Honoree: SMPS-Orange County
Team Members: Jan Powell, Shannah Hays, Kelly Teenor, Kathy Caswell, Keelin Cox, Brett Williams, Michelle Sinning, Liza Hall, Michelle Hoalton, Dana Hindman, Kristin Hernandez, Courtney Johnson, Katie Nilmeier, Laurie Parris, Jessica Linderman, Paul Flick, Sayola Elmohtaseb, Stephanie Wood, Julie Miller, Colleen Howes
Honored by: Families Forward
Cause Area: Hunger & Homelessness
The Society for Marketing Professional Services, Orange County Chapter (SMPS-OC) began their partnership with Families Forward in 2015, after their Board of Directors chose Families Forward as their charitable partner. The entire Board felt very connected to the mission of Families Forward and our commitment to serve families in need in our community.
SMPS-OC has generously offered significant support and commitment to Families Forward in many different capacities. They have supported our seasonal programs through volunteering and organizing collection drives, including our Back to School, Thanksgiving Baskets, and Adopt-A-Family Programs. SMPS-OC members have volunteered during the Back to School and Thanksgiving Basket Distribution days, where they made a large impact preparing and distributing backpacks and food baskets to families and individuals. They also adopted several families during our Adopt-A-Family program, providing each family with gifts for the holidays. SMPS-OC has also generously organized collection drives of food, Back to School supplies, and holiday gifts to support all of Families Forward’s programs. Additionally, SMPS-OC Chapter members have introduced Families Forward within their own business or workplaces, who have then hosted collection drives to support our programs. SMPS-OC has been a strong advocate of Families Forward at their events, including their Annual Holiday Party. During their events, they dedicate time to speak about the mission of Families Forward, raise funds for, as well as encourage member involvement for our organization. Through their advocacy and recruitment, Families Forward has gained new volunteers and supporters. SMPS-OC and Families Forward work side by side in a strong partnership to help provide families in need to get back on their feet and step confidently back into society. We sincerely appreciate all of their support, hard work, compassion, and dedication to our families and clients that we serve!