by LINDA FRABL | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Bells of Freedom

volunteers_jacobi_2John and Melissa Jacobi, who moved to Carmel Valley from Del Mar six years ago, have done an amazing job raising their three children into adulthood. Melissa professed, “We love spending time with our kids, and have been so blessed to be a part of their activities, their sports, and their social lives.” That gratefulness has even been extended to many other families, thanks to the Jacobis’ involvement with the North County-based nonprofit, Bells of Freedom.

The purpose of Bells of Freedom is to provide financial and emotional support to San Diego military families that are struggling, and the organization contributes 100 percent of its donations to those families in need. The Jacobis are especially involved in the process of “adopting” Camp Pendleton families during the holiday season and contribute a large gift basket, as well as provide emergency funds as needed throughout the year. John commented, “It brings us such joy to help and to pay it forward.” Melissa added, “We are so thankful for the opportunity to volunteer. It has enriched our lives!”

volunteers_jacobi_3The couple has been committed to Bells of Freedom for 14 years now, and it is just one of the many ways they have volunteered over the years. For example, both have served breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House and designed, planned, set up, and cleaned up for such Torrey Pines High School events as winter formal and Grad Nite. In addition, John has coached softball, little league, soccer, and even Pop Warner football teams, and Melissa has managed various duties for Torrey Pines Pop Warner Cheer.

John, who provides wholesale insurance to car dealers, and Melissa, who is an interior designer, met each other 28 years ago on a blind date. They now love spending as much time as possible with their grown children, who range in age from 19 to 25. Favorite shared activities include boating, skiing, and traveling together.

The Jacobis are extremely happy to call the Santa Fe Summit neighborhood their home. John revealed, “Our friends live here, and our involvement with such organizations as the Bells of Freedom has brought us the best friends anyone can have.” Melissa agreed, and admitted, “We feel very grateful to be a part of this amazing community.”

Group: Bells of Freedom
Mission: A locally-run and family-owned nonprofit that helps military families in need through donations and events.
Contact: 858-245-1908;