Our  Profile

What We’re Doing and Who We Are

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

In December toys from our annual toy drive are donated to One Voice and to School on Wheels.  

Volunteers occasionally serve dinner at Turning Point Transitional Housing, part of the Lamp Connection.


      Current Projects

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, 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, 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. Recently we received a grant from

the Pacific Palisades Optimist Club to do garden workshops for children.

Volunteer with us!!!

Palisades Cares


Founded: 2006

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