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, 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.
WLI utilizes a cohort model focused on sustainability and independence. The original WLI cohort, which included 6 organizations, began their training in 2016. In 2020, WLI selected a new group of individuals and organizations to serve as the second cohort. Through this structure, the first cohort paasses on their knowledge and skills to the second cohort, and this capacity building will continue to spread throughout the Watts community in a self-sustaining way over time.
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