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://communityproject.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://communityproject.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.