Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute

It all started with the dream of 5-year-old boy living in St. Louis, Missouri. He wanted to save animals and he loved the water! Sam was also a smart, curious and adventurous kid with an easy smile and gregarious laugh. As Sam grew up so did his passion for making a difference and love of life. He worked hard to…

Lending a Hand, Not a Handout: The Jewish Free Loan Association

For more than a century, the Jewish Free Loan Association of Los Angeles has lent a hand to people in need, offering interest-free loans on a non-sectarian basis to individuals and families whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify through traditional financial channels. A financial first responder serving Los Angeles and Ventura counties, JFLA funded $113,000 in interest-free…

Transforming Lives:

“Passing it forward” by doing good deeds in exchange for mentor/tutoring sessions through the Emily Shane Foundation, local youth gain educational benefits while preserving the memory of Malibu teen Emily Shane, who was tragically struck by a car and killed in April 2010. Created by her mother, Ellen Shane, the Emily Shane Foundation aims to give back to the community…

Walk 3to9 & the Dr. Susan Love Foundation:

The Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research—the largest national breast cancer charity based in Los Angeles—believes that ending breast cancer lies at the intersection of research and innovative partnerships.

Malibu Chili Cook-Off Challenge and Carnival Benefits Area Youth

Residents who want to help Malibu youth and love chili can come with an appetite for the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu’s (BGCM) 38th Annual Chili Cook-Off Challenge, starting Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2.

Harry Barovksy Memorial Youth Commission:

The Harry Barovksy Memorial Youth Commission, created in 1999 by the Malibu City Council, was developed to provide young people in the community with a platform to make recommendations to the council on matters concerning the city's programs and projects that are structured to serve them and their families. 

Community Activist Leaves Lasting Mark

Beth Leder-Pack, a Santa Monica community leader and activist known for making a tremendous positive impact during her lifetime, passed away on March 30 at age 60 in her sleep after a brief illness.

Malibu Urgent Care Center Tends to Community

When it comes to emergency medical care, Malibu Urgent Care Center serves as the sole location to receive treatment from Oxnard to Santa Monica. Established in 2001 after the former urgent care center went bankrupt, the local medical center owes its existence to dedicated community members.

Women’s Economic Ventures

Women’s Economic Ventures—also known as WEV—is a nonprofit organization, serving Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which provides business training, consulting and loans to help entrepreneurs start, grow and thrive in business.

School Gardens Nurture Students’ Green Thumbs & Inspire Healthy Eating

Putting an educational spin on the farm to-table model, Marquez Charter School’s Edible Garden program offers a garden-to-classroom experience for Pacific Palisades elementary school students. The current edible garden has its roots in Marie Steckmest, a UCCE Master Gardener, whose mission within the “community (is) to encourage edible gardening (enhance school gardens) and especially encourage young gardeners,” as she writes…