APCH is a community hub and gathering place for interaction with our constituents and other stakeholders, including local government officials and community based organizations. APCH hosts town hall meetings, candidates’ debates, and is a polling place. Our Marion Brucker Community Auditorium (aka the Bridge Theater) and W.M. Keck Foundation Gallery are regularly in use for open mics, cultural and performing arts events and ongoing displays from the prolific young artists in our Art Dept.
In support of our broader community, every year we host an array of service, education, civics and distribution events.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Gilbert Radillo at [email protected] or (323) 238-2416.
Community Service Opportunities
Town Halls, Candidate Debates, Voter Registration, Polling
Hosted and produced year round on an as-needed basis.
APCH is a community hub for education and empowerment, and we welcome our youth, families and local stakeholders for community meetings and activities that empower our constituents to participate in improving the quality of life for everyone in the community.
Health & Garden Expo
May 2, 2020
Our neighborhood is a food desert that suffers from a lack of grocery stores, farmers markets and healthy restaurants. APCH provides not only groceries to families in need, but also gardens and lessons in gardening, nutrition and cooking.
For HAGE, we close down a portion of 29th Street next to APCH and fill the street with entertaining and engaging opportunities for families and the whole community to have fun while trying out healthy recipes, learning how to grow their own food, and receiving free health check-ups, including vision, dental, blood pressure and diabetes exams.
Cinderella & Prince Charming Project
April 18, 2020
Young people in our neighborhood can’t take anything for granted. That includes being able to afford the costs associated with Homecoming, Prom, and Graduation. AT APCH, we ensure those rites of passage are special and memorable for more than 1,200 Los Angeles teenagers every year.
Each spring, the Cinderella & Prince Charming Project provides teens with formal attire necessary to look and feel their best for special occasions. Teens also participated in fun and informative financial, fashion and self-esteem workshops presented by special guests, and even had opportunities to sign up to volunteer at APCH.
A Place Called Home begins accepting formal-wear every January. New or gently used* items include gowns, dresses, suits, tuxedos, men’s shirts, women’s suits, ties, belts, men’s and women’s shoes, purses, jewelry, cosmetics and other accessories.
*Don’t forget to dry clean and press used clothing before you donate – let’s treat the kids like royalty!
Family Movie Nights
Friday nights in the summer – dates TBA.
In a neighborhood where there are no movie theaters and the cost to take a family to a movie in another neighborhood is prohibitive, we provide several outdoor evening screenings throughout the summer, with seats and blanket space on our athletic field. The teens sell pizza and popcorn to raise funds for special projects, and mom and dad finally get an evening to relax and enjoy themselves under the stars. The films are always family friendly and include Spanish subtitles so all our guests can enjoy them fully. Often, the feature film is preceded by shorts made by students in our very own Digital Media program!
Backpack to School Event
Takes place the first Saturday in August.
For many families in our community, sending the kids back to school is stressful because they can’t afford to purchase all the necessary supplies and tools to be ready for that first day. What really helps a youngster feel ready is knowing that they will be equipped and stylin’!
APCH welcomes students of all ages and we provide more than 1,000 new backpacks full of school supplies and books, as well as sundries like sunglasses, personal hygiene kits, meal coupons, and more. We even provide eye exams and prescription glasses.
Virtual Comic Art & Literacy Expo (CALE)
October 17th, 2020
R-U-Ready to meet R2D2? Your chance to hang with the droids you’re looking for is here! Our Art Dept. produces this fun annual event at The Bridge. Join us for a day of free comics, books, entertainment, literacy workshops and opportunities to meet writers, artists and animators! Special guests! Cosplay! Good eats!
Help make Thanksgiving a reality for families in need by donating to A Place Called Home’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey and Food Distribution Drive. On November 25, 2020 we will deliver bags of fresh produce, thanksgiving meal ingredients and a turkey to help bring families together to the table for a joyous meal. It’s a simple act to many of us, but not for everyone in our community. In previous year’s, we would have hosted a dinner at our center for everyone to partake, and since this year looks a bit different it is important for us to make sure they are not short of anything but thankful.
Virtual Gala for the Children
December 3, 2020
Save the Date!
Each year, our Gala for the Children brings together APCH’s long-standing supporters as well as new friends to celebrate our extraordinary youth and raise funds to support the organization’s critical work. This has been an unprecedented year and as such we’ve reimagined our traditional gala and are thrilled to invite you to join us in playing Feuding for Hope, similar to the T.V. game you know and love, Family Feud™ . Join us for a night of fun, laughs, friendly competition and hope!
Join us for a highly interactive, family-friendly evening online as we play, laugh and celebrate hope inspired by APCH Honorees that are currently meeting this challenging moment in meaningful ways for our community.
DANCE & MUSIC PERFORMANCES FROM OUR KIDS,
SURPRISE APPEARANCES & CELEBRITY FRIENDS,
ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCES AND GIFTS IN OUR SILENT AUCTION
The big event will stream live Wednesday, December 3, 2020 starting at 6:00pm PST.
Family to Family
December 16th Delivery
You are invited to participate in APCH’s Family-to-Family Program (formerly known as Adopt-a-Family). In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, APCH quickly mobilized to respond to urgent and ongoing needs of youth and families that were already struggling with the challenges of poverty. As we head into what will likely be a long-term economic crisis, our families need APCH nor more than ever, and APCH needs you!
This year, we plan to match your family to an APCH member family in need to help bring smiles and joy during the holidays.
Opportunities are limited and will be assigned on a first come served basis.
Joy for the Holidays
This Holiday season, we plan to bring joy and deliver hope to our community. Our event will look a bit different from previous years but the impact will be no less. This year we are hosting a toy drive and need your help to reach our goal. We are in need of over 2,000 toys, and the funds to help deliver them to ensure everyone’s safety. Become a sponsor today to help make this year a little brighter.
Questions? Please email [email protected]