Community Involvement

When Janie closes a transaction, she donates a portion of each closing towards a charitable organization of your choice or a donation will be made toward one of the following charities (see below) that Janie is actively involved in.  Janie firmly believes in the importance of improving our community by giving back to our community.

“I have seen so many good deeds – people helped, lives improved, because someone cared.  Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make the world a better place”.  Author Unknown

Here are just a few of the numerous community-oriented organizations and activities Janie is an active participant of, as well as comments from fellow board members:

Adoption Guild OC

The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County

Janie is extremely well focused and totally capable of multi tasking. As President of Adoption Guild she was a true leader, as well as worker and an inspiration to all of us that surround her. This is a volunteer position that showed Janie’s true colors of management and detail. Time and people management is essential in every aspect of her position, Janie accomplished this exceptionally. Kudos to you Janie!!

Hafer Cox Wendy


Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

Janie served as the VP of Way and Means for the Small World Guild, a support group of Children’s Hospital of Orange County, whose mission is to raise funds and awareness of the hospital. Janie’s responsibility was to oversee the fundraising activities of the spring event. She proved to be a very resourceful leader and she and her team put together an extremely successful event.

Lois Augustine, Director, Community Relations, Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Circle of Red

As the Chairwoman of Circle of Red, I have had the true privilege of working alongside Janie Merkle — a visionary member of Orange County’s Circle of Red (the fastest growing Circle of Red in the country — largely due to Janie’s influence).  From day one, Janie brought her passion and enthusiasm to our group.  She is a wonderful recruiter for the group, she brings a sparkle of joy and charisma to every event she attends, and most importantly, she truly cares about the mission of the American Heart Association.  She shows this caring through her daily actions in support of the AHA and we love her for it.  Thank you, Janie, for all you do for our community.  You are a leader, a spark point, and you make the world a better place.  We are so lucky to have you on board.

Rochelle Karr, Chairwoman, Circle of Red, American Heart Association

United Way - Women's Philanthropy Fund

Janie’s commitment to her philanthropic passions is unparalleled. She dedicates not only her resources but much of her time to the local community. As a Women’s Philanthropy Fund member, she brings a fresh and fun perspective and lends her creative ideas on how to engage others and encourage philanthropic giving. She has served on event committees, and is a 2012 Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast Community Ambassador. Orange County United Way is extremely lucky to have Janie as a volunteer and donor!

Sarah Haney, Director, CFRE, Orange County United Way


Real Estate Community Builders

Susan G. Komen

Helped raise funds and awareness by participating in the Susan G. Komen walk/run that is held each year in the fall in Fashion Island, Newport Beach.