Backpacks, rulers, and pens, oh my!
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
by: Michele Ignacio, A.O. Reed & Co.

Section: Member News

BOMA San Diego’s Community Service committee did it again and organized a successful Drive benefitting local foster youth. Two weeks after hosting their biggest event of the year – the annual Summer Work Party - the Committee rallied and pulled off a school supply collection event benefiting local foster youth. Walking into the August membership meeting at the Doubletree Hotel at the Hazard Center, the BOMA registration area looked more like a store’s back to school display with the mound of backpacks and boxes of school supplies that were collected for the Promises2kids Back-To-School Drive.
With the leadership of Drive sub-chairs Kelly Allred from Dunn Edwards and Holly Jump from John Hancock, the Committee rallied support from our Chapter's members and their tenants - as well as extended family and friends - to gather new, unused backpacks and school supplies for Promises2kids, a leading nonprofit organization that has “responded to the needs of foster children and provided support to children removed from their home due to abuse and neglect” since 1981.
Promises2kids Annual Giving Coordinator Melissa Villagomez and Guardian Scholar Ariel La Madrid were invited to speak on and accept the donations at the membership meeting. They personally thanked the BOMA members for their continuous support over the years to bring awareness to the needs of foster youth. Both spoke on the importance of BOMA San Diego's partnership and efforts with the outreach to our network.  Ariel, who was a foster youth herself, shared a moving poem she wrote to express her gratitude and provide insight to what a new backpack means to her:
A Backpack
By: Ariel La Madrid, Promises2kids Guardian Scholar and SDSU Student
Melissa reported that BOMA San Diego collected 386 backpacks; 2,224 school supplies; and 35 lunch bags. Incredible!!
Thank you very, very much to all of our members who participated in this year’s Drive, with special recognition to Carleton Management, IECU Local 18, John Hancock, Helix Mechanical who all made very large contributions.  
Please visit our BOMA San Diego Facebook page to check out photos from the collection and the August luncheon.
If you are interested in participating at the committee level with planning efforts for future Community Service events, please reach out to committee chair
Jeff Niles with Concierge Cleaning Services.

 “Promises2Kids creates a brighter future for foster children in San Diego County. From the moment they come into foster care and through to adulthood, Promises2Kids provides the hope, support, and opportunities these special individuals need to change their lives for the better…now and for years to come.”

For more information on Promises2kids, please visit

For more information on the Guardians Scholars program, please visit