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2016 Holiday Event Charities

Animal Rescurers Without Borders

Animal Rescurers Without BordersAnimal Rescuers Without Borders (ARWOB) is based in San Diego, CA and operates both in Southern California and Baja, Mexico to fight the overpopulation of homeless pets.

Our tireless volunteers rescue, foster, spay/neuter, nurse if needed, and find loving adoptive families for hundreds of dogs and cats annually. We will come to the aid of any animal in need that crosses our path. In 2015, ARWOB was able to find homes for 408 such animals, in turn also serving their countless new human companions whose lives are enriched by their relationship with their new cat or dog.

As an all-volunteer organization, this success is made possible by the support we receive from donors, adopters, fosters, and volunteers.

Megan’s Wings

Megan’s WingsMegan’s Wings pays bills and adopts families of critically ill children with cancer. Founded in 2005 and ran by two mom’s who’ve both lost children to cancer, Megan’s Wings is passionate about paying it forward to help others going through similar circumstances with their child.

With a child’s cancer diagnosis, often parents cut back hours or take a leave of absence from work to care for their child. Many families live pay check to pay check making it difficult financially and emotionally when income is cut in half.

Megan’s Wings works directly with medical social workers from the children’s oncology hospitals to identify families in need. The foundation helps with house payments, gas & groceries, utilities, car expenses, alternative therapies not covered by insurance, and funeral expenses when needed.

Families needing to stay close to the hospital due to medical needs, can stay at Megan’s Home, which provides temporary housing similar to Ronald McDonald House. Megan’s Wings also hosts special therapeutic events at the hospital, and each holiday season, Megan’s Wings adopts families through the hospitals (often the most critically ill children), providing care packages of gifts, food, gas, grocery and clothing gift cards to assist the family during the most expensive month of the year.

Adopted families will be picking up their care packages at a holiday gingerbread luncheon with holiday crafts and a visit from Santa. SITE SoCal Community will have the opportunity this year to help prepare craft items for the holiday luncheon at a hands on workshop, and can donate gas, grocery and clothing gift cards for the families. If your family or business would be interested in adopting a family this year, please contact Kim at: for a donor application.

2 Hands 2 Cans

2 Hands 2 Cans2 Hands 2 Cans, founded in 2013, is dedicated to empowering low-income individuals to excel and become self-sufficient by addressing both their immediate and long-term needs through extended job-skill training, education, and career placement.

Through our three main programs, we connect individuals coming out of foster care, homelessness, addiction, poverty and the military to the resources they need to make a total life change. Recent studies show in California, 44% of children who live in poverty are raised in families where neither parent has a high school diploma. Our three core programs Collective Growth, Growth Spurt, and Branches 2 Growth were created to address this and other pressing needs in the Los Angeles Community.

Thanks to our partnerships within the hospitality industry, 2H2C has currently connected 15 individuals from our Branches 2 Growth Internship Program to long-term employment - with many more on the waiting list. While in the program, each participants receives the following in order to overcome barriers to success:

  • Certification in accredited hospitality management courses
  • Interview training
  • Resume preparation
  • Business finance courses
  • One-on-one mentorships throughout internship
  • Computer literacy training
  • Transportation stipends
  • Assistance in covering first and last month’s rent
  • Cost of preparation and testing materials for GED/HiSET

Our Growth Spurt events were created as a way to engage our corporate volunteers with local community residents. 2H2C has partnered with The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and hosts a community garden at Nickerson Gardens housing complex in Watts, CA. Every month, the items donated through our Collective Growth barrels are given to a family in need at the Growth Spurt event.

Thank you in advance for your support of 2 Hands 2 Cans! We couldn’t do this without you!