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Call to Action from Nonprofit Panelists

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Thank you to our Discovery Session #2: “Boots on the Ground” panelists Paul Downey, President/CEO of Serving Seniors, Lori Holt Pfeiler, President/CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity, and Chris Carter, Vice President of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs of Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

Panelists were asked what Partners can do to support their efforts and poverty and homelessness at large in San Diego. The greatest challenges identified were 1. Lack of housing and 2. Access to nutritious food. Here’s your call to action and ways to get involved!

  • Need political will for higher-density, livable neighborhoods among transportation corridors, including the ability to walk to a grocery store, park, library, and bus stop. These areas can provide affordable housing. Need to be willing to take unpopular position with neighbors, who are the ones fighting it.
  • Talk to your elected officials about aging and remind them you’re interested and paying attention.
  • Support Serving Seniors and attend their Experience of a Lifetime event on April 27 at the Del Mar Country Club. Register here.
  • Serving Seniors looking for venture philanthropists and impact investors. In order to build housing, they need money secured before the entire funding is in place. Looking for $250,000-$300,000. If you know anyone interested, contact Paul Downey.
  • Serving Seniors is seeking more board members, particularly in the financial sector.
  • Participate in San Diego Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Event in May. Participants raise peer-to-peer funds and volunteer to build with the Gala at the worksite. Also seeking corporate sponsors for this event. Click here for more information.
  • San Diego Habitat for Humanity’s Re-store in Mission Valley’s lease is up. If you know an available building, in the middle of the county, for Re-Store and their offices, contact Lori Holt Pfeiler.
  • Join the San Diego Food Bank’s Leadership Council, an auxiliary for professionals with a committee-based structure. Monthly meetings with food and wine, learn about the organization, bring people in, and tour the facility. Participate in an Executive Luncheon Tour- CEO introduction over lunch and facility tour, between 10-20 people.
  • Attend the San Diego Nonprofit Association event at San Diego Food Bank on February 16: “Capacity Building Partnership Strategies.

Questions about the above? Email Taylor Bornemann, Operations Manager, at taylor@sdsvp.org.

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