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On Saturday, November 5, 2016, California State Senator Joel Anderson of California’s 38th District named nonprofit organization Embrace (http://www.Embrace1.org) Founder, Sean Sheppard, a California State Hero. Sean was 1 of approximately 15 other “heroes” to be recognized and receive a California State Senate Proclamation.
38th District constituent Daisy Tate proposed the idea to honor California Heroes, which eventually became Senate Concurrent Resolution 97. The legislation’s measure is the first in the nation to annually recognize a specific month as California Heroes Month. The resolution is a way to honor local everyday heroes in the California community. Senator Anderson’s website defines these heroes as those who actively take selfless actions to help their neighbor in need, and inspire others to become involved as well.
Sean Sheppard receiving a California Heroes Month award from Senator Joel Anderson
Sean was recognized for the 13 years Embrace has mobilized college students to serve less fortunate members of civilian and veteran communities by serving homeless veterans and civilians and remodeling the homes of disabled veteran home owners. Sean was nominated by Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State.
Sean Sheppard with Senator Joel Anderson and San Diego State University Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Aaron Bruce
“Superman’s most critical characteristic was not his superhuman strength, it was his willingness to help people in need,” said Sheppard. “With that, I am extremely humbled to be considered worthy to be among such inspirational people who have also devoted their lives to effectively help people in need. I wouldn’t be recognized, and I wouldn’t be leading an organization, without tens of thousands of volunteers deciding over the years that Embrace was the organization through which they serve the community. ”
Thanks to Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Home Depot Foundation, SDG&E and the Jack In The Box Foundation, at the time of this release, Sean is currently leading an effort with the Home Depot Foundation to remodel the home of a disabled Navy Veteran in Escondido, CA, Embrace’s 11th such remodel.
This Sunday, November 20, 2016 Sean will be leading Embrace's second annual Stretch 4 Vets event that raises funds for their home remodel program, Healing Our Heroes' Homes. To donate please click here.
Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as health disparities and homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education.
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