Good to Give: The Top 5 Charities in Los Angeles

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Thanksgiving is by definition all about offering one’s time, resources, and care. Let these 5 charitable organizations be your guide to lending a helping hand.

1 18th Street Art Center

Concepted over 30 years ago, 18th Street Art Center functions as a multi-genre art complex that aims to support artists through residencies, workshops, and exhibitions to"provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.". Notable artists such as Ron Athey and Judy Baca are both alumns of 18th Street Center programs. To date, the center has promoted over 150 exhibitions and housed global artists-in-residence from two dozen countries on 5 continents. Local artists can work out any aesthetic frustrations by volunteering at the center.

1639 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 310.453.3711

2 Animal Acres

Animal lovers take note. Located just 45 minutes outside Los Angeles, Animal Acres is a rescue and refuge for animal subjected to the cruelty of factory farms. The organization houses a veritable Noah's ark of wildlife including goats, sheep, cows, pigs, horses, ducks and geese and gives them the room they need to stretch their wings and fly.

5200 Escondido Canyon Road, Acton CA 93510 310.453.3711

3 AIDS/LifeCycle

A collaborative project between the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, cyclists raise money to help fight AIDS by riding their Schwinns from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The 7 day coastal ride is a fully supported ride--not race--where participants are encouraged to support one-another along the California coast.

AIDS/LifeCycle Office, Los Angeles - 323.308.4000

4 Beyond Shelter

Beyond Shelter aims to provide shelter and job-matching initiatives to L.A.'s homeless. The organization sponsors rapid re-housing, affordable accommodations and welfare-to-work programs.

1200 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90017 213.252.0772

5 Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay is aiming to do just what its moniker suggests: rescue California's waterways from erosion, pollution, climate change and runoff. Founded in 1985 by Dorothy Gray, Heal the Bay has helped make California's ocean's safe for surfers, swimmers and sea creatures alike.

1444 9th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.451.1500

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