VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for our Winter Outreach: December 3 15

The Giving Spirit's first homeless outreach was carried out by four volunteers in December of 1999. Since then, it has been our signature event – a seminal call to serve the poorest of the poor. However, CV-19 had other plans in 2020. Thanks to our collective healthcare responses and our City/CDC-complaint protocols – WE ARE BACK. This December we will gather as a community to serve thousands of our neighbors with over 70 life-sustaining items to give them hope and the essentials to sustain the harsh conditions of living without a home . . .


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We’re excited to launch The Giving Spirit's Outreach 2021 with this Special Event focused on

"The State of Homelessness in LA: A Focus on Youth"

Join The Giving Spirit along with special guest panelists in an educational evening that will expand our understanding of the current state of homeless in the Los Angeles area. We'll be looking through the unique lens of our homeless youth and the agencies that serve them. We hope you join us in this eye-opening discussion.


Marquesha “Keke” Babers
Chantel Spriggs 
Erika Hartman, Executive Director of Safe Place For Youth
Mahdi Maji from Inner City Law Center

Friday, December 3rd, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Brentwood Presbyterian Church in the Sanctuary
12000 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

NOTICE: Everyone must show their vaccine card prior to entering and wear a mask throughout the event.

To Register for this event, CLICK HERE.

Companion Animal program

The "2nd Annual Companion Animal" Event Was A Great Success Thanks To You!

This year, November 5th - 9th, The Giving Spirit served 1200 companion animals and their owners by funding, assembling and distributing 1200 Companion Animal Kits to help sustain and enhance two lives with one loving gift.  Companion animals provide unconditional love, friendship, a sense of structure and responsibility for their homeless caretakers. Providing care and essentials for one, helps both survive on the streets. Each kit includes owner essentials such as collars and leashes, which are needed to access agencies for shelters and services. A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our donors, volunteers and partners who helped with this event!! We simply couldn't do it without you!


What We Do

The Giving Spirit provides immediate aid and a human connection to homeless lives--men, women, children and families in Greater Los Angeles. We also educate volunteers and communities about the human face of homelessness with the goal of recognizing that homelessness does not mean hopelessness and lives can be improved and housing challenges resolved through community awareness and action.

Volunteer. Give. Learn. 

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Listen to Tom on “Legends & Losers” - Motivational & Inspiration Stories with an Edge. Go to iTunes and listen or download episode 98 with Silicon Valley Host Christopher Lochhead and Tom as they discuss 'Solving Big Problems like Poverty and Homelessness'. 



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

"A Simple Act of Kindness" - State Farm and AOL/Huffington Post recognizes The Giving Spirit

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.


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