SAN DIEGO, CA — Ocean Discovery Institute volunteers, Jody Carey and Dennis Wood (and their two year old son, Sam Carey Wood), were honored for their tireless service to Ocean Discovery and their dedication to improving the community of City Heights. The San Diego Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (San Diego AFP) recognized the couple as “Outstanding Organizational Volunteers” at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The event was attended by over 1,200 regional philanthropic leaders.
As City Heights residents for more than a decade, Carey and Wood have dedicated thousands of hours to Ocean Discovery and other local nonprofits. They have made an indelible impact on the neighborhood through their volunteerism and leadership in inspiring others to make meaningful change. That change has included rehabilitating neighborhood homes with Community HousingWorks (Carey is a contractor and owner of Carey Construction and Design) and restoration of canyons with Ocean Discovery and San Diego Canyonlands. Their latest efforts are helping to bring educational opportunities for thousands of residents through Ocean Discovery’s Living Lab facility to City Heights.
“Whenever we have something that needs to get done, Jody and Dennis are the people we call – and they always come through,” said Shara Fisler, Ocean Discovery’s executive director. “They do it because they genuinely care about City Heights, the environment, and the thousands of young people who benefit from our educational programming. To us and all the people in City Heights whose lives they’ve enriched, they’re more than volunteers – they’re family.
About the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
Part of a national organization of more than 30,000 fundraising professionals, the San Diego AFP represents more than 300 members from organizations across San Diego and Imperial Counties. Their annual National Philanthropy Day celebration recognizes people and organizations making a difference in the local community.
About Ocean Discovery Institute
Ocean Discovery Institute uses science to engage young people from urban and underserved backgrounds and empowers them to transform their lives, their community and ultimately our world as scientific and environmental leaders. Learn more at www.OceanDiscoveryInstitute.org.