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The Soloist, set and filmed in LA's Skid Row, opens nation-wide today. We've written about Skid Row many times with hopes that a continued spotlight on the area will raise awareness and motivate individuals to get involved and work for change, beyond serving meals around the holiday season. The Soloist will certainly brighten that spotlight as it confronts issues of homelessness, poverty and mental illness, and the movie's producer, Participant Media, seems to share our sentiments. They have created two sites, takepart.com/thesoloist and thesoloist.volunteermatch.org that provide an extensive listing of organizations and volunteer opportunities. The first site lists some great organizations downtown while the latter provides people outside of LA with resources for getting involved with their own local organizations.