You can help people with developmental disabilities achieve their goals and dreams as welcome and valuable members of our community.
Meet Bobby Spitzberg, Project Independence Client and Board Member
Project Independence was founded on the belief that people with disabilities possess the potential to live and interact in their communities, and that by listening to the hopes and dreams of people we serve, we can help them.
Quite simply, Bobby Spitzberg is unforgettable. People who underestimate him- like judging a book by its cover – do so at their loss. But those who take the time to meet him quickly realize that he is the walking, talking epitome of Project Independence, which was founded on the belief that people like Bobby who have disabilities still possess the potential to live productive lives and interact in their communities.
And has Bobby interacted! A longtime PI client and proud member of the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors, Bobby is celebrating a 40-year full-time career at the Marriott Corporation, clearly a testament to his perseverance in the face of challenges that might overcome many. To show for it, he has earned a box full of honors and awards, including the coveted J.W. Marriott Award of Excellence in 1999, two nominations for the Orange County Tourism Council’s Service Excellence Award, several Employee of the Month or Employee of the Year awards at three different Marriott hotels, and the Regional Center of Orange County’s Spotlight Award. Bobby lives in his own apartment and finds time to mentor other PI clients.
But Bobby’s life is not just about himself and the awards and accolades he has garnered. He’s the first to declare that he’s always been a people person. Despite his challenges, Bobby understands, more than most, the simple yet profound truth that having a positive attitude is key to success, happiness and getting along with everyone. He also recognizes that a person’s choice of attitude is just that — a choice.
Project Independence chooses to honor Bobby Spitsbergen as the face of our organization. We’re better for having him amongst us.
More Ways to Give
Donors who support the organization with a major gift of $1,000 or more will receive special recognition on our Web site and Year in Review newsletter, framed artwork from a Project Independence client, recognition on the Project Independence recognition display for one year, and invitations to Project Independence’s periodic donor receptions. Donors who make one-time or cumulative contributions of $10,000 or more will also be permanently listed on the recognition display at Project Independence.
Become a member of the “I Will Club” by naming Project Independence as a beneficiary of your will, trust or planned gift. Members receive a framed membership certificate and distinctive lapel pin, are listed on our Web site and Year in Review, and are invited to the VIP reception held before the Celebration of Independence.
Join a unique group of dedicated businesses who work with Project Independence to champion independence for people with developmental disabilities. Business Champions understand that all people have value and contribute to our community. As a Business Champion you have an opportunity to show your support in the community while receiving promotional benefits through our website and by utilizing our official Business Champion Seal. Find our more.
Contributing a good or service can benefit the mission of Project Independence or a Project Independence event. Examples include a media donation by Time Warner Cable for the Walk for Independence, or a donation of computers for use in a Project Independence office.
Thank you for your support!
Your online donation will be securely processed through Paypal. You can pay with any major credit card or with your Paypal account.
Become an Agent of Independence
For monthly donors who sign up for $20 or more per month, you will receive an exclusive Project Independence drawstring bag that you can use for your own undercover operations, as our gift to you! Your mission, if you choose to accept it: Join our monthly giving program at one of the following levels: