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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
Website:
www.chphp.com
Email:
chphp@earthlink.net

CHPHP Newsletter

Volume 3, Issue 2

February 6, 2004

 

 

Can You Help?

1. A Call for Canned Food: Our goal is to serve every guest with food from the "4 Food Groups". However, we have no canned vegetables or canned fruit which is so appreciated by poor and homeless children, women and men. So, if you are able to help collect and donate these cans, please do!

We are very grateful to Our Lady of Malibu School for "Tuna Tuesdays", Point Dume Elementary, Brentwood School, and others for a great supply of canned tuna!

2. CHPHP Routes for Homeless People: A Monday event from 11am-2pm. See our fourth button, "Flyer for Route" for details. Many thanks to all participating schools, including Crossroads and Harvard-Westlake!

3. Adopt-A-Teen and Adopt-A-Child: Throughout the year, help homeless children and teens by filling an old back pack/travel bag with a new tee shirt and items that a homeless child or teen needs - canned food, toiletries, books, for example - and donate it to CHPHP for distribution.

4. Have a Penny Drive for Food! Every $.16 buys a pound of food from the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, so every penny truly counts.

We thank Carlthorp School "Pennies From Heaven", John Muir Elementary School Fifth Grades, and Katelin for all the wonderful pennies which we are using to buy beverages from the L.A. Regional Foodbank.

5. Help With Ongoing Concerns: All year round, collect and sort toiletries (hotel/motel sizes are great) and make them into survival bags or just donate these wonderful products. Make greeting cards for special occasions or for an any day "Hello!" Collect new adult white socks and warm blankets which are always so needed and appreciated. Write your thoughts (include your picture, if possible) or draw a picture for this Online Newsletter.

Many thanks for these beautiful blankets made by Brentwood School students!

6. Animal Outreach: Donations of dog and cat food are truly appreciated by the pets of homeless children, teens and adults and the pets of very low income senior citizens.

7. Holiday Events: Thanksgiving in a Box and Winter Holiday Adopt-A-Family Programs are an opportunity to share the holiday spirit with families in need. Thanksgiving In A Box provides groceries for the special day and often for the week! Through the Winter Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program, specific families in need are helped by individuals, families, school classes and companies to the immense delight of 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...

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, lemon-aid 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?  

The recent report of the California Budget Project entitled, "Locked Out 2004: California's Affordable Housing Crisis", highlighted the high cost of shelter in Los Angeles County. The report found that the fair market rent in 2004 for a studio apartment is $674, $807 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,021 for a two-bedroom apartment

The report also concluded that a family must earn at least $40,840 to afford a two-bedroom apartment - the equivalent of almost 3 full-time minimum wage jobs.

The Los Angeles Times has reported that at least 50,000 families in Los Angeles County pay as much as 90% of their income for rent.

From these reports, it is easy to see why food, clothing, blankets, toiletries and holiday and birthday presents are not always an option for many, many families struggling just to keep a roof over their heads.


 
Kind hearts are the gardens;
Kind thoughts are the roots;
Kind words are the flowers;
Kind deeds are the fruits.
 
                  - English proverb


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