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:
Promises2Kids Give From Your Heart Holiday Gift Drive
LLME was once again proud to be participating in the Promises2Kids Give From Your Heart Holiday Gift Drive. Two bins have been placed in LLME’s office from November to December every year to collect new and unwrapped gifts for foster children. We help brighten the holidays and the lives of foster children who have been removed from their homes for various reasons, including abuse and neglect, and are now in foster care. We support and help making a difference. A foster child’s life will change for the better and they will have the hope and opportunities they need to succeed.
Ready Made Meals Fund
To help support the community during the COVID-19 crisis, LLME donated over $4,000 to the San Diego Ready Made Meals Fund through both individual and employer matching contributions. The San Diego Ready Made Meals Fund was launched by the owners of Head Lettuce and Spitfire Kitchen (two popular eateries adjacent to our office) in conjunction with The Kavod Fund, in order to provide funds for healthy meals to be delivered to local healthcare facilities. Breakfast burritos, healthy grain and protein bowls and salads have been delivered to locations like UCSD, Scripps and private nursing facilities, whose workers have been asked to stay away from grocery stores and other public food outlets in order to safeguard more vulnerable members of the community. The Fund also partnered with Rady’s Children’s Hospital to help create a “drive-through pick-up party” for family-size meals for furloughed nurses and their families.
We recently had 15 volunteers from LLME help serve lunch for seniors at the Serving Seniors location in downtown San Diego. Each lunch shift (3 total) comprised of 5 LLME volunteers who served lunch to seniors, picked up trays, and cleaned up tables for the next shift. However, the biggest impact and reward during the event was the small conversations that volunteers had with individuals throughout lunch. Serving Seniors is a non-profit organization that has serviced seniors living at & below the federal poverty line since 1970, where 85% of their clients live on a fixed income of $900.00 per month.
Wreaths Across America
LLME was proud to participate in Wreaths Across America day at Rosecrans National Cemetery. The event started with a Remembrance Ceremony honoring the brave servicemen and women across all branches of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Following the ceremony, participants placed Remembrance wreaths on the graves of these fallen heroes. Wreaths Across America’s core mission is to Remember our fallen U.S. veterans, Honor those who serve and Teach children the value of freedom. Every year, during the holiday season, they coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 2,100 locations across the U.S., at sea and abroad.
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.
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