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Teen Sets Great Example as She Puts All Her Heart Into Helping

Make-A-Wish San Diego and San Diego Habitat for Humanity came together to make an inspiring young teen’s wish come true. Julia, a senior at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, was an MVP on the varsity volleyball team and had visited the Dominican Republic last summer to build homes for families in need and was immediately hooked on giving back. She had plans to make a similar trip again this year, but in November, she was diagnosed with cancer that prevents travel. Make-A-Wish told Julia she could use her wish for anything, and she chose to help local families through Habitat for Humanity. Habitat created a unique build experience for Julia’s friends and family, where 150 people came together to frame a Habitat home and build playhouses for children in need.

CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity, Lori Holt Pfeiler, said Julia’s gift was humbling and has inspired “us all to want to give even more.” Visit sdhfh.org to send a message to Julia of strength and encouragement.

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The Habit Burger Grill and thousands of hungry fans in San Diego raised more than $11,000 to support San Diego-based National Veterans Transition Services Inc., also known as Operation REBOOT, a nonprofit that helps veterans transition back to civilian life. The Habit held fundraising events throughout San Diego County with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Reboot Workshops. Operation REBOOT will match veterans with more than 500 area businesses.

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The San Diego Padres and San Diego Gas & Electric announced that more than $500,000 will be given to more than 30 nonprofits in San Diego and south Orange County. Throughout the regular season, SDG&E and the Padres will be supporting more than 20 local nonprofits through the philanthropic collaboration — Going to Bat for San Diego.

The recipients are: American Red Cross, Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, Classroom of the Future, Deputy Sheriff’s Foundation, Make A Wish, NSW-SEAL Family Foundation, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Operation REBOOT, San Diego Police Foundation, San Diego Police Officers Association, San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation, Science of Sports, Semper Fi Fund, USO, USS Midway Museum, Padres Foundation, Veterans Village of San Diego, Agua Hedionda Lagoon, Tree San Diego and the Chula Vista Charitable Fund.

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The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy received a $10,000 grant from REI and a $1,000 grant from Patagonia. The REI grant is for the repair and improvement of segments of the Bernardo Summit Trail in the San Dieguito River Park. The $1,000 grant from Patagonia will support the Conservancy’s growing Citizen Science Monitoring Program at the recommendation of Adventure 16. The Citizen Science Monitoring Program uses a special class of trained volunteers, called Citizen Scientists, to follow a new protocol for monitoring biological resources on lands owned by the Conservancy and San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority.

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MiraCosta College announced the grand opening of a Veterans Business Outreach Center at 2075 Las Palmas Drive in Carlsbad. Ruben Garcia, district director of the San Diego District Office of the SBA, represented the U.S. Small Business Administration and Charlie Ng, vice president of business and administrative services, represented MiraCosta College. The center was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The purpose of the center is to help veteran business owners get certified to bid on government contracts, offer counseling and one-on-one assistance in developing business plans, financial forecasts and marketing plans and help veterans get small business loans. All services at the VBOC will be provided at no costs to the client.

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The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, announced its sixth annual grant providing three nonprofits with a total of $44,945. The programs were: Brighter Futures for Foster Children – Court Appointed Special Advocates with Voices for Children, $25,000; Domestic Violence Prevention Workshops with Amigas Punto Com, $15,000; Feeding Kids Initiative – Regional School Break program with Feeding America San Diego, $4,945.

Send Kudos/Giving items to sglidden@sdbj.com.

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