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LA FOOD BANK’S UCB Hunger Fight 2012, Another Holiday Edition: This Time, It’s Still Personal.

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L.A.F.B.U.C.B.H.F.A.H.E.T.T.I.S.P.

UCB Corps was back at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on Saturday, 12/15/2012 to totally ROCK* the food package assembly line. All of the completed packages from the day are going to be sent out to the over 23,000 low income seniors, and women with infants and children in Los Angeles county.

…and, not that it was a competition or anything**, but UCB totally completed more packages than the other volunteer group (don’t worry Raytheon, we ALL won in heart!***).

The food bank accepts help from volunteers all year round. Click here for more information on how you can be a part of it.

*For real, though. There was a DJ and everything.
**It was.
***Just not packages.

This was the last big UCB Corps event for 2012 and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the turnout here, and at every event we have had thus far. Corps members consistently BRING IT and we can’t wait to let you guys in on what’s in store for 2013!

On November 11, The CORPS partnered with the Los Angeles-based organization Free Arts for Abused Children for the day. CMs (and improv experts!) Michael (Mookie) Blaiklock, Pam Murphy, Dannah Phirman, Amanda Sitko, Greg Tuculescu, and Joe Wengert were recruited to host an improv day at the all-girls high school housed within Aviva Family & Children’s Services.

Each CM led his or her own exercise from the UCB core curriculum. From “One Word Story” to “Crazy 8s,” the girls got a crash course of the core elements of successful improv: agreement and scream-counting down from eight.

Free Arts was founded in 1977 by Carolyn Sargent and Elda Unger to provide abused and at-risk children with a safe space for creative expression.

Aviva High School is one of the only all-girl, nonpublic schools in Los Angeles, CA. Accredited since 2006, the school’s curriculum is geared specifically toward teen girls in need of special academic, emotional, and behavioral support to maximize their educational potential.

This past Saturday, the CORPS was back at the Downtown Women’s Center.DWC Intern Cathy met up with CMs Rebecca Addelman, Aubrey Bellamy, Michael Blieden, Erin Gibson, Carrie Long, Samantha Morris, Nick Rasmussen, Ric Syberg, and Joe Wengert, quickly putting the able-bodied group to work, sorting through just some of the organization’s many, many bags of donations. CMs worked swiftly, separating the clothing into categories ranging from “Vintage” to “Business Casual.” You know the scene in Clueless where Cher sorts through donations for the Pismo Beach Disaster Relief? It was kind of like that. Except, real. And, awesome. And, SO sweaty. To quote Corps Member Erin Gibson: “I mean… we killed it, right?”The mission of the Downtown Women’s Center is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women.            Founded in 1978, DWC is the only resource in Los Angeles that is exclusively dedicated to serving the unique needs of homeless and very low-income women in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row community.FUN FACT: The city of Los Angeles sold the building that houses the DWC to the organization for $1. You go, LA.

This past Saturday, the CORPS was back at the Downtown Women’s Center.

DWC Intern Cathy met up with CMs Rebecca Addelman, Aubrey Bellamy, Michael Blieden, Erin Gibson, Carrie Long, Samantha Morris, Nick Rasmussen, Ric Syberg, and Joe Wengert, quickly putting the able-bodied group to work, sorting through just some of the organization’s many, many bags of donations.

CMs worked swiftly, separating the clothing into categories ranging from “Vintage” to “Business Casual.” You know the scene in Clueless where Cher sorts through donations for the Pismo Beach Disaster Relief? It was kind of like that. Except, real. And, awesome. And, SO sweaty.

To quote Corps Member Erin Gibson: “I mean… we killed it, right?”

The mission of the Downtown Women’s Center is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women.
           
Founded in 1978, DWC is the only resource in Los Angeles that is exclusively dedicated to serving the unique needs of homeless and very low-income women in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row community.

FUN FACT: The city of Los Angeles sold the building that houses the DWC to the organization for $1. You go, LA.

9/19/2012 

DIAPERS & DONUTS at Baby2Baby

Corps Members Matt Braunger, Patrick Fisackerly, Vinnie Duyck, Anne Rieman, Stephanie Allynne, Lauren Lapkus, John Roy, Ariana Lenarsky & Kulap Vilaysack flexed their muscles unloading 200K donated diapers from Huggies in record time! We were told that it took them 9 hours their last event and we came in under 2!!  It might have been said that there wasn’t a forklift before, but it’s hard to hear when you are eating donut holes and little cups of fresh fruit. 

Since we had time to spare, we sealed hundreds of envelopes holding invitations to their first huge fundraising gala.  We sat around children tables with glue sticks, only taking breaks to wolf down an abundance of pizza… and left over donuts.  Was this volunteering?  Too full to figure it out.    

Thank you to CM Brandon Johnson for the tip off that we needed to reach out to Baby2Baby.  

A very special thank you to Madison Miller and all the wonderful people at Baby2Baby.org!  We’ll be back to help sort donations and haul diapers whenever you need us.  

Baby2Baby supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12. By distributing new and gently used items to over 40 non-profit organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and hospitals, Baby2Baby serves over 50,000 children each year.

9/18/2012

Our heroes return to the PROJECT ANGEL FOOD kitchen… aka “WE CAN TAKE THE HEAT” 

Led by Corps Member Grant Jornacion, the day went smoothly and quickly. He & CM Sean Patrick Kennedy loaded and packed chicken pasta with peas & green beans. Meanwhile, CMs Nate Shelkey, Cissy Fenwick, Julie Whitesell & Meghan Falcone loaded and packed jambalaya with broccoli.  Along with kids from the elementary next door, CMs Farley Elliot & Ric Syberg separated fruit from boxes into bags.  With those extra little hands the task was finished early and the guys moved on, Farley manned the meat and Rick finished off with cookie duty. Not too shabby for a Tuesday morn!

Check out all the excellent pics that Grant took here. Special focus on this one - it’s a picture of a grouping of pictures on the kitchen wall, featuring CORPS iphone photography and CM Emily Mills.  

Project Angel Food’s mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait.

Just this morning, Corps Members: Brandon Johnson, Kulap Vilaysack, Majeed Nami, Meghan Falcone, Peter Murphy, Samantha Morris, Scott Sonne, Sean Patrick Kennedy & Emily Maya Mills got their hands dirty at the Project Angel Food Garden.  

We pulled weeds, mulched, planted squash & irises, and harvested eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and peppers.  

Check out all the pictures that were taken. 

The Project Angel Food mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Project Angel Food delivers free meals prepared with love.

From our kitchen, Project Angel Food cooks and delivers free and nutritious meals prepared with love.  We act out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait.