Congrats to Mariners Church Mission Viejo for being honored as an outstanding team of volunteers!
Team Name: Mariners Church Mission Viejo
Team Members: Maher Salhani and Meghan Rodriguez
Nominating Organization: Families Forward
Honoree Category: Human & Community
Why Nominated: Mariners Church Mission Viejo began their partnership with Families Forward in 2012, after they identified the needs in our community and wanted to find a way for their congregation members to get involved in serving these needs. Maher Salhani and Meghan Rodriguez took on a leadership role with fostering this partnership in 2013. They organized food drives and school supply drives for the congregation to participate in, which supported Families Forward’s food pantry and Back-to-School program. One of the biggest projects that Mariners Mission Viejo completed was funding, creating, and putting together the Volunteer Workroom at the Families Forward Program Center. This room is utilized throughout the year by volunteers and staff to distribute backpacks, clothing, and holiday gift bags to the families that we serve. Additionally, the Workroom acts as a sorting and assembly area for all of our seasonal programs and food drives. It is especially important during our Thanksgiving program when we use it as our produce room. This space is instrumental to Families Forward’s ability to serve the community and provide volunteers with a great space to work. Mariners Mission Viejo contributes to Families Forward in many other aspects, including volunteering at the annual Community Resource Fair, holding church-wide food drives that result in hundreds of pounds of donated food, adopting families for the holiday Adopt-a-Family program, and preparing transitional homes for incoming families to our program. Mariners Mission Viejo and Families Forward work side by side in a strong partnership to help provide families in need with the tools and skills to get back on their feet and step confidently back into society. We are so grateful to Meghan and Maher for engaging the members of their church to constantly give their skills, time, donations, and hearts to Families Forward and our community!
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