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Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ Attention: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but it's possible they won't have a meal service on this Thursday (holiday, venue conflict, project leader is busy/sick, etc.). I'll try to check every week, but if I forget, please check before going. Regardless of the date posted on here, please check their Eventbrite page to confirm if they have a meal on this date or not. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stop-core-team-792038731 I don't want anyone to drive there and find out they canceled / rescheduled, so please check their Eventbrite page and register with them so they can update you in case anything changes. Thank you. ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person or register on another site? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help. Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes. Scroll down for more info on how to register with them. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from a church group, Central Christian Church. http://www.centralchristian.org/ministries#outreach ____________________ Some other events (such as food distributions or other meals for the homeless & community) that occur at churches sometimes don't have a religious component (i.e. proselytizing)...but this one does seem to, so please keep that in mind if anybody wants to participate. A few members from the Lancaster & Palmdale area joined our group, and currently, I've only found two volunteer events in that area, and both are from/with Christian churches...so it's up to you if you want to help with this or not. I asked them and they said being Christian or a member of their church group isn't required. They welcome anyone & everyone who wants to help...but my guess is many other volunteers will be members of their church group. It's your choice if you want to participate or not. ____________________ Their outreach ministry is called STOP. "Salvation Total Outreach Program" http://www.centralchristian.org/ministries#outreach "STOP is a community outreach program that provides meals/essential items to anyone who needs a helping hand in our community. Every Thursday we offer a hot meal at our church and sack lunches on the 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month." ____________________ https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stop-core-team-792038731 According to their Eventbrite registration page, "Volunteers are asked to arrive at 5:00 pm and bring food items heated and ready to be served. The meal will last from 6:00 pm and end at 7:00 pm. Cleanup will last 30-45 minutes. Thank you for your service." Their "mission statement is to provide meals for the homeless and those in need in the AV by preparing, serving, praying and inviting those who we meet to worship with us at our church. We will continue to seek others in need, to assist as many as possible, involve the entire congregation and share the gospel of Jesus Christ as we serve others while following the example that Jesus provided for us to serve." I messaged them and they said... "We do welcome volunteers. We would love to have you come help serve. We ask that volunteers show up at 5:30 pm. We have a quick orientation and then the dinner starts at 6pm. We meet in the main building in the room we call the Gallery. They prepare the sack lunches on the 3rd and 4th Saturday’s at 9 am in the church kitchen. We hope you can join us." I could be wrong, but my guess is if anyone wants to bring food or help in the kitchen, they want volunteers to arrive at 5:00 pm...and if anyone wants to serve food, then arriving at 5:30 pm should be fine. ____________________ To help, go to their registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stop-core-team-792038731 Click on the respective date you want to help on. Then click the green "Register" button. - You can help by... buying ingredients for their meal or "Food Preparation / Kitchen Help / Clean-up" or "Food Serving Line" - Minimum age to help is 16. ____________________ Any questions, contact them via http://www.centralchristian.org/ministries#contact https://www.facebook.com/ccclancaster [masked] [masked] ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Central Christian Church
Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Share A Meal and hosted by Jacquie and her husband, Ravi. https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 https://www.shareameal.net/about ____________________ MANY regular/returning and new volunteers help them each week, but I still want to post their meal service so more people can learn about them and participate. Even if nobody else from this meetup group signs up, they probably will be crowded with others, so please keep that in mind if you decide to go. If several people show up, they try to get everyone involved, but some waiting/standing might occur. If possible, please try not to get mad/angry. Hopefully you can meet some nice and friendly people, and talk while waiting for the burritos to finish. ____________________ The founders of Share A Meal are awesome. I'm in awe and admiration of Jacquie & Ravi. Jacquie - https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 - The following videos show what they're about: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/how-sikh-tradition-inspired-program-gives-1-000-burritos-homeless-n911501 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NcPOxBK3w https://vimeo.com/140434015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b30GFqtgNLY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6ucBoHxDNo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KdD8L5rKbE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9hga3X1lwA ____________________ Five nights a week, they give out vegetarian burritos and water to people at different locations. Monday @ DTLA near Little Tokyo Tuesday @ Hollywood Wednesday @ DTLA near USC Thursday @ Venice Friday @ DTLA near Olvera St, Union Station, & Chinatown ____________________ All ingredients for the vegetarian burritos are provided by Share A Meal. Volunteers don't bring any food, but they appreciate donations of bottled water. A few volunteers help inside the food truck and "roll" the burritos. Once all the burritos are finished and warmed up, they go out to distribute. ____________________ If 6:45pm is tough due to work or traffic, arriving later is fine. Making the burritos is limited to a few people because space inside the food truck is limited. For passing out the food and water, more people can be accommodated and everyone can get involved. Note: You all know about traffic. The food truck usually arrives around 6:45pm, but if traffic is bad, they might be a little late. If anyone arrives and they aren't there yet, try waiting a few minutes. The food truck normally arrives by 7:00pm. Thank you for being patient. ____________________________________________ FAQ Q: Is this safe for women? A: Answering "Yes" or "No" is not up to me. It's up to you to decide. I sympathize if anyone feels anxious, afraid, and hesitant. For this, they go out in groups and nobody should be alone. Many homeless individuals are friendly, grateful, gracious, and appreciative of the food & water. And believe it or not, sometimes more women volunteer than men. Their photos are a good indication of who and how many people participate: https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos Some people might feel uncomfortable going out on the streets at night and interacting with homeless individuals. Distributing is completely voluntary and optional, so please don't feel obligated or pressured. If anyone feels scared or reluctant, feel free to stop and leave at anytime (if it's safe to do so). ____________________________________________ Photos: Monday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987525381357505 Tuesday @ Hollywood - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987528048023905 Thursday @ Venice - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.992192930890750 Friday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.996583523785024 https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos ____________________ Jacquie and her husband, Ravi, host this event. One of them is always there. Jacquie might not always check messages/comments via Meetup https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 So if anyone wants to help, go to https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights Scroll down and register on their site. Enter your name and email address and click on "Register" - You can also fill out their registration form via http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf and email it back to Jacquie via [masked] She can be busy, so if she doesn't respond, check their FB for updates - https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal ____________________ If anybody arrives early, the food truck should eventually show up by 7:00pm. Traffic may cause them to be late. Wearing comfortable clothes & shoes is recommended. Maybe bring a sweater/jacket if it gets cold at night. Children can participate with parent supervision/approval. A liability release waiver form needs to be submitted upon arrival. http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf All ingredients for making the burritos are supplied by them (food truck). If anyone wants to contribute, they appreciate donations of bottled water. If parking on a street, please check posted signs/meters. Public bathrooms may not always be readily available or accessible, so using a restroom before arriving is recommended. ____________________ On Thursday nights, they meet on 3rd Ave in Venice, between Rose Ave. & Sunset Ave. There's no physical address. If using GPS or a navigation app, try going to the intersection of 3rd Ave and Rose Ave, Venice, 90291. If your GPS or navigation app needs an actual address, the closest thing I could find is 320 3rd Ave, Venice, 90291. https://goo.gl/maps/TzEm4ZoNtjN2 The food truck will go to 3rd Ave, between Rose Ave and Sunset Ave. If you see tarps, tents, and people on sidewalks, then that's probably the right area. On 3rd Ave, south of Rose Ave, if you see on the side, a building with orange doors (Public Storage), then the food truck usually parks around there. Parking on 3rd Ave should be free...but please check signs to confirm. After serving people on 3rd Ave, the volunteers go in the back of the food truck. It's a short/quick ride to Venice Beach to serve people on the boardwalk. ____________________ If anyone wants to help on a different weeknight, refer to: https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights
Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ If using the Meetup app on a phone, I suggest using a web browser (computer, laptop/notebook, etc.) to view this event on the meetup.com page so the description is easier to read and the photos are visible. ____________________ Meetup allows members to host events. This event is hosted by Alan: https://www.meetup.com/members/8665466 - The following videos introduce Alan and show what this is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SLLKVcEjQ8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cCxjLio2x0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM3DS5Y8Bto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRySnTFe-w8 ____________________ FAQ Q: Why isn't the address posted? A: The venue sometimes changes, so please check their website or FB page for the address. http://theburritoproject.org/find-a-burrito-project/south-pasadena/events http://www.facebook.com/BurritoProjectSouthPasadena/events Previously, I posted the address, but one or two times, the venue changed last minute, and some members didn't know and went to the wrong location. So now, I recommend checking on the day of the event. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. Thanks to my friend, James, for sharing about the Burrito Project. http://theburritoproject.org http://www.facebook.com/BurritoProjectSouthPasadena "The Burrito Project is a group of really cool & groovy people (like YOU) who get together & make burritos. Once the burritos are made, we deliver the burritos along with bottled water (and bonus goodies like toiletry kits, clothing, blankets, etc.) to the homeless in downtown LA." "We start gathering between 6:30-7:30 so we can prepare the kitchen & start warming up the tortillas needed for the night." More info/details: http://theburritoproject.org/find-a-burrito-project/south-pasadena/events or http://www.facebook.com/BurritoProjectSouthPasadena/events A start time of 7:15 pm is posted, but you can arrive whenever...6:30, 6:45, 7:00, etc. However, they sometimes get crowded, so arriving early is suggested to get a spot at a table to help with the burritos. ____________________ They provide the ingredients. Volunteers do not need to bring any food. Volunteers are welcome to donate bottled water or contribute financially. Volunteers help assemble vegetarian burritos. This event has become popular and many individuals/groups return every month to help. Even if nobody else signs up from here, many other people (outside of Meetup) help and it may seem crowded, but they try to get everyone involved. If they have "too many" volunteers, thank you for being patient and understanding. If anyone arrives really early, sometimes help is needed in the kitchen with tortillas or other tasks. After making hundreds of burritos, they drive to downtown and walk around Skid Row, passing out the food and water. Some volunteers just help with the burritos. If anyone wants to distribute the food and water, they will give further instructions and arrange carpooling. Distributing is totally optional and voluntary. Not everybody may be comfortable going out to the streets and interacting with homeless people. If anyone is nervous/afraid, totally fine. Some people have to wake up early on Fri morning for work, so totally fine if anyone wants to go home after the burritos are done. Going downtown to distribute is not mandatory nor expected. - If anyone wants to distribute, they meet near the intersection of 4th Street and Los Angeles Street. If your GPS or navigation app needs an actual address, try 396 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, 90013. https://goo.gl/maps/iYiN2kHudFB2 Look for parking on/near Los Angeles Street. Meters should be free at night, but please check meters/signs to confirm. Important: Some small side streets along Los Angeles St might prohibit parking at night. If you see a street with no other vehicles parked there, then it probably means you shouldn't park there. Please check signs so you don't get ticketed or towed. Parking on Los Angeles Street might take some time to find, but they usually wait a few minutes for everyone to arrive, so there's no rush. They meet at the intersection of Los Angeles Street and 4th Street. Look for a silver van on Los Angeles Street. You should see other people congregate around the van. btw, if anyone has a sturdy bag, backpack, utility cart, or wagon...please feel free to bring something to help carry the burritos and water for easier distribution. Depending on the # of volunteers, they usually go out in one or two groups. Again, it may look scary for first-timers, but they go out in a large group. Admittedly, some spots in Skid Row are dim/dark, so if anyone gets scared, just walk in the middle of the group and let others pass out the food & water. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1870818213028213 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1256490241127683 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.623297737780273 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.614855385291175 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.531154793661235 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.464277683682280 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.464210890355626 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.464061400370575 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463896043720444 https://www.facebook.com/BurritoProjectSouthPasadena/photos_albums ____________________ Some volunteers just help with the burritos and go home afterward. Not everyone goes to Skid Row. Around 9:00 - 9:30pm, some volunteers drive to downtown and distribute the burritos and water. This is totally optional. No pressure or obligation. They welcome donations of bottled water. They will provide info on where to meet. If anyone is new (first-timer), consider carpooling with one of the regular volunteers. If for some reason anyone prefers driving, check with them for details. Parking on the street is usually free for some streets, but please check meters/signs to confirm. It can take a few minutes for the volunteers and food to arrive. They meet on the sidewalk and then walk together in passing out burritos, water, and donated items (clothes, socks, etc.). ____________________ Q: Is this safe for women? A: Answering "Yes" or "No" is not up to me. It's up to you to decide. I sympathize if anyone feels anxious, afraid, and hesitant. They've done this for years, so they are pretty organized and well-managed. They have regular volunteers who help often, and are experienced, and they will keep you safe. Wearing casual clothes and shoes is recommended (nothing fancy or attention-grabbing). Skid Row is different from the rest of downtown LA. Going to Skid Row is optional. Skid Row at night can be scary & uncomfortable for some people, so going is voluntary. Around 20 to 30+ volunteers usually help distribute, and they walk in groups, so nobody is alone. Many homeless individuals are friendly, grateful, gracious, and appreciative of the food & water. And believe it or not, sometimes more women volunteer than men. Their photos are a good indication of who and how many people participate: https://www.facebook.com/BurritoProjectSouthPasadena/photos ____________________ The location for making the burritos is usually either: Church of the Epiphany 2808 Altura St, Los Angeles, 90031 (Lincoln Heights) Cross street is Sichel St. or St. Joseph's Church 1524 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, 91030 Cross street is Oak St. - If it's at Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights, volunteers usually park on the street (residential area) and the church entrance is on Altura Street and should look like: https://goo.gl/maps/maHCGcwpjYL2 - If it's at St. Joseph's Church in South Pasadena, from Fremont Ave, turn on Oak Street, and park in the back of the church. https://goo.gl/maps/fz1pJE76PLE2 In the back, you should see a door. Look for "Giving Bank" or "St Joseph Center" (see photo below).
Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help. Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes. Scroll down for more info on how to register with them. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Pastor April and her group, New Friends Homeless Center. http://www.newfriendshomelesscenter.org - "Over 500 hot meals are served on..." Tuesday nights 5:45 - 8:30 pm @ Encino Friday nights 5:45 - 8:30 pm @ Woodland Hills Sunday afternoons 1:45 - 4:30 pm @ Encino - "The guests include homeless veterans, senior citizens, those who are disabled, those with special needs, low income guests and often their pets." "At each dinner, guests also enjoy live entertainment which includes a variety of talented performers, singers, dancers and comedians who volunteer their time to be a part of what New Friends is doing." "After dinner there is distribution of hygiene kits, pet food, clothes, blankets, tents and other needs as the guests leave for the night to head back to the streets." http://www.newfriendshomelesscenter.org/about-us ____________________ Volunteers help with setup (tables, chairs, etc.), serving food & drinks, and cleanup (tables, chairs, sometimes help clean pots, pans, etc). Some of you might have helped at other events where volunteers serve food by scooping food onto a plate and recipients go through a line to get food. Well, this event is different. When the guests arrive, they are seated and volunteers go around, serving the people. It's kind of like being a waiter/waitress. My impression is Pastor April wants people to be treated with honor and respect, and welcomed into one's own home as guests, so serving them in this manner reflects that sentiment. I don't know if everybody would enjoy this, but if anyone is curious or interested, I suggest checking out their photos to get a better idea of their meal service. However, if you see photos of volunteers helping in the kitchen (i.e. food prep or cooking), those are dedicated, regular volunteers who arrive early to help. I could be wrong. My guess is new volunteers don't help in the kitchen. The photos of volunteers in the dining room reflect what new volunteers help with. ____________________ Photos: https://www.instagram.com/newfriendshomelesscntr https://www.facebook.com/pg/Newfriendshomelesscenter/photos Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBTe2eNbmCc ____________________ Photos from... Friday night in Woodland Hills - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855605231216178 Sunday afternoon in Encino - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855613957881972 Tuesday night in Encino - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855670004543034 ____________________ To help, contact Pastor April via [masked] or [masked] - She wants volunteers to sign up directly with her. She might ask new volunteers where you heard about New Friends Homeless Center, feel free to tell her from an Asian guy name Wes (there is another Wes, so she might not remember me). I should have just told her my real name (Wiseman), but I drank Starbucks earlier, so I gave her my Starbucks name. Anyhow, Pastor April welcomes new volunteers. Totally understandable sometimes people get busy, stuck at work/in traffic, feel tired/sick, make other plans, etc. I know it's easy to RSVP on Meetup and not actually attend. Some people can be flakes/ghosts, but if anyone signs up with Pastor April, but can no longer help anymore, please contact her so they aren't short-handed and low on volunteers, and they have room for someone else to help. Thank you. - Redundant Reiteration: Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. Signing up with Pastor April is necessary. Signing up with her helps them avoid having "too many" volunteers and she can update you in case anything changes. After registering with her, she can provide more info/details (when to arrive, where to park, what to help with, where to meet, etc.). ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: New Friends Homeless Center ____________________ The address for Woodland Hills Korean United Methodist Church is on Shoup Ave. From Shoup Ave, turn on Collins St to enter the church parking lot. https://goo.gl/maps/SfkKsRe75x12 Park near the main edifice, and look for a black gate that says "Keep Gate Closed." The gate shouldn't be locked. Look for a latch on the top to release. Walk straight and look for a large room. Ask for Pastor April and she should have a waiver form and name tag for you to fill out. She has done this meal service for years, so she has a structured routine and system. As long as you follow her instructions / directions, everything should go well. Thanks for helping. Have fun. Oh, btw, some other volunteers might be Christian and they might pray before the meal, but the event / meal service is inclusive. They told me being Christian / religious is not required. They welcome anyone/everyone who wants to help.