UTW HEADQUARTERS LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles is the home for Unfuck The World Day’s headquarters, it was here where in 2006 UTW Day creator Maike started selling Unfuck The World t-shirts, first out of the trunk of her car, later from her web store, to raise money for local charities and for UTW actions.
UTW DAY 2016 in L.A.
On Saturday, June 11, 2016, we celebrated the 4th Annual UTW Day with events around the globe, introducing positive projects + people making change! It was a day full of fun, networking, music and making friends.
Our event here at the UTW L.A. headquarters once again took place in the heart of Hollywood, right where we are doing our outreach work in support of the youth and young adults who live in shelters, friends’ couches, sidewalks or next to the 101 freeway.
Donation Drive & Flea Market
Our vision was to bring the community of Hollywood together, and we thought, what better to do that than to have a flea market. We plastered the area with flyers and signs to invite the neighbors to join us and many followed our call, curious to see what the flea market, music and UTW was all about…
We had also asked all our friends to stop by and drop off in-kind donations, new or gently used back packs, sleeping bags, tents and new socks were highly appreciated, many followed our call and their generous donations will go directly to someone in need.
In addition, we accepted household goods, decorative items, appliances, small furniture, in good, resalable condition, so we could include them in our flea market sale to help raise money for our non-profit, A Million Drops.
‘Unsheltered’ – Art by homeless, at-risk youth and young adults
Unsheltered, our art show featuring works by local homeless and at-risk youth and young adults, was well received.
All pieces were for sale, many of them went home with a happy, new owner, all proceeds went directly to the young artists.
We even had a live artist! Dondrell Lee created exciting new art on old canvases and sold two of his beautiful pieces.
While people strolled around, they enjoyed music by local DJ Bijoux and DJ Sparatik and well as two live performances by Drew Imagination & Cannon who had come all the way from Oakland to perform at our event!
As part of the Give A Beat booth, DJ Sparatik also offered a spin workshop to anyone interested.
Food & Beverages
Fresh food made with love was proudly provided by Rachel and Scott of Tacos & Tamales, and everybody went wild over the yummy organic lemonades made by Ruandy and Karla of Misfit Lighting.
Like-minded people met and found out about the positive things that are happening in our city. Groups and individuals who do good in our local communities had booths to represent themselves, including Give A Beat, Hand 2 Hand and Occupy Venice Beach.
Yoga & Massage
UTW supporter Beverly offered a yoga workshop, while Bridget provided free chair massages to anyone in need of a little TLC. And there were many ….
For only a dollar, people had the chance to win amazing prizes, and some lucky visitors took home an iPad, a GoPro, gift certificates to restaurants and stores, and our biggest prize, a 500 dollar pair of VIP box seats for a Dodgers’ game!
A special thank you to all our sponsors. We could not have done this without your generous donations!
Live Video Calls
UTW Day founder and producer Maike chatted live with participating organizers in Australia, Rotterdam, Brazil and Omaha to find out about their events and the causes they supported.
Including monetary donations made in support of UTW Day 2016, raffle ticket and flea market sales, we were able to raise over six thousand dollars, money that will help us continue the services we provide to homeless, at-risk youth and young adults through our non-profit A Million Drops.
We all need a little rest now, but I am pretty sure we will start talking about UTW Day 2017 pretty soon.