JNI HQ helped the Walk with Love fundraiser, which is organized by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, where they volunteered to help set up, make sure the event ran smoothly, and supported those participating in the walk in Palisades, CA! Proceeds go to helping the foundations programs that educate and engage the public to learn and participate in research towards breast cancer. More info here: http://drsusanloveresearch.org/walk-love
JNI HQ also spearheaded the LA River clean-up crew by volunteering their time to clean the lower river where wildlife and humans alike can enjoy the area. The non-profit’s goal is to restore the river’s natural habitat, improve water quality, create recreational paths for the surrounding communities and educate the area on the importance of LA’s largest river.
More info: Friends of the LA River: https://folar.org/cleanup/ / Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesRiver/
Additionally, HQ helped prepare food to be distributed to those who rely on this specific food pantry. Learn more info: http://foodpantrylax.org/
Nancy & Kitty headed to the kitchen at the Poverello House in Fresno, CA. to cut up 25 lbs of onions, 24 lbs of bell peppers and lots of pork cubes and shall return to help again! The Poverello House provides food, shelter, and medical support to those in need by helping thousands of people each year. Learn more here: http://www.poverellohouse.org/who-we-are/our-mission-story
The Irvine office spent their morning harvesting green beans for the Second Harvest Food Bank, a member of Feeding America. With more than 90 cents of every dollar going directly to feeding those without food throughout Orange County, and millions of pounds of food distributed, the organizations helps over 200,000 people every month (or Angel’s field filled eight times!). Learn more here: http://feedoc.org/
The Palo Alto office volunteered in the garden at the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto. They weeded, mulched, pruned, watered, and planted! They had a great time getting their hands dirty and working together. The historic museum has restoration gardens replicating gardens from the early 40’s in California that they were encouraged to grow during the World Wars. Learn more here: http://www.moah.org/who.html
The Pleasanton office volunteered at the Oakland Zoo, which works with a variety of community groups to complete habitat restoration, enrichment, and landscape management projects. With a goal of ensuring that the animals are comfortable in their habitats and grounds are kept up with, the staff and volunteers support each other to make that happens. Learn more here: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Volunteer.php
The Sacramento office got to be a part of something amazing! They volunteered 4 hours of their time at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. They are a local, non-profit agency committed to serving individuals and families in need. With a staff of 83 and a volunteer force close to 6,000 annually, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services provides free emergency goods and services to 150,000 men, women and children each month. The Sacramento office was able to pack 5200 pounds of food which will feed 300 people 3 meals a day for a full week! Learn more here: http://www.sacramentofoodbank.org/
The San Diego office served lunch at the St. Vincent de Paul Shelter in downtown San Diego. Hair nets & aprons donned, they dug in & helped out on the lunch assembly line and assisted with the dining room cleanup. The shelter feeds and gives shelter to thousands of individuals without a home. Afterwards, they enjoyed a team lunch at a local Mexican restaurant to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the warm feeling in their hearts. Learn more here: http://my.neighbor.org/about-us/
The Tarzana office spent their day at the Baby2Baby on Wilshire sorting and stocking all the donations that come in for the children and families ranging from clothes, toys, baby food, and maternity items. Baby2Baby supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12. By distributing new and gently used items to over 50 non-profit organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and hospitals, Baby2Baby serves over 67,000 children each year. Learn more here: http://baby2baby.org/.
The Denver office participated in an event called “Service Saturday” for the nonprofit group A Little Help. A Little Help is dedicated to helping senior citizens by involving neighborhood volunteers. During their Service Saturday they split up into different groups and dispatched to several houses in the area, all of which are home to senior citizens in need. They helped with yard work, dusting, home maintenance and other jobs that needed to be done. The best part was being able to spend some time with the senior citizens- getting to know them and hearing their amazing stories. Learn more here: https://www.alittlehelp.org/
The Atlanta office took advantage of a couple of volunteer opportunities within the city. For their first event, they made bag lunches for the Grace Women’s Kitchen and Children’s Program. The sack lunch program provides meals for the weekdays, ensuring that homeless women and children are fed seven days a week.
The second event was with the North Georgia Easter Seals. The Easter Seals help individuals, and their families, with disabilities and special needs through life’s challenges. They help achieve personal goals through child development centers for physical rehabilitation and as well as job training for those older individuals with disabilities. They volunteered at their Child Care Development Center. Learn more here: http://www.easterseals.com/northgeorgia/who-we-are/
Cristina Tarantino, her mom Mattia, Lisanne Kyle and her daughter Annabelle, volunteered at the Whittingham Cancer Center Walk and Sally’s Run at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT on April 30th ! Proceeds from the Walk/Run benefit patient care programs and services at Norwalk Hospital’s Whittingham Cancer Center. Lisanne was a patient at the Center 2 years ago and still goes for all of her follow up. It was a beautiful day; the event had their largest turn out of participants since it was started 13 years ago!
Kris is working with Empowering Through Beauty, a non-profit organization that works with battered women/families, women/families in homeless shelters and some men as well on marketing initiatives, setting up a Board of Directors and coordinating the day of the Event-Empowering Through Beauty Expo & Conference: Unlocking our God Given Gifts. Pastor Kim from Oxygen’s “Preachers of Atlanta” was the Key Note Speaker.
The Chicago office volunteered at a PAWS center, an anti-cruelty, no-kill shelter that was opened locally by a Chicago woman. They focus on community outreach and education and have succeeded in lowering the number of animals that are euthanized each year by 71%. They helped cleaned the building, raked and mulched outside AND got to play with the animals!
The New York office spent 3 hours packing soup, chopping vegetables and making meatballs — basically they were prep cooks! God’s Love We Deliver prepares and delivers nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves.
Long Island went to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park and cooked Brunch for 106 House Guests! The mission of The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is to give comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in local hospital facilities. A “home away from home”, the House provides the parents and siblings of these children with a temporary haven in a secure and comfortable environment among other families sharing a similar burden. They provide housing for families in crisis and keep them together in a comfortable setting. As a team, Long Island planned a meal, shopped in groups, then prepped, prepared and cleaned up the meal as team.
The Houston office donated chicken pot pies, Cesar salad, cookies, bottled water and Capri Suns to the Outreach Ministries at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. They have over 250 young men as part of their Community Night on Thursday and they do disaster relief work in partnership with ReVision.
The Salt Lake City JNI employees and their families volunteered a total of 20 hours at the Humane Society of Utah! The Humane Society of Utah is a no-kill shelter. They saved 11,318 animals in 2015 and boast one of the highest adoption rates for dogs and cats in the country.