“I AM OF THE OPINION THAT MY LIFE BELONGS TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY AND AS LONG AS I LIVE, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO DO FOR IT WHATEVER I CAN. I WANT TO BE THOROUGHLY USED UP WHEN I DIE, FOR THE HARDER I WORK THE MORE I LIVE.” ~ GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
We are the city of angels! Winter Homeless Connect Day on December 12, 2018, in Los Angeles provided over 500 people experiencing homelessness complimentary services thanks to the City of Los Angeles and various nonprofits/government departments addressing the homeless epidemic.
Come together Angelenos as a community and continue to serve those in need!
Give beyond the “giving season,” there’s a need all year round.
“WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS.” ~ ROBERT INGERSOLL
On October 4, 2018, the community gathered at city hall to hear about lessons learned from the LA:RISE program.
LA:RISE is an innovative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles to help people with high employment barriers get jobs, stay employed, and build a better life.
Together, we rise!
“IF YOU PLAN ON BEING ANYTHING LESS THAN YOU ARE CAPABLE OF BEING, YOU WILL PROBABLY BE UNHAPPY ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE.” ~ ABRAHAM MASLOW
At the REDF Partner Retreat in Seattle on June 12-15, 2018, Kristin Hayden, Founder and Senior Advisor for OneWorld Now! kicked off the event by sharing 7 best practices to living your vision: 1) Be bold 2) Be intentional 3) Make it real 4) Support it 5) Hold the vision 6) Experiment and lastly 7) Own it. YES!!!
We wrapped up the gathering at Maslow’s by FareStart. The nonprofit FareStart is a real solution to some of our society’s most pressing challenges—homelessness, joblessness, poverty and hunger. They help people transform lives, create value for their community, and offer a way for everyone to play a role doing something that matters.
Worth noting is Maslow’s Hierarch of Needs, a theory of human motivation by the American psychologist Abraham Maslow.
“WE CANNOT SEEK ACHIEVEMENT FOR OURSELVES AND FORGET ABOUT PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY FOR OUR COMMUNITY… OUR AMBITIONS MUST BE BROAD ENOUGH TO INCLUDE THE ASPIRATIONS AND NEEDS OF OTHERS, FOR THEIR SAKES AND FOR OUR OWN.” ~ CESAR CHAVEZ
It’s always wonderful to learn about resources that exist in the community and share best practices. On June 5, 2018, we had an insightful time at the CSH Summit site visit and employment focus – peers and social enterprise panel. If in downtown L.A., please stop by MADE by DWC a resale boutique and social enterprise. Downtown Women’s Center’s (DWC) focus is to break the cycles of chronic homelessness and unemployment.
“Whatever your background, you can be an activist by speaking up for injustice!” ~ Manal Alsharif
If you missed South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals this year in Austin, I highly recommend bookmarking the event for next March. It’s the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. If you plan to attend the conference, definitely check out the great selection of social impact sessions to learn more about how you can positively contribute to addressing social issues in your local and global community! My experience was jam-packed with meaningful insights of social value.
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve.” ~ MLK Jr
The calling to be a servant leader resonated with me immensely at the Circle of Change Leadership Conference on November 18, 2017. Our panel was focused on sharing the value of social responsibility. Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enrich the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world. Let’s continue to invest in others along their growth journey and the betterment of our community. Together we can make a lasting impact!
Make your heart the most beautiful thing about you.
L.A. is filled with amazing change makers. On September 11, 2017, it was deeply fulfilling to partake in the 911 Day of Service with the Taproot Foundation at The California Endowment. Explore the benefits of skills-based volunteering on elevating a nonprofit’s mission and sign up to be a probono consultant! Also, if you are ever in the California Endowment building, take some time to view the beautiful artwork hanging on the wall, especially one by Frank Romero, Corazon de Aztlan.
The following day on September 12, 2017, Southern California Grantmakers and LA Community Leaders held a special joint reception in DTLA. It was wonderful to connect with impact-driven professionals and honor Antonio Manning and Jonathan Weedman’s contributions.
“Our liberty will not be secured at the sword’s point… We must secure it by making ourselves worthy of it.” ~ Jose Rizal
Happy 119th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence! It was a wonderful celebration hosted by the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles on June 9, 2017. Special thanks to Dyan Kristine M. Pastrana, Vice Consul for the invite. Prior to the event, we had an invigorating discussion on how to advance and promote gender and development for Filipino-Americans.
“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” ~ Coretta Scott King
The energy and conversations at the 11th Annual West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference on May 13, 2017, was exuberant. I find it deeply rewarding to invest in projects that raise consciousness. This year’s theme focused on how to effectively launch and partake in an advocacy initiative and activism. Attendees cultivated their leadership skills to change the world!
Also, it’s undeniable that art and music are powerful change agents! We wrapped up the day with a community gathering called Amplify for Good. We celebrated the We the People campaign by the Amplifier Foundation, created socially conscious art and enjoyed a lively DJ set at West Hollywood Park. Thank you, Shepard Fairey, for the shout-out on social and many thanks to the speakers, partners, attendees, and volunteers who are contributing to the conversation.
“What’s the energy quotient you bring to the table?” ~ Dr. Bill Beacham
As a board member of the nonprofit professionals alumni chapter, our common goals as members are to form a professional development network for alumni and to encourage CSUF students to prepare for and seek out careers in nonprofit and service fields.
On April 6, 2017, we held our annual Spring mixer at the Orangewood Foundation. Whether we were discussing the essence of success or adolescence, we all agreed on the benefits of a paradigm shift with positive thoughts.
Let’s choose to collectively lift each other up to reach our greatest potential.