Drew's Cause Corner: February 2021
We have so many amazing causes featured on our show. Here's how to learn more!
Los Angeles LGBT Center
For more than 50 years, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBTQ individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. With nearly 800 employees, the Center provides services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world—from health and mental health services to Youth and Senior Services, and more.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center has remained open to continue serving those in need. New services have emerged during the global health crisis, such as their Pride Pantry which distributes boxes of food throughout Los Angeles every week, as well as providing 450 boxed meals every day to vulnerable youth and seniors—meals prepared entirely by the Center's own Culinary Arts students.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center is an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world in which LGBTQ people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Chloe Grace Moretz and Drew Barrymore have each personally designed drawer chests and donated them to the LALGBT Center auction.
To learn more about the Los Angeles LGBT Center, visit lalgbtcenter.org.
Cerebral Palsy Foundation
People with cerebral palsy rarely get the interventions and supports they need at the moments they need them. The Cerebral Palsy Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that defines and addresses Moments of Impact – the times at which interventions and insights, if properly implemented, have the power to change lives. CPF works to better understand how to effect change and implement it. Their Collaborative Networks enable real world impact through influential researchers, thinkers, and organizations around the world to drive significant change. They bring together many of the country’s most prestigious medical institutions, as well as innovative thinkers in diverse areas such as technology and media, in order to accelerate the development of critical advances.
Learn more: https://www.yourcpf.org/
Actor Ben Platt was joined on our show by his sister-in-law, former Glee actress Courtney Platt, to discuss his initiative MSinHarmony.com, in partnership with the American Music Therapy Association and Bristol Myers Squibb, which helps patients achieve harmony of the body and mind through music therapy.
Learn more: https://www.msinharmony.com/
EAT. LEARN. PLAY. Foundation
Founded by three-time NBA champion and two-time MVP Stephen Curry and entrepreneur, host and two-time The New York Times best-selling author Ayesha Curry, seeks to unlock the full human potential of every child. Focused on youth in underserved communities in Oakland, CA and the Bay Area, the foundation’s programs are anchored around three core values vital to a successful childhood: nutrition, education and active living. The Curry family is committed to fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring students have access to a quality education, and providing safe places for all children to play and be active. The foundation’s localized programs provide nutritious food for children in low-income neighborhoods to reduce childhood hunger, the tools to learn about holistic wellness and environments for safe play. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eat. Learn. Play. and its community partners have served over 15 million nutritious meals to Oakland kids and families affected.
Learn more: https://eatlearnplay.org/
Jason Debus Heigl Foundation
The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation was founded in 2008 by Nancy and Katherine Heigl. The Heigls’ desire to end animal cruelty and abuse inspired them to create an organization dedicated to animal welfare that would celebrate the compassion, kindness and memory of a beloved son and brother. Throughout his brief lifetime, Jason loved all animals, especially dogs, cats and monkeys, and he lived his life extending compassion and kindness to all creatures great and small. The Foundation is his legacy.
For more information: https://jasonheigl.foundation/
Make It Black Campaign
To launch the Make It Black campaign, Pull Up For Change is partnering with established beauty brands - Briogeo, Colourpop, Dragun Beauty, Flower Beauty, Maybelline, Morphe, NYX Professional Makeup, PUR and UOMA Beauty - to repackage their most iconic products in black. These limited-edition products will be available for purchase throughout February (Black History Month) and will be sold online exclusively with Ulta Beauty, and via the Make It BLACK and participating brands’ websites.
100% of the gross profits from the limited-edition iconic black products will be contributed to the new, not-for-profit PULL UP FOR CHANGE Impact Fund, which will deploy capital to black-owned businesses and will be allocated as grants to emerging black founders. Members of the public will also be able to donate directly to the fund.
For more info: https://makeitblack.org/