Our  Profile


Our projects in 2017 are the garden program at Marquez Charter School, other garden workshops and serving dinner at Turning Point Transitional Housing.

Recent Projects

Current Projects

In September the School Supplies Drive benefited homeless children tutored by School on Wheels. 

In November and January Palisades Cares volunteers prepared and served dinner for the 55 clients of Turning Point Transitional Housing in Santa Monica.

In December toys from our annual toy drive were donated to One Voice and to School on Wheels. The School on Wheels toys were distributed at the Vittorio's Ristorante party for the children.

What We’re Doing and Who We Are

Palisades Cares is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit in Pacific Palisades, CA. We organize and promote community service activities in the LA area as well as organize workshops and other events. We network with other community groups such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, YMCA, the Palisades Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Pacific Palisades, OPCC as well as local businesses such as Gelson's, CVS, Regal Cleaners, Vittorios' Pizzeria, Benton's. 

​ Our activities have included food drives for the Westside Food Bank, holiday toy drives, backpack collections for homeless kids, distribution of reusable bags, composting and gardening workshops, recycling collections, beach cleanups, film screenings of environmental films, workshops by Food for Life instructors and more. In addition to a grant from the Pacific Palisades Women's Club, we partnered with a Marquez School Girl Scout troop to make a Little Free Library.

Volunteer with us!!!

Palisades Cares


Founded: 2006

Founder: Marie Steckmest, a 33 year Pacific Palisades resident


Areas of expertise: 
Community activist,- Pacific Palisades Community Sparkplug and Citizen of the Year, MBA UCLA Anderson School, UCCE Master Gardener, former LAUSD elementary school teacher, volunteer garden teacher at Marquez Charter School.

Focus of volunteering:

Children, environment, homeless