How Mission Protection Won the 2020 SAMMY Award for Best Community Outreach Program
Mission Protection Systems’ community outreach included building tiny homes for survivors of the Camp Fire and making Easter baskets for child survivors of the fire.
In the Fall of 2018, the most destructive wildfire in California history ravaged the state’s Butte County. The Camp Fire burned 153,336 acres and destroyed 18,804 structures with a total damage of $16.5 billion. Oroville, Calif.-based Mission Protection Systems, whose office and employees’ homes were nearby, felt compelled to help its community.
“The days immediately following the fire, Mission Protection employees felt a great push to help the community we live in and serve,” says Susan Smith, director of sales & marketing. “Our mission to help started out slow with donating clothes and household goods to the fire survivors and spending time volunteering at the Red Cross shelter. Within a month of the fire, the depth and scope of helping grew immensely with the start of the Tiny Homes for Camp Fire Survivors.”
Tiny Homes for Camp Fire Survivors is a community of volunteers and donors that build “tiny homes” for survivors of the Camp Fire. Smith says Mission Protection has been the largest donor and biggest supporter of the group, donating the land used for the Tiny Homes build site and construction storage, all electrical supplies, electrical labor, and other tools and materials.
Mission Protection also donated the intrusion alarm, monitoring and extensive surveillance system at the build site. In total, more than 3,000 man-hours and $10,000 has been donated by Mission Protection and its employees, Smith notes.
In addition to helping Tiny Homes, the company also helped raise money and goods to make Easter baskets for child survivors of the fire.
Organized by Smith and her son, Andrew, the duo utilized social media to raise over $1,500. Mission Protection chipped in $4,000 for supplies such as baskets, grass, plastic eggs, candy and toys.
“Our original goal was to make 25 baskets with a potential goal of 50 baskets. In the end, we wound up delivering 75 baskets that were given away on Easter Sunday at a community celebration in Paradise, Calif.,” explains Smith. “The Easter baskets were a great opportunity for getting Mission Protection’s name further out into our community and to show those who have suffered such a tremendous loss, how much we truly care.”
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