Passing Along Acts of Kindness

December 4, 2015

Pass it Along FundDiana, a widow with a young son, was determined to create a better life for her family. But after putting herself through school and earning an associate’s degree in culinary arts, she found herself struggling to find work because of a lack of experience. As student loans came due, she was unable to cover her monthly rent and meet her family’s basic needs. Not knowing what else to do, she sought help at the P.F. Bresee Foundation. They were able to provide it through the Pass it Along Fund.

The Pass It Along Fund was established at CCF by anonymous donors to provide financial assistance directly to individuals facing a moment of acute need. The only request in return from the donors is that recipients pass along two acts of kindness. Since 2011, the fund has given more than $1.5 million to help Angelenos in crisis create a brighter future for themselves and their families. Recipients have expressed their gratitude through thousands of generous acts, sharing the help they’ve been given and transforming their communities.

The emergency rental assistance Diana received allowed her to provide for her son while continuing to search for employment. After eventually finding long-term employment at Urth Caffé, she gave back by participating in a community clean-up, distributing meals to the homeless and teaching basic cooking classes to students at Bresee.

To support the Pass it Along Fund and help individuals like Diana to overcome obstacles and take control of their own lives, visit

This is part of a series of Giving Season posts to inspire generosity and positive change in Los Angeles County.

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