Humanitarian & Health
Loving Hands Community Care
Loving Hands Community Care, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Watts that provides support and aid to mothers and families who have experi...
UCLA social welfare professor Jorja Leap and project partner Karrah Lompa founded and oversee the Watts Leadership Institute, an initiative of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. In recognition of the Watts community as a hub for nonprofits and community-based leaders, the WLI was created to provide active, ongoing support and education around capacity building, specifically focusing on fundraising diversification and strategy, board leadership, and organizational technical assistance. In this way, WLI works to maximize the impact that community leaders and organizations can have in this historic community.
The Watts Leadership Institute is currently working alongside a cohort of six organizations. The goal of the Institute is to train leaders in the initial cohort so they can pass along their knowledge and skills to a new cohort of organizations from within the Watts community.
The inaugural cohort members and organizations include:
Elder Michael Cummings (We Care Outreach Ministries)
John Jones, III (East Side Riders Bike Club)
Amada Valle (Watts Community Leader)
Kathy Wooten (Loving Hands Community Care, Inc.)
Arturo Ybarra and Pahola Ybarra (Watts/Century Latino Organization)
COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Response
Programmatic Support - Cohort Board Development
Programmatic Support - GRoW Community Garden
Event - WLI Dinner at the Annenberg Community Beach House
Event - Black Panther Screening at the Aero Theatre with American Cinematheque
Programmatic Support – GRoW Community Garden