2013–14 Charitable Partner

The mem­bers of the SMPS San Diego Board of Direc­tors (BOD) and our mem­bers believe that giv­ing back to our local and glob­al com­mu­ni­ties is an essen­tial com­po­nent of our col­lec­tive roles in rep­re­sent­ing and sup­port­ing the build­ing indus­try. To that end, each year’s BOD iden­ti­fies a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion to receive dona­tions from the pro­ceeds of our Chap­ter fundrais­ers, includ­ing the Hol­i­day Soiree, Golf Clas­sic, and Awards Pro­gram.

The 2013–14 SMPS San Diego char­i­ta­ble part­ner is “The COMMUNITY PROJECT: Ethiopia” (TCP).

The COMMUNITY PROJECT: Ethiopia is an orga­ni­za­tion part­ner­ing with Engi­neers With­out Bor­ders to build three key ele­ments of com­mu­ni­ty for Debre Birhan, Ethiopia:

  • A school
  • A com­mu­ni­ty cen­ter
  • A com­mu­ni­ty gar­den

When select­ing a year­ly char­i­ty, the BOD often looks to cur­rent mem­bers for part­ner sug­ges­tions. In 2012, then-Pres­i­dent Cari­na Theis­sen approached Vik­ki Ott (Media Com­mit­tee Chair) about her ongo­ing involve­ment with this project. Vik­ki explained how a core group of vol­un­teers from a 2011 vol­un­teer build were con­tin­u­ing to sup­port the res­i­dents of Debre Birhan, Ethiopia by build­ing “more than just homes.” While vol­un­teer­ing in Debre Birhan, this team saw a lack of com­mu­ni­ty resources that would tru­ly help its res­i­dents thrive. When they returned from the build, a core group of vol­un­teers teamed togeth­er to help form TCP and build the res­i­dents of Debre Birhan a school, a com­mu­ni­ty cen­ter and com­mu­ni­ty gar­den. The full sto­ry can be found in a recent blog post.

The 2012–2013 and 2013–2014 Board of Direc­tors unan­i­mous­ly agreed that TCP’s mis­sion “to cre­ate com­mu­ni­ty schools, com­mu­ni­ty cen­ters, and com­mu­ni­ty gar­dens in coun­tries where there is deep need” aligned with our own prin­ci­ples to give back to our glob­al com­mu­ni­ty. You can read more about TCP and Engi­neers With­out Bor­ders at http://​com​mu​ni​typro​ject​.org/.

SMPS San Diego believes our finan­cial dona­tions to TCP will help the res­i­dents of Debre Birhan build much-need­ed com­mu­ni­ty resources where their res­i­dents can tru­ly thrive.

Dona­tions can be made through the Engi­neers With­out Bor­ders web­site. Vis­it http://​com​mu​ni​typro​ject​.org/ and locate the “Donate” link to see how to donate direct­ly to the Debre Birhan fund.

Thank you for your inter­est and sup­port of our char­i­ty. We hope to see you at our fundrais­ing events.







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