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11 local causes receive John Aaroe Group Community Foundation grants
In the past month, our Foundation awarded grants in excess of $55,000 to 11 remarkable organizations. We are proud to be a part of their vital efforts. MAPS Charities, Inc.
With chapters in the San Fernando Valley and the Westside, MAPS Charities provides resources, services and programs that enable disadvantaged seniors to remain safe and independent. Supporters include professionals from a vast cross-section of fields, including home care, elder law, estate planning, geriatric care management, moving transition providers and more. Studio City Beautification
SCBA is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the beautification and improvement of the local community. Ongoing projects include transforming public spaces from eyesores to mini parks and gardens, adding Welcome signs and planting trees. The goal of every project is to create pride among Studio City residents and build a stronger sense of community. Danny’s Farm
Based at Cal Poly Pomona, Danny’s Farm offers a safe, nurturing petting farm and social environment for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. it also provides employment, mentoring and skill-building for adults with developmental disabilities. It was founded by Angels pitching coach Jim Gott and his wife, Cathy, whose son Danny is diagnosed with autism. The Thrive Tribe
Headquartered in West Hollywood, The Thrive Tribe works to lessen the negative aspects of living with HIV/AIDS. Working through an interrelated network of supportive Tribes, it offers healthcare navigation services, educational campaigns, and esteem building and stigma reduction activities while advocating for a more informed, accepting and compassionate society. Lange Foundation
With facilities in Los Angeles and Canyon Country, Lange Foundation is dedicated to saving impounded companion animals across Southern California and preparing them for their journeys to a new, safe, and loving world. Foundation staff and volunteers have rescued and placed thousands of cats, dogs and horses who would otherwise have been destroyed in overcrowded public animal shelters. Operation School Bell
A service of the Assistance League® of Los Angeles, the 50-year-old OSB provides more than 5,300 underserved elementary-age school children in the LA Unified School District (LAUSD) with new school clothes, enhancing their self-esteem and chances to succeed. Children are served at OSB’s Hollywood facility and in an OSB on Wheels trailer that visits schools across the LAUSD. weSPARK
Sherman Oaks based weSPARK (Support+Prevention+Acceptance+Recovery+Knowledge) offers free support groups, integrative therapies, and creative and educational workshops to people across the LA community whose lives have been affected by cancer. Its wide range of programs is designed to alleviate fear, anxiety, depression and isolation, and evoke feelings of relaxation and well-being. Sports Resource Program
SRP was created as an innovative, hands-on way to help low income and at-risk kids throughout Los Angeles develop self-esteem, build a network of peer support and avoid negative behaviors. The program provides sport camps, clinics, mentoring and other educational and recreational opportunities for youth ages 8-17. AIDS/LifeCycle
Now in its fourteenth year, AIDS/LifeCycle is an annual seven-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for the HIV and AIDS services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Funds help both organizations meet the growing need for critical services and education. Walk to Defeat ALS
This annual nationwide event is designed to bring hope to people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, and raise money for a cure. Now involving more than 175,000 participants a year, the walks have raised over $182 million since 2000. Hillsides Education Center
This therapeutic residential and day school offers individualized education for students with social-emotional, learning, and/or behavior challenges in a success-focused community of learning and growth. Contracting with over 20 Southern California school districts for residential services, day school and in-district mental health support, HEC advocates and impacts the lives of hundreds of students and families.
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