Charity & Grassroots in Universal City

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Founded by Selenia Logan, PinkPoleParty.org helps enrich women's lives by both raising money to fight breast cancer worldwide and helping women express their sensuality through pole-dancing workshops. While enjoying complimentary pink champagne and lemonade, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts, attendees run through two consecutive workshops: a pole dancing class, in which they learn warm-up exercises and basic pole moves, poses, and routines, and a lap-dance session covering the art of stripteases and flirtatious dances. All proceeds benefit breast cancer research through the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks.

11135 Weddington Street
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Heal One World empowers people with the knowledge and techniques to help themselves. Through classes, the organization teaches people skills and natural, noninvasive treatments they can use to ameliorate illness and injury and prevent further ailments from arising. Most of these classes impart self-help techniques and are therefore not covered by insurance, so the organization provides them on a sliding scale. Its programs range from yoga and tai chi to acupuncture and Feldenkrais treatments, drawing from ancient, time-tested practices that have often been cast to the wayside by Western culture. Heal One World also maintains a database of care providers who help people from low-income backgrounds attain stability of mind and body.

Yet beyond the individual, Heal One World focuses on strengthening the community. On weekends, it organizes vegan potlucks and film screenings on green opportunities and charity projects, and every May it holds a film, music, and arts festival in order to raise awareness of pressing environmental issues and include the community in artistic endeavors.

3503 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Established: 1998
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Staff Size: 25–50 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Complete the online registration process before coming for your first visit
Parking: Free street parking
Recommended Age Group: Kids

Q&A with the President of Golden State Gymnastics

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
We send a welcome and information email that details how to register online, how to e-sign our waiver form, and what to wear and bring. We advise people to arrive in time to find parking.

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
All staff members are CPR/First Aid and USA Gymnastics Safety Certified, as well as fingerprinted and background checked. Staff members attend regional and national level training. We have a disaster plan in place and conduct periodic disaster drills on site so that we are prepared for emergencies.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Our mission is to offer a fun, safe and healthy gymnastics experience by providing the highest quality instruction and encouraging atmosphere to every child who walks through our doors. We want your child's favorite day of the week to be at Golden State Gymnastics. A highlight of the week is the inflatable water slide during water play. This year, the slide is scheduled for two days each week!

1828 N Keystone St
Burbank,
CA
US

At Hollywood HEART's weeklong visual-and-performing-arts camp, Camp Hollywood HEART (CHH), youth ages 16–20 work intensively in their choice of six arts disciplines and interact with entertainment-industry professionals and volunteer artists. Throughout the week, participants are immersed in their selected curricula—acting, fashion, movie production, music, writing, or visual arts—and are free to try out new disciplines such as photography or comic-book artistry in one-hour elective programming blocks. The camp culminates with a presentation of each discipline group's finished work at the Celebration of the Arts Gala.

3310 W Vanowen St
Burbank,
CA
US

In 1996, Food on Foot set up on the steps of the Hollywood Post Office, delivering its first chicken dinner out of the trunk of a car to neighbors experiencing homelessness. The organization quickly expanded and began serving meals every Sunday to increase food security among underserved residents. Today, Food on Foot serves that same meal of chicken, rice, and tortillas every week, as well as a variety of healthy snacks including granola bars, baby carrots, fresh fruit, and bottled water. It also distributes gently used clothing, shoes, and sleeping bags and business clothes for clients who have secured job interviews.

In 1999, Food on Foot began its Work for Food program, wherein volunteers pick up trash in the Hollywood area. Each volunteer fills two garbage bags and receives a $10 grocery-store gift card, healthy snacks, and a chicken dinner in return. After participating in the program for two months, volunteers are placed on a daily route to pick up trash while the program staff works to help them acquire a full-time job. Once participants find a job, Food on Foot funds an apartment, utilities, and transportation for three months while they become established in their new position. During this time, workers continue their daily trash route and turn in their paychecks to Food on Foot. At the end of the three-month period, they receive the uncashed checks to open a savings account.

9663 Santa Monica Blvd., #743
Beverly Hills,
CA
US

TreePeople fosters environmental awareness in children from struggling public schools who might otherwise never have the opportunity to experience the beauty of nature. Each year, the organization guides 10,000 elementary school students through a charming urban forest in Coldwater Canyon Park, with more than 1,000 acres of canopied trails and native plantings. Spending time outside among living trees forges a connection with nature that can profoundly improve the quality of life of children residing in an urban landscape. Eco-tours invest students with a greater appreciation for the connections between trees, water, air, and soil and demonstrate that they can bring the calming simplicity and environmental benefits of the forest to their communities.

12601 Mulholland Drive
Beverly Hills,
CA
US