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ACA 1101

To make an online donation,visit:

Select Helping Hands Project Fund



We are a group of volunteers working together to address the needs of students experiencing food insecurities and homelessness on campus.

Helping Hands Project / Helping Hands Food Pantry


Ellie Rabani, Faculty 

Alicen Vera, Classified Staff

Emily Mutanda, Fundraising Organizer/Trainer Presenter

(818) 947-2976 


LAVC Helping Hands Project

The Helping Hands Project is a special fund under the LAVC Foundation that supports LAVC students experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurities. These students typically do not have immediate access to financial aid or qualifies for programs on and off campus. HHP is run by volunteers and is sponsored through grants provided by the CalWORKs program at LAVC.   

How it was established.

HHP was established in 2003, when staff was alerted to assist a homeless student living on-campus with her young child.  Many departments worked in collaboration to obtain resources and assist her in securing housing and other necessities for her child.  Over time, many other students were referred experiencing similar issues. As a result, the departments decided to develop a fund through the LAVC Foundation that would provide immediate access to resources.  

HHP has grown to include representatives from many on-campus departments, programs, and  community-based organizations. We welcome new committee members, volunteers, and donors!


What is HHP doing?

The issue of homelessness and food insecurities on our campus has become a desperate matter. We find that many of our students are seeking housing, food, transportation,  books, supplies, clothing, toiletries, access to showers, and other needs. HHP hosts fundraisers and food drives several times a year. Donation of funds are accepted year-round through the LAVC Foundation and staff are actively seeking grant opportunities. 

How are students assisted?

Students are referred to HHP from staff on-campus. Upon referral, a needs assessment is conducted and students are provided with resources and connections to community-based organizations. While HHP cannot provide housing, it has created strong partnerships with organizations such as The Village Family Services, Hope of the Valley, LA Family Housing, MEND, and local shelters to meet this need. Additionally, HHP works with programs and organizations such as CalFresh, LA Regional Food Bank, Food Forward, and local food pantries to support students facing food insecurities. Collaboration between programs ensures that services are not duplicated.      

Criteria to apply

  • Students must to be enrolled in 12 units
  •  Students must completed at least one semester successfully in LAVC before applying for HHP services\support
  • Students must have 2.5 GPA for HHP financial assistance
  • All LAVC students are welcome to access HHP resources, such as housing and food insecurities referrals and community partnership
  • Students must have 3.00 GPA and enrolled in their major courses to receive laptop rentals ( only 10 available to 10 students each semester)
  • Students with 3.00 GPA are eligible to apply for U-PASS transportation assistance (only 5 passes available to five students each semester)
  • Students with 3.00 GPA and exhausting all available LAVC departments resources (EOPs, CARE, TRIO, Black Scholars, Foster Youth) are eligible to receive $300 textbook voucher per semester upon referral from counseling office (only 7 vouchers will be available to 7 students each semester)

What HHP needs?

HHP continues to strive because of the support of the dedicated committee members, compassionate volunteers, faculty, staff, community partners, and most importantly, regular donations. HHP does not have enough resources with the influx of students it’s currently experiencing as of recent. HHP needs a sustainable method of income, regularly stocked food pantry, toiletries, blankets, towels, and clothing. 

HPP Goals

HHP strives to be a valuable resource for LAVC students experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurities. Our vision is to be a temporary bridge that allows students to successfully complete their educational goals and have access to resources. Through support and commitment, HHP endeavors to be the first program on campus to tackle and reduce incidences of homelessness and food insecurities on campus.

For Inquiries, please contact Emily Mutanda (818) 947-2600 ext. 4801 or email

We are located in ACA 1101. 


Click HERE for Housing resources. 

Click HERE for nearest food bank resources. 


Donate online:

Select Helping Hands Project fund!







HHP was awarded a grant to provide informational workshops to students. Dates and topics will be post here. Check back later for more details. 

Learn how to apply for CalFresh every Wednesday, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm* with Souhaila.    

The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. Applicants must meet income and eligibility guidelines. 

*Schedule subject to change without notice. 


Would you like to help us help others? Sign up to volunteer for our next fundraiser or host a canned food drive!

Contact Emily for more information.

(818) 947-2600 ext. 4801 


Hunger Free Campus / Helping Hands Food Pantry 
California State Legislature approved funding to provide services that address food security of students pursuant to SB 85. The goal of this initiative is to assist students in applying for CalFresh and establish a food pantry on-campus.

  • CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally mandated, state-supervised, and county-operated government entitlement program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.

            CalFresh application:  for CalFresh,
            Assistance in applying for CalFresh is available in the CalWORKs office
            (ACA 1101), contact Souhaila or call (818) 947-


  • LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry is located in the Buffet room/Monarch Patio area of Campus Center. Food distribution takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday* 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, while supplies last. 


  • All participants must provide identification. 


  • Pantry is open to all students and staff at LAVC. 


* Schedule subject to change without notice. 

For general information, contact:
Emily Mutanda,                                      ext. 4801