Community Service


I have a deep passion for keeping the oceans, waves and beaches healthy. I am a core volunteer leader for the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider foundation which allows me to perform leadership functions on various campaigns and the North County representative for the  Hold on to your butts campaign. The HOTYB program requires a continual effort to install and maintain ashcans in public spaces, meet with city councils to obtain approval and sponsorship for new ashcan locations as well as getting the public involved in continual cigarette butt clean ups on the beaches and streets. Being an avid surfer I want to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy the beauty and fun of our coastlines.

Kevin Vanderzel HOTYB community service

During the spring of 2014 I initiated the expansion of the “Hold on to your Butts” campaign into the North County region by conducting a full assessment of target ashcan locations for Carlsbad State Beach and downtown Vista Village locations. More information on the “HOTYB” Vista Campaign can be found at

Kevin Vanderzel HOTYB community service 2

With City Council members, Vista Business Association and fellow Surfrider campaign leaders. We targeted future ashcan installations in the heart of downtown Vista.




I also donate time with the San Diego Coastkeeper and Ocean Minded. Many of the beach cleanliness programs partner together to promote awareness and I lend hand when I can.

Kevin Vanderzel oceanminded community service
ocean minded








I am multiple year member of Vista High School’s Character Leaders Program which is a full course elective that offers several on campus and off campus initiatives to give back to the community. Character Leaders is a class at Vista High School designed to empower students to be the hands and feet of good character on campus, and in our world. This program is nationally recognized and the only program of its kind within the public school system as reviewed by scholastic industry reviewers

kevin vanderzel character leaders red carpet event

kevin vanderzel character leaders project

character leaders project


I was recognized for my leadership and involvement within the Characters Leaders and active student body program during 2013/2014 term and was chosen to attend a special VIP event and fund raiser held at the Vista High School.





I have been actively engaged in several community service programs through the years and will remain committed to serving those causes which I believe in.





key club

I participate in Vista High’s Key Club which is an on-campus organization that is focused on supporting the youth of Vista. Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. We assist and serve our community with food drives, park clean ups, volunteering and mentoring at youth after school programs




Every year the Vista Unified School District hosts an art festival held in downtown, for the last two years I have manned the Vista High Schools ceramic department’s booth that showcases students work.

kevin vanderzel VUSD arts festival



vista nationaljunior umpireI volunteered as a youth umpire for three years inside the Vista National Little League. Drawing from my own positive experience while playing little league, I wanted to give back to the league and community where I spent much of my early childhood.




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