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About us
Project Ropa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps restore dignity, rekindle optimism and empower the lives of people experiencing homelessness by providing clean clothes, hygiene kits and drinking water in a safe, humane and dignified way. Our retrofitted van functioning as a walk-in closet carries hope as well as a full selection of high-quality men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories all neatly displayed on racks and shelves similar to a retail environment. Our Mobile Hygiene Service operates weekly in Downtown LA and Echo Park.

Our social enterprise employs people with barriers to employment including people transitioning out of homelessness and formerly incarcerated individuals to work with our street services and recycling program.

To help cover the costs to operate our mobile hygiene service we source surplus and dead stock fabric rolls from local manufacturers and retailers and sell the items to the public. We also host monthly popup clothing markets. All the proceeds go directly back into funding our direct services for the unhoused.

Volunteer description:

We are looking for someone who has experience in fundraising and partnership development as well as defining and telling the story of our organization. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, well-organized and a creative thinker.

Responsibilities:

  • Help secure monetary and in-kind donations from individuals and corporations
  • Write and communicate well, clearly and with compelling voice aligned to the organizational mission and brand

To learn more visit our website: www.projectropa.org

Ideally we would like someone who can commit to helping us at least 3 hours a week.

It is preferred that candidates live in the Los Angeles area, but we are open to someone working remotely as well.

HOW TO APPLY

Email: caitlin@projectropa.org

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About Project Ropa

Location:

13970 Van Ness Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Project Ropa is to restore dignity and empower the lives of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles by providing clean clothes, hygiene essentials, and employment opportunities while reducing textile waste and minimizing our carbon footprint.

Description

Project Ropa was founded in 2016 by Caitlin Adler to address the challenges that people experiencing homelessness face in obtaining and keeping clean clothes. When you're homeless, it doesn't take long to look that way, and the world and your options in it shrink. Most homeless people literally have only the clothes on their backs. Access to clean clothing is essential to the overall well-being of a person and can be the key to opening doors to employment and housing.

How you look affects how you feel about yourself and how others treat you. We believe everyone deserves to be treated with respect. No one should have to wear dirty clothes or clothes that are ill-fitting.

We provide a curated selection of new and gently used high-quality men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories, along with personal hygiene products -- all donated by local manufacturers, retailers and nonprofit partners -- which we bring to locations throughout the city each week in a retrofitted van that acts as a mobile walk-in closet. At the same time, the people we serve can take a shower offered by another service provider with whom we work in tandem.

Our social enterprise provides employment opportunities for previously incarcerated individuals and people transitioning out of homelessness to work with our Mobile Hygiene Service.

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Homeless & Housing
Media & Broadcasting

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Business Development & Sales Management
  • Customer Acquisition
  • Marketing Strategy & Planning
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Minimum 4 hours a week

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