In The New Hollywood, one of the cornerstones of our mission is to give back. We are, after all, a philanthropic goal group! So in 2016 we decided to reformat how we give back to the community. Inspired by Light Watkins’ event “The Shine,” and “The Shine On Challenge,” one of our board members Alexis Carra carved out a similar way for TNH to challenge our members to create an impact.
The challenge works like this:
At each meeting, we draw a member’s name out of a bowl. Whoever is selected uses the funds allocated from membership dues and donations to create a project or way to give back in our community. The purpose of our TNH charity challenge is to, well, challenge our members to think outside the box and to expand our philanthropic goals and outreach. We strive to be involved, engaged, and proactive as members of our communities, leading by example. We are here to rise higher, shine brighter and give back so we participate in all three pillars through this amazing opportunity.
This quarter's #TNHCharityChallenge benefitted the pets of the homeless people of our beautiful City of Angels.
During a vet visit earlier this year, one of our board members and, Pina De Rosa, a proud dog-mama of Wellington, a wonderfully beloved Golden Doodle, learned something quite surprising through Dr. Angus, a veterinary specialist in Pasadena:
Evidently only 3% of US homeless shelters provide a place to sleep for people with their dogs. That was a shocking statistic for Pina. She was immediately inspired to help homeless people and their dogs. Dr. Angus mentioned when he lived in Illinois, he and his wife helped create a local shelter that welcomed homeless people AND their pets. Often times people will stay in a challenging situation, or even end up on the streets rather than risking being separated from their dogs. These animals are often their sole connection to unconditional love, loyalty and protection.
When Pina won the $500 in the TNH Charity Challenge, she was hopeful to find a way to contribute to the homeless pups in our Los Angeles area, especially because Wellington would often do random acts of kindness giving dog food and supplies to homeless pups. This past year she added doggie-food, blankets, and shampoo during the holiday season of giving, and it became tradition for Pina and Wellington to drive around town with friends and donate these gifts to the homeless.
Pina felt, "Those of us who are dog parents know that, if we were ever homeless, we would share any food with our dogs. Our furry children are family to us." So inspired-action took over.
Through Wellington’s Instagram, people all around the country were invited to "pay-it-forward" with any gently used or new leashes, towels, blankets, toys and treats; she created a raffle for the participants with prizes generously donated by Airbnb, Whole Foods and Weleda Organics.
Hence, for this #TNHCharityChallenge, we chose to partner up with this organization to provide an afternoon of care for the homeless pups in the Inglewood area. Those pups loved it, and so did their owners!! The most impactful thing we learned through PetsOfTheHomeless.org is that when any homeless person, anywhere in the country, reaches out to 775-841-7463, they will be connected with a vet who will take care of their dogs' immediate medical needs.
As a result of this #TNHCharityChallenge, together with members Kristina Mitchell and Nicole Steinwedell, what was originally envisioned as a one-time occurrence of bringing goodies to pups in the streets, has now become an ongoing endeavor! People on Instagram and around the country have continued to donate doggie supplies. A friend has stepped up and made possible an ongoing dog-food-donation: thank you from our hearts Mark Stewart!
A special thank you also to Ken of the Ken Paves Salon in West Hollywood for offering up his salon as an additional drop-off place.
Now that we have officially launched our First Annual TNH Holiday Celebration, it will be an additional opportunity for anyone to gift gently used and new doggie supplies and food, that we will then personally continue to deliver to the pups living on the streets.
We welcome further doggie-supply (and food) donations anytime! You can also message us through @LifeAccordingToWellington
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood