Mak in theCommunity
WE PROUDLY SUPPORT SELECT
ORGANIZATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY
MAK's mission is to not only build beautiful spaces but also build lasting relationships with those in our community. Here are some of the organizations we are proud to support. To learn more about any of the organizations please click their logo or reach out - as we are more than happy to explain why these organizations are especially important to us!
Camp Kesem is a national organization of committed, volunteer, college students providing free summer camp and year-round support to children through and beyond their parent’s cancer.
Camp Kessem’s innovative and fun-filled programs provide children with peers who understand their unique needs, and create long-lasting impact. Within this mission Camp Kessem also provides training, support, and leadership development opportunities for our student leaders, as they prepare to provide life-changing experiences for our families nationwide.
MAK’s support of Camp Kesem began in 2016 when Ken and Ellen's daughter became a student volunteer. Since then, Camp Kesem has remained an organization near and dear to MAK's heart as both Ken and Ellen's daughter and son counseled, and continue to be engaged with the Cal chapter. Locally, the Davis and Sacramento Chapters services families in our immediate community.
Davis Shakespeare Festival strives to take Shakespeare down from his pedestal and make his work more accessible to people of all backgrounds, cultures, and interests.
Not unlike its famous cousin The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Davis Shakespeare Festival produces a mix of classic and contemporary plays, not limited to Shakespeare and typically including as musical comedy each summer. These performances feature the work of professional lighting, costume and set design designer and a mix of professional actors, conservatory-trained young actors from around the country and a few community performers. While Shakespeare has offered and continues to offer so much to the world, DSF feels the responsibility to decentralize Western ideals and systems put in place that do not allow certain people and ideas a seat at the table, or in their case, the rehearsal room.
When a client introduced us to this hidden gem in 2016, we were delighted to have this caliber of inspiring and entertaining theatre in our own backyard. MAK has since been and continues to be happy to support this evolving company as they entertain and educate. Please check out their online programs now.
Founded in 2013 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation by a group of good-hearted, globe-trotting career professionals, Good Sun operates as a natural resources management NGO.
Good Sun's founders are trained in various technical, environmental fields and they apply their experience and education to help others less fortunate. The impetus for Good Sun’s formation is simple: "During our travels, and over the course of our professional careers, we have witnessed and experienced many inequities of modern 'civilization'; and we are compelled to help “level the playing field” so that all people (and animals too) may have an equal chance at a healthy and prosperous life."
MAK began as a company focused on sustainability. Good Sun Solar's approach to repurposing solar panels available to communities where it would have been out of reach is very appealing to us.
The Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter (IRWS) of Davis began as a collaboration of congregations from various faith traditions in the fall 2005.
The IRWS was formed as a response to the growing need for emergency shelter during the winter months in Davis and has become a community-based effort enabling member congregations to provide cold-weather shelter and hospitality on a rotating basis to persons who are homeless in the Davis community. The shelter first opened its doors in November 2007.
Ken’s parents were part of the founding members of this collaborative effort in 2007. From 2013 to 2019, Ken and Ellen’s daughter and son participated throughout their high school years as volunteer interns for the IRWS. While there is plenty of emotion and concern about the growing homelessness crisis in CA, the fact remains that we are all better off when members of our community are not sleeping in the cold. The IRWS program emphasizes the humanity we all share, housed, or unhoused. The internship program provided meaningful training and experience in compassion, responsibility and leadership.
Meals on Wheels Yolo County has been providing a daily hot meal to seniors in our region for over 40 years.
Meals on Wheels Yolo County has been providing a daily hot meal to seniors in our region for over 40 years. Their central kitchen staff begins work each weekday at 4:00 am preparing 350-400 hot lunches for Yolo County seniors. The freshly prepared hot food is then delivered to sites in Woodland, West Sacramento, Winters and Davis. Seniors look forward to their meal and to the personal attention of a familiar visitor. Meals on Wheels Yolo County is one of the few remaining organizations that actually cook meals from scratch and deliver them daily. The daily delivery of a hot meal by a familiar volunteer is very important, and even unique nowadays. The staff, Board of Directors and volunteers are passionate about what they do.
The Pence Gallery in the heart of downtown Davis, California is a not-for-profit art gallery.
The Pence Gallery's mission is to serve the community through offering high caliber art exhibits, supporting the development of local /and regional/ artists, and providing educational programs to visitors of all ages.
As an artist himself, Ken knows the impact that exposure to creative, and non-commercial, visual media has. The Pence’s thoughtful curation and central location make this gallery a particularly accessible resource for the entire community. Ken serves on the board of this local institution, and encourages you explore the Pence if you haven’t done so already!
The mission of STEAC is to provide immediate short-term assistance with basic necessities to Yolo County families and individuals with income below the poverty level.
The mission of STEAC is to provide immediate short-term assistance with basic necessities to Yolo County families and individuals with income below the poverty level. Assistance may include help with rent, utilities, food and other basic necessities. STEAC is committed to enlarging the social awareness of the community and to provide opportunities for local citizens to help others in need.
As a company, MAK was able to work with STEAC to provide a happy holiday to a family who needed a hand this holiday season. This was our first companywide giving effort, but will not be our last.
Trees and people need each other to survive in an urban environment.
Tree Davis' mission is to enhance and expand the urban forest by teaching the people of the community to plant and care for trees. Tree Davis has been educating volunteers on how to care for trees for over twenty years. Trees benefit people in many ways. They shade our homes, clean our air and water, help to feed us, provide shelter, and much more. But trees need people too! It takes a community to plant and care for an urban forest. Tree Davis has been educating volunteers on how to plant, prune, care, and monitor trees for over twenty years.
One of the most charming and literally comforting, features of both Davis and Sacramento is our urban canopy. Early on MAK became involved with TREE Davis (Ellen served on the board in 2006 and 2007). We have been supporters ever since.
Founded as a volunteer-run backyard gleaning program, Yolo Food Bank now is a Feeding America partner serving the nutrition needs of more than 45,000 Yolo County residents each month.
For 50 years, Yolo Food Bank has elevated the common good for the people and communities of Yolo County by reducing poverty and elevating food security. Founded as a volunteer-run backyard gleaning program, Yolo Food Bank now is a Feeding America partner serving the nutrition needs of more than 45,000 Yolo County residents each month.
Yolo Food Bank coordinates the recovery, collection, and storage of more than six million pounds of food annually from a network of grocers and retailers, farmers, processors, and distributors. Through collaborations with the private sector, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations throughout Yolo County, this food is provided to those who struggle in the community via 130 distributions each month and more than 80 local food pantries, senior meal delivery programs, homeless and domestic violence shelters, migrant centers, college campuses, mental health and recovery facilities an more.