A MILLION DROPS
(UTW’s very own, Los Angeles based non-profit)
How A Million Drops Was Born
In 2013, UTW founder, Maike, was organizing events in Downtown L.A. benefitting the homeless population of Skid Row. This experience led to her bringing together a team of volunteers to provide regular support to at risk youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in her own neighborhood of Hollywood.
She quickly realized that in order to do this officially, she needed to file for 501(c)3 status. Choosing the name for the non-profit was easy. Maike is often asked, “What can I do to unfuck the world? Everything is just a drop in a bucket.” She will always answer, “Every drop counts and will make a difference. And together, we will be a million drops.” In October 2013, A Million Drops was granted tax exempt status by the IRS.
A Million Drops’ Story
A Million Drops started with providing direct, uncomplicated support to individuals in need it, from helping with preparing for a job interview by taking them to the barber or clothes shopping, to making phone calls to find out how we can help someone replace a lost birth certificate.
Until July 2018, A Million Drops offered monthly Free Laundry Nights at a local laundromat, giving at-risk youth and young adults experiencing homelessness the opportunity to wash their clothes, blankets and sleeping bags. A Million Drops provided coins, detergent and, if wanted, help with washing and folding.
Several times a year at various locations, A Million Drops curated ‘Unsheltered’, an art show featuring works by youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.
In 2017, we had the plan to buy a retired short school bus and convert it into the A Million Drops Bus, allowing us to more effectively provide our services.
However, a few months later, when an opportunity was presented to us to rent a small space in the heart of Hollywood, we changed direction, and the little bus became the A Million Drops Learning Center.
The Learning Center opened its doors in June 2018. Mondays through Fridays, we offer workshops, from Anger Management and Self-Improvement to Poetry, Edible Gardening and Improv & Acting. We have a free in-house library and laptops for research available, and we provide free meals as well as toiletries, socks and underwear, if needed.
We don’t do the monthly free laundry anymore, instead, we give out free laundry vouchers allowing the recipients to wash their clothes any day of the week. Through collaboration with our landlords, our guests also get the opportunity to shower on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For more info or to make a donation, please visit A Million Drops website.