One Voice began in 1982 as an outgrowth of a sociology class taught by our founder, Dr. Susan Silbert, at California State University, Northridge. After the class (five of whom are current board members) turned their final projects into a holiday food drive for 70 needy families that winter, the desire to keep helping others was ignited, and thirty years later we offer an array of programs designed to ease the suffering of low-income families in Los Angeles.
The mission of One Voice is to provide goods, services and opportunities to the underprivileged, including everything from crisis intervention to long-term programming that lifts families out of poverty, while providing avenues for the rest of the community to become involved in helping families in need.
Our programs change lives and give people hope. By inspiring action and compassion, we have a lasting positive impact on our community.
Each year our Holiday Food Program provides Christmas food baskets, toys and books to 2,500 families (12,500 people) living in poverty in the Los Angeles area. All of the families are referred through the Head Start Program and meet federal and state mandated poverty levels.
Since 1990, the One Voice Robert W. Sanderson Scholars Program has helped low income students to attend wonderful colleges on scholarships provided by the colleges themselves. 100% of One Voice Scholars gain admission to college and an impressive 95% graduate from college.
Our Emergency Relief and Family Program provides immediate intervention and relief services to low income families in crisis situations. We work with a number of delegate Head Start agencies who make direct referrals to us identifying families who are in critical need.
The One Voice Summer Camp Program provides low income youth who have never been away from home or on a vacation, with a one week summer camp experience at a YMCA camp or UCLA Unicamp located in the mountains surrounding Los Angeles.