Vote Yes on Proposition HHH!

November 8, 2016

Today, voters in the City of Los Angeles have the opportunity to take a bold step in stopping the housing crisis and make a lasting impact in the lives of their fellow Angelenos. Nearly 50,000 L.A. County residents are without homes, enough to fill Dodger Stadium. Proposition HHH is a housing bond on the City […]

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Now is the Time to Act on Homelessness

November 5, 2016

By Antonia Hernández Like you, I care deeply about Los Angeles – this imperfect paradise we call home. It’s where millions of people come from all over the world to provide a better life for themselves and their families. Today, we are faced with one of the toughest challenges to impact our community in our […]

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New IRS Ruling Gives Donors More Options

August 22, 2016

by Don Gottesman, JD, LLM (Tax) Donors who create gifts to benefit their favorite charity and themselves often prefer the amount they receive to be of the same amount, on a regular basis. Thanks to an IRS ruling this month, donors now have an additional option when making their gift. Identical payments allow donors to […]

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A One-Stop Genius Bar for U.S. Citizenship

April 28, 2016

Mega Citizenship Workshop in Long Beach, April 10. Photo by Juan Alaniz. by John E. Kobara “For 16 years, members of my family tried to become U.S. citizens. We spent thousands of dollars on fraudulent attorneys, we lived under fear and intimidation and we had no idea how to navigate the process. I finally became […]

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Mud Baron, Farmer, Teacher and Project Director

April 14, 2016

“There’s this bias in education that if you work with your hands, you’re less intelligent. We’ve stopped showing students how to make, to build, to do. For 12 years, I’ve had the coolest job ever: teaching gardening to kids. My students earn a paycheck by growing food, flowers and their own futures. We sell what […]

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Daniel Adler, Educator

March 30, 2016

“VITA [Volunteer Income Tax Assistance] is a win-win-win for everybody. My students learn how to do taxes, the community gets free assistance and I love doing it. The students see lots of single moms, immigrants, low-income residents and are pretty intimidated the first time, but their confidence grows. They say it was the best thing […]

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Isabel Guillen, Cancer Warrior

March 23, 2016

“Christmas still comes when you have cancer. You still have to feed your family. Life goes on when you’re sick, and it’s even more devastating if you’re poor. As a 32-year-old mother, I battled breast cancer. I lost both my jobs, but I gained insight. My mother got me to and from treatment and friends […]

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Not A Traditional Success Story

February 17, 2016

By Kelly Bruno, President and CEO, National Health Foundation Tom lived in Los Angeles. You might have seen him, even passed by him as he found shelter for himself alongside a freeway. Like nearly 45,000 others, he was homeless. After years of living on the streets, his health deteriorated, and he was diagnosed with lymphoma. He […]

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Increasing Civic Participation through Citizenship

December 23, 2015

U.S. citizenship is transformative for immigrants and communities. Not only does a naturalized citizen gain the right to vote, they also see an 8-11 percent increase in their income. They enjoy the freedom to travel abroad without restrictions, are protected from deportation and can become engaged members of their communities. More than 755,000 immigrants in […]

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5 Unexpectedly Fun Ways to Volunteer

December 18, 2015

By L.A. Works Who says serving others can’t be fun? Here are five out-of-the-box volunteer projects from L.A. Works that’ll have you coming back for more! (Open to everyone for short- or long-term commitments.) 1. BEAUTY AND CHARM: Facials! Manicures! Snacks! Help women transitioning out of homelessness feel like a queen for a day, when […]

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