In volunteering, there’s nothing more rewarding than rubbing shoulders with like-minded caring people and seeing directly the difference you are making in people’s lives. And that’s what volunteers at our annual Summer Outreach on May 19 and 20 experienced!
Our efforts at volunteer recruitment clearly paid off. Over 600 volunteers worked collaboratively together, assembling over 2,600 backpack survival kits and then heading to the streets and agency partners on Saturday to directly reach and connect with our homeless neighbors.
One of the joys of the Summer Outreach is that adults, children, and families worked together, both in the efficient “assembly line” of backpack kits and then in the outreach of love. Teamwork, commitment, and laughter make up the spirit of the day.
Check out our Facebook page and Instagram photos to see what we mean. The smiles on the faces of the homeless neighbors we serve are the true measure of the impact we can have. It is not always easy for people like Reecy and Lester to get to a shelter where they can receive supplies, so these kits are precious lifelines.
Our volunteers made this year’s Summer Outreach a success, as did the generous support of our in-kind sponsors:
ARC Doc. Solutions-Long Beach
On Friday, March 24, over 300 Fox employees were excused from their busy offices to a windy courtyard on its backlot where The Giving Spirit in collaboration with FoxGives, setup a 100-foot tent sub-assembly in preparation for our Summer Outreach. It was a fabulous day as it was the largest charitable event ever hosted at FOX! Volunteers packed toothbrushes in waterbottles, ziplocked razorblades and put together soap in soap containers.
In the mix of glorious and generous volunteers, we had Milo Ventimiglia, Kaitlin Olson, Jordana Brewster and Terrence Howard.Read more
Now through the Ralphs rewards Community Contribution Program, every time you shop at your local Ralphs, a contribution will be made to TGS. It's easy. Click one of the links below, and get either the online sign up instructions, or print out the ScanBar form and take it to your local Ralphs.
“Simply put: We have so much; they have so little. It was easy to be inspired to act.” - Tom Bagamane, Founder, The Giving Spirit
"It's that feeling every time that you're helping others, that you're making them realize there's someone looking out for them," says Niko Vlahakis of Culver City High School. From ABC7 Los Angeles, by Danny Romero, Jan 22, 2015.
A small group of volunteers at The Giving Spirit has served over 31,000 homeless women, children and families on a grass roots level since 1999.
This Spring, Whole Foods Brentwood continued their tremendous support for The Giving Spirit by making us the beneficiary of their “5% Days” program.Read more