12 Days of Giving 2016 - Project Boon
By Sid Robinson
Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage being altruistic and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature shares the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform, inspire and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.
Day Two - Project Boon
Creating Meaningful Experiences That Change Lives
Rancho Cucamonga-based Project Boon is the organizing force behind a number of community events that each year bring together committed individuals and organizations to assist underserved individuals and those in need in the Inland Empire.
The objective of Project Boon is simple: engage professionals, executives and companies and demonstrate to them that they have the power to positively change the lives of others through their knowledge, experiences and resources.
Project Boon operates events that bring together those in need, those willing to help and the resources that make a difference by creating a human connection between those who need assistance and those who are able to help. Through these meaningful experiences, participants, donors and event sponsors are left with a lasting sense of “contributing to their community” following these events.
During the recent Thanksgiving season, Project Boon once again provided underserved communities in the Inland Empire with a traditional meal. Since 2012, the organization’s Thanksgiving event, “Eat and Be Well,” has provided warm meals and a health and wellness resource fair. Project Boon volunteers and community partners have helped to feed more than 10,000 people over the past five years. In addition, the event has helped low-income families stretch their holiday budgets and connected them to social resources they would otherwise not be able to access. The resource fair offered hygiene kits, socks, haircuts, flu shots and basic health screenings.
Another Project Boon event, Operation Devolver, organizes volunteers, food, household necessities and children’s toys for underserved areas of Tuxpan, a town in southern Jalisco, Mexico. The contributions help the families and children manage the impoverished conditions.