As a part of the ongoing support for the Los Angeles community, the LA Galaxy proudly partner with charitable organizations in Los Angeles and feature one organization at every game as the official Community Partner of the Match with exclusive in-game programming. Support a Community Partner of the Match and attend an LA Galaxy home match on their behalf by visiting www.lagalaxy.com/communitypartner.
American Heart Association – Friday, March 6th vs. Chicago Fire
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim about 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2005–06 the association invested over $543 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. American Heart Association featured in Soccerfest with items sold at the LA Galaxy Foundation booth in support of heart research. To learn more, please visit www.americanheart.org.
Heal the Bay – Saturday, March 21st vs. Houston Dynamo
Heal the Bay is Southern California’s leading nonprofit dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our local beaches and ocean. The volunteer-driven organization has a 30 -year track record of using sound science and community engagement to keep our coastline clean and vibrant. The group issues water quality grades for more than 500 beaches each week, conducts monthly beach cleanups and operates the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, among many other programs. Heal the Bay featured in Soccerfest with a 20 for Twenty Beach Clean-up Day scheduled for Friday, April 10th. To learn more, please visit www.healthebay.org.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Sunday, April 12th vs. Seattle Sounders
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. The hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Children’s Hospital featured in Soccerfest with 20 for Twenty events scheduled in March and September. To learn more, please visit www.CHLA.org.
Habitat for Humanity – Saturday, April 18th vs. Kansas City
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, Habitat LA has built and repaired more than 1,000 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. Habitat LA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatla.org
Alliance of Lupus Research – Saturday, May 2nd vs. Colorado Rapids
The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) is a national voluntary health organization with the mission to find better treatments and ultimately prevent and cure systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus), a debilitating autoimmune disease, by supporting medical research. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, cells and organs. Since founded in 1999 by , ALR has committed $100-million to lupus research. To learn more, please visit www.lupusresearch.org
Hometown Heroes – Friday, May 22nd vs. Houston Dynamo
LA Galaxy celebrate local first responder units and military forces for the second annual Hometown Heroes Night featuring California Highway Patrol - Southern California Division, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Sheriff Department within Soccerfest. To learn more, please visit www.lagalaxy.com/hometownheroes.
Homeboy Industries – Wednesday, May 27th vs. Real Salt Lake
Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and recently incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community. In addition to paying men and women to receive job training, Homeboy Industries also require that they spend part of their working day at their facility working on themselves. Homeboy Industries offer education, therapy, tattoo removal, substance abuse treatment, legal assistance, and job placement services. Homeboy Industries featured in Soccerfest with LA Galaxy staff members participating in a 20 for Twenty Teambuilding Tamalada event in May. To learn more, please visit www.homeboyindustries.org.
Los Angeles Unified School District – Saturday, June 6th vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the nation. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles and include the mega-city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California. BTB offers award winning out-of-school time (before and after school and Saturdays) programs at the elementary, middle, and high school level to more than 100,000 students every day. This program ensures that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to free, high quality, safe and supervised academic, enrichment and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. LAUSD featured in Soccerfest with a pregame “Stuff the Bus” school supplies drive at Northwest entrance of StubHub Center benefiting LAUSD’s Homeless Education program. To learn more, please visit www.btb.lausd.net.
Positive Coaching Alliance – Saturday, June 20th vs. Philadelphia Union
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. PCA provides training to coaches, parents, youth athletes, and youth sports organization leaders on how to teach positive character traits and "life lessons” through sports that not only increase success in competition, but also help athletes become better people and make positive contributions throughout their lives. With 11 chapters across the country, PCA has partnered with over 2,000 schools and youth sports organizations and with the help of LA Galaxy, PCA is proud to launch their 12th chapter in Los Angeles. To learn more, please visit www.positivecoach.org.
Children’s Institute, Inc. – Wenesday, June 24th vs. Portland Timbers
Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) helps children in Los Angeles’s most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives. Established in 1906, CII now reaches more than 24,000 children and families each year through treatment, youth development, early childhood and family support services. We also work to inform the larger field of children’s services through the research and professional development efforts of our Leadership Center. To learn more, please visit http://www.childrensinstitute.org/.
Folds of Honor – Saturday, July 4th vs. Toronto FC
Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to empower military families by providing educational scholarships and assistance for the children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. Folds of Honor featured in Soccerfest with a 20 for Twenty WOD for Warriors held pregame at StubHub Center benefiting a Southern California Folds of Honor scholarship recipient. To learn more, please visit www.foldsofhonor.org.
Special Olympics Unified Sports – Friday, July 17th vs. San Jose Earthquakes
The LA Galaxy and Special Olympics Southern California have partnered to form LA Galaxy Special Olympics Unified Team, a team of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities representing the LA Galaxy against other MLS Unified Teams throughout the 2015 season. The goal of Unified Sports is to bring people with and without disabilities together to compete, learn and grow on the same team – as equals. The LA Galaxy will continue their support of Special Olympic World Games hosted in Los Angeles with their 20 for Twenty: Fans in the Stands volunteer opportunity on Friday, Jul 31st. To learn more about Special Olympics Unified Sports, please visit http://www.sosc.org/unifiedsports.
March of Dimes – Sunday, August 9th vs. Seattle Sounders
Founded in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. Every year in the United States, nearly half a million babies are born too soon, 50,000 of them are in California. The mission of March of Dimes is for all moms to have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. In support of LA Galaxy’s 20 for Twenty community program, front office staff members walked in the March for Babies walk on Saturday, April 25th at Exposition Park. For more information, please visit www.MarchofDimes.org
American Red Cross – Sunday, August 23rd vs. New York FC
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. American Red Cross featured in Soccerfest with a 20 for Twenty pregame blood drive held at StubHub Center from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The American Red Cross blood program started in 1940, under the leadership of Dr. Charles Drew and supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood with more than 41,000 blood donations needed every day. To learn more, please visit http://www.redcross.org/ca/los-angeles
Pediatric Cancer Awareness – Saturday, September 12th vs. Montreal Impact
LA Galaxy partner with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program, which is dedicated to curing and preventing childhood cancers, for Pediatric Awareness Night. The program provides groundbreaking treatments and therapies for children with some of the most serious and life-threatening forms of cancers. On September 20th, LA Galaxy staff members will participate, on behalf of their 20 for Twenty community program, in the 2015 Nautica Malibu Triathlon which raises funds directly for pediatric cancer research. In 2014, the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox, raised over $1.08 million for Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Pediatric Cancer Research program. To learn more, please visit www.CHLA.org.
Summer Night Lights – Saturday, September 26th vs. FC Dallas
Summer Night Lights ("SNL") is a violence reduction program implemented by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (“GRYD”). SNL provides communities with positive alternatives to violence which includes programming that is free of charge to all participants and linkages to local resources. The program takes place at 32 recreation centers across the City of Los Angeles, during the summer months with LA Galaxy hosting soccer skills clinics at multiple Summer Night Lights site throughout July and August. This is traditionally the time of the year when violent crime spikes in the city, and there are fewer activities available for youth to engage in. SNL expands the menu of services at each recreation center beyond what is traditionally offered, and also offers employment opportunities for youth and adults in the surrounding area. To learn more, please visit http://www.lamayor.org/summer_night_lights
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank – Sunday, October 18th vs. Portland Timbers
For 42 years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has worked to mobilize resources in the community to alleviate hunger. With a vision that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County, the Food Bank has distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food since its inception. It provides food to 280,500 people monthly and in 2014 distributed 59 million pounds of food. The Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources, which – with the help of 27,000 volunteers annually – it distributes through a network of more than 680 partner agencies at more than 1,000 distribution and program sites. LA Regional Food Bank featured in Soccerfest with an in-game canned food drive collected at all stadium entrances on game day. To learn more, please visit www.lafoodbank.org