During this unprecedented year of pandemics and politics, our best side still emerges in our urge to give. We want to celebrate the holidays, another typical time for giving, by presenting some of our region’s most worthwhile charities.
As we gather this year, many by the light of our phones and computers, we also remember the less fortunate. According to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, nearly two million people in Los Angeles County face food insecurity. As many as one in eight of our fellow Californians don’t know when their next meal may arrive. These numbers have only gotten worse during the pandemic. The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, a nonprofit set up at the beginning of the pandemic to address the needs of health care workers and others, continues to seek funds from both corporate and individual donors. We can all help bridge the gap by donating time and/or money to these beacons of hope.
Looking for a place to volunteer or donate? You’ll find plenty to choose from below, from animal welfare, performing arts and education to civil rights, homelessness, health care and hunger - simply click the name of the organization to find out more about them. These represent just the tip of the iceberg. You can also look for opportunities online via such websites as volunteermatch.org. Although many in-person events have been postponed, there are still myriad ways to virtually volunteer.
We hope this serves as a valuable annual guide and look forward to sharing more ideas and resources throughout the New Year.
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Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter
Alzheimer’s Los Angeles
The Bail Project
The Braille Institute
Breathe Southern California
California Prostate Cancer Coalition
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.
Children’s Burn Foundation
Children’s Foundation of America
City of Hope
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research
Dreams For Schools
The Gentle Barn
Goodwill of Orange County
Gifts of Grace Sober Living
Heal the Bay
International Medical Corps
Junior Achievement Southern California
LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program
Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND)
Mental Health America of Los Angeles
National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions
Neighborhood Housing Services of Orange County
Operation Walk Los Angeles
Orange County United Way
pbssocal.org/support/donate or kcet.org/support/donate
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
PUENTE Learning Center
Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Schools on Wheels
Vision To Learn