Big Changes at A Million Drops Today, we have sad, yet exciting news to share with you. After over 10 years of being in charge of A Million Drops' programs and operations, Founder/Director Maike Both decided to step down and focus on her personal life. Maike's successor, previous board member Sheila Irani, brings fresh energy and great visions for the future of A Million Drops! The Board thanks Maike for her dedication and her often innovative approach to creating programs and unique perspective to solving problems. As A Million Drops' new Director, Sheila is not only going to expand the [...]
UTW Day 2021
Positive Local Action In celebration of the 9th Annual Unfuck The World Day on Saturday, September 18, 2021, A Million Drops teamed up with Compassion Connections at the Hollywood Adventist Church to offer free showers and haircuts. Compassion Connections is a program run by Andrew Froemming, providing free showers to unhoused individuals, and our amazing team of stylists and barbers volunteered and worked tirelessly all afternoon! Unfuck The World Day has been celebrated annually since 2013 with global events, promoting positive local action. We all know how a great haircut makes us feel more confident and better about ourselves. Imagine [...]
Real Good Stuff
REAL GOOD STUFF Regular supporters may already know about this, but if you are a new friend of A Million Drops, we would like to tell you about Real Good Stuff, a podcasting show hosted by Scott Clapson, originally produced by New York DJ Cherish The Luv, and sponsored by A Million Drops. In 2018 and 2019, Scott was not only a regular guest at the A Million Drops Learning Center, he also taught a weekly podcasting class there to fellow unhoused folks. During that time, has recorded more than 30 conversations with people surviving homelessness, and with community advocates/activists [...]
AMD During Corona
AMD DURING CORONA It's been over a year since we closed the A Million Drops Learning Center. Here is what we have been up to since: • provided over 1,000 free laundry vouchers, so that people experiencing homelessness can wash their clothing, blankets and sleeping bags. • handed out over 100 bags with toiletries, socks, bottled water and energy bars. • bought sofas, beds, chairs, refrigerators, desks, shelves, lamps, curtains, linens, kitchenware, decorative items and other needed items for previously unhoused individuals who finally moved into apartments. We couldn't do any of this without your support, and we are very [...]
AMD Learning Center Closing
A MILLION DROPS LEARNING CENTER IS CLOSING Two years ago we took the big step signing a lease for a space in Hollywood, so we could offer classes and workshops in a safe, quiet and happy environment to people experiencing homelessness, and it is with deep sorrow and regret that we are announcing the closing of the A Million Drops Learning Center. Our Director Maike devoted all her time outside of her regular job to make things happen, and she finally realized that the responsibility is too much much for one person to handle. It was an amazing time. Every [...]
American Street Kid
AMERICAN STREET KID We are thrilled to announce that A Million Drops was chosen as one of two non-profits to benefit from the theatrical release of American Street Kid, a full length documentary about the lives of youth and young adults in Los Angeles experiencing homelessness. We are very grateful to director Michael Leoni and his producing team for selecting us!
Charity Poker Tournament
CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT Our 1st Annual Charity Poker Tournament was a full success! We couldn't be happier! Five lucky winners took their prize money home, and we were able to raise a nice amount for our A Million Drops Learning Center. Please enjoy a few snapshots of the event, from setting up to the final three players. Frank Uchalik Jr, owner of Alpha Medical Props, had cleared out space in one of his showrooms. Pam Elyea and Linda Busquet, two of our wonderful volunteers, with AMD board member Don W. Neil The calm before the [...]
Gardening Class Graduation!
Wow, what a wonderful 10 part class! Thank you Charles Malki of IV Organics for teaching such a great class and congratulations to all of our graduates. All participants had the opportunity to learn 'new era' gardening techniques to help give them information to put them ahead of 90% of the industry! All graduates received certificates to showcase their work and understanding!
Our First Storytelling Workshop (Concrete Heartbeat)
We had our first storytelling workshop (Concrete Heartbeat) this week with Beowulf Jones (Risk!, Nerdist, MTV)! We are glad to have him teaching here! The first workshop was loaded with great information and storytelling concepts. If you are interested in storytelling, confidence or public speaking please come on over to A Million Drops next Thursday (May the 2nd) at 5pm! Thanks for the great turn out everyone who showed up (the picture obviously doesn't do the turn out justice).
Thank You For A Successful Event And Performance!
Thank you everyone who came out to see the Pop-Up BENEFIT PERFORMANCE by New York Actor & Playwright Robert Galinsky, directed by Jay O. Sanders this past Wednesday! Robert Galinsky, who is also the coach of our weekly Improv & Acting Workshop, used the event to raise funds to help us pay rent, so that we can continue to serve young adults experiencing homelessness. 100% of the proceeds went to A Million Drops. A Million Drops is not government funded and runs completely on donations. It is these acts of generosity and your support that help us keep going! Thank [...]
The Bench – A Benefit Performance
A Pop-Up BENEFIT PERFORMANCE by New York Actor & Playwright Robert Galinsky, directed by Jay O. Sanders Robert Galinsky, who is also the coach of our weekly Improv & Acting Workshop, is raising funds to help us pay rent, so that we can continue to serve young adults experiencing homelessness. 100% of the proceeds go to A Million Drops. Based on true stories, THE BENCH explores the emotional heartbreak of five individuals experiencing homelessness. With brutal honesty and absurd humor, Galinsky transforms himself into five incorrigible and equally lovable people whose lives become forever entwined. TICKET PRICE/ONLINE: $15 TICKET PRICE/DOOR: [...]
Game Night At A Million Drops!
So we had our first ever Game Night at the A Million Drops Learning Center! It was a full house with games of Scrabble, Jenga, Chess, Catan and others! It was lots of fun and had a bunch of delicious food! Thanks to our awesome supporters Heidi and Robert Urbina, Ed and Dana Robledo and Karen Cota Sheahan. A special thank you to Mother Moo Creamery for donating the most delicious, organic ice cream!