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One of our mandates and missions locally is to reach out to hurting people beyond the four walls of the church and to provide a dignified ministry to the poor. Individuals from the streets, shelters and missions throughout the greater Los Angeles and South Bay areas are transported bus to The Place of Grace for a time of ministry that includes fee clothing, food personal hygiene items and a healthy sack lunch.
Everyone loves to see a child on Christmas morning, the pure innocence on their faces as they rip open the wrapping paper, smiling ear to ear in pure bliss. Sadly, we live in a time where some children do not experience that euphoria.
The Force of Hope-Economic Development Corporation, a division of Clarence E. McClendon Ministries wishes to thank you for supporting our Thanksgiving Community Outreach Event on Thursday, November 24, 2016.
We are a non profit organization based in Los Angeles, who connect people through helping. Volunteers participate in events held monthly that benefit non profits, schools,veterans, food pantries, foster homes, after school programs and many other organizations.
Women of Watts is a community organization that was founded in 2004 by Lydia Friend. Lydia is a community activist and long-time resident of Watts. In incorporating Women of Watts, Lydia sought to create an organization that would serve in multiple capacities, such as serving food, hosting holiday giveaways, mentoring, and advocating for change for the residents of the Watts community.
Via Trading donated a couple hundred toys to Victory Outreach for their event in December. The toys were then given away to children around Huntington Park – many coming from families with limited resources.
The winter of 2016 started off bringing unusually cold temperatures. Via Trading participated in providing boots to LA’s homeless. Needless to say as soon as some people started wearing them they became overwhelmed. We thank the staff of Support Solutions for allowing us to participate is such a necessary community service.
On Sunday May 8tb 2016, Via Trading participated in a Foster Care Counts hosted Mother’s Day Event. Foster Care Counts is comprised of concerned volunteers who believe foster youth deserve more attention and support from our community than they have received. We provide funding and volunteer talent to established foster care organizations.
On January 25th, 2014, Via Trading participated in a company-wide community service day. In collaboration with the Volunteer LA organization and Markham Middle School in Compton, Via Trading team members worked alongside community volunteers and Markham Middle School students to beautify their on-campus vegetable garden.
In May, they will be harvesting everything that was planted and heading to their local farmer’s market where they will learn about the economic impact farming can have on local communities. The students will participate in the selling of their crop and will re-invest their earnings into a new variety of fruit trees, seeds and farming equipment to prepare for next year’s crop.
Via Trading had the privilege of participating in the Century Station’s chapter of the Los Angeles Youth Foundation‘s Christmas celebration. The Los Angeles youth Foundation is made up of 17 Youth Activities Leagues in Los Angeles County that are committed to mentoring youth and promoting a positive relationship between law enforcement and the community.
Via Trading had the pleasure of supplying some of the giveaways for Century Station’s YAL Christmas party and enjoying an afternoon of laughter and celebration with the 65 children who frequent that location. The kids gathered at the YAL after school, performed a play, sang Christmas carols, ate a Christmas dinner and each received three toys to take home.
Via Trading partnered with Goals Soccer Centers in sponsorship of their local annual Goals Soccer Championship. Goals Soccer’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art turf fields and world class facilities to youth and adult soccer teams in and around the Los Angeles area.
On November 10th, 2012, 8 teams battled for the Grand Championship Prize in a day-long tournament. The teams played for the crown, $1,000 and a chance to watch a live soccer game from a VIP box at the Home Depot Center.
In September 2012, Via Trading partnered with the LA Unified School District to provide several thousand pairs of arts and crafts scissors to schools in our local area. Recipients of the scissors included Wilson Elementary, Abbot Elementary, Helen Keller Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary and Thurgood Marshall Elementary schools in Lynwood.
We at Via Trading encourage you to find out how you can contribute to your local community. Our children are the future of this nation and it is our duty to contribute however we can to help improve the quality of their education, both academic and/or creative.
Via Trading partnered with the Force of Hope/Bishop Clarence E. McClendon Ministries to bring over 200 pairs of shoes to the homeless population of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Volunteers reunited at the Union Rescue Mission in LA, and welcomed hundreds of homeless individuals for a warm meal and a free pair of shoes.
The McClendon Ministries spoke to the Union Rescue Mission about the needs of hundreds of people living on the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Hundreds of people convened underneath tents mounted specially for the event, and men, women and children were handed a pair of new Avia athletic shoes.
Via Trading had the honor of partnering with The Shoe Crew in their efforts to collect and donate much needed new athletic shoes to underprivileged kids in the greater Los Angeles area. The Shoe Crew’s mission is to provide underprivileged youth with shoes at the end of the summer so they can begin the school year on a good note. “All kids deserve to have comfortable, nice-looking shoes for school,” said volunteer Gabriel Welch.
The Shoe Crew collected 1,804 pairs of shoes and is getting close to reaching their goal just in time for the Back to School season. The crew collected enough shoes to provide ALL the kids at A Place Called Home with new shoes, and are hoping to collect a few hundred more pairs of shoes to fill the warehouse at Shoes That Fit.
On Sunday, May 13th 2012, Via Trading had the honor of attending the LA Community Outreach Center’s Mother’s Day Lunch, put together by the shelter’s volunteer director, residents and fellow volunteers.
The LACOC provides a roof over the heads of men, women and women with children under 12, a food distribution program, a bus token transportation program, clothing distribution, employment and health service resources and hot meals to the community monthly.
The long hallway to the community’s communal area echoed with the laughter of young and old residents alike. We walked right into a white elephant gift-giving ceremony that had each resident choose an unknown gift out of a basket when his or her name was called. We were welcomed with hugs and ample thanks for the donation of cleaning supplies we had made to this heart-warming organization earlier in the week.
Via Trading had the honor of participating in a community event in our local area of Watts, to bring a hot meal and toys to the disadvantaged families of the area before the holidays. The event was held at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) center, a non-profit, community-based, human social services organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of South Central LA residents.
Families were invited into the auditorium, where they were served a hot meal that they enjoyed at picnic tables inside and outside the auditorium. Children played as parents finished their meals. Hundreds of families lined up outside the WLCAC’s facilities awaiting their pre-holiday meal and festivities.
Walden House always works to “Give Hope, Change Lives,” but it is at Christmas time that we work to transform two Walden House locations from warehouses to Winter Wonderlands. We here at Walden House set up a sort of West Coast outpost for Santa, filled with games, puzzles, books, clothing and other items so each Walden House member can pick out outfits and gifts for his or her family – ensuring that everyone will have something special for the holidays.
We served over 2,000 individuals and families this year! Amid tough economic times our partners still pulled together to bring this wonderful, positive experience to our clients through their donations. Thanks to Via Trading and other community donors for giving hope and changing lives with us this year, and hopefully many more to come. We couldn’t have done it without you.
In September of 2008, Via Trading participated in the El Grito event in Huntington Park, California along with hundreds of other companies and thousands of individuals to celebrate the Mexican Independence Day. We welcomed hundreds of people to our booth and educated them on how they could start their own business and achieve financial independence with a minimal investment.