San Diego is our hometown and we take our responsibility of being a good community partner seriously. One of LLME’s core values is to encourage our team to be caring citizens who make a positive contribution to our community. The LLME team enjoys giving back and takes pride in doing so. Here are some recent community service events we have been involved with:
Wounded Warrior Project
Over 25 people came out on a beautiful Saturday morning in Liberty Station to either volunteer or run in the Carryforward 5K to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Race participants were required to carry a flag, extra weights, or even a person as they ran or walked the course to honor our military service-people. In conjunction with this event, LLME had a Wounded Warrior Miles Challenge for six weeks prior to the race. Employees tracked the number of steps they took each day. These steps were then converted to miles, with $1 being donated for every mile. In total, we raised over $1,700 for the Wounded Warrior Project!
Meals on Wheels
Over 15 people volunteered to put together care packages for local seniors who are part of the Meals on Wheels community. The LLME team enjoyed an evening of refreshments and music while filling over 35 brightly colored gift bags with useful and fun items for seniors. Each gift bag included an individual note from a LLME team member. Meals on Wheels is the only agency in San Diego county that provides meals for 7 days a week, including holidays. From humble beginnings in 1960 with a few women deciding to deliver meals to their elderly neighbors, to serving nearly half a million meals throughout the entire county today. Meals on Wheels is devoted to the health, safety and well-being of San Diego seniors.
Autism Tree Foundation
Several members of the LLME team participated in the Autism Tree Foundation Winter Wonderland event. This holiday festival brings together USD Toreros football and baseball players and Autism Tree Foundation volunteers to spend time with the Autism Tree Project kids and their siblings. LLME volunteers helped guide children through the event’s many activities and workstations, including a cookie exchange, tons of arts and crafts tables and photos with Santa. The Autism Tree Project Foundation organization is dedicated to improving communities in San Diego County by assisting with education, advocacy, screening and mentoring for families impacted by autism.
Make-A-Wish 5K and Half Marathon
LLME had over 20 people participate in the Thrive Make-A-Wish 5K and Half Marathon event. It was a beautiful day to run and raise money for a great cause. Immediately following the race, LLME employees, plus their families and friends celebrated with a picnic at the event site. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has given hope, strength, and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions through granting wishes.
Ronald McDonald House
LLME has volunteered multiple times to serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House. Employees spent time preparing and serving approximately 150 meals to ill or injured children and their families. The Ronald McDonald House provides a home for families who need to bring their children to local hospitals that may be far away from their actual homes. At little to no cost for the families, Ronald McDonald Houses provide a place for them to stay close together.
Girls on the Run
Over 15 LLME employees volunteered at the Girls on the Run 5K event at Mission Bay. Our group was assigned to the GOTR Village area prior to the race where we helped set up activity booths, and led girls through a variety of fun, inspiring and silly stations to help them get ready for the 5k event. GOTR is an organization whose mission statement is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. During a 10-week program that starts in February, participants from local schools (typically 3rd- 8th graders) will meet for an after school program where physical activity is woven into a program to inspire an appreciation for fitness and healthy habits, and teach life skills including treating others with care, practicing gratitude, and managing emotions.
We are proud to be associated with many outstanding organizations. The dedicated individuals who staff and participate in these organizations inspire us through their achievements, their generosity and the strength of their character. Our current and prior involvement includes leadership, financial support and volunteering for the following organizations:
- Civic Leadership Fund San Diego Foundation
- Feeding America
- Girl Scouts San Diego
- Hillel of San Diego
- Father Joe's Villages
- Junior League of San Diego
- National Kidney Foundation
- Room to Read
- San Diego Rescue Mission
- San Diego Botanic Gardens
- Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego
- San Diego Center for Children
- San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
- Seacrest Village Retirement Home
- Second Chance
- Surfrider Foundation
- Susan G. Komen San Diego
- Voices for Children