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PhiLAnthropist: Hope, Houses and National Service

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A NIGHT FOR HOPE Tonight, Our House hosts "A Night for Hope", their first annual fundraiser at Bodega Wine Bar in Santa Monica. Our House offers nonsectarian grief support for children, teens and adults. They seek to provide the community "with grief support services, education, resources, and hope." Throughout LA County, trained volunteers lead age- and relationship-specific grief support groups. They also visit schools to reach out to grieving children in low-income areas of LA. Tonight's $50 ticket sponsors one child or adult in a grief support group for one month.

ADOPT-AN-APARTMENT Founded in 1991, the Upward Bound House in Santa Monica, provides transitional housing for homeless families and affordable housing for very low-income seniors. They offer a variety of different volunteer opportunities, from planning and participating in activities for Kids Night and helping out at Homework Club to picking up leftover food donated by Google. Due to a recent influx of families moving out, they are also in need of volunteers and/or donations for the Adopt-An-Apartment program. Volunteers raise about $800-$1500 to shop for basic household items for new families. So this holiday season, why not get a group together to "adopt-an-apartment". Contact Tracy, their volunteer coordinator, for more details.

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TWITTER FOOD BANK PROJECT Times are rough. Everyone is struggling. But don't forget about your local food bank. Join in on the Twitter Food Bank Project. Donate to your favorite food bank on November 15th and spread the word. Raw Inspiration, the host of the California Certified Farmers Markets, is sponsoring food drives for the LA Regional Food Bank at all 11 farmers markets. Virtual food drives are also a great option to consider.