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Hi.

Thanks for checking out our group.

A quick note to any who message(d) me – Meetup has a weird bug where anyone can email (me) an organizer, but if you're not a member of this group or another group we're mutually both in, then Meetup won't allow me to respond. It might be an anti-spam feature. So if anyone messaged me in the past, I'm sorry for not replying. I honestly tried, but Meetup's messaging system is strict. If anyone doesn't want to join this group, but has a question, try emailing me at wisejunkemail@gmail.com

Okay...now about our group:



This group is different.

Many volunteer opportunities are posted.



Update: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I removed/canceled many volunteer events that were scheduled on a recurring basis. A few group members have expressed a desire to volunteer, so in the near future, a few events will be re-added to the calendar/schedule.

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Description from the previous group organizer(s):

"People Helping the Community is a group of individuals who have the common interest to help those in need. Our members will team up with other organizations from all over Los Angeles to provide support wherever it's needed. We are active, and provide a variety of monthly volunteer events from feeding the homeless, trips to orphanages, visiting senior centers, Reading to Kids, Habitat for Humanity, and other great events."



Another person, Derrick ?, started this group and is the original organizer. I don't know what happened, but other people became organizers, and for a period of time, no volunteer/community service events were posted, and when the previous organizer stepped down, I started posting events so members in this group could still participate and get involved with the original goal & mission of helping people.

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Examples of volunteering:

https://www.facebook.com/socalvolunteers/photos/?tab=albums

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3 groups to choose from:

• Volunteer in LA — https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer

• People Helping the Community in LA — https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers

• SoCal Volunteers United in OC — https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers

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FYI: Many people ask, so I'll mention it here. Wiseman sounds like a fake name, internet moniker, or nickname, but it's my real name. Ironically, I'm pretty dumb. ;)

And if what I look like matters, use a web browser and go to https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/members/69743242

and under my main photo, click on "Tagged photos" and you can judge me...and decide if you want to join our group/events/trips. :)

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Introduction & Elaboration:

https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844

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Suggestion:

If anyone joins this group, editing your email settings is recommended. Many "reminder" emails are automatically sent everyday by Meetup.com, which can become annoying and overwhelming. Changing email preferences takes a few seconds and is worthwhile.

After joining this group, go to https://www.meetup.com/account/comm/LosAngelesVolunteers

...and set "Meetup reminders" to "Never"

Feel free to change other settings to reduce emails.

For anyone using the Meetup app, in the lower right corner, click "Profile"

...then in the top right corner, tap the 3 vertical dots and then "Manage notifications" and then "Email Updates" and scroll down to tap SoCal Volunteers United and set "Meetup reminders" to "Never"

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Upcoming events (5)

Food for the Homeless (Silverlake)

1069 Sanborn Ave

Hi. Since mid-March, I've canceled / removed in-person events due to health & safety reasons. Despite some cognitive dissonance, I'll post a few volunteer opportunities. Please keep in mind that COVID-19 is still an issue, and some events, charities, non-profits, etc. might have enough volunteers, so it's totally okay to stay home and avoid going out in public. However, if anyone really wants to help, then some events will be scheduled. Large gatherings should be avoided due to the coronavirus pandemic, so if 1 - 2 people are interested in this, feel free to communicate and coordinate with each other on where & when to meet, how to find each other, etc. I am mostly just posting various volunteer opportunities. I myself might not attend, but you and other group members can still attend and meet without me. Meetup allows group members to host events without the main organizer (me); so if any of you want to be the point-of-contact for others, lmk. The following section below contains relevant info/details. Please read carefully, and if you decide to attend/participate, please take the necessary precautions and be safe (face mask/covering, physical distancing, wash hands, use hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.). ____________________ 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. ____________________ ***** Attention ***** Street parking on Sanborn Ave (south of Sunset Blvd) requires a special permit. Parking enforcement gave me a ticket for $68. Ouch! I don't want anyone to get a ticket, so please check signs wherever you park. Charles/Chuck from Food Not Bombs says parking might be available on Sanborn, north of Sunset Blvd, or look for meters on Sunset Blvd or near Santa Monica Blvd. ____________________ Meetup allows members to host events. This event is hosted by Charles - https://www.meetup.com/members/184113404 - Their video shows what this event is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Xv8Zq5e_4 Our Meetup group gets a shout-out at the end of the video. :) ____________________ To help me save time, this is automatically posted every Wednesday and Sunday. They usually prepare a meal every Wed & Sun, but it's possible they might miss a day once in a while (holiday, inclement weather, project leader is busy/sick, lack of food donations, etc.), so check their Google Sheets schedule: http://tiny.cc/fnblaschedule - or check their FB or IG: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132 https://www.instagram.com/lafnb - Charles can be busy, and might not see comments posted here or Meetup messages, so if you really need to contact him, then try [masked] [masked] - but the best way to confirm if an event is happening is their Google Sheets schedule at http://tiny.cc/fnblaschedule - If you want to join their email list, contact them via [masked] ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This is from the LA chapter of Food Not Bombs. http://www.facebook.com/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132 http://foodnotbombs.net/new_site/faq.php - Nearly every Wednesday & Sunday, they serve a nutritious (vegetarian) meal in downtown LA and/or Echo Park. - Note: Things have changed since the last time I went, but I'll try my best to describe things as best as I can. In the past, their meals were rice, beans, salads, soup, stews, etc. Now, they appear to make burritos (vegetarian). What has stayed the same is they still meet a house in Silverlake. - People can help at different times and with different roles. There's a cook & prep shift. Then a finishing & rolling burrito shift. And then a distributing shift. My guess is the experienced & returning volunteers cook the food. My recommendation for new, first-timers is to help with the middle shift...but feel free to go earlier for cooking & prep if you feel comfortable jumping right in. Or feel free to help during the later shift with distributing if you're comfortable with encountering numerous people in downtown LA / Skid Row and/or Echo Park. - Wednesday Shift Times & Tasks: 11:00 am - Start beans/water 12:00 - 1:30 pm - Cook & prep 1:30 - 4:30 pm - Finish prep & roll burritos 5:00 pm - Distribute Sunday Shift Times & Tasks: 12:00 pm - Start beans/water 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Cook & prep 3:00 - 6:00 pm - Finish prep & roll burritos 6:00 pm - Distribute - To repeat, you can choose which time/shift to help with. It's not expected/required to stay for all the shifts. ____________________ Important: If serious about helping, sign up on their Google Sheets: http://tiny.cc/fnblaschedule - In the past, people could just show up at the house and help...but my guess is now due to COVID-19, they want to avoid having "too many" volunteers who appear out of no-where (to ensure adequate space/distance and not too crowded), and also avoid having "too few" volunteers that they are short-handed. So their sign-up form can give them a better & accurate idea of how many volunteers plan on helping. We know people get busy, and people can make other plans, and things come up, but please only sign up on their Google Sheets if you are sincere and honest about helping. I don't care if people sign up/RSVP here on Meetup and later flake & ghost...but for their registration page, they need to know how many people are actually helping, so please only register with them if you are serious about helping. Thank you. :) ____________________ Street parking on Sanborn Ave (south of Sunset Blvd) requires a permit, so try meters on Sunset Blvd or Santa Monica Blvd. Parking on Sanborn Ave (north of Sunset Blvd) might not require a special permit, but wherever you park, please check signs/meters. Thank you. The house looks like: https://goo.gl/maps/HEMyhCfZKDYEp53N6 https://goo.gl/maps/ZWZ5C6UtjY72 They don't want volunteers to go to the front door... So walk down the driveway, along the side of the house to the backyard. That's where they meet. - Cutting boards, knives, etc. are provided. All the food is donated, so volunteers aren't required to bring anything. Wearing casual clothes and comfortable shoes is recommended. Bringing and wearing a face mask/covering is expected. Children can help with parent/guardian supervision. Chopping veggies involves using a knife, so please be judicious if allowing your child(ren) to participate. Helping serve food is something kids can assist with. Helping with the meal service is optional. Some volunteers just help with food prep. If anyone is new and wants to help serve, try carpooling with one of the regular volunteers to avoid getting lost. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1166538193456222 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.868702549906456 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.769166566526722 https://www.instagram.com/lafnb https://www.facebook.com/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132/photos Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Xv8Zq5e_4 ____________________ http://intersectionssouthla.org/story/food_not_bombs_takes_alternative_approach_in_feeding_homeless http://www.passionimpact.org/tag/los-angeles http://designobserver.com/feature/food-not-bombs/15528 http://network.artcenter.edu/gallery/1598451/Answering-Adversity-Food-Not-Bombs-NPO ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Food Not Bombs ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Another way to help...Black Lives Matter

Online event

Hi everyone. How are you all doing? The nightmare pandemic will probably continue for the rest of this year, and possibly disrupt next year too. It might be a while until we can post volunteer events in this group. Many people in this group are caring, friendly, giving, good-hearted, positive, etc., and might be looking for a way to get involved and help. This world seems to be full of anger, animosity, divisiveness, fear, hate, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h84qIt6o3qw Therefore, the world needs some who are full of compassion, generosity, joy, kindness, light, and love. Some of you would make good role models and be a positive influence. Ergo, if anyone has a heart to help, maybe during this quarantine/pandemic, you can look into mentoring. Others surely can benefit and learn from you. - The following was originally posted in June/July in response to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Sadly, more incidents such as with Jacob Blake and Daniel Prude, might continue to occur, despite public outrage and protests...so maybe the re-post will resonate with one or two group members. - Some emphasize voting. Some recommend supporting black-owned businesses. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/18w-0RBhwBBlXDN9kRV9DVSCAGSCjtHb9K0Pq2YBv18U https://cartophile.net/black-owned-restaurants-in-l-a https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1nWpGTCtGCU8RIgytztA07qMgqIk8J15ze6O_sNcT4E8 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1H1px8mlEl5HVmkA1bZ2KGwKlnNqILKNoFATBW-Pt9jQ https://www.orangecoast.com/features/black-owned-businesses-and-organizations - Another way to help is mentoring. It can be time-consuming and challenging...so totally understandable many might not have the time or interest/desire. That's fine. But if one person or a few people are, then this meetup posting is for you. The coronavirus pandemic will probably stick around for a while, so there's no rush to meet kids immediately. - Based on my limited experience and observation, some kids might be closed, guarded, and standoffish to strangers...but some kids are open, friendly, and receptive to someone who expresses care and concern for them. My personal experience is anecdotal, but I truly believe many good kids are out there. - I could be wrong. I don't think being black/African-American is required. Maybe some non-profits/charities with mentoring programs might prefer a black/African-American adult mentor be paired with a black/African-American child, but some might welcome and accept diverse individuals. If a person is a positive role model, with a fun personalty and kind heart, that probably is more important than their appearance imo. - Another anecdote: Years ago, when dropping off a kid in South Central LA, while walking back to my car, a neighbor (she was African-American) saw me and asked who I was and how I knew him. She wasn't asking in a mean, rude, or invasive tone. My guess is she was genuinely surprised to see an Asian guy with a black/African-American boy in South Central LA, and therefore was curious. After explaining who I was, she actually asked me about mentoring her black son. So this is my reason in thinking some people don't mind if a mentor is of another ethnicity. - Many (myself included) have been pleasantly surprised by the diversity of people at protests. It truly feels like the community is uniting for a common effort. So maybe one or two members in this group would be interested in helping directly with a child/teen. - I myself am unsure on what to do exactly right now. Some charities/non-profits have mentoring programs...which generally have requirements such as time commitments. And of course, many people are busy, and might not have the time/ability to devote a long period of time (such as a year), or 2+ days per month of regular contact with a child/teen. There also are other ways to help that are more flexible. For example, one group has community events in Watts on Saturdays, and adults play & interact with some neighborhood kids (predominantly black community). Obviously this is different from the other things posted in this group, so my expectations are low. I'm not expecting much, but maybe 1 or 2 people will be inspired and motivated from the BLM movement, and want to get involved. But if not, it's okay. - The next section below has some examples of groups, charities, & non-profits that might have opportunities to help kids. Some might have mentoring programs, while some might have events. I don't want this to seem like it's only for black/African-American kids. Many groups listed below seem inclusive, so they should have kids/teens of different backgrounds and ethnicity. If anyone has a heart for helping someone of another demographic, or special needs/disability, or medical/health issue, or something else -- please feel free to lmk. So to recap...it might be a while until regular in-person meetup events happen (because of COVID-19), but in the meanwhile, Meetup allows and recommends "online" meetups...so we can talk. There is no obligation, requirement, or expectation to commit to anything. Even if you're just partially interested, that's fine. We know people are busy and time is limited. If coronavirus ends and people go back to their normal routines/schedule, then we understand giving up time for mentoring might be hard, so it's okay. This is just an idea for now and ergo, nobody needs to be currently 100% committed. Okay, the following are some groups & charities. When I have more time, I'll look for some more. - 100 Black Men of Los Angeles - https://www.100bmla.net A Place Called Home - https://apch.org/get-involved/mentor Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center - https://www.wootencenter.org/volunteers arc experience - https://arc-experience.com/programs/after-school/orange-county Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles - https://bbbsla.org Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County & Inland Empire - https://www.ocbigs.org Black Male Institute - http://blackmaleinstitute.org/projects Brotherhood Crusade - https://brotherhoodcrusade.org/programs-services Children Uniting Nations - http://www.childrenunitingnations.org/how-you-can-help/become-a-mentor Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles - http://cbmla.org/program Covenant House - https://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-shelters/hollywood-california Flintridge Center - https://www.flintridge.org/what/youthofpromise.htm Heart of Los Angeles - https://www.heartofla.org I Have A Dream Foundation - https://www.ihadla.org/mentor Los Angeles Team Mentoring - https://latm.org/become-a-mentor National CARES Mentoring Movement - http://webvertisepreview.com Orangewood Children’s Foundation - https://orangewoodfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Mentor-Flyer-02.28.19.pdf Peace 4 Kids - https://www.peace4kids.org/volunteer_signup Personal Involvement Center - https://personalinvolvementcenter.com/diva-program P.S. I Love You Foundation - http://psiloveyoufoundation.org Youth Mentoring - https://youthmentoring.org/get-involved/mentor Youth Passageways - https://youthpassageways.org/partners/youth-mentoring-connection - If this quarantine continues and anyone is stuck at home with little to do, the following are insightful and edifying imo. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYCz1ppTjiM – Inside the AC360 doll study https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQACkg5i4AY – Study shows how children view race bias https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPVNJgfDwpw – A Look at Race Relations through a Child's Eyes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OKgUdQF-Fg – Kids speak their minds about race https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFbvBJULVnc – Subconscious racial bias in children https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk_x7s3QiYk – A Girl Like Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSGftZKrL7M – Toddler has perfect response for cashier who questioned black doll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf4cea5oObY – Police https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_FE78X-qdY – We Cannot Stay Silent about George Floyd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUdHIatS36A – Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaD84DTGULo – Police Accountability https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km4uCOAzrbM – The Broken Policing System https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8jUA7JBkF4 – Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwiY4i8xWIc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mcCLm_LwpE – A Class Divided https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8 – 13th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6LBu9u30WA – Mindless Menace of Violence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDG6Sx9zkKI – O’er the land of the free and home of the brave - Maybe at a Women's March, I saw a sign with a thought-provoking statement...something like "Why does every woman know another woman who was raped, but no man knows a rapist?" The Me Too movement empowers women to speak their truth, and share their experiences, and we as whole (community/society) should listen to them (and believe them or not). When George Floyd and Eric Garner pleaded they couldn't breathe -- they weren't lying or exaggerating. When so many people cry out about police brutality, racial profiling, discrimination, racism, etc., maybe they aren't lying, and we should listen to them (and believe them). https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=racial+profiling https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=white+call+cops+black - Maybe we all can look beyond our own subjective experiences, and consider (and sympathize with) the struggles, oppression, suppression, inequalities, and injustices encountered by others. - Michael Brown John Crawford III Eric Garner Trayvon Martin Tamir Rice Emmett Till ...and many more - Civil Rights Movement - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=civil+rights+movement Segregation - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=desegregation Redlining - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=redlining Reconstruction & Jim Crow - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jim+crow Civil War / Slavery - From Lincoln: "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.” ..."all men are created equal." So maybe all men should be treated equally. ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Food for the Homeless (Silverlake)

1069 Sanborn Ave

Hi. Since mid-March, I've canceled / removed in-person events due to health & safety reasons. Despite some cognitive dissonance, I'll post a few volunteer opportunities. Please keep in mind that COVID-19 is still an issue, and some events, charities, non-profits, etc. might have enough volunteers, so it's totally okay to stay home and avoid going out in public. However, if anyone really wants to help, then some events will be scheduled. Large gatherings should be avoided due to the coronavirus pandemic, so if 1 - 2 people are interested in this, feel free to communicate and coordinate with each other on where & when to meet, how to find each other, etc. I am mostly just posting various volunteer opportunities. I myself might not attend, but you and other group members can still attend and meet without me. Meetup allows group members to host events without the main organizer (me); so if any of you want to be the point-of-contact for others, lmk. The following section below contains relevant info/details. Please read carefully, and if you decide to attend/participate, please take the necessary precautions and be safe (face mask/covering, physical distancing, wash hands, use hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.). ____________________ 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. ____________________ ***** Attention ***** Street parking on Sanborn Ave (south of Sunset Blvd) requires a special permit. Parking enforcement gave me a ticket for $68. Ouch! I don't want anyone to get a ticket, so please check signs wherever you park. Charles/Chuck from Food Not Bombs says parking might be available on Sanborn, north of Sunset Blvd, or look for meters on Sunset Blvd or near Santa Monica Blvd. ____________________ Meetup allows members to host events. This event is hosted by Charles - https://www.meetup.com/members/184113404 - Their video shows what this event is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Xv8Zq5e_4 Our Meetup group gets a shout-out at the end of the video. :) ____________________ To help me save time, this is automatically posted every Wednesday and Sunday. They usually prepare a meal every Wed & Sun, but it's possible they might miss a day once in a while (holiday, inclement weather, project leader is busy/sick, lack of food donations, etc.), so check their Google Sheets schedule: http://tiny.cc/fnblaschedule - or check their FB or IG: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132 https://www.instagram.com/lafnb - Charles can be busy, and might not see comments posted here or Meetup messages, so if you really need to contact him, then try [masked] [masked] - but the best way to confirm if an event is happening is their Google Sheets schedule at http://tiny.cc/fnblaschedule - If you want to join their email list, contact them via [masked] ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This is from the LA chapter of Food Not Bombs. http://www.facebook.com/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132 http://foodnotbombs.net/new_site/faq.php - Nearly every Wednesday & Sunday, they serve a nutritious (vegetarian) meal in downtown LA and/or Echo Park. - Note: Things have changed since the last time I went, but I'll try my best to describe things as best as I can. In the past, their meals were rice, beans, salads, soup, stews, etc. Now, they appear to make burritos (vegetarian). What has stayed the same is they still meet a house in Silverlake. - People can help at different times and with different roles. There's a cook & prep shift. Then a finishing & rolling burrito shift. And then a distributing shift. My guess is the experienced & returning volunteers cook the food. My recommendation for new, first-timers is to help with the middle shift...but feel free to go earlier for cooking & prep if you feel comfortable jumping right in. Or feel free to help during the later shift with distributing if you're comfortable with encountering numerous people in downtown LA / Skid Row and/or Echo Park. - Wednesday Shift Times & Tasks: 11:00 am - Start beans/water 12:00 - 1:30 pm - Cook & prep 1:30 - 4:30 pm - Finish prep & roll burritos 5:00 pm - Distribute Sunday Shift Times & Tasks: 12:00 pm - Start beans/water 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Cook & prep 3:00 - 6:00 pm - Finish prep & roll burritos 6:00 pm - Distribute - To repeat, you can choose which time/shift to help with. It's not expected/required to stay for all the shifts. ____________________ Important: If serious about helping, sign up on their Google Sheets: http://tiny.cc/fnblaschedule - In the past, people could just show up at the house and help...but my guess is now due to COVID-19, they want to avoid having "too many" volunteers who appear out of no-where (to ensure adequate space/distance and not too crowded), and also avoid having "too few" volunteers that they are short-handed. So their sign-up form can give them a better & accurate idea of how many volunteers plan on helping. We know people get busy, and people can make other plans, and things come up, but please only sign up on their Google Sheets if you are sincere and honest about helping. I don't care if people sign up/RSVP here on Meetup and later flake & ghost...but for their registration page, they need to know how many people are actually helping, so please only register with them if you are serious about helping. Thank you. :) ____________________ Street parking on Sanborn Ave (south of Sunset Blvd) requires a permit, so try meters on Sunset Blvd or Santa Monica Blvd. Parking on Sanborn Ave (north of Sunset Blvd) might not require a special permit, but wherever you park, please check signs/meters. Thank you. The house looks like: https://goo.gl/maps/HEMyhCfZKDYEp53N6 https://goo.gl/maps/ZWZ5C6UtjY72 They don't want volunteers to go to the front door... So walk down the driveway, along the side of the house to the backyard. That's where they meet. - Cutting boards, knives, etc. are provided. All the food is donated, so volunteers aren't required to bring anything. Wearing casual clothes and comfortable shoes is recommended. Bringing and wearing a face mask/covering is expected. Children can help with parent/guardian supervision. Chopping veggies involves using a knife, so please be judicious if allowing your child(ren) to participate. Helping serve food is something kids can assist with. Helping with the meal service is optional. Some volunteers just help with food prep. If anyone is new and wants to help serve, try carpooling with one of the regular volunteers to avoid getting lost. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1166538193456222 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.868702549906456 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.769166566526722 https://www.instagram.com/lafnb https://www.facebook.com/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132/photos Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Xv8Zq5e_4 ____________________ http://intersectionssouthla.org/story/food_not_bombs_takes_alternative_approach_in_feeding_homeless http://www.passionimpact.org/tag/los-angeles http://designobserver.com/feature/food-not-bombs/15528 http://network.artcenter.edu/gallery/1598451/Answering-Adversity-Food-Not-Bombs-NPO ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Food Not Bombs ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Food for the Homeless (Silverlake)

1069 Sanborn Ave

Hi. Since mid-March, I've canceled / removed in-person events due to health & safety reasons. Despite some cognitive dissonance, I'll post a few volunteer opportunities. Please keep in mind that COVID-19 is still an issue, and some events, charities, non-profits, etc. might have enough volunteers, so it's totally okay to stay home and avoid going out in public. However, if anyone really wants to help, then some events will be scheduled. Large gatherings should be avoided due to the coronavirus pandemic, so if 1 - 2 people are interested in this, feel free to communicate and coordinate with each other on where & when to meet, how to find each other, etc. I am mostly just posting various volunteer opportunities. I myself might not attend, but you and other group members can still attend and meet without me. Meetup allows group members to host events without the main organizer (me); so if any of you want to be the point-of-contact for others, lmk. The following section below contains relevant info/details. Please read carefully, and if you decide to attend/participate, please take the necessary precautions and be safe (face mask/covering, physical distancing, wash hands, use hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.). ____________________ 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. ____________________ ***** Attention ***** Street parking on Sanborn Ave (south of Sunset Blvd) requires a special permit. Parking enforcement gave me a ticket for $68. Ouch! I don't want anyone to get a ticket, so please check signs wherever you park. Charles/Chuck from Food Not Bombs says parking might be available on Sanborn, north of Sunset Blvd, or look for meters on Sunset Blvd or near Santa Monica Blvd. ____________________ Meetup allows members to host events. This event is hosted by Charles - https://www.meetup.com/members/184113404 - Their video shows what this event is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Xv8Zq5e_4 Our Meetup group gets a shout-out at the end of the video. :) ____________________ To help me save time, this is automatically posted every Wednesday and Sunday. They usually prepare a meal every Wed & Sun, but it's possible they might miss a day once in a while (holiday, inclement weather, project leader is busy/sick, lack of food donations, etc.), so check their Google Sheets schedule: http://tiny.cc/fnblaschedule - or check their FB or IG: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132 https://www.instagram.com/lafnb - Charles can be busy, and might not see comments posted here or Meetup messages, so if you really need to contact him, then try [masked] [masked] - but the best way to confirm if an event is happening is their Google Sheets schedule at http://tiny.cc/fnblaschedule - If you want to join their email list, contact them via [masked] ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This is from the LA chapter of Food Not Bombs. http://www.facebook.com/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132 http://foodnotbombs.net/new_site/faq.php - Nearly every Wednesday & Sunday, they serve a nutritious (vegetarian) meal in downtown LA and/or Echo Park. - Note: Things have changed since the last time I went, but I'll try my best to describe things as best as I can. In the past, their meals were rice, beans, salads, soup, stews, etc. Now, they appear to make burritos (vegetarian). What has stayed the same is they still meet a house in Silverlake. - People can help at different times and with different roles. There's a cook & prep shift. Then a finishing & rolling burrito shift. And then a distributing shift. My guess is the experienced & returning volunteers cook the food. My recommendation for new, first-timers is to help with the middle shift...but feel free to go earlier for cooking & prep if you feel comfortable jumping right in. Or feel free to help during the later shift with distributing if you're comfortable with encountering numerous people in downtown LA / Skid Row and/or Echo Park. - Wednesday Shift Times & Tasks: 11:00 am - Start beans/water 12:00 - 1:30 pm - Cook & prep 1:30 - 4:30 pm - Finish prep & roll burritos 5:00 pm - Distribute Sunday Shift Times & Tasks: 12:00 pm - Start beans/water 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Cook & prep 3:00 - 6:00 pm - Finish prep & roll burritos 6:00 pm - Distribute - To repeat, you can choose which time/shift to help with. It's not expected/required to stay for all the shifts. ____________________ Important: If serious about helping, sign up on their Google Sheets: http://tiny.cc/fnblaschedule - In the past, people could just show up at the house and help...but my guess is now due to COVID-19, they want to avoid having "too many" volunteers who appear out of no-where (to ensure adequate space/distance and not too crowded), and also avoid having "too few" volunteers that they are short-handed. So their sign-up form can give them a better & accurate idea of how many volunteers plan on helping. We know people get busy, and people can make other plans, and things come up, but please only sign up on their Google Sheets if you are sincere and honest about helping. I don't care if people sign up/RSVP here on Meetup and later flake & ghost...but for their registration page, they need to know how many people are actually helping, so please only register with them if you are serious about helping. Thank you. :) ____________________ Street parking on Sanborn Ave (south of Sunset Blvd) requires a permit, so try meters on Sunset Blvd or Santa Monica Blvd. Parking on Sanborn Ave (north of Sunset Blvd) might not require a special permit, but wherever you park, please check signs/meters. Thank you. The house looks like: https://goo.gl/maps/HEMyhCfZKDYEp53N6 https://goo.gl/maps/ZWZ5C6UtjY72 They don't want volunteers to go to the front door... So walk down the driveway, along the side of the house to the backyard. That's where they meet. - Cutting boards, knives, etc. are provided. All the food is donated, so volunteers aren't required to bring anything. Wearing casual clothes and comfortable shoes is recommended. Bringing and wearing a face mask/covering is expected. Children can help with parent/guardian supervision. Chopping veggies involves using a knife, so please be judicious if allowing your child(ren) to participate. Helping serve food is something kids can assist with. Helping with the meal service is optional. Some volunteers just help with food prep. If anyone is new and wants to help serve, try carpooling with one of the regular volunteers to avoid getting lost. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1166538193456222 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.868702549906456 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.769166566526722 https://www.instagram.com/lafnb https://www.facebook.com/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132/photos Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Xv8Zq5e_4 ____________________ http://intersectionssouthla.org/story/food_not_bombs_takes_alternative_approach_in_feeding_homeless http://www.passionimpact.org/tag/los-angeles http://designobserver.com/feature/food-not-bombs/15528 http://network.artcenter.edu/gallery/1598451/Answering-Adversity-Food-Not-Bombs-NPO ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Food Not Bombs ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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