On May 12th we took a deep breath and embarked on an ambitious mission. We committed to deliver health and safety assistance to 10,000 homeless lives in the midst of a virulent pandemic – over 60 days. On June 30th, 49 days later, we assembled our last COVID-19 Health+Safety kit and proudly sent it on its precious way to the 10,000th life we promised to serve. 11 days ahead of schedule. We had no time to spare with thousands in harm’s way.
We want to thank our courageous and tireless agency partners for being our conduits to our people during these challenging times. And we thank all of our friends, old and new, near and far for continuing to support our simple, sincere, and powerful mission to serve the needs of our most vulnerable. #theyareus
If you would like to help us build future COVID-19 relief programs, please donate to our GoFundMe campaign.
Once Again, We United To Serve
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL WINTER OUTREACH - DECEMBER 12-15, 2019
Our 20th Winter Outreach was yet another incredible gathering of community, with over 2,000 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds coming together to serve the enormous population of unsheltered men, women, and children in Los Angeles. Once again, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Mike Bonin were on the scene to lend a hand and raise their voices in support of The Giving Spirit and the work that its volunteers do. The Mayor spoke of LA’s first, small decrease in homelessness in many years, and his pride in The Giving Spirit’s role in helping to mitigate the effects of poverty in our City.
Since 1999: 55,000+ lives served 20,000+ volunteers Over $4 million raised
Abundant appreciation to all of the generous donors who helped make this happen. What many may not know is that only 20% of our goods in our sustenance kits are product donations. The rest we purchase using your donations. To help fund the life-critical items in our kits, help us close our $40,000 budget gap and donate now there are only 7 days left to make a tax-exempt contribution.
Remember, a minimum of $.90 of every dollar goes back to the lives on our streets. And as we enter 2019, we set our sights higher, with even bigger goals to help those in need!
We Assembled. We Distributed. We Learned. We Connected.
We owe so much to the many who tirelessly and selflessly strive for us and for others to better serve the unsheltered of our City. Thank you to all as we appreciate every man, woman, and child who comes to lend a hand.
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of others.”
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.
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.