Pet store opening in Yorba Linda; volunteers needed for free tax prep program – Orange County Register

Roger and June Webb have ditched their day jobs in transportation and are opening a pet supplies store in Yorba Linda.

The Webbs sold their transportation company five years ago and have opted to skip retirement (for now) and open Pet Supplies Plus, part of a larger chain based in Livonia, Michigan.

The store opens Friday, Oct. 22 at East Lake Village Center at the corner of Yorba Linda Boulevard and Village Center Drive. It will officially celebrate its grand opening the weekend of Nov. 13-14.

Pets and their owners will be welcome to peruse a broad selection of pet foods, goods and services such as self-pet wash stations. The store team also will provide carry-out service to get heavy items into customers’ cars.

And local rescues, this one is for you. The Webbs say they will be teaming up with animal shelters, rescue organizations and nonprofits to host year-round adoption events, fundraisers and pet food and product drives.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Address: 20539 Yorba Linda Blvd., phone: 714-485-3155 and online at petsuppliesplus.com.

Pet Supplies Plus has 560 locations in 36 states. Locally, there is another franchise-owned store at 5912 Edinger Ave. in Huntington Beach.

Pet Supplies Plus will open Friday, Oct. 22 in Yorba Linda at 20539 Yorba Linda Blvd. The store, owned by Roger and June Webb, will carry a wide selection of natural pet foods, goods and pet services. (Courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus and Lisa Ansteth)

VITA volunteers needed for tax season

Orange County United Way is seeking 500 volunteers to help with its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which prepares tax returns for low-income families.

The United Way says previous tax-preparing experience is unnecessary because volunteers will get in-person and online tax training and tools to become VITA-certified.

Other volunteer roles sought include greeters and interpreters who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Farsi, Korean, and American Sign Language.

Tax knowledgeable experts are also needed. These roles are for enrolled agents, CPAS and other tax professionals. Volunteers will guide, answer tax questions and ensure an accurate tax return.

Registration is open, and volunteer training begins in November. Volunteer registration will continue through January 2022. The OC Free Tax Prep program runs through April 2022. (More on that to come in 2022.)

For more information or to register as a volunteer, go to Unitedwayoc.org/vita or email [email protected]

On the Move

Cardiothoracic surgeon Timothy Lee joined the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag on Oct. 4. Lee comes to Hoag with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgeries, all arterial coronary artery bypass surgeries, the repair and replacement of heart valves andclinical trial research. He is double-board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.

Tiare Escobedo is the new chief operating officer at the nonprofit Waymakers. She has over nine years of nonprofit experience in operations, fund development and community cultivation. Escobedo formerly served as director of operations for OPARC Inc., a nonprofit in Montclair that supports adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, where she oversaw all operations and control systems for employee and client safety. Waymakers has been helping to shelter children, supporting victims and counseling families in Orange County since 1972.

Paul A. Holt has joined Orange-based Western Dental as its chief financial officer. He comes to Western Dental with 20 years of experience as a chief financial officer, including 18 years with health care companies including NextGen Healthcare and NantHealth, where he helped lead an initial public offering. He has also held financial leadership positions in companies engaged in waste management and recycling, manufacturing and distribution.

Jon Orr is the new senior managing director at Irvine-based Stretto, a bankruptcy services and technology firm. Overseeing Stretto deposit, disbursement, and escrow services, he will be responsible for identifying opportunities for growth and maintaining the firm’s network of bank partners. Orr previously was the managing director and operating partner at Monroe Capital LLC, a $10 billion private credit/equity asset management company.

On board

Orange County United Way has elected Hugh Conners at Bank of the West and Todd Zegers with Ingram Micro to its board of directors. They will serve a three-year term that began July 1 through June 30, 2024. Conners is the regional manager of the small and medium enterprises team in Orange County for Bank of the West and has more than 34 years of experience in the banking industry.  Zegers is the global vice president of ITAD and Reverse Logistics at Ingram Micro in Irvine.

Grants for BIPOC nonprofits

Charitable Ventures and OneOC received a $500,000 Open for Business Fund grant from Wells Fargo to support BIPOC-led (black, indigenous, people of color) and focused nonprofits recovering from COVID-19. It is the first Open for Business Fund donation in Orange County, to date.

The money will go toward a year-long program providing coaching, technical assistance and long-term strategies for small nonprofits in the county.

Ready to Grow will launch in November 2021 with the workshop series and run through November 2022. BIPOC-led or serving organizations with revenue less than $1M, are encouraged to apply by Friday, Oct. 29. The cohort will begin in January 2022.

More details and applications can be found at readytogrowoc.org.

Externships for girls

Girls Inc. of Orange County has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the U.S Bank Foundation to support Girls Meet the Workforce externships, helping girls receive crucial support in navigating the process of college and career preparedness. The externship brings girls to professional workplaces to learn about potential career paths before college. The grant will provide the money for participants to explore various careers, receive guided mentorship, and take part in seasonal programs to prepare for college.

Good works

Families Forward raised more than $380,000 at its annual “Light Up the Night” gala, which was held virtually Aug, 27. The money will support the nonprofit’s mission to help Orange County families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. The organization also announced at the gala that it joined forces with Orange Coast Gateway to Housing to expand services for local families.

Milestones

Jackie Mark is this quarter’s Fairhaven Memorial’s Oliver Halsell Care Award winner for her work as an advocate for seniors. She has served and advocated for seniors in various posts, including current manager of Government Affairs for Cal Optima and earlier Outreach & Advocacy manager at Alzheimer’s Orange County. A donation has been made to Alzheimer’s Orange County in Mark’s name.

Status Update is compiled from press releases by contributing writer Karen Levin and edited by Business Editor Samantha Gowen. Submit items and high-resolution photos to [email protected] Allow at least one week for publication. Items are edited for length and clarity.

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