Community Service

Los Alamitos Aquatic Foundation
The Los Alamitos Aquatic Foundation (LAAF) serves as the fundraising arm for the U.S. Olympic water facility located at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, CA. This organization was founded in 1998 by Mr. Briggeman Jr. after he put in the initial contribution of $150,000. This contribution kicked off the construction of the U.S. Olympic water facility and paved the opportunity for the public to enjoy this aquatics center. Though he contributed this seed capital, he did not stop there. He began “watering and tending” to this organization by trailblazing new fundraising styles to raise capital quickly. He and his distinguished board members led numerous fundraising campaigns that would raise an excess of $500,000 in funds. Due to these campaigns, the U.S. Olympic water facility has enjoyed robust financials so that it could continue providing for the community into the distant future. To secure support, Mr. Briggeman, Jr. and his colleagues have worked in tandem with the City of Los Alamitos and established a long term relationship with the city. An arrangement was made so that the LAAF would provide the financial support while the City of Los Alamitos would ensure oversight of the facilities’ day-to-day operations.

Today, the U.S. Olympic water facility continues to functions as the public swim and recreation area for the entire West Orange County region. Over 30 thousand children and counting have learned to swim in this pool. In an interview, Mr. Briggeman Jr. stated that this fact alone may be the most significant and heralded achievement for the aquatic facility and its affiliates. However, the achievements did not end there. The facility not only taught children how to swim, but also served as the training pool for the U.S. Women’s Water Polo Team. Their training at the facility paid off when the team won the gold medal in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

The facility and its staff are also proud to offer handicap accessible equipment to disabled individuals so they may participate at the facility. This equipment, along with the facility’s convenient location inside the base, has been extremely beneficial to the wounded veterans returning from their tours of military duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The facility provides a warm inviting environment to those injured heroes so they may rehabilitate and receive aquatic therapy. This is another milestone for the aquatic center as it indicates that it continues to evolve in the way it serves the community.

The future will remain bright for the aquatics facility. In 2013, the Los Alamitos Aquatic Foundation pledged $43,000 in matching funds through its working partnership with the City of Los Alamitos. This pledge will allow the facility to pay for facility enhancement and services such as life guards, swim instructors, new lighting, heaters, and other essential equipment. Subsequently, the LAAF was able to secure major sponsorships from the State of California and County of Orange. Mr. Briggeman Jr. proudly serves as sitting chairman and founding benefactor of this fundraising organization.

The Boys and Girls Club of Cypress
The Briggeman family of companies is a proud supporter and corporate partner to the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress for over 30 years. They have been consistent providers of monetary contributions. Recently, Mr. Briggeman and the Briggeman Companies contributed several thousand dollars to the Club to assist in providing supervised, after school education programs and physical education programs to local youth. The Cypress Boys and Girls Club provides after-school activities and summer programs to kids to help them reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. The Club’s after-school programs are especially important as it provides a positive environment for kids during the after-school hours. The after-school hours tend to be filled with many negative distractions and voids. The Boys and Girl Club of Cypress counters this by providing a nurturing setting for kids to grow in. It is able to offer these benefits due to the generous support of its volunteers, staff, and corporate sponsors like the Briggeman family of companies.

“Drugs Are Garbage” Campaign
Organized in the early 1990s, the “Drugs Are Garbage” campaign served to teach young students about the dangers of substance abuse. This campaign was implemented throughout the elementary and middle schools in the Los Alamitos Unified and Cypress School Districts. The goal of the campaign was to teach kids about how substance abuse could prevent them from realizing their future dreams and aspirations. The program outlines that drugs can trash a student’s dreams and that the student has the power to say “no” and trash the idea of possessing or using drugs. The motto was that anything that can strip away your dreams belongs in the trash. This public service campaign was spearheaded by Mr. Briggeman Junior through his company, Briggeman Disposal Services, Inc. Even today, Mr. Briggeman Jr. remains a strong proponent of having young students stay on track in school. He understands that substance abuse not only damages families and the student’s success, but also can hurt the local community over time.

Los Alamitos Marathon
Mr. George Briggeman Jr., through his waste hauling company, Briggeman Disposal Services, Inc., is a founding co-sponsor of the Los Alamitos “Race on the Base” event. The Los Alamitos race continues to draw tens of thousands of participants to its 1K, 5K, 10K, and triathlon events each year. The “Race on the Base” promotes community involvement, health, and awareness of the joint forces training base.

48 thoughts on “Community Service

  1. Maria says:

    These are really great initiatives that help disadvantaged and often, forgotten groups. I am sure those benefiting from these projects are grateful and appreciate the efforts of the Briggeman family.

  2. Kellly says:

    They have a lot of community service in there. It’s cool how they come up with the Boys and Girls Club. Children can benefit from this kind of programs.

  3. Bryan Brando says:

    I firmly believe that the drug menace can easily take our youth and destroy their future. Endeavors such as the “Drugs are Garbage” campaign should be replicated in different parts of the country. Let’s all help save and protect our youth!

  4. Ydnar says:

    Wow so many community service. Its amazing how one family can provide so may achievements for their place. I really like the fact that they have a pool that can be use by lots of people.

  5. Mandy says:

    I’m so proud to hear that the the Briggeman family of companies is a proud supporter of The Boys and Girls Club of Cypress. This is great news and will help to secure that children have a safe, fun and educational place to dwell. Will also help keep them out of trouble!

  6. Cheryl says:

    I like how they offer aquatic services to disabled veterans in addition to being a facility where Olympians can train and where children can learn to swim. Water therapy seems as though it has the potential to be extremely helpful for disabled individuals, be they veterans or not. It sounds as though it is a very helpful facility for the surrounding community.

  7. Lhetty says:

    These are wonderful projects. I wish Mr Briggeman and his family good fortune always. They have been very generous to the people of Western Orange County. These projects help improve the lives of the people of Los Alamitos and inspire many children to be champion swimmers!

  8. oleg says:

    Mr Briggeman is showing them they way! With “them” I mean those politicians who promised to make our lives better. But look at all these initiatives of Mr Briggeman…very wonderful! They address the needs of the community!

  9. Hashim Khan says:

    Words cannot express how grateful people are with all the people that are working hard into putting all this program into life. Thank you so much for your dedication and effort.

  10. Toad says:

    More power not just to this man but to the thousands lending a hand on this project. May this continue for a long time and this is what the world needs,

  11. Itachi Uchiha says:

    This goes beyond any corporate responsibility. Its one thing to say I will help but to sustain it is another. Thank you for sharing your story.

  12. Kitty Pride says:

    I wish the world has more of these. I mean here is a good man ordinary mind you but changing lives. The best thing about it is it is not for an photo op or elective office but purely to help his area.

  13. Ororo says:

    Sharing is key to this and showing their story will inspire people to follow suit hopefully. If I have the time I will check out all the things that this family is supporting.

  14. LaToyota says:

    What a generous family! Their contributions to the community are helping lots of young people. Our children are our future, and through these programs, they are molded to be better citizens someday.

  15. Marissa says:

    I’ve heard about the legendary generosity of the Briggemans. Their contribution has transformed Los Alamitos for the better. Hey do you have a weekend market? Like, local food, products, etc? I wanna drop by when I’m in Orange County next week!

  16. Matutina says:

    Great initiatives! Things like these make a community, everyone helping out without asking for something in return. Effective in crime prevention as well. Good job!

  17. Darvish says:

    Happy to read about people contributing to their communities’ growth. I’d also like to point out the accessibility consideration for community facilities. Differently-abled members of our community should be able to enjoy public facilities as well.

  18. Rashid says:

    I wish to extend my appreciation to the Briggeman family. They are an example of an American family worth emulating. Their contributions to Los Alamitos will never be forgotten. Kudos!

  19. JOY says:

    Wow this is such a great way to inspire young boys and girls to make sports part of their hobbies. It is helpful they got a seed money to expand and explore on this.

  20. Mozer Torancher says:

    Great list of communal organizations. As long as were listing community work with physical activity, you guys should check out Cruyff Court Toronto. They are in the process of building a soccer court in the Jane and Finch area and plan to build many more across Canada in impoverished neighbourhoods.

  21. Ria says:

    Fantastic initiatives that have done a great deal of realistic service to the community. Thanks to committed sponsors (such as the Briggemans), efforts are being translated into effective campaigns like these that promote a better society.

  22. Shierly Hugo says:

    I’ve always loved community service, in fact, I plan to continue my study in community service-related subjects. There are lots of water management issues that are brought by many nonprofit organisations. This organisation is interesting by enabling people to swim fearlessly.

  23. Cali says:

    During high school, i have been awarded as excellent in community service. I really like working in a community and helping people.

  24. MIco Robin says:

    In business there is such thing as CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY. This is the best example of it but I believe that it should start from the grass roots first.

  25. Miaka Yuuki says:

    I do not know who this Family is but hands off to them. Giving back to the community is everyone’s duty think of it as you going back to your roots.

  26. glad says:

    This is a very great initiative, it is a wonderful thing to give back to the community. Maybe if we had more people like these each community will be a strength of their own and not waiting for the government to do something before we can accomplish something.

  27. Linda Burroughs says:

    Its wonderful to read about people who are committed to giving something back to the community, especially something that is a long range and long term project that will continue to help and inspire people long into the future. So often there is a flash in the pan contribution that, while nice, is quickly used up and then forgotten about. It is super that someone out there is seeing to it that this funding and this outreach to kids and people with disabilities will continue to do good. Hooray for the Briggeman Family!

  28. Maury Cheskes says:

    Sounds like good organizations with lots of useful functions. I think physical activity and education are key components of community service.

  29. Ken D says:

    Amidst the chaos of this world that seems to be at times overwhelming, it is inspiring to see the actions of so many good people all around us, which we often, most often in fact, never hear about. It is these good folks and their largely hidden acts of good will and service that keep this planet from completely falling off the rails. For them, I am extremely grateful. Might we all in our own way, and within our own spheres of influence do what we can, when we can, to make our world a better place to live for those around us! Thank you!

  30. Eduardo Bernal says:

    This is an excellent example of how making something good for people is what keeps the world going in the right direction. This family is an inspiration for many people I’m sure. It’s an example of life. Keep up the good work! I hope one day I’d visit LAAF…

  31. RosyG says:

    Maybe this kind of initiative is why Americans have those great result in water sports competitions at the Olympic Games. And my congratulations to this family, not only for providing such opportunity for young people, but also for their no-drugs campaign. God knows every bit of help on that front is a blessing.
    Keep up the good work!

  32. MichelleT says:

    It only takes a good intention to create this big change in the community. This kind of act of goodness from this family have helped in changing the lives of these aspiring young people.

  33. Hanna says:

    I am happy to hear that everything is going well for LAAF. This aquatics center is a great addition to the community and serves as a multi-faceted facility. Well done!

  34. Friends in Cypress says:

    We are proud to be affiliated with the Briggeman Family, they have been a constant within our city and we hope to have a relationship with them for many more years.

  35. Habitat For Humanity says:

    An astounding list of accomplishments, not sure who this family is but I think it’s wonderful that a site is setup to share these. The public normally has no idea who the creators and investors are in their cities.

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