Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Come and Join Volunteer Day at L.A. Elementary!

Members Project from TakePart and American Express is teaming up with the HandsOn Network to engage volunteers to help improve the Los Angeles Elementary school. Volunteers will brighten the exterior cafeteria area and school breeze ways with much-needed fresh coats of paint and bright murals based on the "Small Steps to Big Change" theme.

Additionally, murals will be painted on the bungalow classrooms that surround the playground, and volunteers will spruce up small patches of garden areas set amidst the concrete play-yard by planting and pruning.

In late September, American Express recently donated $1 million to, an organization that empowers people to help students in need by funding teacher submitted projects, such as helping provide art supplies and musical instruments. $350,000 of that donation will bring an estimated 870 classroom projects to life, impacting up to 22,600 students and teachers in the Los Angeles area.

Interested in being part of the team?  See below -- 

Los Angeles Elementary School
1211 South Hobart Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Saturday, November 6th 9:00 AM

For volunteer sign-up and more information, please visit

About Los Angeles Elementary School: Los Angeles Elementary School is a single track elementary school that serves 804 students from a low-income, densely populated neighborhood of Los Angeles. The students come from families that have been deeply impacted by the economic recession – 99% of students are eligible for free meals under the National School Lunch Program which means that their families have incomes at or below 130% of the poverty level. Yet despite this, the students have shown real improvement in annual grade scores which has been attributed to a committed faculty, some of whom have taught at the school for over 10 years, and an engaged parent body.

About Members Project: Members Project, an innovative online initiative presented by American Express and TakePart, believes that everyone can help change the world for the better, one step at a time. Whether it’s volunteering time, voting for a favorite charity to receive funding from American Express, donating or sharing stories with friends, Members Project enables people to log on and decide how they’d like to take action. Cardmember or not, anyone who is at least 18 is invited to register online at to find out the many ways they can do good. Through Members Project, people can find volunteer opportunities that are right for them and get rewarded for their time by earning Membership Rewards® bonus points. Everyone is invited to join the conversation and share their Members Project experiences using Facebook and Twitter and #AmexMP to tag their tweets.

-ExperienceLA Staff

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