City is Collecting Virtual Donations for the Homeless During Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

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    The City of West Hollywood is partnering with West Hollywood Elementary and Friends of West Hollywood Elementary (FOWHE) to collect monetary and gift card donations for new socks, blankets, and sleeping bags benefiting the City’s West Hollywood Homeless Initiative for Martin Luther King Day of Service. The West Hollywood Homeless Initiative partners closely with nonprofit service providers, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, and Los Angeles County agencies to provide a wide variety of services aimed at reducing homelessness and supporting community members who are experiencing homelessness.

    This year’s City of West Hollywood Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service activity reflects the desire of students from West Hollywood Elementary to help those most in need in the community.

    Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, this year’s City of West Hollywood Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will take place as a virtual donation drive instead of an in-person Day of Service event. It will run from Saturday, January 16, 2021 to Sunday, January 31, 2021. Donations can be made online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/homeless or donations of physical gift cards or of personal checks made out to ‘City of West Hollywood’ may be mailed to:

    West Hollywood Homeless Initiative/MLK Day of Service

    West Hollywood City Hall
    8300 Santa Monica Boulevard
    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    The City of West Hollywood Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is part of a larger service learning project with West Hollywood Elementary and FOWHE that will also include virtual classroom visits from members of the City Council of the City of West Hollywood on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, as well as the school’s “Lifting Our Voices” art contest, which aims to encourage students to reflect upon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, philosophy, and the impact of the Civil Rights movement, through their own artistic expression. All artwork submittals will be shared digitally with the community and the winning artwork will be displayed on a fence art banner sponsored by the City of West Hollywood during Black History Month in February 2021.

    The City is, additionally, encouraging donations to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center, which has posted a “CARE 4 Youth Essentials” wish list on Amazon at lalgbtcenter.org/care4youth. The City of West Hollywood would have hosted its ninth annual clothing drive for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center on Highland in January 2021, but due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, this year the City is instead encouraging virtual donations of needed supplies that will be distributed to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth who are experiencing homelessness. For more information about the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center, please visit www.lalgbtcenter.org/social-service-and-housing/youth.

    The City of West Hollywood encourages community members who seek to make a difference to volunteer in response to the urgent call and unprecedented need for volunteers during these uncertain times. To find out more about local volunteer opportunities with the City of West Hollywood’s community partners, please visit www.weho.org/volunteer. For addition information about virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities to address critical needs, please visit California Volunteers at www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19or call (888) 567-SERV; visit Volunteer Match at www.volunteermatch.org; visit LA Works at www.laworks.com or call (323) 224-6510; and visit Big Sunday at www.bigsunday.com or call (323) 549-9944.

    The City’s West Hollywood Homeless Initiative seeks to address homelessness with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, collaborative response. For more information about the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative, including ways to help out and resources for those in need, please visit www.weho.org/homeless or call (323) 848-6590.

    The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday was designated as a National Day of Service by Congress in 1994. Each year, the City of West Hollywood participates in this call to action. For more information about MLK Day of Service activities and recognitions across the nation, please visit www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service.

    For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service please contact Larissa Fooks, the City of West Hollywood’s Community Events Coordinator, at (323) 848-6413 or at lfooks@weho.org.

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