As a Pasadena newcomer and intern for Hometown Pasadena, I have witnessed the many ways which the people of the greater Pasadena community have consistently donated their time and money to those in need. While programs and donations for low-income adults and children have recently dwindled in my hometown, Pasadenans continue to give. Keep it up! This holiday season, there are a number of opportunities to volunteer and donate—every penny and canned food helps!
Union Station Dinners-in-the-Park: Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, Pasadena volunteers serve a holiday meal to those in need. You can volunteer in a variety of ways: Serve and help the day of the dinner, host a pledge-a-thon, check out the Current Needs List and commit to donating as much as you can, or drop off gifts of food for the on the Fair Oaks Avenue side of Central Park from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Christmas morning. (Needs include fully cooked hams, such side dishes as vegetables, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes, and pies.)
unionstationhs.org, email@example.com, 626.240.4557.
All Saints Holiday Food Ministry: Every Monday, volunteers at All Saints Church distribute food, toiletries, and social service referrals to between 60 and 110 homeless and low-income men and women. They are seeking food and unwrapped toys for their Christmas bags, which will be given out on Monday, December 20. They would also appreciate volunteer help packing bags.
allsaints-pas.org, 626.583.2714, firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Food Ministry Information Flyer here.
Hillsides Holiday Help: Hillsides is a safe,nurturing school and residential facility in Pasadena for foster and orphan children; it also advocates for children’s rights and provides programs to educate and strengthen families. This season, it could use lots of help: collect toys, participate in the adopt-a-family program, underwrite a winter outing, fulfill wish lists, buy gift cards/grocery scrip for former foster youth, purchase tribute cards and/or make a simple donation.