Yvette Berke, Little Angels Project Win 2019 Vernon Cares Competition
Earlier this fall, Vernon invited members of the promotional products community to share their stories about their efforts to give back within their communities. After receiving many entries for worthwhile efforts throughout the country, Vernon chose Yvette Berke, owner of Adapt Ad Specialty, Valley Glen, Calif.
Berke's entry shared the story of her passion for animals and, specifically, the work of The Little Angels Project, for which she is a volunteer.
The Little Angels Project (LAP) is a unique nonprofit initiative founded by Darlene Geekie, RVT. When natural disasters strike in Southern California, LAP volunteers provide free veterinary services to pet owners and animals that have been displaced. From quickly setting up mobile vet care stations throughout North Los Angeles and Ventura County after the devastating 2018 Woolsey Fire to providing aid immediately after the Ridgecrest earthquakes and numerous Southern California wildfires in 2019, LAP lives up to its goal of providing care, hope, healing and rescue. During these disasters, all animals—those injured or those with owners who were evacuated—were treated free of charge.
"We were determined that no one would surrender any animal due to financial need," Berke, who also serves as a LAP board member, said.
As the chosen recipient, Vernon awarded both Berke and LAP with $2,000 to continue their efforts within their community.