• Food for the Homeless (Westchester & Venice)

    Holy Nativity Episcopal 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 ____________________ 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. ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. They do a meal service nearly every Sunday, except on major holiday weekends. It's also possible one of the main guys gets sick/busy, the venue is unavailable, lack of food donations, or another reason causes this event to be canceled / rescheduled, so regardless of what is shown on here, please contact them to confirm it's happening on this date. ____________________ Thanks to Jet for sharing about this. I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from another group, Feed the People. http://www.feedthepeoplela.org http://occupyvenice.net/peoples-potluck-every-sunday Nearly every Sunday, they prepare food for people in Venice (usually those living on the streets or at the boardwalk). ____________________ All food/ingredients are provided by them. No need to bring anything. Cutting boards and knives are also available in the kitchen to use. The main chef is Eleu. The main driver/distributor is Tudor (aka Vlad). They are both friendly and welcoming of new volunteers. This is what they both look like: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/photos/29601780/477840902 ____________________ So approximately between 4:30 - 6:30 pm (earlier or later, depending on how much food there is to cut/prepare), volunteers are needed to help with food prep (e.g. chop veggies and fruit). Sometimes Eleu might need help in the kitchen with cooking, but majority of volunteers are needed to cut veggies. For those who have time to stay, help is also needed with cleanup and putting the cooked food into to-go containers (similar to Chinese food take-out boxes). Depending on when the food is finished cooking and ready to be distributed (maybe around 7:00 or 7:30pm), Vlad (aka Tudor) drives to Venice and passes out to people on sidewalks (near Rose Ave and 3rd Ave & Hampton Dr.). Then he goes give out food on the boardwalk. Every week can vary with start/end time, but the food distribution can occur around 8:00 - 10:00 pm. When I went, some people asked for water and socks, so if anyone is able to pass out, consider bringing bottled water if you're able and willing to donate a case of bottled water...and maybe bring a sturdy bag or backpack to help carry some bottles of water for easier distributing. ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but please contact Eleu (the project leader and main cook) or Vlad (the other leader and main distributor) to confirm they are actually having a meal service on this Sunday. It's possible they might cancel/reschedule on this date (e.g. holiday, weather, lack of food donations, the primary cook is busy/sick, etc.)...so please confirm with them the date and time. Call or text [masked] or [masked] or message them on FB https://www.facebook.com/ftp.venice or https://www.facebook.com/OccupyVeniceCA - The time posted here is 4:30 - 6:30 pm, but it's flexible. You can arrive whenever you want (4:45, 5:00, etc.) and leave whenever you want (5:30, 5:45, 6:00, etc). btw, for GPS or navigation apps, try either Westchester or Los Angeles for the city. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1870917339684967 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855661037877264 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1166554736787901 Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB88uJqym4g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqBdO3Ri0bU ____________________ The kitchen they meet at is next to the main church building. The address is on 83rd St, but the kitchen is near Dunbarton Ave. So on the side of the church building, you should see a garden. https://goo.gl/maps/3rs15d9JeGS2 Street parking in this residential area should be free (check signs to confirm). Look for a red-brick building next to the church and garden. Walk along the driveway and look for some double doors. They meet inside there. Some of the regular volunteers should smile when they see new volunteers, and they'll help you get started with what to help with. ____________________

  • Food for the Homeless & Community (Pomona)

    New Harvest Community 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 ____________________ 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. ____________________ Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, etc.). Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food. Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate. If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some). Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions. ____________________ All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions. In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up. Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This food distribution is from another group, Helping Hands, Caring Hearts.. http://www.hhchpomona.org https://www.hhchpomona.org/get_involved http://www.facebook.com/HHCHPomona - Volunteers help with setting up, distributing food, and cleaning. Sometimes volunteers help with their meal service. They have a food distribution every Sunday. To help me save time, this is automatically scheduled a couple times per month, but if anyone wants to help on another Sunday, just lmk and I can add it the group calendar and maybe others can join you. Even though this food distribution occurs at a church, being Christian or religious is not required. They welcome anyone/everyone who wants to help (ages 8+). https://www.hhchpomona.org/get_involved Their website says they facilitate up to 30 volunteers...so if anyone really wants to help, consider arriving early before they get full/crowded. A start time of 3:00pm is posted here, but you can arrive earlier to help with setup. Here's their schedule - https://www.hhchpomona.org/sunday-schedule - They also want all volunteers to fill out their waiver form. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/51ffb4_adaf336890ae443bae9f9f4c4a9e0116.pdf http://nebula.wsimg.com/ab18926da7ba5aaf9b6343b640cd3421?AccessKeyId=D3A910543C401DDD2B56&disposition=0 ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.868698046573573 http://www.facebook.com/search/158479040839881/photos-in http://www.facebook.com/HHCHPomona/photos ____________________ The church address is on Monterey Ave, but their parking lot is accessible from Rebecca Street. https://goo.gl/maps/CmJDPLD2jeS2 Street parking in the neighborhood should also be available (please check signs for any restrictions / requirements). If parking in the back, look for the rear entrance to the church building, and you should see a sign-in table for checking in. The coordinators are pretty friendly and can show you what to help with. Thanks for helping. ____________________ Some other volunteer projects in the area: - Ontario - Every 1st Saturday at 9:00 am at a garden in Ontario http://www.inlandvalleyhopepartners.org/uploads/AmysFarm.pdf http://www.inlandvalleyhopepartners.org/Ways-To-Help/Volunteering.asp - Pomona - Every 3rd Saturday at Purpose Church https://purposechurch.com/localimpact Scroll down their website to "Monthly Homeless Outreach"

  • Food for the Homeless (Silverlake)

    1069 Sanborn Ave

    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 ***** 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 Sunday. They usually prepare a meal every Sunday, but it's possible they might miss a Sunday once in a while (holiday, inclement weather, project leader is busy/sick, lack of food donations, etc.), so check their Facebook page for updates or message Charles to confirm they're meeting on this date. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132 Charles might not see comments posted here or Meetup messages, so contact him via [masked] [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 Sunday, they serve a nutritious (vegetarian) meal in downtown LA. - Volunteers meet at a house in Silverlake between 2:30 - 5:30 pm and help chop veggies. (They used to start around 3pm, but Charles said they start earlier around 2:30 pm now). Through donations from farmers markets, they turn fresh veggies into a healthy meal for some homeless people. This event is flexible, so you can arrive whenever you want (anytime after 2:30 pm). Stay for however long you want to chop vegetables. Leave whenever you want. It's your choice. Most volunteers help chop veggies & fruit. They usually have regular/experienced people who cook the food (soups, stew, rice, etc). If anyone wants to help serve the meal, meet at the house around 6:00 pm to carpool/caravan with them, or meet them separately at Pershing Square around 6:20 - 6:45 pm, depending on when they finish cooking. ____________________ 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/ZWZ5C6UtjY72 The front door might be locked and they could be in the back and not hear the doorbell. 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. 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 at Pershing Square is something kids can assist with. Helping with the meal service is optional. Some volunteers just help chop veggies & fruit. If anyone is new and wants to help serve, try carpooling with one of the regular volunteers to avoid getting lost at Pershing Square. - If new, these show what to expect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Xv8Zq5e_4 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.769166566526722 ____________________ The food is served in downtown LA at Pershing Square. A security guard is usually in the area. Most people who regularly eat there are friendly. They patiently wait in line and the meal service is orderly. This part of downtown is less intense compared to Skid Row, so hopefully everybody feels comfortable. However, if anyone doesn't feel safe, totally fine, feel free to leave at anytime. This is completely optional and voluntary. They arrive at Pershing Square around 6:15 - 6:45pm (depending on when they finish cooking). It's near W 6th St and S Olive St. For GPS, try 532 S Olive St, LA, 90013 They usually park at the loading/drop off zone on 6th Street, near Olive St. Look for a parking sign near 6th St & Olive St: The loading/drop off zone is street level (not underground). Look for: https://goo.gl/maps/pkZ9BW65LEC2 They usually park between the purple and yellow walls. https://goo.gl/maps/k8Y14gjn3aS2 ____________________ 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.facebook.com/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132/photos ____________________ 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 (Encino)

    St Nicholas Episcopal 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 ____________________ 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 ____________________ St Nicholas Episcopal Church is across the street from Chase bank. https://goo.gl/maps/KjnVnfLZwoE2 Park in any spot that doesn't have a sign that says reserved. Walk past the main edifice on the west side. Walk past the black gate and go to the room on the right side. 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.

  • Supplies for the Homeless (Van Nuys) [check date]

    Hope Mill Warehouse

    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 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 another group, Hope Mill. http://www.hopemill.com/our-carepacks.html "Hope Mill is committed to helping the homeless by providing food and other basic necessities, along with a message of hope and care to the clients they serve." "They are enlisting the help of volunteers (age 8 and up) to assemble...CarePacks filled with food, water, clothing, blankets, and essential care items to homeless men, women and children in Southern California." Their assembly days are usually on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of each month (except for major holidays). ____________________ No need to bring anything. The items that go into their care packs are provided by them. Volunteers help assemble small packs of goodies (snacks, hygiene items, etc.). Varies items are then placed into the backpacks. ____________________ To help, sign up with Pearl from Hope Mill via [masked] or [masked] - She will know if they need additional volunteers, and she can provide the address, driving & parking directions, and other relevant info. It's possible this might be rescheduled/canceled, so please check with Pearl and Hope Mill (confirm date, time, location, etc.) before going. Thank you. Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. They might have enough volunteers, so checking with Pearl is necessary. Plus, if anything changes, they have a way to notify you. ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group (3rd Sunday of the month), but they sometimes meet on the 4th Sunday, so please remember to check with Pearl to confirm the date. I'll try to check each month, but in case I forget, please check with Pearl and Hope Mill. Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/hopemillcares ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1839403652836336 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1370649796378393 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1166521103457931 https://www.facebook.com/pg/hopemillcares/photos http://www.hopemill.com/photo-gallery.html ____________________ The care packs they assemble are filled with essential goodies and helpful items. Various stations are set up and volunteers can choose where to help. If at any point you want to take a break, or switch to another station and help with another task, that's totally fine. They are very flexible and accommodating. Children are allowed to help with simple tasks. The Valley can get hot, so being under shaded tents helps. ____________________ If street parking on Orion Ave or Lanark St is full, try a parking lot for Galpin Motors at 8210 Orion Ave. Pearl can confirm that they have approval to park in their parking lot. https://goo.gl/maps/ytiE3FSGjs92 After parking, walk south on Orion Ave, and turn left (heading east) on Lanark St. Look for a small entrance and a table where you sign in and get a name tag. https://goo.gl/maps/s8WSQAYGQqC2 Then walk a short distance and look for a room with other people waiting. Popcorn, snacks, and water/soda should be available for free to volunteers. Pearl and the other volunteers are pretty friendly, so if anyone helps with this, you should have a positive and fun experience. Thank you. ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Hope Mill

  • Street Outreach to the Homeless & Pets (South LA)

    Unit # 39 @ Extra Space Storage

    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. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Claudia Perez and her group, LA on Cloud 9. https://www.laoncloud9.org/about-us They are very active, passionate, and dedicated (year-round), to help people and their respective pets (cats & dogs). One of their events is outreach, which involves going to people on the streets. http://www.laoncloud9.org/street-teams ____________________ Their outreach usually occurs on multiple Sundays (such as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, but typically not the 4th/last Sunday). They sometimes reschedule the time or date (due to holidays, special events, inclement weather, etc.), so please check their event page (confirm date & time) at http://www.facebook.com/LAonC9/events - Their videos show what the event is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFCbVWOWNgM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CFNpvOovos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYoEhVYaM74 ____________________ "Join our Street Team Soldiers, if you have compassion, dedication and the courage to make a difference in the streets of Los Angeles." "Hit the streets and distribute much needed items to homeless people and pets in the community." "Each generous gesture is guaranteed to tremendously help many marginalized and forgotten members of our society." "A sandwich, bottle of water, hygiene bags and a smile will go a long way to bring much needed humanity back into our longstanding tradition helping the less fortunate in our communities." They welcome donations of sandwiches, water, fruit, snacks, clothing, blankets, shoes, socks, hygiene items, and pet food (e.g. cat & dog food). Since walking is involved, wearing comfortable (closed-toe) shoes is recommended. Please also check the weather to know what to bring (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, jacket/sweater, etc.). ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but please check their FB event page to confirm a "Street Outreach" event is happening on this date and time. http://www.facebook.com/LAonC9/events Or contact them at [masked] [masked] [masked] - Redundant Reiteration: Regardless of what is posted here, the most accurate info is on their FB page. If it's not posted on there, then disregard and ignore this Meetup event. I'm sometimes busy, but I'll try my best to check every week/month. http://www.facebook.com/LAonC9/events They sometimes start in the mornings (during summer months to avoid the heat), but can also change to the afternoons too, so please check their FB page or contact them directly to confirm the start time. ____________________ They meet first at their storage locker. Extra Space Storage - Unit #[masked] S. Central Ave, Los Angeles, 90001 Then after loading up on items to be distributed, they drive to different streets/encampments to distribute. They usually finish in 2 - 3 hours, depending on how many items/donations they have to give out. Oh, and not a requirement, but they ask all volunteers to wear a black shirt (or sweater/jacket if it's cold). My guess is it helps everyone know you're a volunteer. Optional - they sell black t-shirts - https://www.laoncloud9.org/product-category/apparel ____________________ They go out in a large group, so nobody should be alone. But not everyone may be comfortable going out to "the streets" and interacting with the homeless. This is completely voluntarily and optional. If anyone feels nervous/scared, totally fine. There is no obligation or pressure. Feel free to leave anytime if you are afraid or uncomfortable. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1870864446356923 https://www.facebook.com/pg/LAonC9/photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/laoncloud9/17101700136 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laoncloud9/17126097552 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laoncloud9/17101694556 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laoncloud9/16939857398 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laoncloud9/16715447940 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laoncloud9/16902857225 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laoncloud9/16716693879 ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: LA on Cloud 9 ____________________ The storage locker address is on Central Ave, but go to 61st St. https://goo.gl/maps/ChV2ZJ7eq8s If the security gate is open, there might be parking space available closer to Unit 39. If the security gate is closed, you can either park outside (near the front, by the storage locker "office" and wait for someone to open the gate and walk in... ...or you can enter the gate code to open the security gate. - To get the gate code, you can message them on Facebook or email them via [masked] [masked] or ask Claudia. Her phone # is posted in the description on their FB event page: http://www.facebook.com/LAonC9/events - If anyone joins them for distributing...they usually go out with multiple vehicles. I suggest either carpooling with one of the regular/experienced volunteers. If there's no room to ride with someone else or if you prefer driving yourself, I highly suggest you ask them where they are driving to first (get an address or intersection), because when they caravan, it's easy for the cars in the back to get stopped due to red lights, and it might be hard to find the vehicles in the front. Again, get Claudia's phone # (either ask her in person at the event or in the description of the Facebook event page), and call/text her if you get lost. ____________________ *394819#

  • Do you like Fruit, Veggies, Trees, or the Beach (Many Cities Throughout LA)

    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 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: What is the address (date or time) ? A: There are multiple/different projects each month, so the address (date and time) depend on which one you want to help with. It's up to you to decide what/when to help. Various projects occur on different Saturdays and Sundays, so peruse the links below and if something interests you, feel free to attend. If you want to invite other group members to join you, tell me which specific event you want to help with (location, date, time, etc.), and I'll add it to the calendar and maybe other members will join you. ____________________ If the other events currently posted in this group don't appeal to you or are geographically inconvenient, then there's a good chance one of the following volunteer opportunities is in/near your city. Does anyone want to... help others receive nutritious fruit & veggies for a healthy diet? or help SoCal have more trees and combat climate change? or help a beach stay clean & pristine? ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. ____________________ Food Forward https://foodforward.org/about/what-we-do 1) Some residents in SoCal have yards (or groves) of fruit trees (orange, grapefruit, other citrus, etc.), and sometimes they can't eat all the fruit. Volunteers harvest/glean (pick) the surplus fruit off the trees. 2) At some farmers markets, some farmers donate excess fruit & veggies that is unsold. Volunteers walk around and collect the fresh produce. So instead of fruit and veggies spoiling and going to waste, nearby agencies (shelters/missions, soup kitchens, food pantries, etc.) can distribute the fresh fruit and veggies to individuals such as homeless, seniors, students, low-income families, etc. ____________________ TreePeople https://www.treepeople.org/about https://www.treepeople.org/about/what-we-do 1) They plant new trees and/or care for existing trees 2) They restore forests or parks (e.g. maintenance, weeding, watering, mulching, etc.). ____________________ Their photos & videos show what they are about: - Food Forward https://www.facebook.com/foodforwardla/photos https://www.instagram.com/foodforward https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzT9UXTdQmI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIJiluhOPbE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPgEbwbpNZs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4N9pZMOdO8 - TreePeople https://www.facebook.com/pg/TreePeopleorg/photos https://www.instagram.com/treepeople_org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3JNGpPSPSw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3avWI5jERQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGLekslb56U ____________________ Food Forward - https://foodforward.org/about/faq https://foodforward.org/volunteer/volunteer-faq - https://foodforward.org/about/backyard-harvesting If interested in helping glean/pick fruit from trees, look for the green-colored "Backyard Harvests" at https://foodforward.org/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer Minimum age to help is 5. - https://foodforward.org/about/farmers-market If interested in helping collect fruit & veggies at farmers market, look for the white-colored "Farmers Market Gleaning Events" at https://foodforward.org/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer Minimum age to help is 12. - Backyard harvests and farmers market gleaning events occur throughout LA County, even in the Ventura area. - And if anyone lives in/near Long Beach, another group does something similar in collecting fruit from trees, and they also could use volunteers. They are called Harvest Partners LB of City Heart. https://www.facebook.com/HarvestPartnersLB Click on "Harvest Partners LB" on http://www.ourcityheart.org or email [masked] ____________________ TreePeople - https://www.treepeople.org/about/contact-us If interested in helping with trees, look for their "Volunteer Events" at https://www.treepeople.org/calendar - If you see an event that interests you, then register on the TreePeople website. Kids/Minors are allowed to help with parent/guardian approval & supervision. https://www.treepeople.org/volunteer ____________________ If anyone wants to help at a beach clean-up: - Heal the Bay https://healthebay.org/events/category/heal-the-bay/nothin-but-sand/list or Look for "Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup" at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/heal-the-bay-945823743 - Surfrider LA https://la.surfrider.org/events - Surfrider Long Beach https://longbeach.surfrider.org/programs/beach-clean-ups - Jessica via [masked] or Stefanie via [masked] or Justin Rudd via [masked] http://www.justinrudd.com/beachcleanup.html - Palos Verdes Peninsula https://pvplc.org/_volunteer ____________________ ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Big Sunday, California Coastal Commission, Dept of Parks and Recreation, Food Forward, Los Angeles Times, OC Coastkeeper, Russ Parsons, Samy's Camera, Save Our Beach, TreePeople, & UCLA

  • Lunch for the Homeless & Community (Long Beach)

    First Congregational Church UCC

    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. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This is from Urban Community Outreach's Drop in Center. It occurs on "every Sunday except the month of July and the first weekend in December." https://www.ucodic.org/what-uco-does http://www.urbancommunityoutreach.org/dic.html http://www.firstchurchlb.org/involvement/justice-outreach-2 http://ucodic.org/blog.html https://www.facebook.com/urban.communityoutreach.9 The Drop-in-Center "is a community center for homeless people and the working poor in down town Long Beach. We strive to provide a haven from the weather and the harsh conditions of the streets on Sunday afternoons." "Our Volunteer Day starts at 8:30 AM. Join us for a couple of hours or stay for the day or at least the afternoon." • Food Preparation: 8:30am – 11:30am • Preparation to Food Service: 10:00am – 2:00pm • Transition / Set up: 11:30am – 12:30pm • Food Service: 12:30pm – 4:00pm • Closing and Clean-up: 2:00pm – 5:00pm ____________________ No need to bring any food. Everything is provided by them (ingredients, knives, cutting boards, utensils, gloves, etc.). Volunteers can choose when to arrive and how long to stay. Your choice. The morning involves preparing the meal (washing & cutting vegetables, preparing other ingredients, cooking, etc.). The afternoon is for serving the meal, helping with the clothing distribution, cleaning up, etc. So even though this starts at 8:30am, feel free to arrive whenever is best for you and your schedule/availability (9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, etc). Some people might arrive around 11:30am or 12:00pm to help serve the meal. Serving food seems to be popular, so if it's crowded at that time, thank you for your patience and understanding. My impression is anyone is welcome to help volunteer. Even though this is at a church, being Christian or religious is not required nor expected. "Children 16 and under are welcome, but must have one parent or guardian for every three children attending." Wearing appropriate clothing is recommended and closed-toe shoes are required (no sandals, flip flops, etc.). Street parking is usually free on Sundays, but please check signs/meters to confirm. To get to the kitchen area, please avoid the church entrance. Instead, on the side of the church building, on Cedar Ave, next to the brick wall, look for an archway and door. https://goo.gl/maps/dno8N1Qh1PU2 "Enter through the steel mesh gates...Go to the courtyard where you will see glass windows and our dining area to the left. Sign in and a coordinator will get you started." This should occur on most Sundays (except in July and the first Sunday in December). ____________________ Photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.810609952382383 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.510369959073052 https://www.facebook.com/pg/urban.communityoutreach.9/photos Videos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/urban.communityoutreach.9/videos ____________________ The following are other volunteer opportunities in Long Beach: http://lbrm.org/meals The Long Beach Rescue Mission serves dinner at 6:00pm. "Our kitchen is always in need of volunteers who want to help make a difference in our community and in our world." If interested in helping, contact [masked] or[masked] or[masked] http://lbrm.org/contact-us Long Beach Rescue Mission 1430 Pacific Ave. Long Beach, 90813 ____________________ More opportunities in LB: https://volcenter.org/calendar https://volcenter.org/search http://www.coalongbeach.org/volunteer http://www.stlukeslb.org/outreach.html http://www.foodbankofsocal.org/index.php/ways-to-help/volunteering http://www.foundhope2009.org http://www.lbsurfrider.org/programs/beach-clean-ups http://www.longbeach.va.gov/giving/assignments.asp http://www.rebuildingtogetherlongbeach.org/volunteer.php http://www.ourcityheart.org http://www.mealsonwheelsoflongbeach.org/volunteer.html http://rmhcsc.org/longbeach/volunteer http://www.millerchildrenshospitallb.org/giving/volunteer http://www.longbeach.gov/acs/donate-and-volunteer/volunteer http://www.longbeach.gov/park/recreation-programs/programs-and-classes/volunteer-opportunities

  • Food Distribution (San Gabriel)

    San Gabriel Mission

    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 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. ____________________ Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, etc.). Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food. Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate. If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some). Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions. ____________________ All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions. In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up. Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This food distribution is from a Catholic church group, San Gabriel Mission. http://parish.sangabrielmissionchurch.org They have a distribution every Sunday morning except the 1st Sunday in September (Labor Day weekend). Their distributions are from 8:00 am - 10:00 am, but a nice lady from the church said people start lining up as early as 6:00 am, so they appreciate volunteers who can arrive early (7:00 am) to help setup and prepare. Update: One group member said she arrived around 7:30 am, but was asked to return in the future at 7:00 am, so maybe they have enough volunteers or arriving later is an issue for some reason. Some events such as this usually try to accommodate volunteers who arrive later, but maybe this particular food distribution needs people to start helping at 7:00 am. Totally understandable if this is too early in the morning, but if anyone wants to help, feel free to keep reading. ____________________ This food distribution is indoors and a lady from the church group said the room is easy to find once you enter the church. In this group, this is automatically posted a few times per month, but their food distributions occur every Sunday (except the 1st Sunday of September), so if anyone wants to help on a different Sun than what is scheduled here, please feel to help on a day that is convenient for you. The 1st Sunday of September should be the only Sunday they don't have a distribution, but if there's any other reason you want to check before going, please feel free to contact them to confirm the date, time, location, and if they still need volunteers. (626)[masked] https://parish.sangabrielmissionchurch.org/apps/contact Or check their calendar on Sunday mornings at 7:00 am - https://parish.sangabrielmissionchurch.org/apps/events/calendar/?id=0 btw, sometimes events like this are unpredictable...maybe one week they are low on volunteers and another week/month they have a bunch of unexpected volunteers show up (students, another group/company, etc.). So if they are crowded and have "too many" volunteers, thank you for your patience and understanding with whatever happens. ____________________ If this location is not geographically convenient for you or your schedule. Other cities throughout SoCal have food distributions that might need volunteers. Some food distributions occur on weekday mornings. A few occur on weekday afternoons or evenings. While some occur on weekends. So there's a chance you can find one that is near you and fits your availability. Orange County http://feedoc.org/get-help/get-food-2 https://www.wastenotoc.org/pantries http://ocfoodbank.org/csfp - Greater Los Angeles https://www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator https://foodforward.org/about/who-gets-our-food - Southern California http://www.foodpantries.org/st/california http://ampleharvest.org/find-pantry http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/CAfoodbanks.html

  • Food for the Community & Homeless (Hollywood)

    The Salvation Army - The Way In Youth Center

    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 or register on another site? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out 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 is from Hollywood Food Coalition (formerly known as Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition or GWHFC). https://hofoco.org/volunteer http://gwhfc.org They serve "a hot, fresh, and nutritious meal every night to the homeless and hungry." Their video shows what they are about: https://www.facebook.com/HoFoCo/videos/374142323158882 ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted on some weekends. I picked some random Saturdays and Sundays, but their meal service occurs everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas). If anyone wants to help on a different day than what is posted here, feel free to do so. And if anyone wants me to add another date to the group calendar, just lmk and maybe others can join you. ____________________ The following are informative and worth reading: https://hofoco.org/volunteer https://hofoco.org/faqs - Two ways to help (your choice) (1) Meal Prep - 2:30pm - 6:00pm and/or (2) Meal Service & Cleanup - 5:45pm - 8:30pm - Meal prep involves tasks like food prep, making salads, making sandwiches, sorting food donations, preparing the actual food, etc. Most of the regular/experienced volunteers help with cooking, but maybe they might allow new volunteers to help, depending on the lead chef. - Meal service involves serving the food to the guests. On weekdays, they serve the food inside at the same location/venue, but on weekends, they go serve directly to people living on the streets. After all the food is served, they return to the kitchen and wash/clean. ____________________ To help, register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044cadab2ba5f85-volunteer - Pick a date, time, and service you want to help with (Meal Preparation or Meal Service). Check the box next to "Sign up" On the bottom of the page, click "Submit and Sign Up" - Redundant Reiteration: Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. Signing up with them is necessary. Signing up with them helps them avoid having "too many" volunteers and they can update you in case anything changes. After registering with them, they can provide more info/details (when to arrive, where to park, what to help with, where to meet, etc.). https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044cadab2ba5f85-volunteer ____________________ They sometimes have extra people who show up and not enough work/tasks for everyone, so thank you for being open-minded and understanding with whatever happens. Generally, they try to get everyone involved. ____________________ Helping with food prep doesn't require advanced culinary skills. They have simple tasks like chopping veggies & fruit, making a salad or sandwiches, cleaning pots & pans, etc. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1097319050378137 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.812457822197596 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.810574372385941 https://www.facebook.com/pg/HoFoCo/photos - Videos: https://www.facebook.com/HoFoCo/videos/374142323158882 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZOFIeiYKwA ____________________ If helping with meal prep at 2:30pm, go to The Salvation Army - Weingart Youth Center, 5939 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028 (between Gower and Bronson). The parking lot might be restricted. Try street parking on Hollywood Blvd, Bronson Ave, Gower St, or in the back, Carlos Ave. Please check signs/meters wherever you park. After parking, look for a glass door with a blue frame (Salvation Army): https://goo.gl/maps/B3fka7XCgMz Knock or ring the buzzer, and a staff member should let you in. After entering, turn left and go through a hallway/door, and the kitchen should appear. Ask for the lead cook. S/he can help you get started. ____________________ If helping with meal service on Saturday or Sunday at 5:45pm, go to the intersection of Romaine St and Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, 90038. It's near Hollywood & West Hollywood. If they finish cooking late, the van/truck might arrive around 6:00 - 6:15 pm, so thank you for your patience. If your GPS or navigation app/map needs an actual address, try 948 N. Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, 90038. Cross streets are Santa Monica Blvd and La Brea Ave. The corner of Romaine & Sycamore might still be under construction, so try looking for them a little east on Romaine St or on Sycamore Ave. toward Willoughby Ave. https://goo.gl/maps/zeVi5SVgqZ12 Look for people standing on the sidewalk and the truck/van should arrive in that area. ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Food Forward and Hollywood Food Coalition