More than 350 volunteers representing the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, including Director Antonia Jiménez, will join Amazon Smile for the annual “Help the Homeless” event on Saturday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The day of service will benefit homeless individuals and families living near the Skid Row area in downtown Los Angeles and portions of the L.A. River.
Coordinated by the DPSS Volunteer Services Program Section, hundreds of clothing items, toiletry and hygiene kits, and Mother’s Day flower bouquets have been collected and will be distributed.
Volunteers will also complete beautification projects such as painting and renovating a community garden in the area.
This year, Amazon Smile has partnered with DPSS to accept online donations, making it easy for those interested in making a donation to the “Help the Homeless” event.
To donate, visit toydrive.lacounty.gov and choose from a list of available items.
AmazonSmile will also donate half a percent from any eligible item purchased.
DPSS Outreach teams will provide Medi-Cal and CalFresh Program enrollment assistance and information about other services. The L.A. County Departments of Mental Health and Public Defender’s Office will be there to provide information and resources, and the Department of Public Health will administer vaccines on site. The L.A. City Library will also offer resources.
Live music will be provided by violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta and his Street Symphony band.
Volunteers will gather at the Weingart Center, 566 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles 90013.
Volunteer teams will then be mobilized to provide services at the following locations:
* Fred Jordan Mission, 445 Towne Ave, Los Angeles;
* Volunteers of America, 543 Crocker St, Los Angeles;
* Resource Fair: Crocker Street & 6th Street, Los Angeles.
About the DPSS Volunteer Services Program
The DPSS Volunteer Services Program creates volunteer opportunities for students, displaced workers, senior citizens, and others in the county to help keep their employment skills polished while opening doors to new career possibilities.