Project Ropa’s Mobile Hygiene Service was recently profiled on LA This Week
Our Monthly Impact
In September, through our direct service and impactful partnerships we have provided clean clothes to 4,250 people experiencing homelessness and hygiene kits and drinking water to 1,000 people. We expanded our outreach efforts and have partnered with WaterDropLA and The Sidewalk Project to provide clothing essentials each week to the unhoused living in Skid Row. We have also partnered with Compassion Connection to supply clothing for their shower guests. This month, we saved over 2,500 pounds of clothing from ending up in landfills.
Thanks to a recent $10,000 grant from Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield we will be increasing our street outreach next month to provide hygiene essentials to unhoused veterans living near the VA hospital in Brentwood.
Volunteer of the Month
Natalie has been volunteering with Project Ropa during the pandemic, helping sort clothing donations and create hygiene kits for our unhoused neighbors.
“My name is Natalie Garland. I recently moved to Los Angeles from the Leeds, England where I grew up and studied. I have a degree in HR Management and continue to work in the Human Resources field. In my spare time I love hiking, dance and going to the beach!
I wanted to volunteer with Project Ropa as upon moving to LA it struck me how big the homelessness problem is here. To learn that thousands of people are experiencing homelessness in LA, a number that is sadly rising, I felt it was important to try and understand if I could help in any way. After researching online, I found Project Ropa and the incredible work that they do in ensuring those experiencing homelessness have access to basic necessities, such as toiletries and clothing. From this point I knew this was a great opportunity to get involved and actually contribute to make a real difference!
What I enjoy most about volunteering with Project Ropa is both the other friendly volunteers and the instant difference you can make to those experiencing homelessness. Whether I am sorting through clothes or preparing hygiene kits, I know that it won’t be long until they reach people who truly need them. For me, volunteering alongside other likeminded volunteers and knowing you are making a real difference to others makes volunteering at Project Ropa so rewarding.”
Thank you Natalie for all your hard work and support!
We need Hygiene Products and Men’s Shoes
Help us reach our goal on providing clean clothes and hygiene essentials to 1,700 people experiencing homelessness each week.
We are currently in need of hygiene products, drinking water, men’s sneakers and boots in sizes 9-14 and men’s jeans and khakis in sizes 30-48. The full list of items we need can be viewed here.
We’ve created a wishlist on GooDdler which you can shop from here. All items purchased on the site will ship directly to us.
If you would like to make a donation in-person or schedule a pickup email us at: [email protected].
The Federal government has expanded the availability of tax deductions for charitable donations through the CARES Act. If you believe that everyone should have access to essential basic hygiene services, especially in the wake of COVID-19, please donate now to help us provide these services to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.
We currently have in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities available. If you are interested in volunteering with us please email: [email protected]