After moving to San Diego in 1996 Todd Macaluso noticed the large homeless and impoverished population. Seeing so many homeless and struggling individuals upset Todd Macaluso, and he decided that he was going to do everything he could to help these people get back on their feet.
Todd Macaluso assists individuals with trying to reestablish themselves and finding housing for them. He believes that a home and community helps to give a person identity. It gives them a connection to the rest of society. These are all things that are vital pieces in determining a person’s success level.
Another way that Todd Macaluso has helped the less fortunate is through the old adage: if you give a man a fish, he won’t be hungry today, but teach him to fish, he will never go hungry. Instead of just donating food to various Food Banks, Todd Macaluso donated $60,000 to Kendall Farms Produce to help install three water wells. These three water wells, installed on a remote part of the farm, are used to water, grow, and cultivate fruits and vegetables for the impoverished and less fortunate. Todd Macaluso donated something sustainable that will continue to give back to the community.
Pay attention in your area for ways that you can help. If you are charged up about charity work, consider starting an event yourself. Todd Macaluso has a few ideas for events or places that always need volunteers.
- Local soup kitchens always need assistance serving food, especially on holidays; they are some of the busiest times. Consider making it a family tradition.
- Churches hold food and clothing on a regular basis. Drop off a variety of canned goods. Winter coats are in demand. They are usually expensive items, so if you have an extra one you don’t use anymore it makes a great donation.
- 5k for Charity! There are those that would rather give graciously instead of running, but when you show up to an event it helps to rally the community around a cause when there is a large turnout. 5 kilometers really isn’t that far, and it goes by quickly if you bring a few friends.
Get out and get involved and you won’t regret it!