Night of Growth Fundraiser
Want to join us in making a difference?
We're raising money for the organization 2 Hands 2 Employ (formerly known as 2 Hands 2 Cans). We Educate, Mentor, and Employ individuals in the Los Angeles County who need a helping hand! A few things have changed in this last year here with our organization, not only have we changed our name to align more with our mission, but we have grown our volunteer team to better serve who we are helping! We believe that everyone has the opportunity to impact those who need a hand up. The only question's to ask is; Where do we start and how can I truly make a difference?
Below is a short letter from our Founder
"In 2013, I attended a local food bank realizing that 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger and over 1.3 million throughout Los Angeles are dealing with poverty. It wasn't just the numbers that threw me off; it was figuring out where their limitations came from. The vision of 2 Hands 2 Employ (formerly 2 Hands 2 Cans) came from the desire to be apart of something greater than myself. Within days from attending the food bank; A few friends and I decided to collect canned goods from our local neighbors and distribute to those in need within our community. We would spend the weekends sharing food and conversation with the homeless just to give encouragement. Eventually, we shifted our attention and sponsored a garden in one of the local housing developments in Los Angeles. We created a volunteer organization that would bring people within the hospitality industry and influential like minded beings, expressing ways to cultivate their garden (physically and metaphorically). Although relationships were developed; We knew that there was more we could offer that would spark long term results.
Eventually our team began to partner with agencies such as Dream Center, LAUSD, Union Rescue Mission, Foster Nation & Good City Mentors & more; influencing opportunities for youth mentorship, and extended education for pre qualifying them within careers in hotels and restaurants. Now, our Organization has found our voice through creating a leadership training program where the youth can become efficient in training and preparing for placement in the hospitality industry. We pair each student with a mentor and department leader at a Hotel and offer courses to help them personalize their growth. This helps them to live within their means as a working professional offering best practices regardless of what hardships were once in their way. Collectively, no matter who you are or where you came from; everyone deserves that second chance and we are a micro to that solution."
-Chris Willard, Founder of 2 Hands 2 Employ
As Chris mentioned we have been able to partner with some of the most amazing hotels and agencies throughout Los Angeles to help these individuals in need. Our hope is that we will be able to raise $35,000 to support helping even more individuals gain the insight and help they need. We believe that any donation big or small will help make an impact. If you are unable to donate financially, but would love to get involved another way- please email us at email@example.com!
Thank you so much to those of you who took the time to read about us and donate to our organization! Your contribution to this cause is greatly appreciated and will mean so much to our students!