Philanthropy, Fun & Friendship Drive Woman’s Club

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Fay Vahdani  “Philanthropy, fun and friendship" drives the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club where members join forces to support worthy causes. Since the Club’s inception in 1925, PPWC members have dedicated their time and resources to preserve and enhance the quality of life in the Palisades by providing necessary services and resources to seniors, children and…

Volunteers Make 
an Impact With 
Palisades Cares

Founded in 2006, Palisades Cares is a nonprofit that organizes and promotes community service activities in the Los Angeles area, from food drives for the Westside Food Bank to backpack collections for homeless children.

Sam Simon Foundation: 
Rescuing Dogs 
for Good

The Sam Simon Foundation in Malibu rescues dogs from animal shelters and professionally trains them to become assistance dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing—as well as PTSD service dogs for veterans.

Pacific Palisades Art Association Showcases Local Art

As a nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing local art, the Pacific Palisades Art Association features art demonstrations, guest speakers and judged group shows, as well as member solo shows at the public library and local women's club.

Boys & Girls Club Wellness Center Encourages Youth to Reach Out & Up

The new Wellness Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu was inspired by a collective concern over a lack of accessible and affordable services available to youth in Malibu.

Local Optimists Serve as Community Pillars for Youth

Many know them for their famous pancake breakfasts, most recently enjoyed at the Malibu Arts Festival, but the Optimist Club of Malibu’s service extends beyond providing a good breakfast to include 57 years of helping local youth reach their full potential.

Surfing Sparks Sea Change 
for Special-Needs Kids

A Walk On Water provides children with special needs the chance to do exactly that—walk on water.

Chasing Normal

I could pack this article with statistics: approximately 23 million people live with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 16 million children under the age of 18 have been orphaned by AIDS in Africa alone. Each day, 6,000 people in Africa die from AIDS.

Locals Unite to Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

The time, effort and dedication of the more than 13 million volunteers in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks have raised more than $810 million to save lives from breast cancer since 1993. Last year alone, 1.4 million walkers across the country raised more than $60 million to help finish the fight against breast cancer.