Serving those who serve us

Mainline Insurance Services is well deserving of their Make More Happen Award for their work with Big Table. To vote for them, use the social media buttons to share this story, or leave a comment below. If they reach 500 votes, the $5,000 donation they’ve already earned doubles to $10,000!

Entire communities rest on a foundation of restaurant and hospitality workers. These individuals are an essential part of our daily lives, and yet they often don’t get the services they need to thrive in their own daily lives.

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The restaurant and hospitality industry hires more people from vulnerable demographics than any other sector of the economy and many have little or no safety net. Big Table is the only non-profit in the country that is focused on providing triage crisis care and ongoing coaching and support for these workers. Big Table takes every step necessary to ensure that those in this industry who require care and assistance can receive it.

The organization is equipped to address all areas of a person’s life including food and housing stability, medical care, addiction recovery, job readiness, mental health support and more.

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Independent agent at Mainline Insurance, Ramses Hernandez, has served at every Big Table dinner, which honors service industry workers, since the nonprofit expanded to Chula Vista, California in 2019.

In love with the cause

Since Big Table’s founding in March 2019, Mainline Insurance in Chula Vista, California has had a volunteer presence. “While we were advising Big Table on their insurance we also just fell in love with their cause,” says Ramses Hernandez, a Commercial Broker at Mainline. “Now more than a quarter of our staff is involved through volunteering.”

“While we were advising Big Table on their insurance we also just fell in love with their cause.”
Ramses Hernandez, Mainline Insurance

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A volunteer from Mainline Insurance helps donate a car to a Big Table Care Recipient!

The mission in action

Three times each year, the nonprofit hosts a dinner event for people working in the industry, complete with up to seven courses prepared by one of the city’s top chefs. Mainline has volunteered at every dinner since Big Table’s founding.

At one of the industry dinners, Big Table surprised one of their guests – a single mom-to-be – with a much-needed stroller, car seat and package of diapers.

According to Jesse Vigil, Big Table’s City Director in San Diego, big gestures like these are what this non-profit is all about. “The goal of Big Table is to care for every individual that gets referred to us to the best of our ability, whatever their situation is, with no strings attached,” said Vigil.

We’re going to be with you through the dark moments, and there’s no judgment.”
Jesse Vigil, San Diego City Director for Big Table

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Mainline Insurance and Big Table partnered to provide food and essential items to a hospitality worker who was furloughed during the pandemic.

The need persists

Over the course of this pandemic, few businesses have been hit harder than bars, restaurants and other hospitality providers. According to Vigil, though we’re beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel, the real-life needs of those working in these establishments haven’t faded. “We’re going to be with these workers through the dark moments, and there’s no judgement.” said Vigil.

 

Your vote is much more than a simple share or comment. That click means Big Table is one step closer to a total of $10,000. With care needs averaging between $250-$500 per care recipient, that’s up to 40 people and their families served. Visit the Mainline Insurance Services and Big Table websites to learn more.

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Kayla Mildren
1 month ago

Amazing!

Kayla Mildren
1 month ago

So exciting!

Karri
1 month ago

Thank you Mainline Insurance and Team Big Table San Diego for serving hope! And thanks to Liberty Mutual and Safeco for making more happen in our communities!

Meghan Long
1 month ago

Awesome! Thanks Mainline Insurance!

Jesse Vigil
1 month ago

Big Table Rocks!!!

Joyce
1 month ago

Thank you Mainline Insurance! What a wonderful gift!

Debbie
1 month ago

We love Big Table!

Faith Gartner
1 month ago

This is so great!

Alexis
1 month ago

Love the work of Big Table!

Jeremiah Girard
1 month ago

Big Table is an awesome organization! Thank you to all involved ☺️

Lori Wood
1 month ago

This is amazing!

Oz Blackaller
1 month ago

Whoop whoop!!

Brittany
1 month ago

I love Big Table!!!! Woohoo!

Kevin Finch
1 month ago

Thanks Mainline for seeing a critical need in the community and partnering with Big Table to meet it. Very grateful.

North Cady
1 month ago

Way to go Big Table San Diego!

Ruben
1 month ago

So proud of all you do.

Richard Vasquez
1 month ago

Go Big Table ☺️

Mandi
1 month ago

So exciting!

Swansong
1 month ago

I think Big Table is amazing! Thank you for supporting them!

Dana Bishop
1 month ago

Amazing!

Christina Cambra-Adamson
1 month ago

We love Big Table’s mission

Luis De Luna
1 month ago

Let’s go Big Table!!!

Glo Garcia
1 month ago

This is awesome SD!

Sarah
1 month ago

Big Table is doing amazing work in our city! Thank you for meeting the needs of those in need!

Desiree Seghetti
1 month ago

This is wonderful, Big Table is incredible! Thanks Mainline Insurance!

Diane Mitchell
1 month ago

Congratulations! Thank you for supporting Big Table!!

Janet Magot
1 month ago

Big Table works to stabilize an industry that is volatile and where many persons need to work to maintain a household and support a family.

Raymond
1 month ago

Rockstars!

Karri
1 month ago

Huge Fans of the San Diego team and all they are doing! Thank you!!

Andy
1 month ago

Big Table brings such hope to San Diego! Thanks for sharing their story!

Karri
1 month ago

Let’s do this!!! Thank you for this challenge!! So much good work can happen with this grant!

Diane
1 month ago

Big Table…man you guys do the good work. So grateful.

Heather Bopp
1 month ago

Thank you for your heart to support Big Table in their efforts to serve a deserving industry!

John & Karin Donaldson
1 month ago

Big Table is such a blessing to our San Diego Community!

Heather Z
1 month ago

What a great cause!

TamiKennedy
1 month ago

Big Table is Relational and so very appreciated by our industry.

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Monica Anne Cheney
1 month ago

yay!

Christian
1 month ago

So cool! Love Big Table!

Brendan
1 month ago

Hooray for Big Table!

Jenn
1 month ago

Great work, all!

Mike Fritz
1 month ago

Big Table is a fantastic organization that is helping so many people in need in San Diego. Please support them. They are truly doing God’s work in San Diego

Kirk Girard
1 month ago

We love Big Table. What a wonderful organization!

Jason
1 month ago

Great work.

Megan
1 month ago

Thank you Mainline Insurance for supporting Big Table! #greatorg

Mary Ann Montgomery
1 month ago

Love Big Table!

Mark Slomka
1 month ago

Such a great organization and gift to our city

Courtney
1 month ago

Happy to support Big Table and thanks to Mainline Insurance for the donation!

Christine
1 month ago

Proud supporter of Big Table here. Thank you Mainline Insurance for recognizing the good work they do! 🙂

Lori
1 month ago

Wow! Big Table is amazing!

Brenda Taylor
1 month ago

What a great program.

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