Established in 1999, The Giving Spirit has provided over 75,000 survival kits that have been distributed by thousands of Giving Spirit volunteers. These survival duffel bags, companion animal kits, and student backpacks address the immediate basic needs of individuals who are experiencing various stages of homelessness. The Los Angeles-based organization also strives to connect individuals to short and long-term supportive services.
During volunteer events, The Giving Spirit offers learning experiences designed to promote community-wide education and advocacy regarding the growing homeless crisis, and to develop open and empathetic dialogues between concerned citizens and community members who are currently experiencing homelessness and those who have successfully transitioned into housing and financial stability. The organization's outreach and programming partnerships ensure streamlined coordination, not duplication, of their programs and services.Meet some of their dedicated staff and learn how to create similar kit-building and educational events in your communities. Included is a look at their recent Companion Animal events as examples of bridging community awareness and action in support of unhoused people and their pets.
Watch the recording here
Participants will learn:
Rebecca Cannara, Senior Manager for Educational Programming, The Giving Spirit
Tim Ingram, Director of Finance & Operations, The Giving Spirit
Tim is an attorney in Los Angeles and first volunteered for The Giving Spirit in 2003. After serving as a volunteer in many capacities and on The Giving Spirit’s Board for 10 years, Tim became Operations Director in 2015 as the organization continued to grow and expand its programs and reach. Drawing on his experience in the field and as logistics coordinator in his career before practicing law, Tim oversees the operational and financial management needs of The Giving Spirit as well as procurement and event planning. He also provides reports and strategic advice to the Chairman and the Board as well as staff members. Tim uses his legal experience to guide TGS’s compliance with local, state and federal regulatory requirements. Tim grew up and lived in Arlington, Virginia before moving to Los Angeles, where he and his wife have lived for the past 25 years. Tim received a BA in Economics from Washington and Lee University and a J.D., from George Mason University School of Law.Dick Koopmans, Staff and Project Coordinator, Outreach Committee Chair, The Giving Spirit