Thursday, May 25, 2006

New Project - Meal Service for the Homeless in Pasadena

Join us for our latest new project - in Pasadena! On the last Saturday of every month with new agency partner Union Station Foundation

Meal Service for the Homeless

Description: Have some fun in the Kitchen while making a difference! Grab an apron and come help us cook & serve the homeless a great lunch at the Union Station Foundation. Attend a one-hour Orientation meeting, and then we'll all head for the kitchen to help prepare lunch under the supervision of a Staff Cook for the homeless residents of Pasadena.

Union Station offers emergency and transitional housing for individuals and families, hot meals, career development, job placement, health care, case management services and substance abuse recovery support.

Every year, they serve more than 150,000 meals and provide 31,000 nights of shelter to their clients. All of Union Station’s programs and services are free of charge and designed to help program participants find permanent solutions to homelessness. The work of Union Station Foundation is carried out through the combined efforts of a skilled professional stafff, and the generosity of hundreds of volunteers like yourself! Please join us!

Click here to sign up!

L.A. Works Appears in Los Angeles Business Journal

New Model of Corporate Philanthropy Combines Donations, Sweat Equity

Click here to read this story as it appeared in the May 15th edition of the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Hot Project: New Tutoring Project started with Kipp:LA-Prep

Tutoring and Mentoring for Superstar Students

KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory School (KIPP LA Prep) is a charter middle school which currently has 270 students in grades 5-7. It is located in Lincoln Heights (3 miles Northeast of Downtown LA), and serves the economically disadvantaged children of this community.

KIPP LA Prep is modeled after the free open-enrollment KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) academies in Texas and New York, where the students, parents, and staff are all highly committed to prepare students with the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits that are necessary for future success in high school, college, and the competitive working world beyond. This public upper-elementary and middle school model has proven to be extraordinarily successful in improving academic and personal growth in KIPP students from under-resourced communities around the United States. Students at KIPP LA Prep work harder than most of their public school peers, and do not enjoy any shortcuts in their road to success in academic achievement and personal leadership. They are in school from 7:30 A.M. until 5:00 P.M Monday through Friday, and every other Saturday from 9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., spending 90 minutes each day on math and language arts, with an additional hour devoted to reading; one hour on social studies; one hour on science; and one hour of fine arts or physical education.

Part of the reason for the success of KIPP LA Prep students lies in the tutoring and mentorship that students receive at Saturday school from volunteer tutors in the community. Please sign up to help continue the success of KIPP LA Prep by tutoring these incredible kids, and to make a difference in the lives of these children.

Click here to sign-up to help tutor these extraordinary kids

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Summer Let's Read Sessions start in May - SIgn up Now

Want to make a real impact on Kids' lives? L.A. Works' Let's Read Program is a program whose purpose is to provide kids with the tools to help them reach their dreams. We work individually and as a group, with kids' school-related materials, as well as try to expose them to other topics that they may not otherwise encounter. If you like kids and wish to develop a relationship with one or a few of them, this program can be one of our most rewarding.

Volunteers in this program must commit to the full 10 week session on consecutive Saturday mornings May 20 - July 29 from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers will develop a mentoring relationship with kids during the ten week semester.

The Let's Read program takes place at two locations:

Pueblo Del Rio in central Los Angeles. Click here to sign up! If you've never volunteered for Let's Read at Pueblo Del Rio, you must also sign up for the orientation session for new Let's Read volunteers on May 13. Click here to sign up for orientation.

Mar Vista Gardens in Culver City. Click here to sign up for the 10-week session, May 20 - July 29.