how we started
The thought had been lingering for years, Morenita consistently conceptualized lets.give for what seemed her entire life, but the time never seemed quite right. "When I start my own non-profit..." was a part of her daily vocabulary & community service was a part of her family's lifestyle. One day after some major milestones were behind her, she decided it was time to actually make it happen. A date was picked and a couple of close friends were selected. Naomie had known Diego since Freshman year orientation and an intimate connection occurred. Naomie wanted Diego to be her right hand & her rock in this endeavor, so she called on him first and asked if he'd be interested in taking a go at this. The intro meeting was set & Diego brought two friends Dion & Joe. Naomie met Hanna in summer school years before & never quite kept in touch but Naomie's spirit called on her & an invite was extended. Having gone to elementary school with Gio & Xavi they were family & a staple of sorts. An agenda was created, texts were sent to a couple of other friends and the ball was rolling. We discussed our why, what the goals were & what the vision was. At the end of the meeting, we asked everyone to bring 2 friends to "Orientation" & to really explore their personal commitment levels. "Orientation" was held two weeks later with a total of 16 people & then & there the first event was planned. We had officially gotten started.
The bottom line
Within its first year of inception, this movement that has directly fed thousands of homeless throughout Los Angeles, Michigan, North Dakota, San Francisco, Houston & even globally in Guatemala. Lets.Give provided sneakers to middle-schoolers of need in Watts, CA, drove to Bakersfield to provide over 6,000 articles of clothing to migrant farmers, engaged in arts & crafts with their children, provided hundreds of toys, books, to kids in South Central, delivered an Arts Collective night to the inner city, built gardens & murals in neighborhoods of need, provided healthy, organic foods to children with limited access and so much more!
Every single month since November 2015, our collective GIVES, not just once a month, not by dropping off in shelters, not by donating money to large institutions but by personally delivering services with a smile, by ensuring every dollar raised was received, by planning from scratch, gathering helping hands, mobilizing generations, selecting partners & sharing our love.
This is not a school club which meets for 30 minutes over lunch, this organization requires an enormous amount of sacrifice and dedication during personal time, hundreds deliver high impact hours & redefine community.
All donations are used directly to benefit our community. There are no paid employees as a part of Lets.Give. Each dollar donated from our network is spent in the community, feeding, buying supplies, providing goods & services with a purpose of impacting youth with cultural, community and global initiatives...not sporadically but consistently.