Pasadena Food Hug Bolsters Minority-Owned Restaurants

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City of Pasadena sanitation workers were able to enjoy lunch through donations made to Pasadena Food Hug, a nonprofit organization that local resident Trisha Muse (second from right) helped launch to benefit front-line employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trisha Muse’s vision for Pasadena Food Hug, which she founded and launched in August with the Latino Restaurant Association, was to deliver comfort and hope to those on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 and help local Black- and Latino-owned eateries survive the pandemic.
Thanks to caring donors and foundations, the effort surpassed its original fundraising goal of $30,000 and raised more than $62,000.
Since the summer, Muse and volunteers have delivered nearly 3,800 meals to first responders and essential workers in more than 30 industries including health care, utilities, grocery and retail, senior living/nursing homes and nonprofit organizations. She hopes to raise at least an additional $10,000 to enable the program to continue to support the restaurants and workers through the winter surge.

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PCC Foundation Receives $1.5 Million Gift

The Pasadena City College Foundation has announced a $1.5 million bequest from the estate of Adelaide Finkbine Hixon, an enthusiastic supporter of the college and advocate for education.
Hixon died in 2019 at the age of 101.
In 2000, she gave $1 million to the college, funds that were used to establish the Hixon Teacher Preparation Program. Last month, the foundation received an additional $1.5 million bequest in her will.
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Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kickoff Breakfast Is Nov. 20

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Lisa Guerrero, keynote speaker for the upcoming Salvation Army Red Kettle Kickoff Breakfast to benefit the organization, is pictured with Salvation Army Pasadena Capt. Terry Masango.

The Salvation Army Pasadena will hold its seventh annual Red Kettle Kickoff Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 20, with a virtual fundraising event to open the holiday season. The program will begin at 8 a.m.
Fritz Coleman returns as emcee and Lisa Guerrero, chief investigative reporter for television’s “Inside Edition,” will serve as keynote speaker.
Sponsorship levels, including delivered or donated breakfasts, are available. Registration is free for all. To donate or register, visit

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Pasadena Humane Society Aids Pets During Crisis

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A Pasadena Humane Society volunteer recently distributes food as part of its Helping Paws program, a pet food bank offering free food and supplies to animal owners in need. The nonprofit expects more people to struggle with feeding and keeping their pets amid the coronavirus fallout.

With the effects of the coronavirus trickling into every crevice of modern-day sustainability, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is gearing up to help those it knows are most impacted in times of crisis: unemployed people and their pets.
Even those people who had been doing relatively well economically are expected to struggle financially because of the closures that were enacted to stem the spread of COVID-19, especially if they are part of the retail, restaurant, hotel or service industries. In times of hardship, people often need to abandon their rented homes and apartments with their beloved animals.
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Friends In Deed Hits the Streets to Fight Homelessness

Outlook photo Friends In Deed Director Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater and street outreach specialist Najwa Jones are taking a new approach to getting the homeless housed: Head to the streets to make connections.
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Friends In Deed Director Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater and street outreach specialist Najwa Jones are taking a new approach to getting the homeless housed: Head to the streets to make connections.
How to Donate,  Volunteer at  Friends In Deed  Friends In Deed is celebrating its 125th year as an interfaith organization helping to meet basic human needs for the homeless and at-risk neighbors. To help the nonprofit achieve success with its critical programs, including homeless outreach and prevention, food pantry, Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter and the Women’s Room, visit and go to the “Get Involved” tab. Volunteers are welcome and donations are vital to programming.
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By most accounts, Bonnie Morrison was on track to live a pretty normal middle-class life in Pasadena. By middle age, she was married and had raised a family, gone back to school, finished her degrees and worked briefly in her field before trying to further her education even more.
But a series of events interrupted that trajectory. She and her husband divorced, and Morrison, who had never paid bills before, suddenly struggled to make rent and keep up with details like insurance. She fought back depression. Then, her car collided with a Mack truck in a no-fault accident. She survived the crash but suffered an untreated head injury that heightened her depression and left her feeling isolated and incapacitated. Continue reading “Friends In Deed Hits the Streets to Fight Homelessness”

Boys & Girls Club Lends Love, Training to Shelter Dogs

Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club A Boys & Girls Club member displays his dog-training skills at an obstacle course with a shelter dog named Dodger. The K9 Youth Alliance nonprofit provides the dogs for students to train in a vocational program.
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A Boys & Girls Club member displays his dog-training skills at an obstacle course with a shelter dog named Dodger. The K9 Youth Alliance nonprofit provides the dogs for students to train in a vocational program.

After 80 years of delivering tried-and-true programs to local youth, the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has recently hit another home run program for its members, one that is particularly hard to resist: helping shelter dogs.
The collaboration with the K9 Youth Alliance nonprofit is “kids helping dogs helping kids,” a program to connect teens with furry friends from Los Angeles Animal Services. They establish a working, loving relationship with shelter dogs through an intense, three-week vocational training program. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club Lends Love, Training to Shelter Dogs”

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