Community Service Projects

Over the years we have found that community service projects are amazing events that help our members reconnect with the local community, give back, and provide a sense of purpose again. We have participated in multiple events over the years including: Habitat for Humanity, Feed the People, San Diego Stand Down, Feeding America San Diego, Canyon Clean Up Day, Campus Clean Up Day, and many more.
Volunteering at the big projects like Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, and the Mission Valley Preserves Habitat Restoration Project has shown me that even donating small amounts of my time, effort, and energy combined with the efforts of other volunteers does make a huge impact.
Jim Nelson
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I expect to pass through this life but once. If, therefore, there can be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now.
William Penn

Feed The People

Feed The People is a program that we, as a club, have been fortunate enough to be able to have helped out by sponsoring events, providing man/woman power, and general promotion to the public. We are also very proud that this program was not only started by one of San Diego Mesa College's students, but one of the SVO's own, Otto Daniel Lopez.
When asked when Feed The People began and why he was so dedicated to help better his community Otto responded with, "In November of 2012 I started the program that people now know as Feed The People to help the local homeless population near downtown San Diego. I did it because of selfish reasons. Putting smiles on others also puts a smile on me. So you can say I do it to make myself happy. I was raised in a family that if we could have helped others, we would. Helping others is so easy and rewarding. I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and food in my stomach.... So why not help. Most of these people have nothing, so I can't just sit on my couch with a plate of food while watching T.V. and enjoy it in good conscience knowing that I could have shared that with someone that was hungrier than myself. I don't just help homeless people; I try and help anyone that is in need. Because I was once in need and someone helped me. If I can make a difference in someone's life that needs the helps, and then they can  go and help others that is a simply amazing.
If there were more people helping there would be less people in need and less people in bad situations. I just hope that not only can I make a difference in people's lives that are less fortunate than me, but also to open up the minds of those that are fortunate enough that they too can help."

We know that is a very small gesture to fully show how proud we are of what Otto has taken upon himself to do for our community, but we hope that it may bring awareness to his cause so that he can gather even more resources and support than he does now.

Thank you so much Otto for giving so many of our members an avenue to fill that void of service and purpose that we have craved since leaving the military.
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
President Barak Obama