From Palmdale to Paramount, from Beverly Hills to Boyle Heights, individuals and organizations are working tirelessly to create a better future for Los Angeles County. #LAtogether was launched by the California Community Foundation to amplify L.A.’s voices of change, draw connections between diverse communities and share innovative new approaches to building Los Angeles together.

From Gumballs to Scholarships: Unsung Hero Ezequiel Olvera

November 7, 2013

  Editors Note: Motivated by his own experience investing in a gumball machine at 11 years old, CCF 2013 Unsung Hero honoree Ezequiel Olvera engages youth in East LA/El Sereno to participate in a hands on creative extracurricular business program that provides business and entrepreneurship opportunities and also removes economic barriers that might prevent them […]

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Unsung Hero Donald Manelli, Care Harbor's President and Founder

October 30, 2013

Editors Note: Donald Manelli is the President and Founder of Care Harbor, an organization producing free clinic events that provide medical, dental and vision services to thousands of   uninsured and underinsured in our community.  Mr. Manelli was selected as the California Community Foundation’s 2013 Unsung Hero of Los Angeles because of the work he has […]

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2013 Unsung Hero Ron Finley: Empowering L.A. Residents to Grow Their Own Food

October 23, 2013

Editors Note: Ron Finley of the Ron Finley Project is one of five recipients of the 2013 Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles Awards. Ron, a fashion designer and green activist, helps  build vegetable gardens in South LA to help empower residents to grow their own healthy and organic food in their community.   We were so […]

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2013 Unsung Hero Sophie Alpert: Rebuilding Lives, Piece by Piece

October 16, 2013

Editors Note: Sophie Alpert is the founder of the nonprofit organization Piece by Piece, which offers mosaic workshops and materials free of charge for residents in the underserved communities of Los Angeles.  Through sales of their artwork, Piece by Piece provides opportunities for participants to earn supplemental income, with the goal of empowering each person […]

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A Collaborative Approach to Immigrant Integration.

October 9, 2013

By Aida Cardenas On August 24th, Building Skills Partnership collaborated with CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles) to host a Citizenship Drive in Los Angeles, where volunteers and attorneys assisted more than 50 low-wage building service workers and other immigrant community members apply for their citizenship. This was in response to a […]

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Omar Brownson: Cast a Vote Today!

October 3, 2013

By Omar Brownson, Executive Director of the Los Angeles River Revitalization CorporationWhat LA landmark did Mayor Garcetti just select to welcome visitors at LAX?  The Los Angeles River.  Less than three years ago when I was asked to become the first executive director of the LA River Corp., I did not even know that LA […]

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One Voice: College Access Pioneers

September 25, 2013

By: Susan Silbert, PhD Towards the end of the summer one of our students was ready to go to Stanford until his glasses were stolen. This isn’t a hurdle most incoming Cardinals have to face, but this ‘One Voice’ student wasn’t an ordinary Cardinal. One Voice students are exceptional minds who deserve the best education […]

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Microfinance in Boyle Heights: Lifting Women out of Poverty

September 18, 2013

By Eva Brune Martha, Clementina, Irene, Delia and Elsa meet weekly in a tiny storefront in Boyle Heights. Each is holding a green booklet with neatly stacked dollars and coins tucked inside. The chatter moves from children getting ready for school to a community get-together scheduled for the next Sunday: “vamos a bailar, no?”  The […]

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Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA): Steering Youth Towards Success

September 11, 2013

By Tony Brown In person, Heart of Los Angeles is an inspiring and lively community of students. Walking around our campus in the afternoon, you hear laughter. You see students practicing their clarinets outside, and you might even smell the “College Cooking on a Budget” class put on by our Operations Director/moonlighting chef. On paper […]

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'I Have a Dream' Rings True and Deep, 50 Years Later

August 28, 2013

Fifty Years later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a dream speech’ is as powerful today as it was then. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, […]

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