Our Employees Proudly Served in the Name of Dr. King


January 23, 2021

From refreshing the grounds around a historic landmark to providing food and necessities to dozens of homeless people, the employees at FE Small Business Finance stepped up to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week.

  • In San Diego, we took part in the MLK Day of Interfaith Service at Balboa Park’s Marston House. We joined hundreds of volunteers at the historic home, which became a museum in 1987, to rake leaves and pick up brush, clearing the way for flowers and trees to be planted. 
  • In Riverside, we distributed totes for 50 homeless people. The bags included a meal, snacks, warm clothing, a first-aid kit and lots of toiletries like combs, soap and toothbrushes. Families joined in too, helping to assemble the bags.
  • In Irvine, we went to the Orange County Food Bank for the third year, thanks to Mark Hogan’s wife, Mary, who is an active volunteer at the charity. 
  • In Los Angeles, Marsel Watts supported one of our borrowers, Nay’s Tacos, at a parade in honor of Dr. King. Marsel volunteered as Nay’s, a food truck, served up goodies for one of the parade participants, Blue Cross.

Multiple times a year FE Small Business Finance gives employees the chance to band together to complete projects that benefit local groups in need. 

“ FE hires employees that value giving back to the communities we serve,” said Erin Hebert, executive vice president of administration and human resources. “Volunteering is a cherished part of our culture and we love working together as a group making a difference for others.”

Take a look at some of the scenes as FE Small Business Finance employees did their part on MLK Day 2021:

Balboa Park in San Diego

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Rich Kraus, Laura Grasse and Kurt Chilcott.

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April Vercammen and Natalie Moreno lift a tarp filled with brush and pine needles.

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Hannah Snowden, Nader Damerji, Natasha Barragan, Capree Waters and Jerralyn Davis plant a flowerbed.

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James Toomey doing some heavy lifting.

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Letting off steam after a rewarding morning.

Parade for Dr. King in Los Angeles

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Marsel Watts with Naleisha Webb of Nay’s Tacos at a Los Angeles King Day parade.

Bags for Homeless People in Riverside

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Some of our Riverside team with their families and the boxes of food to be shared. Left back, Kisha Gant, and Natalie Visk; center back, from left to right, Amy Vasquez in stripes, Patty Diaz, Kelly Kincade; back right, April Mitchell. Kneeling, on left, Dina Springer and Denise Garcia; kneeling, on right, Evangelina Vargas.


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Families joined in to lend a hand in Riverside. (Note: the featured photo on the post shows the team distributing the bags.)

Support for the Orange County Food Bank

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Faces in the crowd, er, tree, at the food bank. From left to right: Shelli Hayman, Amy Du, Maribel Avena, Noe Castillo, Tina Henry and Stacey Sanchez. Watching over the tree: Mark Hogan, standing.

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Amy Du, front, with Maribel Avena, ready to pack some boxes.


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No tree for Mark Hogan – he stands alone as Captain Nutrition instead.

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