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!
Todd Macalusot has long since been an amazing pilot, but several years ago, upon recommendation of a friend, he got into SCUBA diving as well.
On a trip down to the Caribbean, Todd Macalusot was introduced to SCUBA diving. He was on the island of Roatan in Honduras. They offer discover SCUBA classes which give a sense of what SCUBA diving is like without forking over handfuls of cash. This beginning course is what Todd Macalusot recommends if you have never been diving before. The course consists of an introduction to SCUBA course followed by a controlled open water dive. The instructor takes the divers to a shallow area, usually thirty feet max, and lets them get used swimming and moving underwater. As soon as Todd Macalusot had a taste, he knew he needed to become certified.
Todd Macalusot extended his trip on the island and signed up for the 5 day course to become fully certified. Every day was filled with real open water dives. The class explored sunken ship wrecks, underwater caves, and coral reefs. Todd Macalusot had never seen so much aquatic wild life. He had a close encounter with a nurse shark, and poisonous sea snakes swam right past him. It was amazing, the colors of the fish on the reef; it has to been seen to be believed.
Since his first excursion in the Caribbean Todd Macalusot has taken numerous other dive trips. He has swam in the underground caves in Florida, explored various sights off the Philippines, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and numerous places off the coast of South America.
Todd Macalusot says that while diving, it is important to never swim alone and always take the necessary safety precautions. Make sure there proper flags and signals are on board the boat. Last but not least, look before you leap.
In all the years Todd Macalusot has been flying, he hasn’t had an accident or as much as a ticket from the FAA. Not many pilots can claim the same feat. Todd Macalusot claims it is due to attention to detail and a level head. He has logged thousands of miles and each flight is treated in the same meticulous way.
Every flight he makes sure he is focused. When the pilot is distracted, this is when mistakes are made. Todd Macalusot takes the time to go over his preflight check sheet. He takes the time to go over all the equipment and every instrument. Every part of the aircraft has to be in tip top working order before he will even consider taking off.
After he has run down the preflight check sheet, he hops up in the cock pit and straps himself in. It is hard to believe all that is involved with each and every flight, but you are putting yourself at risk if you hurry and skip steps, says Todd Macalusot. He radios the flight tower to make sure the runway is clear and they contact him and let him know that he is “green lighted” to pull out onto the tarmac.
One last look left then right and Todd Macalusot flips the engine on. The plane fires forward at an incredible speed. He slowly pulls back on the controls and the plane lifts into the air. He makes it seem almost effortless. It has taken hundreds of logged flight hours to become the expert that he is. Being a pilot is not something that Todd Macalusot recommends for the faint of heart. You must also be diligent about the entire process – it must become a ritual and never deviated from. It is this attitude that has led to his incident free flight record.