This is not an event. This is for me to get an idea as to how many members would be interested in volunteering to shop, cook, prepare, serve a meal for 50-60 Youths At Risk in Hollywood on a MONTHLY basis.
So, if you think this is something that you'd be interested in volunteering, please sign up here. When you sign up, it will ask for your email address so that I can create a database of volunteers for my records. No spamming... promise.
My plan is to collect donations of $15-20 per person and with that money we can purchase the food ingredients to provide a delicious, nutritious meal for these youths. The cost of a low cost dinner... Yes, you get to eat too! So we end up feeding about 60-75 people in total. I love to cook for a big group and it is a challenge and a lot of fun!
If there are any professional chefs that would like to assume Executive Chef duties for a meal, that would be great. Or, if you'd like to try your hand at being the Executive Chef, I'm happy to turn the reins over.
We meet @ the Salvation Army facility where they have a commercial kitchen and dining room where the kids from all the residences gather for a community meal together as the kids live in one of several homes in the Hollywood area.
This type of hands on volunteering with direct contact with those receiving our help is so rewarding. 100% of our money and effort goes to our charity/sponsored meals. I much prefer this to writing a check to some organization where a sometimes large percentage of the money goes to a professional fundraiser instead of directly to those in need of our help.
Each month there is usually a holiday and I usually plan the meal on that holiday theme such as Easter, Thanksgiving turkey dinner, Christmas ham/turkey dinner... St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage... Cinco de Mayo Mexican dinner, etc...
If you'd like to help but are unable to attend, feel free to help the kids by making a donation and we will put your donations to help us fund our meals donations.
After we finish our volunteer work of the meal service... we can celebrate over our good deed and check out a restaurant or bar for a drink and to chat. During the food service, I feel I'm sort of a nice Gordon Ramsay... (I don't yell or call anyone a donkey) but the pace is hectic so I don't get to chat with our members/volunteers as I'd like, so since we finish up plenty early on a Saturday night, we can enjoy the rest of the evening getting to know each other and share some laughs.
--------------- From the LAYN Website --------------
Welcome to Los Angeles, homeless capital of the world.
Multitudes of youth have long been drawn to the Hollywood area of Los Angeles County seeking movie and music stardom. Many of these youth come to Hollywood fleeing troubled home lives, only to have their dreams of stardom shattered by the reality of homelessness.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LASHA) noted in its 2007 report on homelessness in Los Angeles that, on any given night, over 10,000 children are homeless in Los Angeles, and 79 percent of them are unsheltered – that’s 7,998 youth who are sleeping in the streets of Los Angeles every night. The same report found that within Los Angeles County Service Planning Area (SPA) 4 (which includes the Hollywood area) 32 percent of the population is homeless — more than any of the other seven Los Angeles County SPAs.
Other youth shelters in the area have recently closed their doors due to the economic downturn leaving LAYN as one of three emergency shelters providing food, shelter and a healthy environment to runaway youth regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, etc.
Once on the streets, however, youth find themselves mired in a world of sexual predation, violence, and other ills. For example, a 2000 report conducted by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services estimated that among youth between the ages of 12 and 20 on the streets of Hollywood (including both shelter youth and homeless youth who may never enter a youth shelter), approximately 30 percent have engaged in survival sex, through which they exchange sex for food, money, drugs and/or shelter. National Runaway Switchboard data suggests the situation has worsened since 2000. Among homeless and runaway youth served between 2000 and 2007, the number panhandling has increased by 51 percent, prostitution by 29 percent, and drug dealing by 59 percent. These statistics are reinforced by data concerning LAYN’s own youth population. Of all youth seeking shelter at LAYN in 2009, 45 percent at any one time admitted to engaging in prostitution or survival sex, as many as 98 percent at any one time admitted to prior drug and/or alcohol abuse, and approximately 15 percent reported intravenous drug use. Approximately 80 percent of youth in our programs are of minority descent, including 40 percent of African-American and 35 percent of Latino descent.
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