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Nos Amis/Our Friends, Inc.
Children Helping Poor and
Homeless People (CHPHP)
2554 Lincoln Blvd., #522
Venice, CA 90291
Phone:  (310) 840-4777
Phone:  (800) 333-4349

CHPHP Newsletter

Volume 3, Issue 7

October 4, 2004



Flyer By Maureen

Thanksgiving In A Box at
Our Lady of Malibu School
By Ellen and Maureen

CHPHP works with hundreds of families who do not have the means to provide a Thanksgiving meal. Over the past 8 years, we have been able to provide meals to over 150 families (many are senior citizens on fixed incomes). This year we are again participating in CHPHP Thanksgiving In A Box by asking each of our classrooms to donate a food basket for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

Service Learning Thanksgivings
at Echo Horizon School
By Audrey

Service learning is about students using everyday skills and leadership skills to get involved in their communities and to make a difference. One project involving all students of Echo Horizon is what we call "Thanksgiving in a Box". The culmination of this project is the delivery of one hundred boxes, each filled with a Thanksgiving meal for a family of five, to CHPHP. Student representatives come for the delivery and learn more about the recipients and the CHPHP Program.
     The project begins in September when six grade volunteers write persuasive letters to potential corporate donors in hopes of getting bulk donations for items that will be part of the boxes. Once this is done, students have an idea of what will be needed to be collected in order to prepare the boxes.
     During the month of October, students write a skit and present this to the whole student body so all students know what is coming up. Students take responsibility for the script writing, acting and directing as well as gathering whatever props they believe will be effective.
     Early in November more comes into the picture - all requiring student collaboration and planning. Posters are prepared for advertising; a bulletin board is prepared for the same. A graph is set up to record items already gathered for the boxes.
     The second and third weeks of November are times of great activity with students collecting items from classrooms, sorting these into individual boxes, counting the items and recording the data for all to see.
     Art work prepared by students is affixed to the boxes that are to be used for the final gifts to families. Bulk foods are weighed out and individually packaged for the boxes - potatoes and such are donated in boxes of more than 30 pounds as are raisins, nuts and some candies.
     On the Friday before delivery, everything is lined up in an "assembly line" where students take a box affixed with art work and read the menu to make sure they know what is to go into the boxes. Some students are assigned to be inspectors to check boxes. A few students affix an envelope holding the gift certificates to the boxes. The last thing to go in is a piece of poetry created by students during a poetry unit.
     At this point, it is the parents' turn. Cars are lined up and students load the boxes. Student representatives get in the cars and make sure they have questions generated by classmates with them. And then we're off to CHPHP!
     Students learn much through this process as it is a part of the experience for every student in Echo Horizon School. Younger students count out bulk items and help with art work. Older students prepare the skits and things of this nature. First through third grade students handle the two weeks of counting, sorting and recording information. Each grade handles what most closely matches their curriculum.

In the end, all students know that they have made a difference and they feel empowered to identify things they would like to change. The things identified vary by grade level, but the experience is shared by all.

In Memory of our Friend, Gary

CHPHP Volunteer Center

By Ellen
Our dream is to buy and maintain a building which will be a center for all of our volunteers to come and provide services for the poor and homeless people within our community.

Our unique center will be a collection place for clothes, food and other household items. Our volunteers will sort and place the items in our sorting wall, food pantry or thrift shop. Other volunteers will come and distribute the items to people in need within our community.

Our center will provide space for our mentoring, peer tutoring and literacy programs. Volunteers will work one on one with poor and homeless shelter children and will tutor them in school subjects.

Our center will schedule cultural programs such as concerts or performances by one of the schools/groups/individuals. The residents of homeless shelters will be invited to enjoy uplifting entertainment.

Our center will provide space for a library, law center, job finding center, audio visual room, arts and crafts room and nursery to be used by our volunteers and residents of homeless shelters.

Presently, there is no volunteer center where students, teachers and parents can come on any given day to help their community. Isn't it time we create one? We can't do this alone. Call or email us with your ideas and contributions. You can be part of this one of a kind experience.


Initiate...means to go about the initial steps in doing a task. Our task is to develop a volunteer center. Following are some practical steps you can take to make our center happen.

Corporate Sponsorship: A yearly grant for the startup and maintenance of the CHPHP Volunteer Center. Amount will go into a general fund or can be earmarked for any one of our programs:

Collection Programs include: Routes for Homeless People, Outreach Program for People in Need, Thrift Shop, Holiday Gift Basket Program, Animal Outreach Program.

Improvement Programs include: Mentoring, Arts and Crafts Program, Peer Tutoring Program, Peer Computer Training Program, Literacy Program, Job Tracking and Placement Program.

Cultural Programs include: Theater Program, Concert Program, Library, Law Center.

Small Business Profit Sharing: If you own a small business you can link your web site to ours. Our website will feature a section called Shop CHPHP. Our many volunteers can purchase your product or services and in turn you will donate a percentage of the item cost to CHPHP. Contact us at chphp@earthlink.net to discuss the possibilities.

Personal Event Fundraising: You can organize a yard sale, block yard sale, lemonade stand or bake sale in your neighborhood or school and donate profits to the start-up cost of our Volunteer Center. Contact us at chphp@earthlink.net to discuss the possibilities.

Donations can be earmarked for your particular interest or program. It's our hope that you will maintain your interest in that program and eventually be one of our volunteers making it happen in our Volunteer Center. Donations are tax deductible. If everyone does their part, our Volunteer Center will be built and together, we can work to help the poor and homeless children and adults in our community.

Did You Know?  

"Hunger in Los Angeles County affects over 200,000 adults, another 560,000 at risk

...about 775,000 adults are classified as 'food insecure'.

A fundamental indicator of a society's health is secure access to nutritious food. All adults should be secure in their ability to feed themselves and their children."

"Policy Brief", UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, June 2004

  Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.
- Kenneth Branagh

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