5 Ways to Support Our Hollywood Neighbors
As we settle into new routines while remaining Safer-at-Home, there are still many ways to have an impact on our community. Non-profits and organizations have started shifting their models of business to help their clients continue to receive support. Here are five ways to support our local, Hollywood neighbors!
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Looking for a quick and safe way to help? Every Thursday in May, from 9AM to 11AM, The Center is holding a drop-off food drive to serve our low-income housed and unhoused neighbors. Pull up to their site on Selma Ave with a bag of groceries and their volunteers will unload so you never have to leave your car!
Here is the list of groceries that are needed.
Keep them on your radar, as Krys, the Volunteer and Relationship Coordinator, has plans to host an art drive in June to promote mental health and stimulation through collecting donated notebooks, colored pencils, crossword puzzles and more.
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Support Los Angeles LGBTQ Center without leaving your home! They created Amazon wish lists for the essential needs of their senior and youth populations, making it easy to shop and ship directly to them. The LGBTQ Center has nine campuses throughout Hollywood and Los Angeles and serves their clients through health, housing, education, advocacy programs and more.
To shop for items for their seniors: lalgbtcenter.org/care4seniors
To shop for items for their youth: lalgbtcenter.org/care4youth
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The Governor of California’s website for volunteers provides free, printable notes to post on neighbors’ doors. Leave your name and number to connect and check-in on those living next door! Offer to check the mail, walk a dog, pick up some extra groceries, or have a phone chat. Get creative and make your own note and care package- social distancing doesn’t mean emotional isolation!
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With greater precautions in place with COVID-19, Covenant House is one of the few organizations continuing their outreach program by visiting their clients living in homelessness. Monday through Friday they deliver clothing, hygiene supplies, and meals. They are accepting any meal donations from the community. Pack a brown bag lunch - or 12 of them - and Covenant House will deliver the meals the same day they receive them. Something as simple as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, water bottle or capri sun, fruit, chips, and a granola bar is greatly appreciated. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to drop off your meals at their location on Western Ave.
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CHLA is in need of blood and platelet donations from those able and willing in the community. Simply set up an appointment on their website or call them at (323)361-2441. For social distance safety, they are not accepting walk-ins at this time. Blood donations take about 30 minutes, while donating platelets can take around two hours. There is validated onsite parking and they often give gift cards as a thank you. But, obviously, the real reward is being able to help the heroic kiddos that need your donation!
Kat Miller has a degree in Print Journalism and has written articles for www.churchinhollywood.com. She’s a Mom and Pastor’s Wife and is passionate about helping the marginalized in Los Angeles.