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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 4, Issue 2

April 13, 2005



CHPHP Asks For Help

It is with deep regret and sadness that we have to suspend our programs, including the Route for Homeless People. We are without funds.
     If anyone has any suggestions or ideas for fundraising, please contact us. It will be greatly appreciated.
     We will post all updates on this website. Thank you for your assistance. Ron and Christine

Carlthorp School Winners
By Nikki

Artwork by Susan

For the past five years, members of the faculty and staff of Carlthorp School have participated in the Los Angeles Marathon to help those in need. On March 6th, "Team Carlthorp", made up of Lis, Nadia, Jeannie, Barrie, Nicola, Julio and Bill, walked/ran the 26 miles.

Other faculty members cheered them along the course. School families enthusiastically signed up to pledge cans of food to cover every mile for each participant.

Over 2,500 cans of food have been donated to CHPHP for distribution to hungry, poor and homeless people in the community. The runners said that knowing they were doing this for others helped them to get through the most challenging last few miles.

CHPHP sincerely thanks these wonderful and dedicated runners as well as the compassionate and generous Carlthorp School Community for continuing to help those most in need in our community!

Our Lady of Malibu School Signs On For Years
By Ellen

Our Lady of Malibu School has been an active participant with CHPHP for the past eight years.

Their eight graders helped with the lunch Route each Monday, the school held monthly "Tuna Tuesday" drives and collected special holiday items.

Susanne Ricci, the first grade teacher at OLM, made it her personal goal this year to increase the students' awareness of CHPHP by involving them in simple tasks.

The students started their monthly liturgy by placing donated items in baskets for blessing.

Seeing the abundance of collected items was heartwarming and inspiring for the OLM community.

The students felt good about shifting their focus from themselves to helping others in need.

Our first grade class counted the tuna cans, brushing up on their math skills of estimating and counting by fives.

This was no easy task with our goal of 3,500 cans of tuna by the end of the school year!

March kicked off a new advertising campaign for "Tuna Tuesday".

Many of our students used their marketing and creative skills to remind OLM to bring in tuna.

OLM students decided there was no need to limit their ad campaign to one little school, so for everyone reading this it's TUNA TUESDAY - bring in your canned tuna to CHPHP!

In Memory of our Friend, Gary

CHPHP Volunteer Center

By Ellen
Our dream is to receive a donated 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 help poor and homeless children and adults.

Did You Know?  

Low-Income Children In The US
By National Center for Children in Poverty

There are about 70 million children in low-income families in the US, including 11 million below the federal poverty level and 27 million betweeen 100% and 200% of the poverty level.

83% of all low-income children have a parent working full or part-time. 42% of all children under age 6 live in low-income households (200% or less of the poverty level).

Awaken the innate fortitude of the mind by affirming:
No matter what experiences come,
they cannot touch me.
I am always happy.
-Paramahansa Yogananda

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