A Million Drops Learning Center

$7,730 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 18 days

My name is Maike Both. I am the founding director of A Million Drops , a Los Angeles based 501(c)(3) making a difference in the lives of homeless, young adults.

For four years, members of the A Million Drops team have cruised the streets of Hollywood on foot or by car, looking for young people in need to provide them with toiletries, socks and sleeping bags, and inviting them to our monthly Free Laundry Nights

So we can do more than maintaining the status quo, we took a big step. On Saturday, June 9, 2018 we opened the A Million Drops Learning Center where we provide struggling young adults with a safe, quiet space to regain balance and self-improve. 

31720630_1532885904832457_r.jpegOur logo, created by illustrator April Seymour

At the A Million Drops Learning Center, growth is promoted by encouraging communication, studying and taking on responsibilities. We offer a free in-house library, art supplies and two laptops for research and learning. All materials and furniture were kindly donated by our generous supporters.

31720630_153288671342946_r.jpegTwo of our guests playing chess

The A Million Drops Learning Center is currently open Mondays through Fridays from 2-6 pm with the goal to extent the hours. Teachers are volunteering their time, and our classes include Self Defense, Art, Graphic Design and Stretching. In the near future, we plan to offer Stress Management, Budgeting and Nutrition. Other topics, like Tai Chi, Dance and Movie Nights, are on our visitors' wish list.

31720630_1532886802241087_r.jpegUsing our laptops and books to study

31720630_1532886915795440_r.jpegBrian discovered an unknown talent

31720630_1532887042864063_r.jpegGraphic Design Class with teacher Scott

We also started to grow an Edible Garden that is being taken care of by members of the homeless community. The first tomatoes and squash are beginning to show, and we are looking forward to cooking together and sharing meals once the first harvest is in.

31720630_1532886947757972_r.jpeg31720630_1532891267918821_r.jpegOur manager Craig watering the veggies

To ensure that the A Million Drops Learning Center can be open five days a week, two of our regulars, Jason and Craig, have been made manager. Together, they are in charge of overseeing the Learning Center during business hours, and it's a joy to see how much they care. Just to give you one example, the other day I stopped by and Jason had put out plates with cookies he had bought with his own money. That put a big smile on my face.  :-)

31720630_1532888475711148_r.jpegJason puts his heart into managing the Learning Center

We have an average of 15 visitors each day. Within a few minutes of them entering the Learning Center, you can see the stress melt away from their faces. They begin to look more relaxed, they smile and start talking, about their days, and eventually, about ideas. In less than two months, A Million Drops has already been able to make a difference in their lives.
We have saved up enough money to pay rent until September. To be able to keep our doors open for another six months, we are asking for $12,000. This amount will cover rent including utilities and WiFi, as well as use of the garden, banquet hall, bathrooms and parking lot.

If you love what we do, we urge you to show your support by making a donation towards our goal. Small or large, any amount will help, and we can't do it without you!  

Thank you with all my heart - Maike Both, Founding Director of A Million Drops

A Million Drops is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible.

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Hi and happy Monday everyone! I can't believe we are already at $7,480!! The less I need to worry about rent, the more I can focus on spreading love at the Learning Center. :-) By the way, Friday, I took three of our regulars at the Center to the opening of a photo exhibition called 'Doll World' at my co-director Ross' laundromat in West Hollywood. One of them, Brian, is an avid photographer himself, and he was excited about the possibility to show his work at WeHo Wash. In the pictures you see Brian and Larrick enjoying the show and goofing around. As you can tell, Larrick was quite smitten by one of the models... :-) That's it for today, more soon. Love, Maike
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Hello everyone, I just wanted to wish you a happy weekend and share a few pictures from this week's Free Laundry Night. In addition to our regular team, we had four awesome volunteers, Moe Moe, her sister Mar Mar, niece Olivia and young daughter Freya, who helped us serving pizza to our guests. And homeless artist Morgan Movesaround stopped by to draw free portraits of anyone interested. It was a great night!
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Good morning, or good evening if you are one of our friends and supporters in Europe, :-) I thought it was time for a little update from the Learning Center.

On Monday, the caterers of a movie company set up their tents right outside our space, and at the end of the day, they donated all the leftover food to us. What a feast. Healthy things, like steamed carrots and asparagus, all very appreciated (I think you can see that in the picture below), and gone quickly. :-)

Tuesday, we had our weekly Art Group. Artist Missy Morgan is working with some of our young people on creating designs to be painted on utility boxes. The City will have to approve the designs, and the chosen works will be rewarded with $250. Fingers crossed!

Yesterday, my friend James Ingram (you can see him next to me in the picture below) stopped by. James is the President of the Associated Student Government at LACC (Los Angeles City College). For many of our young people, the possibility to go to college seems out of reach. James was able to encourage them, providing information on options like free tuition, free meals, showers and more. I think at least one of the young people James spoke to will be taken the step to apply!

This is it for now, more soon. Please keep sharing our fundraiser to help us reach our goal.

Thank you!

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We did it! You guys all deserve a big thank you!! Not only did we reach the goal, we exceeded it! And since we had $3,080 in donations by 10 pm on Sunday, Laurel sent us the promised additional $1,000. We are almost half way at the amount we want to raise in total! I hope to get there by Sunday, August 12. Can we do that? Raise 945 more dollars by Sunday? I think we can! :-)
Love, Maike
PS: The photos below show some of the young people who participate in our weekly art group.
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$7,730 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 18 days
Funds raised will benefit:
A Million Drops
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Los Angeles, CA
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