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Family

Family is the glue that holds communities together. The dictionary defines a family as “a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household”.  However, a family can be any group that involves a sense of belonging, connectedness, love, respect and support.  

 

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Our Family Portrait Day at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Family Shelter was a celebration of all familiesfamilies transitioning out of homelessness, families volunteering together, and families of all shapes, sizes and configurations!

 

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This is Suzette.  She is celebrating the birth of her new baby 5 days ago.  She lives at the shelter with her 3 small children after the death of her partner.  Suzette is working hard as an accountant and saving money to move into a home of her own.  Congratulations to the new mom!

 

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We hope these family portraits will serve as a happy reminder of all things family.

 

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Everyone has a gift to give.  What’s yours?

 

FAMILY PORTRAIT DAY • JUNE 29, 2019

A very special thank you to Gary Allen for his generous sponsorship of this event.

Profiles in Giving

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Who:  Cory is a third generation photographer and has been taking photos for over 20 years.  He has 3 kids and focuses all of his free time on his family.  Cory donated his time, talents and equipment to take family portraits of homeless and formerly homeless families at our Family Portrait Day in June.

His gifts:  Photography, Creativity and Connecting with Others (especially kids)

How he uses his gifts to help others:  This is Cory’s first time donating his photography skills to others.  He began to consciously think about volunteering once he became a dad.  He decided to lead by example to embody the values of compassion and generosity for his kids.

Cory’s thoughts on giving:  “I mostly donate things to the Disabled Veterans organization so I never see how the products help others.  My first time donating my time and my skills was with The Giving Express.  It was great seeing people receive the love that has often passed them by.  I look forward to my next experience with The Giving Express.”

 

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Who:  Edan is a senior at Crescenta Valley High School who will be studying computer science and engineering at UC Berkeley next year.  Edan volunteered his time at our Tech Help For Seniors event in March.

His gifts:  Leadership, Public Speaking, Coding, Mentoring

How he uses his gifts to help others:  Last year, he started his own coding class at Rosemont Middle School. His goal was to teach 7th and 8th graders introductory Java concepts so that they could be ready for the AP Computer Science class as freshmen. He spent several months creating a curriculum with PowerPoints and labs and solved several logistical issues such as getting approval from the principal and finding a platform for the students to code on. Edan and a friend then taught the class for an hour every Tuesday for a whole semester.

Edan’s thoughts on giving:  “It was extremely rewarding to see the kids pick up on the coding concepts so quickly and be interested to learn more. I knew the time I put in was worth it because the kids were being inspired to pursue computer science in high school and possibly into their future careers. I wish somebody had told me what coding was at that age, but it was fulfilling to know that I was giving a new group an opportunity to get ahead. The kids were thankful that I had come in to teach them because they had never had a specialized program that prepared them directly for high school classes. They chatted amongst each other excitedly when discussing a lab and smiled from ear to ear when they finally solved it, calling me over to check their work. The experience of teaching also made me interested in education and possibly become a professor later on.”

Who:  Cory is a third generation photographer and has been taking photos for over 20 years.  He has 3 kids and focuses all of his free time on his family.  Cory donated his time, talents and equipment to take family portraits of homeless and formerly homeless families at our Family Portrait Day in June.

His gifts:  Photography, Creativity and Connecting with Others (especially kids)

How he uses his gifts to help others:  This is Cory’s first time donating his photography skills to others.  He began to consciously think about sharing and donating his time and talents once he became a dad.  He decided to lead by example to embody the values of compassion and generosity for his kids.

Cory’s thoughts on giving:  “I mostly donate things to the Disabled Veterans organization so I never see how the products help others.  My first time donating my time and my skills was with The Giving Express.  It was great seeing people receive the love that has often passed them by.  I look forward to my next experience with The Giving Express.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Us

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For those who wish to build a better world, The Giving Express builds community toward a shared goal for good by hosting themed Pop-Up Giving Events with the simple belief that the act of giving is a powerful agent of change.

We focus on “growing more givers” by igniting a passion for generosity and providing ordinary people a way to use their unique resources and skills to surprise people with unexpected and needed support in communities across the greater Los Angeles area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does The Giving Express work?

We first identify a NEED by working with other nonprofits and individuals to find neighbors who need specific goods and services.  Then we work with a giving partner (like a school, community group, mall or corporation) to come up with a SOLUTION.  The Giving Express can host anything we dream up: pet therapy for seniors, English tutoring for immigrant children, baby showers for new mothers in need, donation drives for shoes, kitchenware or sports equipment – the list is limited only by our imaginations and the needs of our neighbors. The Giving Express is placed on the partner campus and filled up with donations and volunteers from the partner organization and the community at large.  Lastly, we mobilize The Giving Express and it arrives with volunteers in tow to surprise and support our neighbors with goods and/or services.  You never know where we’ll pop up next!

How can I donate money to support The Giving Express?

We rely solely on donations from the community.  Please consider supporting us by donating to our upcoming Indiegogo campaign in Spring 2019.  This will be our first fundraiser to raise money to purchase supplies and a van to house our first The Giving Express.  A plan to purchase and refurbish a trailer is in the works! Please subscribe to our mailing list for details about our Indiegogo campaign and to be notified of upcoming Pop-Up Giving Events.

How can I donate goods to a Pop-Up Giving Event?

Thank you for donating goods!  We will happily collect the specific goods requested at the location of our current Pop-Up Giving Event.  The location and the collection date of our current Pop-Up Giving Event will be listed on our website.

Will you be able to accept donations after the date of the Pop-Up Giving Event?  

Unfortunately, we will not be able to collect goods past the Pop-Up date.  However, we encourage you to contact the receiving nonprofit to discuss dropping off donations yourself.  

Can I volunteer to help at a Pop-Up Giving Event?

Yes!  We are always looking for help at both the giving and the receiving locations.  We need volunteers to collect and organize goods at Pop-Up Giving Events and we also need volunteers to pass out goods and assist with services at the receiving end.  If you would like to volunteer, please email us and provide the names, email addresses and phone numbers of all in your party.  And let us know the ages of any children who will be volunteering.  Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.  

What if I have extra clothes, shoes, etc. that I would like to give away.  Do you take them?

No.  We only take very specific items that are requested by our receiving partners.  A list of these items change with each Pop-Up Giving Event and will be listed on our website. But please consider donating your goods to other nonprofits in your neighborhood!

Where and when is the next Pop-Up Giving Event and how can I find out more about it?

Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive our email invitations.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and we will always post new events on our website homepage.

I have an idea for a Pop-Up Giving Event.  Can I share it with you?

Yes please!  We are always looking for new ideas from the community.  

I have a talent I would like to share.  How can I donate my time and services?

Everyone has a superpower and we love it when people share their talents in the service of others.  Please tell us about your skills and how you would like to help others through The Giving Express.

I know of a nonprofit, a school, a community, or a family who could use some help.  Can I recommend them to you?

Absolutely!  We rely on you, and others in the giving community, to let us know about our neighbors in need of goods, services or maybe just a little cheering up.   

What if I want to donate money to the specific nonprofit or receiving partner of a Pop-Up Giving Event?

We will gladly accept cash or check donations (checks made out directly to the receiving group) in person at our Pop-Up Giving Events.  Thank you for your generosity!