Lead by example by impacting, empowering and inspiring the community
Although Barnes is a new full time employee at Rosendin, she has a long history of volunteering in her local community. From a young age, she has been an active volunteer in the Camp Pendleton community, where her grandmother was the base school principal. She involved Barnes in several events that benefited the military community, including distributing Thanksgiving meals, making quilts, collecting small items for new and expecting mothers, and a holiday sleepover for the kids. This exposure to community service inspired Barnes to continue giving back to the communities where she lived – even when she was a student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. She volunteered at the ECHO homeless shelter to give private lessons to elementary and high school students who were experiencing homelessness. As a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, she helped raise over $ 1,000 for a charity event that helped support Transitions Mental Health, a local non-profit organization providing mental health care to the region. of San Luis Obispo.
Barnes’ desire to contribute to her community continued when she moved to the Los Angeles area and began working for Rosendin in mid-2021. Sara discovered the Rosendin Foundation and its mission to positively impact communities, build and empower people, and inspire innovation. Other Foundation volunteers recruited her to join the Foundation’s communications committee. As a member of this committee, Barnes identifies areas in which to give, helps connect employees to volunteer opportunities, connects local nonprofits with the Foundation, and informs them of available grant opportunities.
Barnes is thrilled to pursue her passion for helping her community beyond what she can accomplish on her own.
She recounted the impact of a recent emergency grant donation, stating, “One of my first experiences as a Foundation member was handing over an emergency grant check to an amazing organization at non-profit, Orange County Rescue Mission. However, this was not a simple check-up visit, as the rescue team gave me and my colleague Ray Nelson a full tour of their main facility. Seeing where the Foundation grant money goes makes the impact of the Rosendin Foundation much more palpable.
In addition to providing grants, Rosendin and MPS employees volunteer with non-profit organizations within their local community to address the Rosendin Foundation’s current areas of intervention in nutritional health, emotional and professional. The Rosendin Foundation has awarded $ 52,500 to nonprofits in the Los Angeles metro area through annual and emergency grants, including Habitat for Humanity, Laura’s House, and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Rosendin teams in Southern California recently participated in the Rosendin Foundation’s first-ever annual Day of Service, working in gardens and food sorting warehouses for The Giving Farm and Los Angeles Food Bank, respectively.
Barnes continues to encourage employee and community participation in Foundation fundraising events. Most recently, these included a sports memorabilia auction and a virtual mixology and cooking class.
“I am excited about the future volunteer and fundraising events that are planned in the Los Angeles metro area in the coming months,” says Barnes. “I look forward to all the benefits I can bring to my community by being a part of this incredible Foundation, and I am very grateful for this opportunity. “
The Rosendin Foundation thanks Sara Barnes for her efforts to impact, empower and inspire her community.
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