connect / 2016
Connecting Hearts To Children On Skid Row
Please describe your project proposal.
The number of children in LA experiencing homelessness has increased. Worthy of Loves reaches to lift their souls and spirits by celebrating their birthdays. We have witnessed the happiness given to hundreds of children and their families while attending a Worthy of Love birthday party and are compelled to expand the parties to additional locations.
Which of the connect metrics will your proposal impact?
- Social & emotional support
- Rates of volunteerism
- Total number of local social media friends and connections Angelenos have
In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?
- Central LA
- San Fernando Valley
Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to connect?
The organization of Worthy of Love was an abstract concept at it’s beginning but has evolved to becoming concrete in implementation. Social and emotional support is rooted in community connections. Community programs provide children living homeless shelter basic survival needs yet these programs often lack connecting the children with social and emotional support. Worthy of Love builds the bridge to connect the hearts of the children with the hearts of the LA Community. Since the onset of Worthy of Love, the numbers of volunteers has increased each month. Residents of LA County have connected to volunteer and recruit volunteers. Various social organizations have requested to remain volunteering their services on a rotating basis. Person after person connected with the mission of Worthy of Love. We have experienced increased numbers of viewers on social media. The cycle of friends sharing posts with friends has formed a network among Angelenos with a growing number. Worthy of Love does not offer a specific strategy to connecting people, however, it has proven to be a constant result after each party given. Some could say that Worthy of Love demonstrates Los Angeles as being the ‘City of Angels’.
Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.
Success will be defined as follows:
1) The smiles on the faces of the children attending the birthday party
2) The joy experienced by the volunteers
3) The ability to provide gifts to each each
4) Receptiveness from the Homeless Shelters Administration
5) Employing an Executive Director
Success will be measured by:
1) Increased numbers of volunteers
2) Increased services provided
3) Increased viewers on social media 4) Increased requests for newsletter 5) Increased staffing
How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?
- Advisors/board members
- Community outreach
- Network/relationship support