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Hike It Up

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: Volunteering is easy when you… HIKE IT UP! Our organization hosts fun family-friendly monthly service events, such as neighborhood beautifications/clean up, food collection and cooking days at area missions and homeless shelters. Additionally, as a way to raise awareness and to collect much-needed items such as food, blankets, baby diapers, backpacks and school supplies for the less fortunate, Hike It Up arranges guided group hikes throughout Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica Parks and Mountains Reserves. We have decided that good will is contagious. We have also learned that volunteering is fun and fulfilling when we do it together! It is up to us to be the change we want to see...and the time is now. Please visit Great Non Profits, with the link below, to read what others have to say about Hike It Up! http://greatnonprofits.org/org/hike-it-up

Results: We have cooked for thousands of individuals. We have provided art supplies for several homeless children and schools locally. We have provided art supplies to several shelters housing children. We have given away jackets and warm clothes to thousands on the street and shelters. We gave away 6,000 backpacks to 6,000 homeless children. We gave away thousands of blankets to homeless individuals. We have given non perishable foods for thousands of homeless individuals. We work closely with several local homeless shelters, collecting and donating much needed items every month! We also have a calendar of cooking events, renovations, and so much more! We have "adopted" a women's homeless shelter and a housing of adults with disabilities.

Target demographics: individuals on a personal level.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Close to 3,000 homeless individuals and over 2,000 homeless children. We renovated a local teen center housing homeless children. Served food to individuals in need and danced for hours, celebrating friendship and community.

Geographic areas served: homeless shelters, helping adults with disabilities, cleaning streets, hiking local hills

Programs: We have monthly events to help shelters and housing with specific needs. We host lunch and entertainment for over 100 disabled adults. We host street clean ups. Hiking events collecting much needed items such as foods, hygiene supplies, school supplies, etc. Volunteering is easy when you Hike It Up!

Community Stories

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lois21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Haig makes volunteering fun and easy. While this organization is about helping others, it's also about helping you and your friends and family spend quality time together making the world a better place. Thanks Hike it Up!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Hike it Up this year and I love Hike, he is such a giving person. My inspiration to start my own non-profit one day!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great opportunity to get involved with the local community and have fun! I will definitely be attending events in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hike-It-Up is an awesome organization with an amazing founder, I volunteered for Hike- It- Up this past weekend, it was honestly one of the best experience ever. We were able to be hands on and help to cook and prepare food, as well we got to get crafty. It was a very touching experiencing that I am looking forward to being apart of again.

Cindra H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been supporting Hike's events/organization for many years and I can truly say that the organization just keeps getting better and better. Serving more and more people, organizing more and more volunteers, Hike Mkhoian's Hike-It-Up has become one of the most effective non-profit volunteer organizations in the Valley. In a former career I was a Director of Volunteers for both the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. I know what the challenges are to recruit, train, and organize volunteers to manage events. Hike has become a master. He's organized, efficient, and remarkably able to make all his events a positive, pleasant experience for all his volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hike It Up...and it's founder, Haig (Hike) Mkhoian is the most amazing volunteer organization I've ever experienced. I was a Director of Volunteers for Hathaway Children's Services, the American Heart Association, and the American Red Cross and I can truthfully say that Hike puts me to shame. He proves that one person...just ONE PERSON!...can make a huge difference. He rallies individuals, organizations, and communities to come together to raise money, donate goods, provide (and cook!) food...all to help children and others in need. This is an organization that is very, very worthy of your support. Not one dime, not one minute of time is wasted here - it all goes directly to the recipients. This is an organization you will feel proud to be associated with!

Luis6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hike It Up is an awesome organization! I volunteered a few weeks ago and I was moved by their mission. I was also impressed with how organized the event was! The people were great. The vibe was just very positive! I'm glad I did some volunteer work with them and I'm looking forward to doing one again soon. Thanks Hike It Up!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hike it up is a Fantastic organization. Not only do they give their time and feed our clients at Valley Village, Hike It Up somehow finds a way to help other organizations as well. Hike It Up is remarkable!

Jeffrey27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hike It Up is one of the most effective local Southeast Valley non-profits with proceeds going to relevant and needy children and organizations that Hike cares deeply about. Highly legit and making a difference. Haig is a prince.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hike It Up visited our agency with backpacks for the families we serve. Hike arrived on time and brought volunteers with him! The best part - the volunteers were truly eager to help out! It was a great turnout, and we would love to work with Hike It Up again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hike It Up is great! I love how Hike & his team cater not to one specific cause, but several. They really try to help wherever & whenever they can. I wish I had discovered them sooner!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization. There were parents, teens, little ones all joining together to help fill backpacks for homeless kids, inspiring, joyful day !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WONDERFUL Organization....We at Good Shepherd Center THANK YOU for EVERYTHING you do for us!!!!

1 Mello D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one of the best non profits that works to help homeless and low-income youth in Southern CA. Support their mission because the demand is far greater than the supply. O.N.E. Percent Campaign supports HIKE IT UP!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We helped prep, cook and serve breakfast today at a battered women's homeless shelter and it was such a rewarding experience! The women loved that we showed up to do this event and they love Hike It Up for always coming back to cook wonderful meals for them! This was such an awesome thing to be a part of and I thank Hike It Up SO much for being such a great example and for being so committed to giving back to the community! I love this organization and I LOVE being able to help out and lend a hand! Thanks Hike It Up!! xx

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic Organziaton serving our local community.

1 Justine M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Hike it Up this past weekend to make breakfast for 100 disabled individuals housed with Valley Village. This was well organized, everyone was super nice and the event was lots of fun. It was a great way to start off my weekend and I can't wait to join the crew on more volunteer excursions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Hike it up for the past 1 1/2 and I have had the opportunity to help others that are in greater need. Hike it up is such a great organization helping out in the community and bringing hope and putting smile on people's faces. If you haven't had the opportunity to volunteer Hike it up is such a great place to start. I look forward in working alongside with Hike and his team for years to come.

Patricia107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hike it Up is an awesome organization who has no limits on who it helps. I have helped with cooking a meal for a shelter with Hike and other great volunteers, Hiked Griffith Park a couple of times for great causes. The founder of Hike it Up runs his organization with heart. I only wish I had more time to do more events.

Sinead C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

School on Wheels love Hike It Up they always help to support the work we do with homeless children and are a great partner

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hike it up has offered me the ability to take part in many community events that lend to the betterment of individuals and contribute to various causes that contribute to society. I like that at each event I have met so many different people and families who are as invested in lending to a cause as I am and whom have an interest in creating a better environment. Haig Mkhohian has created an atmosphere filled with energy, fun, compassion , and dedicated to helping make a difference right here in our community. I really enjoy that at most events you are interacting with kids , families and agencies that are in need of help from others. Participation is always appreciated and at the end of an event I leave feeling a greater sense of understanding about needs within the community as well as satisfaction at taking time to help and contribute to something meaningful. I cannot thank Haig and Hike it Up enough for all that they do to contribute and the warmth/compassion that this organization has proven to be the main source of motivation for each event. Thank you and I look forward to more...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hike It Up is an outstanding organization. I have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of grassroots, community based events provided by Hike It up. What I like most is that I am able to be in my community making a difference with other families and individuals together. I have met many and noticed how easy it was to just take some time and create a change that will improve the lives of others in need. I am constantly amazed by the energy and drive of Haig Mkhoian founder of Hike It Up. He has inspired others to come together and outreach so many in need organizations and individuals. I had the opportunity to work with teens to run a marathon, renovated a shelter interacting with occupants of the shelter, hiked in the mountains for a cause, and participated in clean up projects on a local level. Hike It Up is Awesome!!!! Thank you for allowing me to help where I can.