Making a Difference West Edition

L.A. Works seeks to expand volunteer participation

LOS ANGELES — Since its inception 26 years ago, L.A. Works has held on to three simple goals: expand volunteer participation in community service projects; provide resources to its partners, including access to its volunteers; and educate the city’s residents on social issues that affect Los Angeles while engaging their participation in them. Founded in Read More…

Making a Difference West Edition

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Peace 4 Kids turns dream garden into foster program

LOS ANGELES — What do you do when you’re inspired by an event that celebrates peace and the lives of two of history’s most prominent advocates of nonviolence? You start a nonprofit. At least that’s what Zaid Gayle and Marni Otway did in 1998 when they founded Peace4Kids. In honor of a national campaign to Read More…

Making a Difference West Edition

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Community Coalition helps rebuild social, economic fabric

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The year was 1989 and the crack-cocaine epidemic that devastated thousands of families and lives was in full effect. But somewhere in Los Angeles, in the midst of the health crisis, a group of activists were inspired to transform the addiction-afflicted communities that surrounded them. That year, Karen Bass, who was Read More…