Here at Gregg Maedo + Associates, one of the ways in which we connect with our community is by participating in Project Mercy’s Baja Challenge. Project Mercy is a non-profit organization with the goal of improving the living conditions for families living in impoverished areas outside of Tijuana, Mexico by building houses. The Baja Challenge invites architects, banks and any real estate related businesses in the San Diego and Orange County area to participate by donating their time, money and community spirit to help build houses for families who have none. No construction experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn, teach and work together toward building a 16’0” by 20’0” home for a family in need.

Our office has been participating in this life changing event for the last eight years.

Throughout the course of the year, we gear up for the Baja Challenge by doing a number of fundraisers:

  • We work with the Junior Optimists from Orange Coast Optimists (OCO) to sell Spam Musubi, a delicious and popular Hawaiian snack, at the Nikkei Games held at CSU Long Beach. During the games, members of our office put their gym clothes and polish their basketball shoes and hit the court to help raise awareness for the Baja Challenge. After the team builds the house, the Junior Optimists (OCO) get to see the pictures of the house building process, and the family for whom the house became a home.
  • We host a “Baja Night” during which we do raffles, sell delicious food, and provide entertainment.
  • We collect monetary donations from our community, our friends, and families to help support the Baja Challenge and its goal of providing housing where it is most needed.

The sponsored families have also contributed and worked to build homes in their community. Through this, we can see that the Baja Challenge connects more than just our community, but every participant resulting in a huge sense of empowerment for everyone involved.

Building these houses enable us to work collaboratively, learn from one another, and see first-hand that poverty can happen to anyone but by coming together, we can help to make a difference. Volunteers keep coming back to participate and donate more. We are fortunate to be able to help in such a huge way; donations go to both the families and their communities. For us, what may seem like small gestures, mean the world to the people we help.

We all have the potential to connect to create a fantastic community, and in this case Gregg Maedo + Associates, the OCO, and Project Mercy are linked in an incredible way.

This Year’s Family

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Build Day

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Fundraising and Charity Events Organized by Irais Torres

Edited by Reyna Hartman