Projects tagged with "POVERTY"

Help Provide a Warm Thanksgiving Meal to LA Family Housing’s Families

LA Family Housing serves over 6,000 homeless people every year. They believe all families should be able to cook a warm, delicious Thanksgiving meal in the comfort of their own homes! Please join them in ringing in the holidays by providing Thanksgiving Bags for families all across Los Angeles. Give the gift of tradition and donate a reusable bag filled with Thanksgiving food items and a $20 gift card for a turkey. Drop off by Thursday, November 15.

Donate New and Unwrapped Toys to the Illumination Foundation

Help them bring smiles to hundreds of homeless and at-risk children and teens this holiday season! New & unwrapped toys for children and teens of all ages are requested for the families in their Childrens and housing programs. Toys, sports equipment, cosmetics and movie tickets are all appreciated. Donations requested by Friday, December 7, 2018. Donation can be dropped off at their Orange location Monday - Friday between 9 am - 5 pm.

Donate Gifts for the Clients of the Illumination Foundation

Help them bring smiles to the clients in their Recuperative Care Centers this holiday season. The Illumination Foundation Recuperative Care Center is a 24-hour shelter for homeless adults recovering from acute medical conditions. Gift cards, blankets, shower shoes, small notebooks, activity books, travel cups, mugs, wallets, sunglasses, headphones, instant coffee, chips and candy are all appreciated for their recuperative care clients. Donations requested by Friday, December 7, 2018. Please drop off all donations at their Orange location, Monday Friday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM.

Assist Food Finders in their Holiday Food Drive

This year marks 29 years of Food Finders Holiday Food Drive, a community-wide effort that results in thousands of meals for those in-need during the holiday season. The drive kicks off October 1st and takes place throughout Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange counties, continuing through December 31st. Food Finders engages neighborhoods, schools, libraries and businesses as drop-off locations for non-perishable food items and will supply collection bins to those interested in participating. The more participation community-wide, the more successful the Holiday Food Drive will be for families, individuals and children who receive the meal boxes via pantries and shelters that partner with Food Finders. In addition to collecting holiday meal staples, such as canned vegetables, stuffing, gravy, pie filling, etc., canned meats, pasta, pasta sauce, cookies and more, Food Finders will also be accepting pet food to help out pet owners and their four-legged friends. For the list of all items needed, click here:

Help Throw a Party for the Clients at PATH

PATH is moving thousands of individuals, Veterans, and families off the streets and into permanent housing every year. Check out the following volunteer opportunities: Adopt a Site! Host a holiday party at one of their shelters or supportive housing communities. They are searching for volunteer groups that can decorate community spaces, host a holiday party, and provide gifts. This is perfect if your group can provide holiday support for 30 - 100+ individuals. Locations include Winnetka, North Hollywood, Gardena, Long Beach, Del Rey, Koreatown, Highland Park as well as Santa Barbara and San Diego. Jingle Bags! While they understand that volunteers often gravitate towards supporting families during the holiday season, they rely on our supporters to help make sure we support Veterans, senior, and chronically homeless adults as well! Sponsor Jingle Baskets for a variety of PATH programs. Fill a REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG with the wishlist items and schedule a donation drop-off in November or December during PATH business hours (Monday through Friday). See website for wishlist.

Help Students and Their Families of Lagacy LA with your Donations

Legacy LA is requesting Donations for the Student Success Program to provide low-income youth in Boyle Heights an educational pathway from middle school through college completion. Through this Program, Legacy LA serves approximately 145 middle school, high school, and college students who are underserved _ low-income youth, primarily Latino, residing at the Ramona Gardens public housing development in Boyle Heights. Donations needed include $10, $20, $25, or $50 gift cards (i.e.. Food 4 less, Trader Joes, Smart and Final, Subway, Starbucks, Panda, McDonalds, etc.../gas cards, Target, and Walmart) for their families and/or college age youth. Online donations can also be made at their website by clicking on the Donate button. To support Legacy LA and the work they do all year long, just click the recurring donation box on donation page!

Empower Children Through the Arts for the Holidays

The mission of Free Arts is to use art to restore hope, resilience and self-esteem in children in Los Angeles ages 4-18 who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and/or homelessness. They depend on a team of committed volunteers to make this possible. Bring art and mentorship to children and families in need with your support! They are in consistent need of art supplies. Consider donating from their wishist at For more information or to RSVP please contact Carly Taylor at

Help Sort and Bag Toys for Acts of Compassion Inc

Christmas is approaching quickly and Acts of Compassion Inc need your help. Please join their team of Volunteers to help sort and bag toys. Volunteers also needed to check families in at the gate, reception area, assist event decoration team and monitor children at the event. They will work with your schedule Requirements: Must be at least 14. Need to go orientation or training.

Adopt A Family with a A Very Rare Shop for the Holidays

A Very Rare Shop is a 501c3 nonprofit public charity looking for those interested in adopting a family this holiday season. Their goal is to adopt 300+ families, and they can do it with your help! Basic run down: Organizations/families/friends/individuals will commit to adopting a child or a family for the Holidays. They will pair you with a family(or child) and then they will forward you their holiday wish list(s). They encourage spending $50-$100 per child, but of course this is optional and you will have the ultimate choice of how much you donate this season! They encourage gifting educational / art supplies to the children. Gifts due on December 19th. Gift wrapping December 12th-22nd Children's holiday party on December 21st. Gifts delivered on December 24th (You will have the option to deliver to the family yourself, or A Very Rare Shop will deliver for you.) Families will have the option of having gifts delivered by Saint Nicholas on December 24th, or December 25th.. or an overnight Delivery on December 24th. If you do not want to commit to adopting an entire family or individual, you can also give gift donations that they will give out on December 24th. A Very Rare Shop is also accepting donations of wrapping paper, bags, tape, scissors, bows, cards, decorations, meals, etc.! A Very Rare Shop is also looking for volunteers for the Holiday party, and gift wrappers/deliverers !! Please contact if you would like to film / photograph these events! click here to sign up:

Donate to Support Divine Mercy Orphanage – The Children at the Border’s Angels to Angels Program

In a world of vitriol and division, live scores of orphaned children in the border region of Tecate. The boys and girls of Divine Mercy Orphanage are professionally cared for by the love and dedication of the Daughters of Divine Mercy and the staff and volunteers. Love is abundant but so is uncertainty, fear and the anxiety of our times. The children could use a lift over the holidays with donations of school supplies, clothing and of course, toys. The staff could use household supplies and hygiene products, as well as funding to complete necessary facility requirements and repairs. You can donate items at the campus of Immaculate Conception School. Also, direct support of funds can be contributed to the McKenna Foundation, Attn: Angels to Angels Project, PO Box 4022, Whittier, CA 90607. Please spread the word, and the love!

Adopt A Family Holiday Kit with LA Family Housing

LA Family Housing serves over 6,000 homeless people every year. Give the gift of dignity and Empowerment this holiday season and Empower parents to provide holiday gifts for their children by donating a Holiday Kit! To donate a Holiday Kit to LAFH, fill a REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG (no paper, please) with household goods, festive decorations, and gift cards. Items must fit in one shopping bag, they estimate one Holiday Kit costs between $100-$150. Holiday Kit Drop Off Day is December 17th. Contact Terry Lotka for suggested donation items and to confirm your donation or to schedule an alternate drop off date: 818.220.6936

Pitch in the Help the Women Shelter of Long Beach’s Holiday Giving Program

Holiday Giving Programs for victims of domestic violence and their families. These programs are family and Client specific and needs to be here at the Domestic Violence Resource Center by Monday, December 17, 2018 so that they can properly distribute your donation. They are very much in need of Holiday and every day items including new warm winter clothes for women (all sizes) and children (both genders, ages newborn to 17 years old), accessories, Holiday clothing, non-violent and educational toys, Family Rated movies & video and games are welcome. For the Holiday Season, we asked that all donations be new, unused items. Gift Cards in small denominations ($5. and $10) to Food4Less, Walmart and Target are greatly appreciated. Also, new tennis shoes (sizes 8 and up for women and boys to age 17) are always needed.

Donate Toys for the Young Clients at Human Services Association- Pasitos

Human Services Association Pasitos Early Childhood Education is a non-profit organization which serves over 1,000 low-income families and children (ages 0 to 5 years) who resides in the southeast area and other surrounding cities within Los Angeles County. Many of their families are faced with the financial burden to provide for their families. As the holidays approach they ask that you remember HSA in your holiday plans. they are asking for toy donations for children ages 0-5 to have their Pasitos children enjoy a successful holiday season with your gift. they thank you in advance for your support. Drop off arrangements can be done by calling (323)513-0594 Ext 413.

Help Low-Income Families With Special Needs Family Members by Donating Toys for the Holidays

A toy drive is a great way to engage friends, family or co-workers in spreading holiday cheer to those in need. Exceptional Childrens Foundation serves children and adults with special needs, many of whom live in low-income households. Help them brighten their holidays by collecting new, unwrapped toys or other gift items. Gifts for Christmas must be delivered by Friday, December 14. Visit for more details and gift ideas, or contact Lisa at or 310-773-9437.

Adopt a Low-Income Family With a Special Needs Child for the Holidays

All ECF client families face challenges living with a family member with special needs especially their Early Start families, many of whom struggle to live on very little income. Each year, they choose families who need more than most to participate in their Adopt a Family program. they have families of all sizes who need your help to make sure their children have gifts to open this Christmas. Visit for more details or contact Lisa at 310-773-9436 or to learn more or be matched with a family.

Aid MEND in Their Food Drive Innitiative

MEND suggests donations of: power/granola bars, fruit cups, pull-top canned tuna or chicken, chili, stews or soups, pasta, juice boxes, 2 lb. bags of pinto beans, 2 lb. bags of rice, peanut butter, oatmeal, packaged nuts or dried berries, and ground coffee. Special holiday items may include frozen poultry, boxed stuffing, cranberries or holiday sweets. Link to register

Aid MEND in Their Blanket Drive Innitiative

Help MEND collect warm blankets to fill their holiday baskets. Together you can share the warmth with families during the holiday season. NEW Twin, Full or Queen Blankets. Link to register: Maggie Gregor MEND

Aid MEND in Their Toy and Gift Drive Innitiative

Help MEND bring holiday cheer to the families they will be serving during their distribution by hosting a toy and gift drive. For many children, this will be the only toy or gift they receive. Gift ideas include: NEW and UNWRAPPED toys/gifts with a gift value of $15- 20 or more (Gift Cards accepted). Please, no toys of violence. Please attach batteries securely when required. Visit their website for toy suggestions. Link to register:

Join the Gift Drive Wishlist with LA Family Housing

LA Family Housing serves over 6,000 homeless people every year. LA Family Housing has lots of great donation opportunities for the holidays available to help the many needy families the organization assists. Pitch in with the following holiday programs today! Gift Drive: Help line the shelves of LAFHs Wishmart, Santas special toy store for children receiving LAFH services. Buy a new toy, or give a $20 Target gift card, and provide the opportunity for over 300 children to choose their gifts at LAFHs Winter Wonderland party. Drop Off By Dec. 12! For more info, please contact Terry:

Support New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless, Inc.’s Annual Christmas Store

The New Image Annual Childrens Christmas Store provides toys, shoes, gift cards, refreshments, and a visit with Santa, for children from homeless and low-income families. It is called a store because the children are allowed to shop for their toys; however, all items are FREE. Additionally, parents receive supermarket gift cards so they can purchase food for the holidays as well. This year, the Christmas store will be distributing over 20,000 toys and over 1,800 pairs of shoes, and will serve more than 1,800 children, from over 690 homeless and low-income families with children. This holiday season help us provide another loving, fun-filled, memorable Christmas to the children of homeless and low-income families. New Image is requesting your financial and/or in-kind support to ensure toys and a pair of shoes for every child attending the New Image 24th Annual Childrens Christmas Store. We accept In-Kind or financial donations of or for the purchase of the following items: * Food for Holiday Food Baskets (Turkeys, hams, mash potatoes, gravy, etc.) * Toys (Learning instruments, board games, sports gear, bicycles, scooters, dolls, video games, etc.) * Gifts (Books, perfume sets, watches, headphones, etc. for teens) * Shoes (Toddlers and adult sizes) * Decorations (Christmas trees, ornaments, wrapping paper, etc.)

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