What We Do

December 2016 Update:

THANK YOU to all the Volunteers and Sponsors for supporting the Winter Outreach. 

 Our next Outreach will be May 19-20, 2017 


 Registration for the Spring LA Homeless Outreach will begin in late March.  Use the JOIN button on the right to stay informed of all our activities. 

Volunteer. Give. Learn.   

The HuffPost RISE show helps spread the world about The Giving Spirit and the Homeless Survival Kits being distributed throughout Los Angeles

State Farm and AOL/Huffington Post recognizes The Giving Spirit, and TGS Founder Tom Bagamane

The Giving Spirit is humbled and honored that State Farm on Giving Tuesday recognized the community service commitment of Founder and Chairman Tom Bagamane in its AOL/Huffington Post series  “A Simple Act of Kindness”.  This national series profiles people from across the country who take action to positively affect their communities. 

Take a few minutes and watch this wonderful tribute to our friend and founder Tom Bagamane.


Meet Ezzie... 

The Giving Spirit provides aid to women, children and families in Los Angeles who are left vulnerable due to homelessness. Our volunteers personally distribute survival kits to families living on the streets throughout the greater Los Angeles region. Our Outreach efforts have positively impacted the lives of our volunteers and our homeless friends from Skid Row to Santa Monica. 

Click for more Videos about our Leaders and Volunteers

Volunteer year-round and be notified of all TGS Outreach and Activities!

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    Greg Kinnear - TGS Volunteer

    Learn why The Giving Spirit volunteers return year after year.  See how you can get involved with this all-volunteer outreach to LA's homeless community.  


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    Ezzie Richey & The Giving Spirit - LA Times 12.19.14

    Formerly homeless, he now delivers 'survival kits' to those on streets with The Giving Spirit. From LA Times Online  12/19/14 by Sarah Hashim-Waris.

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    NBC4 - The Giving Spirit - Dec 2014

    Our small group of volunteers have, thanks to the amazing generosity of you and your peers, personally served more than 31,000 souls in Greater LA since 1999.

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    ABC7 Cool Kid, Niko Vlahakis, supports The Giving Spirit

    This ABC7 Cool Kid, Niko Vlahakis, shares his giving spirit with the homeless.  Each year he and his family volunteer, and Niko has started The Giving Spirit Club at his high school. Story by Danny Romero, Jan 22, 2015, KABC 7.


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    Volunteering For the Holidays


    In December 2013 we delivered over 2500 survival kits to homeless families all throughout the city of Los Angeles. We want to be able to do more this year. We cannot express enough how important it is for volunteers to join in The Giving Spirit’s annual Holidays charity events. The holidays remind us of just how much we have and just how little others need. Your time and giving heart is all that is truly required to be of service to your fellow man.


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    Students Welcome!


    For high school and college students looking for volunteer opportunities in the Los Angeles area, volunteering for The Giving Spirit is a great way to be of service in your community and meet other volunteers and professionals in the greater Los Angeles area.