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We know our members are doing great things in service of their communities at the local, national, and international levels, and we invite you all to spread the word about your causes with Harvardwood here.

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Norma's Nook / Friends In Deed - New or Gently Used Clothing for At-Risk Women

Please consider helping to clothe at-risk women looking for jobs in the Pasadena/LA area through Norma's Nook, a part of the larger Friends In Deed organization (which runs a variety of amazing programs). Norma's Nook is a physical space in Pasadena where at-risk women can come for personal and caring attention as they try on new or gently used work-appropriate attire that they can then take with them for job interviews and the like. They accept clothing and monetary donations (though currently they've suspended regular clothing donations and are focusing on the donation of undergarments). (http://www.friendsindeedpas.org/what-we-do/our-programs/normas-nook/)

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Peace4kids: Volunteer on Saturdays with Los Angeles foster kids

Join me on Saturdays to support this terrific organization. The next volunteer orientation is Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM. From the website: "BUILDING COMMUNITY FOR FOSTER YOUTH SINCE 1998, PEACE4KIDS IS A NON-PROFIT, VOLUNTEER SUPPORTED ORGANIZATION PROMOTING TRUST, EQUITY AND STABILITY FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE. At Peace4Kids, we employ an approach that we call 'Community as Family'. Youth in foster care, supported by a responsive, consistent and culturally sensitive volunteer community, develop a sense of belonging and permanence. 'Community as Family' serves to create positive group bonding. Where individuals have failed before, the consistent group dynamic represents safety and security. Organically provides opportunities for trust development. Changes the expectations that foster youth have for adults and facilitates nutritious relationships. Kids in foster care may move homes several times in one year, and this lack of permanency contributes to an inability to form strong, positive relationships, especially with adults. Trained staff and volunteers interface with youth on a consistent basis to model healthy relationship building and effective communication. The Peace4Kids community becomes a family for youth in foster care."

Go to http://www.peace4kids.org/ to learn more.

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Help drive refugees to medical appointments

Eager to support refugees in the wake of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's unconstitutional executive order? The Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service desperately needs LA drivers with flexible schedules to transport refugees to critical medical, legal, and financial appointments. If you're interested in helping, please email Liz Kurtz at liz.grace.kurtz@gmail.com and she'll set you up to help drive. Driving does not require any consistent commitment, and you can do it whenever it fits your schedule.

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Bake America Great Again: Saturday, February 11

On January 23rd, President Trump signed an executive order barring federal funds from organizations that promote and protect women's health. Help us protect women's reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood by supporting our community bake sale! 100% of the money raised will be donated to Planned Parenthood to benefit clinics with the highest risk of being defunded.


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East Area Progressive Democrats

If you live on the east side of LA - check out this club! http://www.eapd.la/ A local, community‚Äźbased Democratic club focused on the greater East Side of Los Angeles and open to all local Democrats. This vibrant and diverse organization was formed to influence lawmakers, candidates, elections, and policies that affect our communities and daily lives. The issues they are most passionate about include:

  • Full equality under the law for LGBTQ people and their families
  • Reproductive justice
  • Strong environmental law that puts the interests of people over those of corporations
  • Progressive tax policy aggressively set to help the most vulnerable in our society
  • Immigration reform
  • Animal welfare
  • High-quality education for all
  • Voting rights
  • An open and ethical government that serves no one but the people

If you want to be connected with upbeat, progressive, innovative neighbors and improve our communities and their representation in our democratic process, now is the time and this is the organization. For more information, contact us at: eapd.la@gmail.com.

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InsideOUT Writers

Through its Writing and Alumni Programs, IOW provides a continuum of care to youth and young adults who have been impacted by the criminal justice system both during and following their incarceration. More info on how to help or volunteer here.

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Support the CA Immigrant Policy Center

The California Immigrant Policy Center is committed to lifting up the voices of immigrant communities in the news. Our communications team works to provide reporters with critical information and compelling stories that highlight the importance of inclusive policies.

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Miry's List Families - Donate supplies to refugees in Southern California

From Miry's List: We make lists to provide essential supplies to our families once they've been placed into housing. Most families have experienced trauma, high levels of stress and feelings of helplessness for many years. Your gifts provide them with comfort beyond the item itself or the purchase price. Thank you for putting your attention, energy, and dollars towards helping our families.

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