Recently in Los Angeles we held the night of all nights in Hollywood, The Academy Awards. Each year the Hollywood elite gather to celebrate the year’s greatest stories told on screen and the incredible acting that brought them to life.
We gather in front of our screens to see who wore what and who will receive the prestigious Oscar trophies. While you oooh and ahhh over designer dresses and who will win the biggest awards of the year, have you ever thought about what Hollywood does in between award season?
While many of us are familiar with celebrities and the entertainment industry for what they bring to us on screen, we may not all be as familiar with what the industry does to give back. Here in Los Angeles we house some of the largest entertainment industry charitable organizations and studios who donate a great deal of time, money, and efforts to make our community and world a better place.
Check out these charitable organizations and perhaps there is a place for you to join in on the efforts!
Entertainment Industry Foundation
Established in 1942, The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is an organization comprised of representation from the entire industry that raises awareness and funds for several organizations that support critical health, education, and social issues. The EIF raises awareness and resources for organizations such as Stand Up To Cancer, Think It Up, Hunger Is, and Hollywood Unfiltered. iParticipate is an initiative mobilized by the EIF, that brings awareness to the power of volunteerism in our communities. In addition to the efforts to promote service oriented giving, the Entertainment Industry foundation also provides grants to key volunteer and service organization to help in areas of need. Recipients have included Service Nation and the UCLA Volunteer Center. Whew! That’s a lot of giving!
Screen Actors Guild Foundation
Are you or know some you know in need to extra help in the industry or assistance during a tough time? The Screen Actors Guild Foundation works to raise funds to support members and families support during times of need, educational resources through free workshops and panel discussions, the Actors Center LA, and a children’s literacy program. BookPALS, Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools, is an organization that provides union members the opportunity to give back by reading to students in our local schools. What a great way to bring the art of storytelling to life and support literacy in our communities!
Created over 25 years ago by the Recording Academy, the MusiCares Foundation was established as a resource to help members of the music community who are struggling through difficult times financially, medically, or personally. MusiCares partners with a large network of doctors and medical professionals both locally and nationally to ensure music industry professional are offered service and resources when needed.
Paramount Volunteer Crew
Paramount Pictures, one of Hollywood’s oldest motion picture companies, not only produces some of our favorite films, they also do a lot to give back to the community in which they work. The company has created Paramount Volunteer Crew, an organization of over 150 employee volunteers who meet monthly and plan and oversee an average of 3 projects per month. Some of the special projects they support and participate in are serving meals to the Ronald McDonald House, creating therapeutic crafts with at-risk teens, sending care packages to our troops overseas, and the annual gift drive project where employees “adopt” families in need and purchase items off of their holiday wish list. Via Community Day, named after Paramount’s parent company Viacom, is a day where thousands of Paramount workers assemble all over the world in celebration of service and give back in the communities in which the company is located. Some of these projects include beautifying schools, mentoring students, preparing food for deserving families, and cleaning beaches and rivers, and adopting pets. Whew! That’s a lot of service and not the end of it! Paramount also has signature programs that support and service causes that are close to the company’s heart. They are Kindergarten to Cap & Gown, Green. It’s Paramount to Us., and Paramount FIGHTS HIV/AIDS. What an amazing assortment of organizations and causes supported by one company. We think it’s awesome!
Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation
Founded in 1921 , the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation ( formally known as the Motion Picture Relief Fund) was created to act as a safety net of health and social services for members of the entertainment industry who need help and assistance during difficult times. The foundation was started by some of old Hollywood’s favorites, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith. It originally started with a simple coin box located in Holllywood where entertainment industry workers could deposit spare change for fellow colleagues. Fast forward to today and what was once a simple donation box, has not turned into a much larger network of support and volunteers serving over 150,000 people per year with healthcare, services, and retirement living. The MPTF has established We’re ALL IN This Together, a movement used to spread the word about the MPTF to the entertainment industry, accepting donations and time for those in need. The MPTF has also established a solid volunteer program, currently accepting volunteers from ages 14-93 that service projects in the community, The Wasserman Campus Retirement Community, office support, computers and tech squad, the junior volunteer program and much more. If want to volunteer your time to give back to the entertainment community the Motion Picture and Television Fund has a plethora of opportunities that can suit your interests and talents!
We love and admire Hollywood and all that it has given to us and love all that organizations are doing to make our communities here in Los Angeles and all over the world better!
If we could, we would award an Oscar to them all!
Written by: Jessica Paisant