Our Mission Statement
The Community and Human Services Department maintains and enhances the quality of life in our community through a variety of innovative community events, leisure activities and social services to meet existing and emerging needs. Our goal is to foster a sense of community by promoting civic involvement.
What We Do
Recreation and Sports
Recreation classes ranging from Art to Zumba are offered throughout the year. Sports, fitness, martial arts, and adult special interest classes, as well as activities for children and older adults can all be found in the quarterly recreation brochure mailed to each Claremont household or available at the Hughes Community Center. Youth Scholarships are available to qualified families.
Claremont's Community and Human Services Department provides a variety of sports programs to enhance your fitness and promote teamwork.
- Adult Slo-Pitch Softball: Men's and Coed slo-pitch softball leagues run in the fall, spring, and summer seasons. Please visit www.mlsoftball.com for more information.
- Aquatics: What would summertime be without swimming? The City of Claremont Summer Aquatics Program will be held at the El Roble Intermediate Pool (665 N. Mountain Ave). Classes range from parent & child, preschool aquatics, guard start to even adult classes plus much more. Participants swimming skills are tested on the first day of class. If another level is found to be more appropriate, staff will suggest transferring students to another class based on availability. All swim classes adhere to the American Red Cross Curriculum and instructors are American Red Cross certified. For more information or to register for a swim class please call the Alexander Hughes Community Center at 909-399-5490.
- In addition, two community wading pools (Memorial Park (Monday - Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm), El Barrio Park Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm). Wading pools are free of charge for children five and under. (June 16 through August 22 only)
- ABC's for Me Preschool & Tiny Tots Program: Licensed, year-long preschool program for children ages 2 to 5 years at two sites. Children learn fun and exciting ways to do their A,B,C's and 1,2,3's. For more information, call Children's Source LLC (909) 971-3238.
- Partial-Day Camps: Summer Camps for children in grades 1-8 are available for CUSD students and Claremont residents. Camps may include games, crafts, special guests, theme weeks and field trips. Please call (909) 399-5490 for seasonal offerings.
- TRACKS Teen Activity (TAC) Center Teen Program: TRACKS is an after-school program aimed at attracting 7th and 8th grade Claremont students. TRACKS strives to maintain a program that the students will not only enjoy, but that will also challenge and encourage positive growth. TRACKS programs include sports, classes, special events, and trips. The TRACKs Teen Activity Center is located at the El Roble Intermediate School campus. (909) 399-5378.
- Youth Activity Center (YAC) HS Teen Program: With more than 1,300 members and an endless range of programs, events and informational resources, the Youth Activity Center (YAC) continues to be a successful service center for high school teens. Teens can drop-in after school for a game of pool, ping pong, air hockey, or foosball, or just to sit and talk with peers and staff. Special events include skate demos, concerts, casino nights, post-game pizza parties, and more. The YAC also provides volunteer opportunities, peer support groups, aggression management programs, and informational services. Youth Activity Center, 1717 N. Indian Hill Blvd., (909) 399-5360.
- Joslyn Center: Open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the center hosts a wide variety of activities, classes, interest groups, trips, and special events, as well as providing information and referral, case management, and shared housing services. Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., (909) 399-5488.
- Blaisdell Community Center: Open weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blaisdell Park, 440 S. College Ave., (909) 399-5367.
- Senior Lunch Program: Full-course, well-balanced meals are served at noon, Monday-Friday, at the Joslyn Center and Blaisdell Community Center. There is a suggested donation of $2.00 per person age 60 or older and their spouses.
Community-wide special events occur throughout the year. Annual favorites include:
- 4th of July Celebration: Claremont's biggest event of the year! Residents interested in joining the Independence Day Committee should contact Human Services at 399-5490. Click here for more information on the 4th of July Celebration.
- Concerts in the Park: Enjoy great music under the summer night sky at the Memorial Park Bandshell. Nine-week series begins the first Monday of July and concludes on Labor Day. Click here for more information on the Concerts in the Park.
- Halloween Spooktacular: Trick-or-Treating in the Village, games, entertainment, and face painting at the Claremont Depot, Halloween night in the Claremont Village. Click here for more information on the Halloween Spooktacular.
- Spring Celebration: A giant egg hunt, petting zoo, and visits with the Spring Bunny at Memorial Park. Click here for more information on the Spring Celebration.
Community Services and Outreach
- Alexander Hughes Community Center: Visit the Hughes Community Center and experience a recreation class, enroll your child in preschool, work in the computer lab, play pool in the Eucalyptus Room, apply for a passport (appointment required), enjoy the Entertainment Lounge, or just read by the fire in the Settlers' Room. Open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Community Based Organization Funding Process: Each year, staff conducts a process to fund social services agencies that serve the Claremont community. To enter your program into the application process, contact Lauren Marshall at (909) 399-5356.
- Emergency Funds: Funded completely through contributions, this fund helps Claremont families and seniors through initial crises. Once resolved, Human Services staff works with the recipients to assist them in obtaining ongoing financial support from other sources. The Emergency Fund is made up of private donations. Claremont Emergency Fund, (909) 399-5488.
- Facility Rentals: The City of Claremont has a reception hall available to rent for parties, graduations, shows, receptions, family gatherings, or other activities. Please call (909) 399-5490 for more information.
- Park Permit Policy: Claremont has many parks that can be reserved for parties, family gathering, picnics and other group functions. Please call (909) 399-5490 for more information.
- Youth Scholarships: Scholarships can cover up to 50% of activity fees. Available to Claremont youth and their families, on the basis of need and availability. To qualify, the child must be less than 18 years old, a Claremont resident, and from a family with a very low to low income (as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development). Youth Scholarships, (909) 399-5490.
- Coordination with Many Community Organizations: The department works with other organizations, such as Claremont Unified School District, the Claremont Colleges and local non-profits.
- Special Projects and Task Forces: Frequently works on projects such as Public Facilities Needs Assessment Task Force (1995), Claremont Pooch Park (1997), Claremont Library Analysis (1998), Skateboard Park at the Youth Activity Center (1997-98), Padua Hills Theatre Long-term Use Task Force (1997-2000), and the Alexander Hughes Community Center (1998-2001).
- Staff Liaisons to the Community and Human Services Commission and citizens committees: Staff is liaison to the Human Services Commission, which reports to the City Council, and oversees six standing Committees.