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Run the LA Marathon to Help Homeless Youth

My Friend's Place LA Marathon

Want to join the other 1 percent?

Did you know only 1 percent of the population will run a marathon in their lifetime? Sure, completing 26.2 miles may not sound like a Sunday Funday to everyone, but whether you’re a closeted runner, half-marathon hero or someone who has always dreamed of crossing that item off your bucket list, 2019 may just be the year for you because…

My Friend’s Place is running in the L.A. Marathon! And we want YOU to join us!

We’re thrilled to announce that My Friend’s Place has been selected as an official charity team for the 2019 Skechers Performance L.A. Marathon, taking over the city on March 24, 2019. We’ll be pounding the pavement from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica in a collective effort to raise support and awareness for youth experiencing homelessness. A number of My Friend’s Place staff, board members and volunteers have already committed to joining Team MFP, and you can as well with just three easy steps:

Step 1:
E-mail Jeff Katz, Associate Director of Development, at jkatz@myfriendsplace.org and let him know you’re ready to run! We’ll provide you with our team registration code, so don’t register for the marathon before connecting with Jeff.

Step 2:
Create your Crowdrise fundraising page at our official Team MFP page. All members of Team MFP are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 each in support of services and programming at My Friend’s Place.

Step 3:
Tell everyone you know that you’re not only running a marathon, but you’re doing it for a great cause! Share your Crowdrise page with friends, family, co-workers, social media strangers, and encourage them to join you in your commitment to support youth experiencing homelessness. New to fundraising? No problem! The My Friend’s Place Development team is here to help and encourage you along the way.

In addition to helping our youth build lives of stability and self-sufficiency, joining Team MFP comes with other awesome benefits, including:

• Complementary race registration • Group training runs • Team MFP gear
• Fundraising incentives • Pre-race team dinner and more!

So, what are you waiting for?! Join the other 1 percent and be #MFPepic with us as we run to end youth homelessness!

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Make a Difference This Socktober

SOCKS. A clothing item that most of us don’t give a second thought to on a daily basis, but one that is always at the top of the wish list for homeless youth.  SOCKS are one of the items most requested by the young people experiencing homelessness who access services at My Friend’s Place.

On average, My Friend’s Place serves 82 young people experiencing homelessness each day through our Safe Haven Program, and each young person visiting the Safe Haven is provided a new pair of SOCKS and underwear on each visit. For our youth, receiving a fresh, new pair of SOCKS goes beyond making a fashion statement; in fact, new clean SOCKS are key to supporting the health, wellness and hygiene of our youth. Being without clean SOCKS, especially during the colder and wetter months, can lead to discomfort and foot ailments, especially when youth are travelling around the city primarily by foot and have extremely limited or no access to laundry facilities.

What’s more, providing a young person experiencing homelessness with a new pair of SOCKS can help a youth to feel cared for, and can help staff and volunteers to build rapport and trust with youth. Through the provision of SOCKS and other basic needs in a safe and welcoming space, our staff and volunteers take the first steps to build trust with youth, encouraging young people to identify and share their needs and to take steps toward wellness that might include accessing employment-readiness programming or intensive case management services including crisis stabilization, linkages to health and mental health services, housing, and other services supporting stability and self sufficiency.

This October, My Friend’s Place is launching SOCKTOBER to bring our community together to ensure that we will have a steady supply of socks for our youth in the coming months. With young people visiting My Friend’s Place more than 20,000 times this year, we need your help to ensure that we have enough SOCKS to meet our young people’s needs! Our goal this year is to collect 5,000 SOCKS, which would ensure that we have enough SOCKS for our youth for at least the next 3 months.

New and packaged SOCKS in adult sizes, both tall and short, are most needed. SOCKS may be dropped off at My Friend’s Place Monday – Thursday 9am to 5:30pm or Friday 8am to 5pm. If you are not able to get to My Friend’s Place, please consider sending socks to My Friend’s Place via our Amazon Wish List.

If you would prefer to contribute a financial gift to underwrite the purchase of socks for our youth, please visit our website and provide a note that your gift is in support of SOCKTOBER. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated. Each $1 donation can provide a brand new pair of socks to a young person experiencing homelessness this year.

For more information about SOCKTOBER or My Friend’s Place, please contact Rachel Sanchez at rsanchez@myfriendsplace.org or call 323-908-0011 ext. 109.

Join us in making Socktober a sock-cess!

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“Keep It Brief” Underwear Campaign

This August, we invite you to “Keep It Brief!” Did you know that My Friend’s Place distributes 18,000+ pairs of underwear annually to the young people we serve? Help us support this basic need by participating in our “Keep It Brief” campaign! Consider shopping our Amazon Wish List and/or hosting a drive to collect briefs, boxers, sports bras and other underwear items with your coworkers, classmates, or family and friends. For more information, or to schedule a drop off, contact Olivia Harrigan at 323-908-0011 ext 124 or oharrigian@myfriendsplace.org.

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Support April Showers

This April, help the young people of My Friend’s Place stay dry and feel fresh by shopping our Amazon Wish List, and/or hosting a drive with your coworkers, classmates, or family and friends! Please see the list below for items being requested.

We ask that all items be new or in good condition.

To schedule a drop off, or for more information please contact Sarah Guidry at 3232-908-0011 ext 124 or sguidry@myfriendsplace.org.

 

 

Drop Off Instructions

We are able to accept donations anytime during our regular business hours. We are open Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 5:30pm and Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm. While our building is located at 5850 Hollywood Blvd., donations are accepted through the back parking lot, which is accessible via the alley way just behind the 76 gas station on N Bronson Ave. You are welcome to pull into our lot and park wherever there’s space (or double park in the middle). Once you’re in the lot, ring the buzzer at the glass door atop the stairs. We accept the donations through the first floor so no need to bring them up the stairs with you.

 

Rain Wish List

  • Ponchos
  • Umbrellas
  • Tarps
  • Rain Coats
  • Jackets
  • Hoodies
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Backpacks

Hygiene Wish List

  • Bath Towels
  • Travel Size Toiletries
  • Wash Cloths
  • Shower Shoes/FlipFlops

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