Antioch Rainbow Girls to help with statewide service project in San Diego

Antioch Rainbow Girls march in the Independence Day parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. Photo by Allen D. Payton

By Tammy Gochenouer

Over the past fourteen years, California Rainbow Girls (CAIORG) have fundraised and donated over $1,000,000 to non-profit organizations across California. This past weekend at the state-wide meeting in Visalia, CAIORG announced their decision to support Banding Together as their 2024 recipient. Since 2009, Banding Together has brought music opportunities to individuals with special needs throughout the San Diego area. Their programing includes music therapy scholarships and free Jam Sessions, all of which utilize music as a means to promote socialization, expression and inclusion within the communities they serve.

Over the next year, members of CAIORG across the state will work together to support Banding Together through fundraising and volunteer activities and will present the total amount raised at their annual convention in 2024.

Photo courtesy of Tammy Gochenouer

Our local assembly, Diablo Valley #84, meets in Antioch. We have eight active members ranging in age from 12-17.  Not only do we raise funds each year towards a state service project for a non-profit (we have assemblies all over the state if CA), we also do local projects to support our community.  We have done city cleanups, food drives and making port pals for our local hospitals and clinics.  The state project, Banding Together is located in the greater San Diego area.  Our state leader chose this project because we are statewide and music and therapy have a special meaning to her. 

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a nonprofit organization for girls between the ages of 11 and 20. Rainbow was created in 1922 for young women whose fathers were members of the Masonic Lodge, and their friends. The organization prepares the girls of today to be the leaders of tomorrow through leadership training, service opportunities, and sisterhood.

If you are interested in supporting California Rainbow and Banding Together, check out

Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.

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