We are so inspired by the businesses in our community because of how many of them are committed to helping to make the world better than it is today. Check out some great businesses below and how they are helping others.

Matthew Hickey | Owner & Founder of Be Kind Vibes

The mission of Be Kind Vibes is to create ethically-made goods that inspire love & compassion for each other and our natural world. We’ve built a community around the brand and the idea that we are all connected, to each other and our environment. People + Planet. Our products are made with organic and recycled materials and for every purchase, we plant a tree to help offset carbon emissions created during production and shipping. Read more>>

Kussy Mackenzie | Designer & Tailor

Sophia + Sam LLC may be one of the few, if not the only Black woman-owned eco-friendly socially conscious retail businesses in San Diego. Since 2017, we have been providing design services, fabric sales, and small batch production of organic children’s clothing. Since April 2020, we have been producing and selling organic cotton face masks for children and adults as well as supplying organic fabric to other mask makers. Organic cotton is processed without harsh chemicals or dyes that can trigger allergies and skin outbreaks. We are very proud that our current production partners are other San Diego-based businesses and the sale of our masks supports San Diego families and local economy in unprecedented times. Read more>>

Gayle Feallock | Ceremony Officiant, Speaker, Healer

My business is not directly related to helping the world, though I strongly believe that sacred celebration and spiritual connection can have a powerful impact on individual relationships. In my role as a ceremony officiant, I create a space for Love to be expressed in ways most people don’t get to experience on a daily basis. As a Reiki master I provide healing that affects mind, body, and soul. Additionally, Just Imagine is proud to support the environment by donating to 4Ocean, an organization cleaning up and removing plastic from our oceans. I am also involved in activism with several groups supporting social and racial justice, to better our society at the local and national levels. Read more>>

Helice “Grandma Sparky” Bridges | The First Lady of Acknowledgement

In a minute or less, the Who I Am Makes A Difference Blue Ribbon Acknowledgment System® gives youth and adults pride, purpose, and the ability to end negativity and transform the world. It helps youth and adults turn the tide away from violent and disrespectful acts replacing them with understanding and inspiration, uniting people to live into their passion and purpose. The Blue Ribbon message has impacted 50 million people in the world and translated into 12 different languages. The Blue Ribbon Movie, based on a true story, remained #1 on YouTube for 10 weeks in the nonprofit category. Read more>>

MELISSA SCHWARTZ | Coach for Parents of Highly Sensitive Children, Author & Public Speaker

As a parent coach and advocate for highly sensitive people I bring awareness to the neutral, inherent trait of Sensory Processing Sensitivity that is found in 15-20% of the world’s population. I love helping people come to understand what makes them unique and appreciate their finely tuned nervous systems. My specialty is helping parents of highly sensitive children understand what drives behavior so that both parents and children can navigate life with more ease, more love, more connection and less stress! Living in the time of COVID has elevated the challenges of being a sensitive adult and being a sensitive child. My virtual workshops, coaching groups and private sessions support the highly sensitive community as we all navigate the overwhelming feelings that show up on a daily basis. Read more>>

Tiger Palafox | Manager

ECO Gardeners was founded on principals that help our community and the world. I have always wondered why gardeners and landscapers are some of the largest polluters, they are the people in charge of taking care of the plants and environments they are polluting. That is why we do not use gas powered tools. All our lawn mowers, hedgers, weed whackers, saws, blowers are all Husqvarna battery powered tools. This eliminates air pollution, noise pollution and storm water pollution. We also use Organic and Natural pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers. We have a holistic approach when it comes to garden maintenance that prevents us from having to use any chemicals. When businesses, HOA’s and home owners use our company they make a choice to support the environment and improve their own communities because of our companies policies. Read more>>

Kristen Chazaud | Collaborative Care Coach & Agency Owner

Aging in place should be the right of each and every older adult. I find great joy helping people actualize this. Read more>>

Jen Nation | Executive Director, Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

I currently work as the executive director of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, a nonprofit located in National City who provides organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education to kids and families. The nonprofit was founded 10 years ago as Christy Walton donated her former home and seven-acres of property with one condition – that the property is leveraged for community benefit. Our organization is rooted in community and programs have grown and shifted over the years to meet the health and environmental needs of the people who come through our doors. Olivewood is changing lives. Through our programs, people are learning to make simple changes that end up making major differences in their health – for themselves and their families. Read more>>

Scott and Lori McGervey | Licensed Plumber Business Owner

Plumbing is among one of the most problematic issues home owners and business owners come across. There are three important areas that licensed plumbers must be experts in, gas, potable water and sewage waste water. Not only do we build the systems but we must maintain them in a safe hygienic matter. Gas produces heat, water keeps the environment clean and containing sewage waste prevents disease. In my opinion a lot of times I feel a plumber is a first responder in many situations. Without clean contained water where would we be.?There is so much more to plumbing than people are aware of. Sanitation and disinfection plays a lead role in plumbing services. What happens when a sewer line backs up? Yep the licensed plumber to the rescue cabling or jetting the sewer pipe to push the clog through so raw sewage isn’t pouring out into the streets. Read more>>