Serving our neighbors and community members in Los Angeles for over 23 years.
GROCERY BAGS SERVED
Our Programs / Nuestros Programas
We teach English to adults, help kids improve math skills, and distribute groceries to those in need– we’ve given out more than 270,000 bags of food since 1993! We also offer exercise and nutrition classes, we organize field trips for children in our neighborhoods, and we bring together members of the community and civic leaders so that we continue to grow our connection to our neighbors and help them get the services they need.
Enseñamos inglés a adultos, ayudamos a los niños a mejorar sus habilidades matemáticas y distribuimos comestibles a los necesitados. ¡Hemos entregado más de 270,000 bolsas de alimentos desde 1993! También ofrecemos clases de ejercicio y nutrición, organizamos excursiones para niños en nuestros vecindarios y reunimos a miembros de la comunidad y líderes cívicos para que sigamos creciendo nuestra conexión con nuestros vecinos y les ayudemos a obtener los servicios que necesitan.
Without Limits Tutoring / Tutoría Sin Límites
Without Limits is a community math tutoring program for underprivileged children. We provide free tutoring in math and reading to elementary schoolers. We are currently developing two initiatives: a children’s literacy program and Free Breakfast for Children to help alleviate hunger among our students. Help sustain our program.
Groceries for Our Neighbors / Alimentos Para Vecinos
Thanks to contributions from Hopenet and individual donors, we are able to distribute free groceries to 300-500 neighbors every Saturday morning at the First Unitarian Church. For over 23 years, Groceries for our Neighbors has offered a lifeline of support to supplement the diets of families in need. Help sustain our program.
Our Mission / Nuestra Misión
Urban Partners Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) devoted to improving the lives of people who live in the Koreatown / Westlake sections of the city of Los Angeles. Our free programs are aimed at neighborhood needs: education, food assistance, exercise, and community-building. Our goal is to help our neighbors take their place as agents of their own destiny in the civic life of Los Angeles.
Urban Partners Los Angeles es un 501(c)(3) dedicado a mejorar la vida de las personas que viven en las secciones de Koreatown / Westlake de la ciudad de Los Angeles. Nuestros programas gratuitos están dirigidos a las necesidades del vecindario: educación, asistencia alimentaria, ejercicio y construcción de la comunidad. Nuestro objetivo es ayudar a nuestros vecinos a ocupar su lugar como agentes de su propio destino en la vida cívica de Los Ángeles.
Children's Education / Educacion Infantil
Without Limits offers math tutoring and reading for inner city kids. We are working to expand the program with paid tutors.
Community Care / Cuidado Comunitario
Our other programs include: field trips for children, women’s empowerment classes and exercise classes.
Food Distribution / Distribucion de Comida
Every Saturday morning, our food distribution program provides free groceries to hundreds of people in need.
ESL Classes / Clases de ESL
Urban Partners is working to expand our tuition-free community classes with ESL classes for beginning English speakers whose native language is Spanish.
Free Breakfast for Children / Desayuno Gratis Para Niños
Free Breakfast is one of our initiatives to help alleviate hunger among students and provide a healthy learning environment.
Community Building / Construcción Comunitaria
We work closely to develop healthy partnerships with our surrounding neighbors.
How Can I Help?
Are you interested in the mission of Urban Partners Los Angeles? There are many ways that you can help support our programs and get more deeply involved.
Become A Volunteer
At UPLA, the emphasis is on the meaning of being a neighbor. Volunteer in programs that invests in the health and prosperity of the inner-city.
Become a Member-Owner
We value community. In addition to one-time donations, we also welcome people to join the UPLA family by becoming Member-Owners.
Our programs depend entirely on donations from people who believe in empowering and enriching the lives of underprivileged communities.
Emergency Fundraiser for Groceries for our Neighbors
The Groceries for Our Neighbors food distribution program for Urban Partners Los Angeles is in emergency need of funding. We have sustained ourselves with grants and fundraising for over 25 years.Over the last six months, we experienced a 40% increase in weekly activity compared to last year. Two local food pantries closed in the last year creating further pressure on food resources.
This is an emergency request for funding to raise $10,000 to continue operations without interruption for the rest of 2019.
Groceries for our Neighbors is a critical supply of food for Koreatown and its surrounding neighborhoods. Each Saturday, a team of 20 to 30 volunteers pass out over 25,000 lbs. of groceries to over 400 individuals which helps feed hundreds more of their family members each week.
Please donate to our GoFundMe campaign and sign up for recurring donations on our website. Your generous tax-deductible donation will feed low income families and members of our community struggling with homelessness.
Each dollar you donate helps us distribute enough food for 10 meals or more and feeds a family for a day.
Become A Member-Owner
When you become a Member-Owner, you become part of a network of people who care about the mission of UPLA, forming ties among each other and those our programs support through volunteer days, meetups, and other events.
Member-Owners are the financial foundation of our program, joining our community enterprise by committing to recurring monthly contributions. These donations help to pay our tutors, fill our neighbors’ grocery bags, and spread the word to our community that they can get empowered here–with English, math skills, exercise, and nutrition.
We’re honored by what people say. Here are some of our favorite quotes from our donors, supporters, and community members.
“It’s important to volunteer and teach your kids while they are still young so when they become adults they can continue helping those in need.”
Killiy lives on the same street as the location for our program after her family overcame years of battling challenges with housing and low income occupations. Today, she is a star student but had to work as a child to help her parents. Now Killiy wants to help tutor because she never had access to those opportunities growing up.
Eddie, who started with us as a struggling 2nd grader, stayed for 5 years and loved the program so much he has returned in 9th grade as a star student looking to give back.
“Volunteering with Urban Partners is a great way to meet members of your community and make new friends as well.”
Grocery Bags Served
At Urban Partners Los Angeles, the emphasis is on the meaning of being a neighbor. As our mission statement indicates, we want to educate, empower, and enrich our neighbors.