The Giving Spirit

11693 San Vicente Blvd #113, Los Angeles, Ca 90049
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Our mission Founded in 1999, The Giving Spirit’s mission is twofold. First, to provide immediate, tangible aid to homeless lives in Greater Los Angeles by procuring for, assembling together, and directly serving our poor with “survival kits” containing essential items for living, including food, hydration, toiletries, hygiene, PPE, clothing, weather protection and much more. The second half of our mission is to inform, engage and educate individuals, businesses and communities through various platforms about the human face of homelessness, the myths and realities surrounding the unhoused, and how workable solutions to alleviate and ultimately end homelessness arise from direct community engagement, awareness, powerful data, and our common humanity.
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Winter Outreach 2022 - December 2-11

Winter Outreach 2022 - December 2-11

The Giving Spirit

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Winter Outreach 2022 - December 2-11

We are excited to be around friends and family this holiday season joining to serve our neighbors experiencing homelessness at Winter Outreach 2022. REGISTER HERE Join us to assemble much needed survival essentials and directly serve hundreds of individuals and families braving to survive a winter on the street. We will have two different venues… See full description
  • Children (5-12), 12-15, 16-18, Adults (18+), 55+, Child with Adult
  • Ongoing
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Families, Corporate Teams
  • In-person, Indoor, Outdoor
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Community Outreach Team

In advance of our Summer and Winter Events: coordinates volunteers to distribute survival kits at homeless agencies, and directly on the streets throughout L.A. Includes orienting/instructing volunteers about (1) driving/distribution rules, (2) how to give out kits, and (3) locations for serving homeless lives on the street.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Volunteer CPA

We need help conducting an annual financial review of our books.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays

Marketing & Communications Team

Creates, coordinates and manages The Giving Spirit’s messaging through all mediums, including social media.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Education & Community Developement Team

This team organizes and coordinates The Giving Spirit’s educational initiative on homeless issues in Los Angeles. Volunteers assist in developing programming and the strategic direction of the new committee, act as event coordinators by organizing and managing programs at TGS events, and work with local schools and youth groups.
  • Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays

Event Team

Designs assembly process and manages volunteers at kit assembly events. Event planners help design and manage assembly events and event ambassadors direct and manage volunteers and answer questions.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Procurement Team

Acquires items for duffel bag and backpack survival kit assemblies and events. Team members include a logistics manager to coordinate purchased, donated, and stored kit assembly items; coordinator for in-kind partnerships and allocations; and drivers to pick up and deliver shipments in Los Angeles.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Volunteer Tax Accountant

We are looking for help pulling together our annual tax returns.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays

Volunteer Experience Team

Manages event registration, volunteer refreshments, t-shirts and event orientation.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Commercial Moving and Delivery Service (truck drivers and truck owners)

Each year we need bonded and licensed drivers and trucks to help us move goods from place to place in the preparation and delivery of our kits.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays

Development Team

Raises funds for operations and educational initiatives. The development team needs leaders interested in connecting with business community resources for funding and writer to assist with completing grant and funding proposals.
  • Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays
How you help Our volunteers return from this experience with a very clear understanding of what 'homeless on the streets of Southern California' really means, and many of them feel it has made them a more compassionate person. Over 22,000 volunteers have helped 88,000 homeless individuals.
About us The Giving Spirit provides aid to these vulnerable and fragile lives by assembling and personally distributing survival kits to the children, women and families living on the streets of Los Angeles. These kits contain over 70 individual items providing sustenance to the homeless in their time of need. Along with this gift the volunteers will deliver a fleeting moment of compassion and non-judgmental conversation, a time, perhaps brief, of mutual human understanding. Our efforts have personally and positively impacted the lives of our volunteers and our homeless friends from Skid Row to Santa Monica.
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