Urgent note: It’s almost time for Descanso Gardens to transform into a leafy world of dazzling nighttime lights again. “Enchanted: Forest of Light” opens November 19, but tickets tend to vanish in a twinkling. Better reserve your visit soon.
When your job is all about homes, you’re bound to be interested in communities and how to make them better. That’s how the John Aaroe Group Community Foundation 501(c)(3) was born. The need to give back is part of our DNA, and we contribute a portion of the commission earned on every deal made by every agent to our nonprofit support organization.
We concentrate our efforts on local causes and focus on four areas where we believe we can make a real impact: community, education, the environment and health care. As our ongoing contributions enhance the wellbeing of our communities, they enrich our own lives, too. If you’d like to nominate a charity for Community Foundation funding, please contact your local Aaroe agent.
A Foundation board representing all our agents meets regularly to review applications and award grants. Below are our July recipients. You’ll find a list of all organizations who have received Foundation grants at aaroefoundation.com.
LA Family Housing helps homeless and low-income households find help with many types of shelter, from temporary housing to permanent rentals. All its solutions are linked to supportive services. The organization’s aid extends across Greater LA, and it’s the largest provider of affordable housing in the San Fernando Valley. more »
Students Run LA challenges at-risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with a life-changing experience: Training for and completing the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. more »
Pasadena Photography Arts encourages and supports emerging photographers in the East Los Angeles communities through promotion, exhibitions, publications and educational programs. more »
Dogs Without Borders rescues stray and abandoned dogs from local LA shelters and as far away as Taiwan and Mexico. It does not have a facility and relies solely on foster volunteers to house and care for their rescue dogs until they are adopted. more »
Virginia Robinson Gardens is the earliest estate in Beverly Hills and a national historical landmark. Its period landscape, historic mansion, and five themed gardens are a destination for fans of history, architecture, art and botanical treasures. more »
McIntyre House offers a unique, challenging, and highly effective rehabilitative experience in a safe, stable and supportive home-like environment in Los Angeles for men seeking recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. more »
Mending Kids gives sick kids life-saving surgical care to correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, urological defects, facial deformities and more while advancing education and training to establish medical self-sufficiency in their communities. more »
A Thousand Joys works directly with high-risk children and families and the organizations that serve them, providing innovative, comprehensive programs focusing on trauma-related stress management, emotional regulation and healing. more »
United Cerebral Palsy educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities. more »
RaiseAChild promotes family building to a broad spectrum of prospective parents to solve the U.S. foster care crisis through public education and events, a parent advocate program and a nationwide referral network. more »
We also regularly volunteer for community efforts, including this spring’s Great Los Angeles River CleanUp, the largest urban river cleanup in America. This spring, we organized two work days at the event and donated funds to its sponsor, Friends of the Los Angeles River.
So you’re invited to someone else’s Thanksgiving feast. Whew. But wait – you still have to bring a side. This year, why make it that same tired old chestnut (dressing)? The folks at Food Network have 100+ way more impressive recipes.
Anyone who’s driven the Eastside freeways has spotted the soaring 226-foot tower of the 1927 Sears Mail Order Building in Boyle Heights. Now it and the rest of its 1.8-million-square-foot landmark complex are poised for new mixed-use life.