“OUR AMBITIONS MUST BE BROAD ENOUGH TO INCLUDE THE ASPIRATIONS AND NEEDS OF OTHERS, FOR THEIR SAKES AND FOR OUR OWN.” ~ CESAR CHAVEZ
Through solid partnerships and collaborations, we can commit to providing employment to 16,000 people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles by 2022. This goal was announced at the Tapping the Talents of Unique Populations Breakfast Forum on February 13, 2019. This is a glimpse of the employment movement to address homelessness in Southern California. We can achieve this goal when the public and private sectors strategically come together to recognize every person has value.
“FIGHT FOR THE THINGS THAT YOU CARE ABOUT, BUT DO IT IN A WAY THAT WILL LEAD OTHERS TO JOIN YOU.” ~ RUTH BADER GINSBURG
It was lovely to return to the 4th Annual MakeChange Awards on January 31, 2019, celebrating the work of social impact leaders and organizations that make a difference.
I especially loved the theme this year, “Speaking Truth To Power: How To Be Values-Driven In Your Purpose And Be BOLD” held at the Skirball Cultural Center where the exhibition “Notorious RGB: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” was being shown.
“WHEN THE BEST LEADER’S WORK IS DONE THE PEOPLE SAY, ‘WE DID IT OURSELVES.’ ” ~ LAO TZU
For the month of January 2019, Los Angeles leaders and community members came together and broke into 3 workgroups to collaboratively discuss the P2E grant. It is intended to support regional planning efforts, fund regional plan implementation, and provide resources for direct services to the formerly incarcerated and other justice-involved individuals. It also sets aside specific resources for both supportive services and earn and learn activities which were identified as a major gap by current grantees and local service providers.
There’s so much behind the scenes work that happens that make a powerful impact on the community. The brainstorming sessions and group activities were insightful. Let’s collectively improve labor market outcomes and set people up for success!
“NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT’S THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS.” ~ MARGARET MEAD
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.
“IN EVERY COMMUNITY, THERE IS WORK TO BE DONE. IN EVERY NATION, THERE ARE WOUNDS TO HEAL. IN EVERY HEART, THERE IS THE POWER TO DO IT.” ~ MARIANNE WILLIAMSON
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 BE 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.