Sharp Lends a Hand
Sharp Lends a Hand Past Projects
It started with San Diegans like you who wanted to make a difference in San Diego. Thousands visited Sharp.com to learn about Sharp Lends a Hand, our initiative to unite more than 18,000 employees to provide the people power — the volunteer labor — for projects that promise real change in our community.
Since 2008, Sharp's employees have supported community service projects like the ones below, supporting the health and well being of San Diego in a broad, positive way.
Established in 2007, Feeding America San Diego is San Diego's largest distributor of food. Working with partner agencies, schools, corporate partners and volunteers, Feeding America serves 73,000 children, families and seniors in need each week.
I Love A Clean San Diego — Coastal Cleanup Day
I Love A Clean San Diego coordinates the Coastal Cleanup Day. This event engages thousands of volunteers that unite across the county to remove litter from beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, open spaces and urban areas. Sharp Lends a Hand volunteers have supported this important effort for several years.
Just in Time for Foster Youth
Each year, the Just in Time family comes together to give dozens of transitioning foster youth the resources and encouragement they need to begin a new life chapter as college students. Participating youth connect with potential lifelong mentors and successful Just in Time alumni; receive laptops and printers; learn valuable tips on money management, legal matters and practical purchases; and pair up with a volunteer shopper to buy essential dorm furnishings and school supplies.
Life Rolls On — They Will Surf Again
Life Rolls On Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. The foundation utilizes action sports as a platform for inspiring the infinite possibilities beyond paralysis. They Will Surf Again is an award-winning series of bicoastal events that empowers paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom of mobility by riding a wave with the assistance of adaptive equipment and the support of hardworking volunteers.
San Diego Food Bank
The San Diego Food Bank feeds people in need throughout San Diego County and advocates for and educates the public about hunger-related issues. Over the past several years, Sharp Lends a Hand volunteers have inspected and sorted donated food, assembled boxes and cleaned the warehouse.
San Diego River Park Foundation
Founded in 2001, the San Diego River Park Foundation is a community-based, grassroots, nonprofit organization. The vision of the San Diego River Park Foundation is to protect the greenbelt from the mountains to the ocean along the 52-mile San Diego River. The foundation works with community groups and other organizations dedicated to the San Diego River, the River Park and its wildlife, recreation, water and cultural and community values.
Sharp Lends a Hand volunteers have helped provide the people power for San Diego County's Special Olympics year-round training and athletic competitions over the past few years. Special Olympics of San Diego County has more than 1,400 athletes of all ages. The program provides sports training and athletic competition for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Ssubi is Hope — Greening for Good Project
The Greening for Good project collects discarded but safe and usable supplies from Sharp HealthCare facilities and distributes them to clinics around the world that have little or no medical resources. This win-win program protects our environment by keeping good medical surplus out of landfills and provides life-changing and life-saving services to people in developing countries like Uganda, Haiti, Mexico and the Philippines. Sharp Lends a Hand volunteers evaluate, sort, label and prepare these materials for shipment.
Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
One of Sharp Lends a Hand's flagship volunteer efforts, this three-day event for San Diego's homeless veterans has been a huge success with Sharp volunteers. Stand Down provides community-based social services for veterans without permanent residence. Sharp Lends a Hand volunteers provided much needed medical attention, organize and distribute clothing in the clothing tent and other volunteer assistance as needed.
USS Midway FOD Walk-Down
A Foreign Object Damage walk-down is a routine activity on an active aircraft carrier, to prevent debris from getting sucked into and damaging aircraft engines. The FOD Walk-Down on the USS Midway is a fun, historical project that helps keep the decks clean.
Valencia Park Drama and Dance Academy — Playground Beautification
Valencia Park Academy encourages their students to be engaged learners and performers. The teachers integrate drama and dance into a curriculum that elevates all students to excellence. Sharp Lends a Hand volunteers helped beautify the playground by repainting the hopscotch and foursquare lines, which provides opportunities for the students to exercise and encourages positive playground behavior.
YWCA of San Diego Emergency Shelter
The YWCA Emergency Shelter provides transitional housing to women and children who have been victimized by domestic violence. Residents of the shelter also receive counseling, legal support and intellectual and social services assistance. Sharp volunteers assisted in power-washing the patio, painting the walls, removing old toys and some light gardening.