Wherever she is recognized as the A Million Drops’ founder, Maike Both is asked the same question: “What can I do to make this world a better place? Everything is just a drop in the bucket!”

Maike’s answer is always the same: “Exactly! A drop in the bucket! If everyone does whatever she/he can, we will be the wave of change.”

And that’s how A Million Drops got its name. But how did it get its start?

After organizing a number of events in 2012 and 2013 benefitting the homeless community on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles, Maike realized she needed a permanent space in order to provide more consistent assistance. By the end of 2013, she had received 501(c)3 designation for A Million Drops, and started having regular events, like a monthly Free Laundry Night or Unsheltered – Art by Homeless Young Adults, with the goal to open an A Million Drops Learning Center, and eventually an A Million Drops Second Hand Store, providing job opportunities to the homeless, at-risk young adults of Los Angeles.

As the events grow in size and numbers, the A Million Drops team is building relationships with the homeless, at-risk individuals while growing our volunteer base, our reputation with area services and sponsors, and our online community, who continue to support our work.