Do you know NoHo’s Hands 4 Hope L.A.?
Founded in 2000, this long-time, North Hollywood non-profit organization is an after-school and single-parent resource program that serves youth from single parent homes in North Hollywood and the surrounding East Valley communities. Created to provide “latchkey” children a safe and supportive environment, Hands 4 Hope L.A. is where at-risk youth are nurtured and can evolve into their best selves. While there are other organizations that target inner city youth, Hands 4 Hope L.A. founder Lydia Floyd found it necessary to build a base for the support of the multi-cultural children of North Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.
So how do they do all their programs for our local youth and families? In so many fun ways. One event where you can get involved is with their annual Hope Walk.
The day begins at North Hollywood Park with the HopeWalk, a 5K walk leaving from the corner of Magnolia and Tujunga avenues and will travel along Lankershim Blvd. This is a family tradition, designed to increase kids health awareness and get them moving.
After the walk, the event features the Kids Healthy Activities Fair, which encourages youth and their parents to create a healthy lifestyle, and offers more than 20 different activities for the chance to win fun toys and prizes. There’s also A Taste of Healthy NoHo, which involves local restaurants and markets providing the event’s participants a free taste of their healthy food choices. It's a bit of nutrition and a lot of tasty food!
To close their fun-filled day they have live entertainment on the stage, ranging from guest speakers to performances and the awards ceremonies for the winners of the day.
Saturday, June 9 from 8AM — 2PM
North Hollywood Park (Corner of Magnolia & Tujunga)
Ask your neighbors, parents and friends to help sponsor you for the walk, then please stop by the website or come by Hands for Hope to pick up the application. Here's your chance to show your support for Hands for Hope - and even raise money to keep their programs going.
Or you can make a donation to their programs HERE>>
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So how did the HopeWalk begin?
Here’s a little history. The citywide Annual 5K HopeWalk began as a means of uniting the community of North Hollywood and surrounding neighborhoods in Los Angeles County with a mission to increase health awareness. Hands 4 Hope L.A. noticed that children and their parents in the area were in need of healthier lifestyles, so they joined together with residents, merchants and other community organizations in the area for a citywide event that has attracted corporations such as Disney, Dole, California Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Adidas, Whole Foods Markets and METRO. Due to the need and success of the 5K HopeWalk, Hands for Hope intensified its commitment to healthy families by adding the Kid’s Healthy Activity Fair in 2006 to encourage youth and their parents to participate in fitness/sports activities in a way that is both fun and engaging. During the fair, kids will perform over 10 different fitness and sports activities as well as healthy food tastings. By adding the Kids Healthy Activity Fair, Hands for Hope once again proves its dedication to healthy, sustainable lifestyles for youth and their families.
For more information on Hands 4 Hope L.A. and HopeWalk log on to www.hands4hope.org or call 818-763- HOPE (4673)
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