. While, I wish we had the resources to keep up with featuring a new non-profit every month, I hope that we can still spread awareness and inspiration with the twelve days we are able to focus on local Inland Empire non-profit organizations that dedicate their efforts to make our communities better.

We hope you’ll check out each non-profit organization’s story, but if you don’t have the time, we hope you’ll check out at least one and be inspired.


Day 1 – Oparc – Helping disabled adults find jobs. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-_-oparc/

Day 2 – Project Boon – Organizing force behind community events that bring together committed individuals and organizations to assist underserved individuals and those in need in the Inland Empire.  http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-_-project-boon/

Day 3 – Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy – Enriching the lives of San Bernardino County youth. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-_-young-visionaries-youth-leadership-academy/

Day 4 – Jurupa Valley Adopt-A-Family – Providing financial, health and emotional support to seniors. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-_-jurupa-valley-adopt-a-family/

Day 5 – Desert AIDS Project – Protecting the health of those in Coachella Valley. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-_-desert-aids-project-/

Day 6 – Inland Valley Recovery Services – Helping turn around the lives of those affected by drug abuse. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-_-inland-valley-recovery-services/

Day 7 – Inland Empire Children’s Book Project – Providing books and other educational materials to local students. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-_inland-empire-childrens-book-project/

Day 8 – Veterans Partnering with Communities  – Helping end homelessness and poverty among military veterans. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-_-veterans-partnering-with-communities/

Day 9 – Yucaipa Vision Quest – Offering free art classes and promotes the work of local artists. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-_-yucaipa-vision-quest-/

Day 10 – Ark Homes Foster Family Agency – Provides support and service to foster children and their foster families. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-_-ark-home-family-foster-agency/

Day 11 – The Route 66 Garden – Educating families and communities to grow their own food. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-__-the-root-66-garden/

Day 12 – Pomona Valley Workshop – Providing life skills and work skills to disabled adults. http://www.ieshineon.com/article/12-days-of-giving-2016-_-pomona-valley-workshop-/

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Inland Empire Holiday Round Up 2016



We must say it’s certainly the most wonderful time of the year! From Ontario’s annual Christmas On Euclid to a beautiful performance of The Nutcracker by the Inland Pacific Ballet, the Inland Empire is shining bright with holiday cheer and the best part of all is being able to enjoy this wonderful time of year with all of you!

This month, we are sharing lots of holiday content to keep you in a holly jolly mood all the way into the New Year.

Be sure to share all your fun with us by tagging IEShineOn on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!


There’s 80+ events happening this month! Grab some friends and get in on all the fun.

Experience a winter wonderland with the family by exploring the best light displays in town here.

Watch as the holidays come marching in at these local parades.

You don’t have to go to the North Pole to visit and take a picture with Santa.

Your kiddoes will love these DIY snow globes just as much as you will –they’re a perfect addition to your winter home décor or office cubicle.

Impress your friends with this easy-to-follow recipe for holiday gingerbread cookies.


Still haven’t got the Christmas tree? Click here and discover where to pick out your perfect pine so you can start decorating.

Enjoy half a drink more, or two, with these beer and wine events.

Light up a child’s day by donating a new or wrapped toy at these toy drives.

Grab the best deals on gifts to give with our gift shops guide.

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Shop Small Saturday – Inland Empire Guides




If you have been living under a rock, you may not know that the Saturday following Thanksgiving is also known as Shop Small Saturday. Shop Small Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping local.

Need some inspiration on where to begin? Check out the different local store guides we’ve put together.

Sticking around a particular city? Here are some Inland Empire city guides, listing some of the best places to eat, shop and play: Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Temecula, Claremont, Oak Glen, Chino & Chino Hills, Lake Arrowhead, Redlands

Happy shopping!


Gift shops carry a little bit of everything and the Inland Empire has some of the best. Click here to check out the Guide.




Check out some of the best thrift shops in the I.E. Click here for Guide.




Got a photo buff on your shopping list? Click here for Guide.




Comic book stores have more than just graphic novels. Lots of great gift ideas! Click here for Guide.




For the bookworm in your life. Click here for Guide.




For the music lovers. Click here for Guide.


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