Founder: Marie Steckmest, a 34 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
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, the Westside Food Bank, Heal the Bay, Rotary Club of Pacific Palisades, the Optimist Club, Lamp Connection (formerly OPCC) as well as local businesses such as Gelson's, CVS, Regal Cleaners, Vittorios' Pizzeria, Benton's, Berkshire Hathaway..
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 such as Bag It and Queen of the Sun,, book discussions as part of Palisades Reads, screening of Ingredients, workshops by Food for Life instructors and more. We have coordinated the installation of recycling bins and bike racks in the Palisades as well as partnering with Girl Scouts to place a Little Free Library at Marquez and Jacon.
Annual projects include:
1) School Supplies Drive in September which benefits homeless and foster children
2) Holiday Toy Drive In December where toys new toys are donated to One Voice and to Happy Trails for Kids
3) Gardening with Kids. Garden Workshops at the library as well as Gardening at Marquez Charter School. Marie Steckmest coordinates the garden program and works with volunteers that help plant, cook and maintain the garden