Posted: Mar 24, 2018
ICLC, the only legal service provider in Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, focuses on housing, homelessness, benefits and veterans issues and provides high quality legal representation to low-income individuals, veterans, working poor families, immigrants and people who are homeless or disabled. S.P.Y., one of ICLC’s partner organizations, is located in Venice and provides support and critical resources for young people, ages 12-25, experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
The day began with a tour of the S.P.Y. facilities and overview of its various programs, which include drop-in services such as access to meals, showers and clothing, case management, health & wellness, and education & employment.
Following the tour volunteers got to work on various projects including painting the center’s art room, sorting donations of clothing and hygiene kits, and organizing the center’s Clothing Closet, which youth can access for a clean outfit each day. Many of the donated items were donations from the participating volunteers. S.P.Y. relies heavily on community involvement and thanks to the generosity of everyone involved a meaningful contribution was made.
ICLC’s Special Projects Manager and Board Liaison, Erin Thompson, was thrilled with our volunteer turnout and said “We were honored to coordinate a volunteer service day for ACC and Norton Rose Fulbright at one of our favorite partner organizations; everyone was so eager to roll up their sleeves and pitch-in to help. Anyone interested in addressing the homelessness crises can go to https://homeful.la/, an online resource hub with opportunities for people to volunteer, donate and advocate to help end homelessness in Los Angeles, created by Inner City Law Center.”
Susan Baldwin, Marketing Operations Manager at Norton Rose Fulbright, added “It was wonderful working alongside you and making a difference even for a few hours, to such a worthy cause. I welcome the chance to do it again!”
ACC Southern California members were just as pleased with the event, and can be seen doing their share in the chapter's Photo Gallery.
Nadine Dorsht, Sourcing Manager at MUFG Union Bank, commented “I enjoyed my time volunteering at S.P.Y. ACC did a great job putting on an event to help an organization that caters to at-risk youth. I hope to attend these events in the future where I can help like-minded colleagues and participate in meaningful causes.“
Thanks to everyone who made this event possible including Susan Baldwin and Eric Herzog of Norton Rose Fulbright, Fatine Ait-Haddou, S.P.Y.’s Volunteer Coordinator, Erin Thompson, ICLC’s Special Projects Manager, and to all of our members and their friends and family members that volunteered their time: Adriana Dulic, Veronika Dulic, Lydia Lim, Pamela McCoy, Jemima Wechsler, Nicole Nakagawa, Karen Garcia, Nick Garcia, Valerie Caritoux, Sara Kani, Nadine Dorsht, Shedrick Davis and Barry Ward.