The 7th Annual Unfuck The World Day in Los Angeles

To celebrate the 7th Annual Unfuck The World Day, a large group of volunteers followed our call and together, we spent the day, picking up trash on the streets and sidewalks of Hollywood.

Not only did we clean up, we also go to know each other and became friends, and connected with people who live in the neighborhood. A beautiful, successful event all the way round!

UTW supporters in Los Angeles, CA
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Free Haircut Day!

On Tuesday, February 15, we organized a day of free haircuts for the people who come to our A Million Drops Learning Center, and it was a full success! Thanks so much Erick Orellana, Donnie Thorpe and Robert Rea from Cristophe Beverly Hills and José Eber Hair who had volunteered their time and skills, tirelessly working all day, cutting, styling and blow drying the hair of dozens of people who had signed up for a free hair cut! 

While waiting, clients enjoyed free coffee and snacks and the music program put together by DJ Aaron Paar.

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Celebrating UTW Day 2018 with the Grand Opening of our A Million Drops Learning Center

A safe space in the heart of Hollywood, offering classes and providing learning materials to young adults experiencing homelessness.

June 9th was a BIG day for A Million Drops. We held our 6th Annual UTW Day. We had another successful Unsheltered Art Show. And both of these events happened at the Grand Opening of our very own A Million Drops Learning Center. What a day it was indeed.

The Learning Center
  

We’re very excited to share the news about our new Learning Center. It had been a goal for a very long time to have a place where homeless and at-risk young adults could come in off the street to read, learn and get the help they need to improve their life situation.

Our opening day was a tremendous success. We had a huge turnout of friends, people from the community as well as our board members and many of our peers in the non-profit and fundraising community that work to help improve the lives of homeless and at-risk youth and young adults.

The Learning Center offers opportunities to study as well as teach, and gives those in the community a brick-and-mortar location where they can come donate their time, needed items or money to help improve the lives of others.

Unsheltered

Coupled with the opening of the Center was Unsheltered VII, our recurring art exhibit presenting works by homeless, young adults. In the past we featured drawings and paintings. This time around we decided to make it a “photographs only” show.

In realizing that not everyone is comfortable with paint, we thought everyone can take a photograph. This allowed for many more of our local homeless and at-risk young adults to take part.

We raised money and spirits. The art exhibit resulted in many pieces being sold, with a majority of the proceeds going directly to the artists. They were thrilled, of course.

Opening Day was also the day when we started to create our edible garden in the back of the lot. Thanks to the California sun and frequent watering (taken care of by Craig, one of our young clients) the little vegetable plants and herbs have already grown in nicely.

Self Defense Class

Directly behind our new Learning Center we have access to a banquet hall. That is were we held our very first community Self Defense Class. Supported by the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council (HUNC) this event was open to all members of the local community, and it was a rousing success.

It was especially fulfilling to see some of our more shy and introverted friends step outside of their comfort zone to take part in learning how to defend themselves. The class was taught by Jean Morrison, a veteran self-defense teacher and life coach. The event was so well received we have already scheduled our next class for July 14th.

Future Classes and Events

In addition to the Self Defense Class, we have a number of events and classes scheduled: Local artist Sophie Pleshette started to teach a weekly Art Class with the goal to create pieces that our young people will paint on utility boxes along Hollywood Blvd. This project is supported by the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council (HUNC).

We will also be holding a Career Planning Class where anyone can learn tips from writing a resumé to interview techniques.

Every month – in partnership with Wash on Western Laundry – we sponsor a Free Laundry Night where homeless people can their laundry for free.

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The 6th Annual Unfuck The World Day Is Coming Up!

The 6th Annual Unfuck The World Day is coming up. On Saturday, June 9, cities around the globe will follow our call for Positive Local Action. Find out about what some of the participants are going to do to make their hometown a better place!

UTW Day 2018 at the UTW Headquarters in Los Angeles – Grand Opening of the A Million Drops Center 

After providing our support to the young homeless community in Hollywood on foot or at ‘borrowed’ locations for the past four years, we took a big step.

We signed a lease and moved into our own space: The A Million Drops Center, a creative hub for homeless, young adults.

We offer a free library, art supplies, computers for research as well as a variety of programs and classes, from ‘how to do a successful job interview’ and ‘how to have a nutritious diet when living on the street’ to ‘energy healing’, one on one and group therapy and working in our edible garden.

At our Grand Opening on Saturday, we will present Unsheltered VII – Art and Photographs created by our young clientele, and homeless music artist Stephen Ray Lester, a wizard on the banjo.

For more info or to join us, please visit our event on Facebook!

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UTW Day 2018 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Valentijn and Janneke Vogel are organizing a fundraiser at their Korean restaurant in Rotterdam.

They will have live music all day, a clothing sale and great food, 100 % of the proceeds go to Stichting Straatmensen, a local organization that prepares and distributes lunchboxes to the homeless and less fortunate on a weekly basis.

For more info and to join them, please visit their event on Facebook.

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UTW Day 2018 in Footscray, Victoria, Australia

Augustine Ang in Footscray, Australia is organizing an event at the Dancing Dog Cafe featuring live music and spoken word performances, art and craft, baked goods, raffle prizes, and face painting. 

Donations and any money raised will go 100% to Helping Hands Mission Op Shops, a local non-profit doing community work.

For more info, or to join please visit the event on Facebook!

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If you would like to support us in helping homeless men and women of Los Angeles to sleep less rough at night, please consider donating a sleeping bag via our Amazon Wish List. We gladly accept them any day of the year.

To find out more about Unfuck The World’s non-profit, A Million Drops, please visit our website. 

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Join Us!

If you are in the L.A. area and would like to support us – either as a volunteer, or by donating needed items – please contact us here.

Support Unfuck The World

If you would like to make a monetary contribution to support us with organizing our positive local actions, please go here. Donations will be received by our non-profit, A Million Drops, an L.A. based 501(c)3. We couldn’t do it without your help, and we appreciate every penny.

For stories and pictures from the global events on UTW Day 2017, please visit our home page!

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