Architectural Preservation & Environment
These are non-profits that are integral to preserving our architectural and neighborhood history in Los Angeles and it is leading the way for other cities.
The LA Conservancy
The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County that help make our region unique. Since 1978, the Los Angeles Conservancy works every day to make sure these places survive and thrive for future generations. They work through education and advocacy to raise awareness of historic places, prevent their needless demolition, empower people to save the places they love, and foster strong preservation laws and incentives.
Organizations helping to nurture and protect our local environment are so important to the health of our city and our individual health.
FOLAR Friends of the LA River
Since 1986, the Friends of the Los Angeles River have been on a crusade to restore the Los Angeles River, transform the River into a vital public space that is swimmable, fishable, boatable, bikeable and create a citywide ribbon of green spaces for our entire community. Their community and education teams are constantly out at schools and events teaching people about the River.
Theodore Payne Foundation
The Theodore Payne Foundation, established 1960, operates a year-round, retail nursery offering the region’s largest and most interesting selection of California native plants – hundreds of different species and cultivars, many of which are drought tolerant and low maintenance. Their mission is to preserve, propagate and promote California native plants, seeds and wild flowers – native treasures that conserve water and other resources, provide habitat for wildlife, and add color and fragrance to the garden.
Tree People inspires and supports the people of LA to come together to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. They unite with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. Tree People’s goal is to bring nature back to our city streets and neighborhoods, and let nature do its job. They also work with volunteer leaders using their unique Citizen Forester model, and they influence government agencies for a healthy, thriving Los Angeles. Born from the efforts of a teenager over 40 years ago, Tree People have involved more than 2 million people in planting and caring for more than 2 million trees.
I think all you Tomatoes should know about this rag-tag group of miss-matched misfits, fighting insurmountable odds against the forces of evil, in order to save the world! In other words, Sky Valley Volunteers rock! This new non-profit on the block is awesome and needs your Tomato help in many ways. Especially if you love putting your hands in dirt… to pot germinated Oak Tree Acorns and prepare them for planting to restore local habitats! The Sky Valley Volunteers are a group of dedicated environmental stewards, working to preserve, protect and restore the Mountains above Chatsworth and the West Valley. For over a year they have been planting, watering and nurturing baby Oak Trees. Much of that effort has been burned away. But not their resolve. Looking for a way to change the world by healing our mountains? Check out Sky Valley Volunteers.
Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
The Men and Women of the Los Angeles Fire Department are HEROS, no doubt about it. These first responders face an enormous array of challenges: wildfires, car and truck accidents, train collisions, earthquakes, and hazardous-material leaks and spills. I’m sure you all know the extreme and life-threatening hazards our Firefighters must endure. But they are still profoundly committed and dedicated to saving us no matter what the circumstance. The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, founded in 2010 by a committed group of community activists and business leaders, serves and supports the LAFD by strengthening the overall preparedness and responsiveness in protecting life, property, and the environment by providing essential equipment, training, and public outreach programs to supplement city resources.