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PAY IT FORWARD

Giving Thanks and Paying it Forward

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we have and what we’re thankful for. It also provides many opportunities to reach out into our communities to help those in need. Here are a few ways we can all give back across our city.

Photo courtesy of Wayfinder Family Services

Wayfinder Family Services
Founded in 1953, Junior Blind was created so that youngsters who were blind or visually impaired could take part in recreational activities. Fast forward to today and the View Park charity’s remit has expanded to providing mental health services as well as helping with foster and adoption placement. A donation here helps their mission of providing support to children and families facing obstacles: https://www.wayfinderfamily.org/donate

Photo courtesy of Taking the Reins

Taking the Reins
Taking the Reins in Atwater Village gives at-risk girls, aged 8-18, the opportunity to ride and care for horses, manage an organic garden and farm, cook the plants and eggs they harvest, and receive horse-riding mentorship from LA’s mounted police. Donate, help out in the garden, or volunteer at an event. Those with horse experience are especially wanted.

Photo by Shanna Castro

Elizabeth House
For over 25 years Elizabeth House in Pasadena has provided shelter and services for pregnant women experiencing homelessness and their vulnerable children. The organization aims to empower these women to reclaim their lives and build successful family legacies through intensive professional counseling, access to healthcare, parent education, job training, scholarship support and more. You can get involved by donating, providing help with transportation, childcare, house repairs, office work, or events and programs.

Photo courtesy of LATM

Los Angeles Team Mentoring
Los Angeles Team Mentoring (LATM) was founded in the aftermath of the 1992 LA Riots and aims to guide middle school students growing up in challenging urban environments to recognize and reach their full potential through a team-based approach to mentoring. Operating across 11 LA County middle schools, the charity now serves 1,400 students, 350 mentors and 96,000 service hours every year. There are several ways to get involved from becoming a mentor to donating backpacks for kids in need.