The Esparza family was chosen by the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival board as 2019 Theme Grand Marshals because they have a big heart for giving back to the community.

Martha Esparza volunteers her free time with H.O.P.E., a Garden-Grove based non-profit organization that helps families in need receive food and basic necessities, and at times, Martha delivers the food to those who are unable to drive. She also dedicates her time to the H.O.P.E.’s “Helping Women Succeed” program which prepares women for the workplace.

The Esparzas continually volunteer together as a family. Martha, her husband Martin and their youngest daughter Evelyn engage H.O.P.E. parents to participate in community events, such as Altares en Santa Ana, plus  Zumba and Folklorico classes for parents at Santiago High to promote parent evolvement. They go to different community events to do kids face painting.  They also make regular visits to help the elderly and devote numerous volunteer hours at school events. Martha connects families with crime prevention resources after her regular employment with Garden Grove Unified School District and takes time to encourage children to follow their dreams.

When her mother speaks at volunteering events, 18-year old Evelyn, a senior at Santiago High School, will interpret to Spanish-speaking parents attending and help with childcare.  The Esparzas also have two grown children, Liliana and Martin Jr. who live outside the community, but while they were growing up in Garden Grove they regularly volunteered along with their parents .  Martha feels that there is nothing of greater value than spreading kindness by connecting with people at a human level.