"I was raised to believe that it's not about what you get but what you give that will bring true happiness to your life. I want to give back to the community that raised me and have made it a priority to give back to local charities that help strengthen this city I love. I've been raised in a city & country where our basic necessities of clean drinking water, an education, and healthcare are taken for granted so I've supported various international charities to give others the rights we all deserve as humans." -Rachel



"The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is particularly close to my heart because I have a good friend named Owen who has the disease. He’s 6. He is incredibly strong and brave, and I hope that by the time he gets older there will be great developments in research and treatment options for him – and maybe even a cure!”

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the most efficient organizations of its kind, supporting the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improving the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately hoping to find a cure.


“We donate clothing regularly to this local shelter. It’s great to be able to help women in our own city.”

The DWC is nationally recognized as a prototype for unique and effective programs serving homeless women and ending homelessness. They provide services to women from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, educational levels and life experience who suffer from mental and/or physical illness, as well as women who have suffered from domestic violence which led to homelessness. Serving around 200 women each day in the city of Los Angeles who currently live on the streets, in encampments, or in night-to-night shelters, the DWC provides meals, an on-site medical clinic, health workshops, support groups and job counseling.


“My best friend Rachel has been volunteering for the GSF for a while – it is a cause that is very important to both of us. Healthy eating makes for healthy kids!”

The GSF began when local community and teaching staff at 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles partnered up to create LA’s first and only Garden School. Turning asphalt into ecosystems, they teach standards-based lessons and cooking classes in the garden classroom and provide educators the tools they need to make school gardens thrive. Students use activities such as planting, weeding and watering as leadership training and team-building exercises, and they learn the importance of healthy eating by harvesting the food they’ve planted and preparing nutritional meals.


"My dearest childhood friend Valerie lost her mother to ovarian cancer. It is such a terrible disease. One of my staff members turned me onto this organization. It was started when her friend's mom was diagnosed and they've been doing amazing things to raise awareness ever since. As a woman, I feel like it is doubly important to donate money and time to issues that only affect women. We have to stick together!"

About 22,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and nearly 14,000 women will die from the disease, making ovarian cancer the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. Run For Her was started by Kelli Sargent who, after being motivated by her mother's battle with cancer, created a marketing and operations plan for an ovarian cancer 5k run/walk for her Master’s Degree Thesis. She then partnered with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to create a 5k Run and Friendship Walk for Ovarian Cancer and Research Awareness. It has become one of the largest ovarian cancer run/walks in the nation with over 5,000 participants in all 50 states and 5 countries.


"Clearly we love to support women-based charities! I have volunteered for the mentoring program here several times – it's amazing how much of a difference one can make in a girl's life by exposing her to exciting career opportunities! And showing girls at a young age that they can become successful women is a huge first step towards making their dreams come true."

Step Up Women’s Network is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to igniting women and girls to fulfill their potential. With programs that focus on teen empowerment, professional development and networking, Step Up gives women the tools they need to excel in life.


-Heal The Bay


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