holiday GIFT DRIVE

For over two decades, we, at Heart of Los Angeles, have come together as a community to do what we can to brighten the holidays for children and families with our holiday gift drive. Each year, our students write a "Letter to Santa" explaining a little about themselves and what would make the holidays bright for their families. We read each and every one of the hundreds of letters that are written and put together an Amazon Wish List.

This #GivingTuesday consider making an in-kind donation by purchasing a holiday gift for a student. Add one extra item to your shopping cart. It will make a huge difference this holiday season.


Please join us for our volunteer orientation where we will be covering various opportunities available for you to join the HOLA family. This will be a great time to learn about all of the different ways our departments' service students and how you can help.

The orientation will be held on HOLA's campus on Thursday, November 15 from 6-8 pm. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Alyshia Gonzalez, at if you are interested in attending. We look forward to seeing you!


HOLA will be hosting a series of tours of our new building site in late October and early November. If you are interested in a hard-hat tour of the new facilities, please email our Chief Development Officer, Brooke Lykins, at

Alumni Winter reunion

Each year, HOLA hosts a Winter Reunion for our alumni returning home for break. The event brings together a diverse group of volunteers, who share their experience and knowledge with our students currently navigating through college. Professional teachers and lawyers are especially needed. It is a great way to form a meaningful bond with a younger generation of future leaders and innovators. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Alyshia Gonzalez, at for more information.