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Giving Back in Los Angeles


This time of year is not only a time for family and friends, but it is a time to remember those who are in need. Everyone has a different level of giving that can be done. Make a challenge to yourself this year and keep some of these local charities in mind so that we can help revitalize our community going into 2012.

Downtown Women’s Center

The Downtown Women’s Center is nationally recognized as a prototype for programs striving to meet the unique needs of homeless women. They serve over 2000 women per year in their Day Center and in 2006, celebrated the 20-year anniversary of their Residence! Within all aspects of DWC, women find support in coping with the multiple challenges that have contributed to their homelessness: the effects of aging, mental illness, physical disability, domestic violence, poverty, and aging out of foster care.

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Welcome Home Day Foundation

The Welcome Home Day Foundation (WHDF) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, inaugurated in 1999 by non-veterans. Our mission is to acknowledge our Vietnam Veterans by finally welcoming them home in a one-time national event to be held in the Fall of 2003, designed to bring our Nation together in reconciliation over this controversial conflict. This National Event will also attribute collateral recognition to the Veteran’s families for their silent, albeit, very real sacrifices.

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M Vickers Foundation

The Foundation currently provides food, clothing, personal hygiene products, referrals and, in some cases money, to needy children, women, and men in Los Angeles, Compton, Watts, Palmdale, Lancaster and North Long Beach, California. The Foundation visits schools and provides incentives to encourage children to strive for academic excellence. For the past two years, the Foundation has distributed toys to thousands of disadvantaged children.

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The Girl Blue Project

The Girl Blue Project was founded in June of 2003 as pro-active move to re-educate, motivate and empower teen girls, ages 14-18 years old, in Los Angeles County. This innovative, intensive was designed to focus on the social and emotional problems of teen girls and how these issues affect their ability to learn and lead productive, fulfilling lives. Our program fosters a creative environment that promotes discipline, structure, accountability, self-respect, self-acceptance and empowerment. The curriculum is formatted to nurture the emotional development of young girls with problematic circumstances through classes in Self- Awareness, Yoga, Dance, Voice, Acting, Creative Writing, Women’s Health and much more.

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This is just a sampling of foundations, associations and projects that need community support. Visit to see more about these and other local area charities.

Posted on Dec 09 2011

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