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Supporting a Cause: Los Angeles and Santa Monica Charity Events

Ways to Support a Cause
Written by Rudri Patel

If you want to give back to your community, you can volunteer for nonprofit organizations, participate in charity events or run a race for a cause.

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If you want to give back to your community, you can volunteer for nonprofit organizations, participate in charity events or run a race for a cause.


There are ample opportunities available in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas for you to volunteer this summer and fall. Check out these events to help you decide how you want to support the greater good.

Charity Walks and Runs

7th Annual Walk to Africa: May 16, 2015

This walk starts on the Santa Monica beach and participants can opt for a 4 mile or 8 mile scenic walk on the sand. This walk benefits Walk to Africa, which is an organization responsible for sending doctors and nurses to Africa with 28 medical teams. For example, they were present during the recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. By walking this race, you pledge money to help send these teams to African locations that are in crisis.

Every Child Matters: 5K Run: June 15, 2015

Participants can run a 5K to raise money to benefit disadvantaged children and give them a fighting chance. To support this cause, you can raise money, participate in the run or volunteer at the event. If you want more information, click on their race page.

Run Over Hunger: 5K, 10K or 1 mile walk:  July 18, 2015

This organization’s initiative is to end the epidemic of hunger. They focus on dispatching the resources in the local area by combining forces with the LA Regional Food Bank. Registering for this race means donating direct dollars to help support the fight against hunger.

Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon: November 12, 2015

This is a fun race where your can dress up in your favorite superhero costume while you run. This way you can act silly and have a great time. Make your run count by supporting one of the charity organizations, such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Autism Speaks or Girl Power 2 Cure. But, make certain you know the rules and stipulations of each charity.

For a comprehensive list of races, check out Running in the USA to find a participating cause that is the right fit for you.

Charity Events

Stock the Shelf — June 13, 2015

Volunteers can sort, stack and shelve food for the homeless in Los Angeles. This second largest food bank supports much of the homeless community in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

Brides Against Breast Cancer — August 8, 2015

This unique charity event allows brides-to-be to purchase a wedding gown and a portion of their money goes to women and families who are battling breast cancer. You can also choose to volunteer at the event if you aren’t interested in bidding on a gown.

Chairs for Charity — September 24, 2015

For those who have a larger budget and want a Hollywood experience, they can purchase artwork and chairs designed by celebrities and artists at this event. Then, they can use their purchase to donate to the homeless youth center in Los Angeles. To purchase tickets, visit this page.

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About the author

Rudri Patel

Rudri Patel is a former lawyer turned writer and editor, wife, mother and observer. She's written for Brain, Child; Huffington Post; First Day Press; and Mamalode.

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