Finding Hope, Health and Homes: Remembering Mollie Lowery

July 26, 2016

This week, Los Angeles said farewell to one of its fiercest advocates for our neighbors in need. Mollie Lowery, who passed away on Monday, spent more than four decades on Skid Row, helping homeless men, women and children to find dignity, health, hope and a new future for themselves and their families. The legacy she […]

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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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Kaci Patterson, Co-founder, Building Leaders and Cultivating Change (B.L.A.C.C.)

April 6, 2016

“My life is dramatically different because somebody who I don’t know, who I will probably never meet, put their money to use on my behalf. I feel a great sense of gratitude for that, and it gives me a deep sense of personal responsibility to be a driving force of opportunity for other people. The […]

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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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Kaz Ando, Super Volunteer

March 16, 2016

“They say I’m a ‘super volunteer,’ but I say if you feel you can’t do much of anything, you must do something. Don’t rely on others to take responsibility. You have to do it. And, there’s so much to do. For seven years, I’ve participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program throughout the community, […]

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Showcasing Portraits of Compassion in L.A. County

March 10, 2016

“Five years ago, my son lived through eight bullets, and I had to push to get him the care and attention he deserved. I’ve turned that experience into a positive outcome through volunteering and leading [St. Francis Medical Center’s] compassionate listener program.” Volunteer Santiago Ortega is just one of our Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles […]

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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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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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