In an effort to uplift communities throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area that are most affected by the pandemic, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) has partnered with Pull Up Neighbor, a Black-led nonprofit organization that specializes in the health and well-being of minorities and vulnerable communities.
In this partnership, with a $50,000 grant from LADF to Pull Up Neighbor, ‘The Pull Up Neighbor Tour’ has made its way through Los Angeles, which provides food and other essential items to anyone seeking assistance.
Nonprofit organization Pull Up Neighbor provides direct help to communities in need across the country. In just eight months, the organization has visited over 51 cities, and has been able to serve over 115 thousand people– distributing 500 thousand pounds of food and produce, and 525 thousand PPE items to those in need.
On Saturday, June 5, Inglewood’s Morningside High School was the ninth stop out of the 10-stop Greater Los Angeles tour. Families and individuals could drive through the high school parking lot and receive a myriad of goods and supplies loaded into their vehicle– food boxes provided by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, workout resources and at-home physical activity kits from UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind, games and toys donated by the Mattel Children’s Foundation, face masks by Elixir Therapeutics, Dodgers and Lakers gear, hygiene essentials, water, books, and vaccine information to combat vaccination hesitancy.
Walk-up service was also available.
Dodgers Foundation CEO Nichol Whiteman is optimistic about the future of Los Angeles as communities are climbing out of the pandemic, but she is also well aware that the work must continue.
“We’re very hopeful for what’s on the horizon with so many people having gotten vaccines. But we know that the economic destruction for the communities that we serve has been very significant. So, in effort to really hone in on Black and brown communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we decided to partner up with Pull Up Neighbor, and go out and continue to distribute food, books, hygiene essentials, and health and wellness materials, and vaccine information,” says Whiteman.
The tour concluded the following day, Sunday, June 6, in Long Beach– which served as the tenth and final stop. But this won’t be the last we hear from The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, and certainly not the last we’ll hear from Pull Up Neighbor.
LADF has invested more than $32 million in programs and grants to nonprofits since 1995, and will continue to do so.