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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic Organziaton serving our local community.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hike it Up is an amazing organization. Haig is such an inspiring person that has an huge heart.
Please join and donate to this organization. I am a donor myself.

DeeDee C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hike It Up is an amazing, dedicated organization. It aims to help those in need and to better the community by raising awareness and getting people involved. Hike's enthusiasm and commitment is contagious. He makes those around him strive to be better, and do better. We're lucky to have Hike It Up in our community. The world needs more organizations like this, and more people like Hike.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hike It Up is an amazing grassroots organization that is making a major impact in the lives of many local men, women and children. This organization rallies the support of the community, children and adults, to take an interest in making this world a better place for everyone. Hike has helped to teach my children the value of thinking beyond themselves...even with the little things like buying school supplies for disadvantaged children, or choosing toys and books from their own things to donate to homeless centers for children and teens. Keep up the amazing work, Hike It Up! Los Angeles could use more organizations like yours!

Art Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hikeitup RockI had a great experience for Hike, amazing hike around Griffith Park.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hike is made of pure sunshine. I am happy to help him spread his rays of love to those who need it most. We need more people like him in the world. I am proud to call him a friend. I believe in him and his wonderful organization.

Cindi D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hike is not only a wonderful teacher but has a very dear servant's heart. He's motivated by helping and educating others, which is greatly appreciated by the rest of us as well as inspiring!

Donor

Rating: 5

A great organization that is truly engaged in a "boots on the ground" way. Volunteers can meaningfully interact with the beneficiaries of Hike It Up's efforts; donors always get a recap of how an event went, including measurable info (like the number of at-risk teens who participate in an event, or the number of backpacks distributed to homeless kids), rather than a canned thank you note. This is community activism and humanitarianism realized, not just idealized.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hike It Up just helps people without all the usual overhead and administrative nightmare. Hike It Up is where it is needed and helps real people in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hike it Up is a fantastic organization. The founder, Hike Mkhoian, is incredibly passionate about helping people and works tirelessly to make sure that donations & volunteer events are geared towards incredibly needy & deserving individuals. I am proud to support Hike it Up!

Donor

Rating: 5

Hike it up is a great way to be a part of a philanthropic organization that works low to the ground to help those who really need it. It's one person helping another. And in return we volunteer/donors receive the gratification of knowing we helped and with the hikes we receive great exercise and new experiences. It's a win/win.

Ruth J.

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity organization is an inspiration to all. They serve the community above and beyond the call. I'm so honored to be a part of such caring foundation. Keep up the good work HIKE IT UP!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. Hike does whatever he can to raise funds and goods for people in need. He also makes all of the fundraisers so much fun! Who wouldn't want to go for a guided morning hike....all you have to do is bring some art supplies for kids to use in school. It's a wonderful wonderful organization to support!

Cass M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so impressed with the work Hike does, I'm thrilled to make occasional donations whenever i can. His heart is obviously in his work and he's made a huge difference for thousands of people and for all the volunteers who work with him. I LIKE making donations, because I like HIM and I know he knows where they will do the most good.

Donor

Rating: 5

A true community-born organization with no ulterior motives beyond getting individuals involved with people and places in their own backyard that need help. Hike It Up is particularly welcoming to families with children, which is a phenomenal way to introduce little people to community service in a fun and low-pressure way. Hike It Up is also adept at bringing socio-economic groups together in a meaningful, face-to-face way that transcends anonymously donating goods or money. Haig Mkhoian has done a phenomenal job getting this organization off the ground and into the community in an honest and impactful way!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love to participate with Hike It Up both personally and with the group home that I work with. I love the energy and passion for his cause that it makes me happy and gives me hope that there are a lot of people out there making a difference. I see Hike as a gift that keeps on giving. His compassion and thoughtfulness has our girls from our group home unforgettable experiences that they take with them for the rest of their lives. All I can say is THANK YOU and see you next time.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization serving the youth in our community. The Kohl's Cares for Kids program was delighted to participate in a volunteering event with Hike it Up through our Associates in Action program. We look forward to working with Hike it Up on a continued bases!! "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give" Sir Winston Churchill. Hike it Up gives not only their time and volunteer hours but their valuable resources.