ENVISION MAKING A DIFFERENCE

ENVISION MAKING A DIFFERENCE

At Envision, we have been overwhelmed with gratitude and inspiration by the remarkable nonprofits we have seen adapting, responding, and rising up to meet the growing needs of our communities and society in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re excited to raise awareness and support for our nonprofit heroes during the pandemic through the #SupportNonprofits social media campaign (led by our brilliant friends at Anat Gerstein Inc.), our CauseCupid Podcast (coming soon) featuring 20-minute deeper dives with nonprofit leaders, board service opportunities through our Board Member Postings, and continuing to share ways that everyone can give back and make a difference! #EnvisionMakingADifference

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INNOVATIVE NONPROFITS DOING GREAT WORK

LA CASA COMMUNITY

LA CASA COMMUNITY

La Casa serves children and families by providing educational and social services that promote self-sufficiency and motivation for lifelong learning.

La Casa's preschool, which served breakfast and lunch to 3-4 yr. old, had to close on March 13. Providing food to children became our first priority. We now distribute food to 100+ families weekly.

How you can help:

La Casa needs people with trucks to collect food from the LA Regional Food Bank.

Donate non-perishable food to La Casa, 203 E. Mission Rd., San Gabriel, CA 91776 on Wednesday mornings 9-12.

Donate: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E121070&id=1

Contact: Jane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IMAGINE LA

IMAGINE LA

Imagine LA's mission is to end the cycle of family homelessness and chronic poverty through an empowering support system of mentors and professional social workers who understand that a roof over one's head is merely the starting point to a better life.

The families we serve have all recently experienced homelessness and are in the process of building their economic foundation. They are navigating having their children at home as schools and daycare centers are closed. Many have had their employment terminated or work hours drastically reduced, resulting in serious financial challenges. Others continue to work "essential" jobs, putting themselves and their families at risk of contracting the disease as they simply cannot afford to miss work. For those parents who are single, the challenge of working and ensuring safe care of their children is tremendous.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted to serve our families in new ways that allow us to practice physical distancing while maintaining social connection. Our business operations have moved to virtual platforms, our office staff is working remotely, and Imagine LA is fully mobilized and proactively working with our current families, alumni families, and mentors to navigate the economic, health, social, distance learning, and psychological impacts of COVID-19 with the "Safer at Home" edicts.

One of Imagine LA's core programs and its key volunteer opportunity is serving as a volunteer mentor for families who have exited homelessness and are now housed. Volunteers serve as friends, partners, and companions for youth and parents. For a full description, please visit: https://action.imaginela.org/mentor_overview

How you can help:

Purchase Imagine LA Family Fun Care Packages for our families: https://a.co/2Vtcqzc

Donate: https://action.imaginela.org/donate

Contact: Brian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOOD FORWARD

FOOD FORWARD

Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same.

Since the COVID-19 crisis started and restaurants and other commercial food providers have closed, farmers have been left with more food than they can sell. This is resulting in a drastic increase in food waste – all while more and more people are seeking food assistance.

In Southern California, Food Forward has been helping to connect the dots between wholesale produce sellers and hunger relief agencies of all sizes. At Food Forward’s Produce Pit Stop, a warehouse equipped with a massive refrigerator, staff accepts large donations of fruits and vegetables from LA’s Wholesale Produce District. In an average week during this pandemic, Food Forward has been able to recover 750,000 pounds from going to waste. All of this food is sent to hunger relief agencies serving people experiencing food insecurity. Such a radical change in the food system required an immediate response, and Food Forward is working to creatively meet this challenge.

How you can help:

Are you a fruit tree owner with ripe fruit? Food Forward has a guide for DIY safe harvesting and sharing of your fruit.

Make a monetary donation to support Food Forward.

HAVEN HILLS

HAVEN HILLS

Since 1977, Haven Hills has provided safety and support to survivors of domestic violence. The organization offers shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, and activities supporting increased economic opportunity.

During this challenging time, Haven Hills is continuing and enhancing services to Survivors. They are providing shelter to additional families, delivering education programs in a virtual setting, and donating desperately needed food, toiletries and cloth masks to outreach clients.

The organization is also speaking out on the severe impact the pandemic is having on Survivors and their safety. Executive Director Iliana Tavera was recently interviewed on NBC4 and KPCC.

How you can help:

Donate items on Haven Hills’ Amazon wish list to help Survivors and their children when they arrive at the shelter, often with none of their own possessions.

Support Haven Hills’ virtual fundraiser “Stand Up Against Domestic Violence” on Saturday, June 20. Enjoy a lineup that includes Maya May (MC), Dana Eagle (Last Comic Standing), Chris Fairbanks (Comedy Central) and headliner Daniel Franzese (Damian from Mean Girls).

Make a monetary donation to support Haven Hills.

MEXICAN AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION

MEXICAN AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION

The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation provides for the socio-economic betterment of the greater Latino community of California, while preserving the pride, values and heritage of the Mexican American culture.

Even though MAOF’s early education programs are temporarily closed during California’s Safer At Home orders, MAOF is providing Grab and Go meals to families with children enrolled at their sites. The organization is also connecting emergency and essential workers with childcare funding. The State of California Department of Education also provided MAOF with $1.7 million to provide cash relief to home-based childcare providers so they can purchase supplies to ensure a safe and healthy environment.

MAOF has redesigned their food program and senior services in response to increasing needs and Safer At Home restrictions. MAOF’s food bank at their Montebello office is serving 40% more families in recent weeks. The organization’s congregate dining for seniors has been replaced with home-delivered meals to allow these vulnerable community members to stay safe at home.

Other community services such as financial literacy, tax preparation and more are being delivered virtually by MAOF staff.

How you can help:

Make a monetary donation to support MAOF.

Volunteer to help MAOF’s Food Bank. If interested, contact Elizabeth Jimenez at (323) 278-3896.

CAMP BLUE SKIES

CAMP BLUE SKIES

Camp Blue Skies offers camps to adults with developmental disabilities, enhancing their lives through recreation, socialization and life skills education.

Camp Blue Skies made the difficult decision to cancel both of their camp sessions scheduled for March in Georgia. However, the team quickly pivoted to offer Virtual Camp with videos, remote activities, and a special packet mailed to registered campers.

How you can help:

Learn about volunteer opportunities with Camp Blue Skies in North Carolina and Georgia

Donate items from Camp Blue Skies’ monetary donation to support Camp Blue Skies.

ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY (ASTEP)

ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY (ASTEP)

Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) connects performing and visual artists with youth from underserved communities in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.

In this moment of crisis, ASTEP is supporting partners that are addressing food scarcity, economic hardships and home safety, among a host of issues. In a time of virtual learning, ASTEP is also making sure the young people who have limited or no access to online platforms are not forgotten.

They’re teaming up with teachers and schools to build English and Spanish arts packets that support social and emotional development and academic curriculum. They’re also reaching young people living with HIV/AIDS at a pediatric residential facility through virtual open mic nights.

To build mindfulness and resilience, ASTEP is connecting artists around the world through live and prerecorded #artistathome series and professional development workshops. Now more than ever, ASTEP is using the arts to create a space for healing, a platform for connectivity and an outlet to express ourselves.

How you can help:

Watch “Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration” and make a monetary donation to support ASTEP’s Arts Resilience Fund, designated to bring the arts to those most in need during this time.

JAY NOLAN COMMUNITY SERVICES

JAY NOLAN COMMUNITY SERVICES

Jay Nolan Community Services, Inc. (JNCS) enables individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities to live fulfilling lives as members of the community by providing support services customized to their individual needs.

Jay Nolan was well prepared for COVID-19 because we provide communicative disease and blood born pathogen training already. This, in conjunction with new COVID-19 training, has well equipped our staff. We never stopped providing individualized services And adapted to accommodate those with digital preferences. Jay Nolan has remained flexible and creative in providing services to each individual In the method they choose. PPE is also distributed in full.

Jay Nolan's amazing team empowers every person they serve to live fulfilling lives as members of their community through a range of support services customized to individual needs. Today, we have helped almost 10,000 individuals since being established in 1975, and it couldn’t have been done without our amazing staff and volunteers. Become more involved and share your talents and gifts with us! We are always looking for people to help. Whether it is joining a committee, helping to plan a fundraiser, doing some office work, or helping to paint a house, our volunteers provide an important service.

How you can help:

Donations to JNCS help make sure individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities get the customized support they need to live a quality life in our California communities. Together, we can make sure all people are empowered, included, and embraced. So please join ‘Journey Partners’, our monthly giving program.

Become a Journey Partner: for just $10/month ($120 per year), you can help us provide vital services to individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities in your community. Click here to join the Journey Partners monthly giving program.

Become a volunteer: There are many ways to support us virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic! Visit our volunteer opportunities page for details.

Contact Person: Noelle, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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